JPT/BPP(U) (N/345/7/1075/FA9793) 04/23 (Blended)
“The essence of sustainable development in practice is scientifically and morally based problem solving. We need a globally coordinated effort to move from business as usual to sustainable development. Every part of the world needs to be involved in problem solving, in brainstorming, and in determining new and creative ways to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth.” – Jeffrey D. Sachs
The Master in Sustainable Development Management (MSDM) at the Jeffrey Sachs Center aims to create a new generation of multidisciplinary practitioners adept at management and problem-solving using analytics and systems thinking guided by global concerns. The programme aims to equip students with necessary management skills and acumen to create innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It encompasses corporate sustainability strategies, social entrepreneurship, finance and sustainability, sustainable management and operations, as well as economics and development. This is built upon a broad knowledge base that covered critical areas like climate change, waste management, energy systems, agriculture and food systems, forestry, and biodiversity. Students are not only exposed to theories and concepts but also real-world practices and case studies to gain a holistic understanding of the opportunities and challenges to achieving the SDGs in scientific, economic, business, and technological aspects.
The MSDM programme has two modes for delivery of instruction:
Graduates from this programme will use their knowledge and skills to generate solutions in their own organisations or sectors, or they may embark on new career paths. Whether innovators, social entrepreneurs, educators, consultants, political leaders, civil society activists, writers, or policymakers, they will be agents of change for a better world.
MSDM graduates are expected to work in public, private, and non-governmental organisations at all levels.
In the corporate sector, more and more businesses are establishing sustainability divisions to spur innovation that address social and environmental needs while simultaneously improving their bottom lines. Increasingly, various indices are being created to assess and rank businesses based on their sustainability.
In the public sector, governments strive to link the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of development. The concept of Sustainable Development occupies the policy discussion in practically all sectors of government at all levels, anchored in the needs and realities of the countries and regions.
In addition to those in the UN systems, there are also a growing number of non-governmental organizations, from local to international, dedicated to promoting and attaining the 17 SDGs.
Minimal 12 months
Candidates should have either one of these qualifications:
International candidates should demonstrate English proficiency sufficient to meet the needs of the programme:
If a student does not meet this requirement, the HEP offers English proficiency courses to ensure that the student’s proficiency is sufficient to meet the needs of the programme. This is normally conducted through an English language proficiency assessment.
Students are required to complete 9 core courses, including Research Projects I & II, and 5 elective courses.
Acceptance into the programme is by application and selection only. As part of your application, you will need to nominate two referees who are senior people acquainted with your work and who must provide a written comment on your academic and/or professional suitability to undertake the programme.
Applicants will be required to submit the following documents:
You are welcome to contact us at JSC Graduate Studies Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Live Q&A sessions will be held on every Wednesday (except public holiday) at 17:30 via Zoom on request. You may register via the above e-mail.