Graduate Study

The Master in Sustainable Development Management

JPT/BPP(U)(N-DL/345/7/1125/PA14671)06/26 (ODL)

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


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About the Master's


The world is in desperate need of pioneers who have the knowledge and skills to transform business as usual and lead us on a more sustainable path. The Master in Sustainable Development Management at Sunway University was therefore created to equip passionate, ambitious people from multidisciplinary backgrounds to become pioneers - adept at management and problem-solving using analytics and systems thinking guided by global concerns. It aims to empower individuals and organisations to develop innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in actionable ways in their specific sectors or areas of work.

The Master in Sustainable Development Management will expose students to the scientific, technological, economic, and business understandings of the challenges to sustainable development, as well as provide them with in-depth knowledge of specific subject areas, such as climate change, urban sustainability, energy, water, infrastructure, biodiversity, land-use, waste management and corporate responsibility.


Duration and Delivery


The program is designed for both working professionals and recent graduates; and has two modes of delivery:

  1. An 18-month BLENDED program.
  2. A 12-month FULLY ONLINE program.

The 18-month program is delivered through classroom sessions at Sunway University on selected weekends; virtual tutorials; e-modules; research projects; and individual and group assignments.

The 12-month program is delivered fully online with virtual lectures on weekdays; virtual tutorials; e-modules; online submissions of assignments and assessments.



  1. 18-month program: January and August each year.
  2. 12-month program: October, January, April and July each year

Applications close 4 weeks before each intake date.



Program Structure


Students are required to complete 9 core course including Research Project I & II, and 5 elective courses. Refer to Time Table for the schedule of courses.

Core courses (9): 

  1. SSM 5033 Corporate Sustainability Strategies
  2. SSM 5013 Earth's Climate System
  3. SEC 5013 Economics of Sustainability Management
  4. SFI 5013 Finance and Sustainability
  5. SEN 5013 Social Entrepreneurship and Development
  6. SSM 5023 Sustainable Management and Operations
  7. SRM 5013 Research Methods
  8. PRJ 5013 Research Project I
  9. PRJ 5023 Research Project 2

Elective courses (choose 5):

  1. SSM 5073 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  2. SSM 5133 Sustainable Forestry
  3. SSM 5153 Sustainable Waste Management
  4. SSM 5163 Biodiversity
  5. SSM 5173 Smart Technology and IOT
  6. SSM 5183 Governance in Sustainable Development
  7. SEC 5023 Sustainable Economic Development


Entry Requirement

  • A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) or its equivalent, with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 out of 4.00, or equivalent from a recognized Institution of Higher Education, as accepted by the University’s Senate; OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) with CGPA below 2.50 out of 4.00 or its equivalent qualifications can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years of working experience in relevant field; OR
  • Any other equivalent professional qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government.
  • For international students, minimum scores in any of the following English proficiency tests are required:
    • IELTS (6.0)/ CEFR B2
    • TOEFL PBT (550) or  IBT (75)
    • Cambridge English Advanced (180)/ CEFR B2; or Cambridge English Proficiency (180)/ CEFR C1
    • PTE ACADEMIC (50)
    • Malaysian University English Test (Band 4).

    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.


Application Process


Acceptance into the program is by application and selection only.

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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 program.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • A detailed CV
  • A certified copy of each degree-level certificate obtained
  • Certified copies of all degree-level transcripts
  • IELTS/ TOEFL/ PTE score report (if applicable)
  • Two letters of reference (academic and/ or professional)
  • A personal statement of your interest in sustainable development and suitability for this program
  • ONE (1) Passport-sized Photograph


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Sunway University, Malaysia

  • No. 5, Jalan Universiti,
    Bandar Sunway,
    47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan,
  • Phone: +6 (03) 7491 8622
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