MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management

Careers & Outcomes

Program Length

18 Months

Self Paced

Total ECTS Credits


Tuition Fee (Full Program)

9000 EUR



Program Overview

Sustainability has become a critical issue for businesses because advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence pose a significant threat to the environment. Companies need to prioritize sustainability initiatives to reduce their carbon footprints and maintain a long-term brand reputation. Big companies, including Microsoft and Amazon, are taking the initiative to address environmental concerns; for example, Microsoft has committed to going carbon negative by 2030. A couple of years down the line, these companies would need experts to align their business goals with environmental goals. They will need skilled practitioners deft in sustainable value chain management, and sustainable business management, among others. It is high time to tap the opportunities by pursuing professional studies in this domain.


Rushford’s MSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management Program aims to provide learners with a thorough understanding of business sustainability in the context of environmental policy development. In the modern competitive environment, sustainability has become a key issue in the business landscape, requiring entrepreneurs to innovate energy-saving processes, optimize raw materials and other resources, and embark on a useful waste management system. The Program adequately conflates research interests and industry needs by providing a range of general and specific courses. It tries its best to meet the evolving needs of modern businesses. 


 The program will equip you with a range of skills and capabilities integral to comprehensive environmental management in a firm. You will get a comprehensive overview of environmental, social, technological, and political issues that organizations face in managing business procedures in national and international contexts. An integrated approach will provide you a broad framework encompassing major business aspects. 


Educational Objectives


After completing the course, learners are able to:


  • Gain a thorough knowledge of best practices in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.
  • Apply knowledge to integrate social and economic concerns of a business with environmental aspects.
  • Understand environmental legislation in different countries of operations.
  • Apply environmental assessment at different levels of business decision-making.
  • Conduct research to innovate sustainable business processes.


Learning Outcomes


A. Knowledge and Understanding


A1. Understand core principles and approaches of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

A2. Develop a holistic understanding of different business aspects such as HRM, Economics, and Marketing.

A3. Understand sustainability entrepreneurship and consider business opportunities that can benefit the economy and society.

A4.  Define sustainability and assess how various academic disciplines have addressed it.


B. Practical Skills


B1. Apply critical thinking to build resilient communities.

B2. Implement relevant tools to identify and address specific business issues related to environmental concerns.

B3. Learn the interaction between business and environment, and identify ways to maintain business profitability without affecting people and communities.

B4. Integrate different approaches to sustainability to develop a comprehensive worldview.


C. Transferable Skills


C1. Exhibit comfort in working with people from different ethnic backgrounds.

C2. Demonstrate problem-solving skills by applying a multi-pronged approach to business issues.

C3. Interpret data using appropriate tools to establish future business direction.

C4. Understand the environmental impacts of emerging technologies, and identify unique approaches to minimize the harm.


D. Intellectual Skills


D1. Present and communicate business issues relevant to environmental concerns.

D2. Apply acquired knowledge to new areas of research and applications.

D3. Review existing literature critically and identify gaps in the literature. 

D4. Memorize different approaches to sustainability, and apply them in different business processes.


Approx. Course Length

2-3 weeks

Total ECTS Credits


Max. Number of Transfer Credits:


Courses Overview

A. The Rushford MSc Program in Sustainability and Environmental Management comprises 35 courses – 15 Core Courses and 20 Electives. To be qualified for the degree, you must progress successfully through a total of 25 courses and a capstone thesis. The courses comprise 15 core courses and a choice of 10 out of 20 electives.


B. The courses include at least 15 subject-specific courses with intended specialization deliverables prepared by our expert faculty and practitioners to prepare our learners to master all technical aspects related to the field. 


Exit Award


A. MSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management also allows exit award for partial completion of the program or to accelerate it by seeking exemptions via our recognition of prior learning policy. The Masters in Science degree is a two-year program; however, an exit Certificate award is possible after 40 ECTS, or a Master’s award is possible after completing 90 ECTS. 


B. If you have already studied a few courses, you may apply for the recognition of prior learning, which can reduce the overall tenure of your Masters in Science Program. 


