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Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability - MSc in Economics and Business Administration

The Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) provides you with the skills and knowledge to promote sustainable development through business. The linkages between business and sustainability are highly important in contemporary organizations, whether you wish to be a sustainability specialist in business or a management professional operating in some other field.
School of Business Creative Sustainability

Degree:

Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

Application period:

3.12.2018 - 11.1.2019

Language of instruction:

English

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Business and Economics

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Business

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)
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Business can be harnessed for sustainability - students learn to build profitable businesses that drive environmental and social improvement

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Study objectives

Complex sustainability challenges, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, or poverty and inequality, call for new mindsets and skills. These mindsets should incorporate a systems-based view of the world and the ability to work with professionals from different fields and cultures. Sustainability challenges require multi-level solutions that involve a wide range of stakeholders with often competing interests. The CS programme prepares you to respond to these challenges through its international and multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of business, design, and built environment.

The CS programme brings together students who are devoted to developing systemic solutions, working in multidisciplinary teams and challenging themselves with practical learning tasks. The studies include state-of-the-art knowledge about the interlinked environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of sustainability coupled with learning in practical projects conducted together with business enterprises and other partner organisations. These projects often involve field project opportunities e.g. in Africa and Asia for students interested in sustainability solutions in developing countries. The CS studies cover sustainability issues in large organizations as well as small, local initiatives and innovative start-ups.

The CS programme is organized jointly by the School of Business and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. CS students who enter the programme via the School of Business graduate with a degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration. The CS programme has been awarded the EIT Climate-KIC programme label, and if you want to specialize in issues relating to climate innovation and receive an additional certificate of this, you can apply for Climate-KIC studies once accepted in the CS programme.

The two-year CS programme comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits, divided between compulsory joint Creative Sustainability studies, compulsory Management studies, elective studies which include a freely chosen minor subject, and a Master’s thesis. You can also include in your degree studies conducted elsewhere at Aalto University or at other universities in Finland or abroad. More information about the course offerings is available on the programme website.

 

Scholarships and Tuition fees

The tuition fee is €15 000 per academic year for non-EU/EEA citizens.
Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.

Study language

The language of instruction is English.

Career opportunities

Sustainability considerations arise in every organization and thus there are several possible career options for someone with expertise on sustainability in business. As a sustainability specialist you can work in multinational companies and other large organizations, as a consultant, in start-ups and as an entrepreneur, or you may deal with sustainability issues in business from positions in NGOs or the public sector. Figure 1 illustrates the range of possible professional identities of CS students together with corresponding potential employment types.

 

Possible professional identities and corresponding potential employment types of a Creative Sustainability students

Possible professional identities and corresponding potential employment types of Creative Sustainability students

Post-graduate study options

 

The degree gives you eligibility for doctoral studies.

 

Content of the studies

 

Upon graduation from the CS programme you will have a unique and competitive professional profile which combines focused knowledge on sustainability with widely applicable general skills in management, design, and communications.

To achieve this learning outcome, the pedagogical approach in the CS programme emphasizes challenge-based learning, the integration of teaching and research, and a strong connection to practical outcomes. Teaching methods range from interactive classroom lessons to group assignments and practical projects carried out for partner organizations that can be e.g. business enterprises, NGOs or other associations, or public organizations.

In particular, the CS programme develops the following competences as applied to sustainability:

  • Multidisciplinarity: ability to apply ecological, economic, and socio-cultural knowledge to reach sustainability solutions, and to understand the role of different stakeholders in developing sustainability in business
  • Systems thinking: ability to create new holistic understandings of complex situations, with an emphasis on global awareness within the context of local communities and on simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability
  • Design thinking: ability to solve problems creatively and to utilize participatory design methods to define problems, generate ideas and arrive at sustainable solutions
  • Project management: ability to manage multidisciplinary teamwork and project work
  • Business management: ability to create sustainable business models and to work proactively in organizations to develop responsible business practices

Graduating students can leverage these competences to effectively address global and local sustainability challenges as they relate to business.

Admission requirements

 

Required previous studies

 

To be considered for admission the applicant must have completed at least 18 ECTS of courses covering the domains of business and sustainability or subjects that support those domains (for example sociology, educational sciences, environmental policy, consumer economics, or communications). Internships cannot be included in the credits. The previous studies are assessed by a representative of the programme.

 

The applicants that fulfill the above requirement of previous studies are ranked according to the criteria below.

 

Admission group 1

 

PHASE I

 

1) Study success

Weighted GPA of previous degree and overall evaluation of study success. Applicants with a weighted GPA of previous degree lower than 3.50 are not eligible for admission.

 

2) Motivation letter

The applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the CS programme by writing a letter of motivation. The letter is written in English into the electronic application system and the maximum length of the letter is 4000 characters (including space characters). The letter should answer at least the following questions:

  • Why am I applying for the CS programme?
  • What are the content and findings of my most recent thesis* work?

*If your prior studies do not include a thesis you may write about an equivalent final project, assignment or paper. If you have been in employment for more than three years, you may write about a work project or equivalent work-related situation.

 

3) CV

Professional activities relating to sustainability considered from a wide perspective, work experience, research activity, artistic activity, and other areas of interest.

 

PHASE II

 

4) Interview

Based on the evaluation of phase I, the best applicants are invited for an interview. Interviews can be carried out either face to face or over Skype/telephone. The interview panel will assess, among other things, the practical ability of the applicant to communicate and undertake the programme.

 

Admission group 2

 

PHASE I

 

1) GMAT score (or comparable GRE score)

GMAT or GRE is obligatory in admission group 2 (minimum score 550 in GMAT or equivalent GRE score).

 

2) Study success

Weighted GPA of previous degree and overall evaluation of the study success. Applicants must demonstrate good academic performance. To be eligible, an applicant’s weighted GPA of the previous degree must be better than or equal to “good” on the grading scale of the university granting the degree. Applicants with a weighted GPA of previous degree lower than “good” are not eligible.

 

3) Motivation letter

The applicant must show his/her motivation for studying in the CS programme by writing a letter of motivation. The letter is written in English into the electronic application system and the maximum length of the letter is 4000 characters (including space characters). The letter should answer at least the following questions:

  • Why am I applying for the CS programme?
  • What are the content and findings of my most recent thesis* work?

*If your prior studies do not include a thesis you may write about an equivalent final project, assignment or paper. If you have been in employment for more than three years, you may write about a work project or equivalent work-related situation.

 

4) CV

Professional activities relating to sustainability considered from a wide perspective, work experience, research activity, artistic activity, and other areas of interest.

 

PHASE II

 

5) Interview

Based on the evaluation of phase I, the best applicants are invited for an interview. Interviews can be carried out either face to face or over Skype/telephone. The interview panel will assess, among other things, the practical ability of the applicant to communicate and undertake the programme.

 

Admission to Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (2 yrs)

Contact

  • For information on admissions and applying instructions please read carefully the Admissions section on our website.
  • Information on the studies in the Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability (in the academic year 2018-2019) is available in the online Study Guide.
  • Programme website: http://acs.aalto.fi/

 

  • After reading all the instructions on our website, if you have general questions on admission and applying, you can contact [email protected].
  • For questions concerning studies in the programme, please contact the Planning Officer of the programme: [email protected]  Please note that the programme does not evaluate documents or previous studies of applicants in advance.

 

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