Foundation – Core Management Managerial Skills
Gain 20 ECTS Managerial Economics
Marketing Management
Accounting for Financial Reporting
Human Resource Management
Foundation Change Management
Gain 20 ECTS International Business Environment
Development Economics
Business Continuity and Risk Management
Global Strategies
Operational Level Business Statistics
Business Analytics
Operations Management: Productivity and Quality
Business Law
Corporate Social Responsibility: Ethics and Law
Management and Strategic Level- Choose electives to gain 40 ECTS
Management Level Open Innovation and its Impact on Business and Society
The Environment of Chinese Business
Strategic Issues in Information Technology
The Purpose Economy
Upcoming Research Methodologies for Application in Business
Strategic Level Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise
Leadership 20/40
Project Management
Business Communication
Economic Analysis of Energy Sector
Energy and Sustainable Business
Enterprise and Circular Economy
Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Government and Environmental Policy


Who Is This Program For


The program is suitable for:

  • Graduates seeking to pursue an advanced degree course in the field of environmental management.
  • Professionals aiming for senior leadership roles in reputed multinationals.
  • People interested in learning different aspects of business sustainability and its impact on various business processes.
  • Learners enthusiastic about making businesses more suitable for societies.
  • Mid-level managers seeking to hone their entrepreneurial capabilities.

Careers & Outcomes

Job Growth


Outcomes and Careers:

57 % of respondents confirmed that companies have included sustainability issues in strategic planning- McKinsey Survey 2010.


As more and more companies are paying heed to social responsibility and environmental concerns, the need for environmental specialists is likely to skyrocket. After completing the course, you will have the option of joining private firms, NGOs, government concerns, and other organizations, such as Amazon and Microsoft, who are on a spree to sustainability initiatives. You can also begin your consultancy, and work as an independent environmental consultant. 


Some of the profiles you might prefer are:


  • Environmental Scientist
  • Lecturer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Conservation Hydrologist
  • Waste Management Director
  • Environmental Journalist
  • Agroforester
  • Sustainability Specialist




Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For all MSc programs, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective student.



Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent recognized academic title in any discipline


Qualifications Waiver:

For students who don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, Rushford uses Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE). Rushford generally utilizes over 3 years of relevant experience in a significant role for waiver of Bachelor’s Degree. Please contact us at  for exploring this pathway.


Proficiency in English:

Evidence of Proficiency in English

IELTS 6.0+ , OR

PTE 50+ , OR

TOEFL 550+, OR

Any other proficiency test taken in the last 2 years


English Proficiency Waiver:

The English proficiency test is waived for the following candidates:

Native English Speakers, OR;

Applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. High School Diploma or IB), OR;

Applicants having completed their undergraduate or graduate studies in English, OR;

At least 2 years of work experience in a business setting in which English is the primary language of communication


  • EduQua Certified Swiss Institution

    Rushford Business School is certified by EduQua, a Swiss quality label for further education institutions. EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government. EduQua is the first quality certification for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland and is recognized, supported, and endorsed by the following organizations: • Swiss Federal Government • Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) • Swiss Conference for Professional Training department (SBBK) • Swiss Association of Employment Departments (VSAA) • Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB)


    Rushford Business School is a member of the “Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) ACBSP is a global accrediting body which accredits business programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree levels worldwide since 1988. Rushford Business School is part of a membership that extends to more than 60 countries. ACBSP members are amongst the best educators in their respective fields, interested in learning innovative teaching methods, improving the delivery of business education programs, and creative value for their students.


    Rushford Business School is a member of the “International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)” The IACBE accredits business programs that lead to degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in institutions of higher education worldwide. All modes of delivery, campuses, locations, and instructional sites, as well as all business programs regardless of degree level, will normally be included in the IACBE accreditation review.


    Rushford Business School is a proud supporter and Signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME). PRME is an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact founded in 2007 as a platform to encourage and increase awareness and integration of sustainability in business schools around the world. Today, PRME is the largest coordinated effort between the world’s business schools and the United Nations. Rushford Business School became a PRME signatory in 2020. As a school, we understand the privilege and responsibility of providing quality education that gives learners the knowledge and tools they need to succeed, change lives, and transform societies.

  • Swiss Higher Educational Institution

    Rushford Business School is an approved post-secondary higher educational Institution with the authority to award private degrees in Switzerland. The institute is registered in the Canton of Zug, Switzerland under the UID CH-

  • International Council For Open & Distance Education (ICDE), Norway

    James Lind Institute is a proud member of the prestigious International Council for Open & Distance Education. ICDE has consultative partner status with UNESCO and shares UNESCO’s key value – the universal right to education for all. ICDE further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.

  • International Organization For Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 Certified

    James Lind Institute (JLI) is fully accredited by the AMERICAN BOARD OF ACCREDITATION SERVICES (ABAS) as per ISO 9001:2015 standards for providing Training & Education Programs related to healthcare and allied sectors.

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