M.A. Sustainable Development Managment

The master's program in Sustainable Development Management integrates and connects the parts of economics and political science relevant to sustainable development. These are supplemented by empirical methods and modules of project management.

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18-24 months, depending on prerequisites

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, with its two campus locations in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort, is a university that is both deeply rooted in the Lower Rhine and connected to the world. The some 7,300 students, who represent altogether more than 120 different nationalities, breathe life into  the state of the art classrooms and lecture halls, the libraries, language courses, canteens and residence halls.


As a young, dynamic institution of higher learning, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is driven by interdisciplinary applied research. The university steadfastly pursue a meaningful transfer of knowledge and experience in both teaching and research through close cooperation with industry in Germany and abroad, from small and medium sized enterprises to large multinational corporations. The close ties to business, research and academic institutions generate opportunities for our researchers in joint R&D projects, and for our students in the form of practical projects, internships and thesis topics.

Course focus The general purpose of the programme “Sustainable Development Management” (M-SD) is to emphasize the key theoretical, methodological and practical aspects inherent to the management of Sustainable Development projects in International Development Cooperation and other development efforts alike. It enables its graduates to successfully design, implement and evaluate projects, programmes and other interventions in the field of sustainable development. Thus, the programme entails the theoretical foundations of Sustainable Development from the perspective of economics and political sciences, as well as the methodological expertise of managing projects in the field of development cooperation in intercultural teams. The academic focus combines theoretical knowledge with rigorous quantitative and qualitative empirical methods in order to facilitate the application of widely used project management tools. As its students and staff originate from both developed and developing countries alike, this programme furthermore offers an intercultural study environment conducive to the development of necessary soft skills.
Target group The Typical Scholarship Holder:

  • works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and, as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas.
  • holds a Bachelor’s degree (normally four years) in a related subject.
  • has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and has at least two years of related professional experience after the first degree (bachelor).
  • His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old
Course language English
Entry requirements Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor in or related to economics, social sciences or industrial engineering
  • cumGPA of 2.5 or better; note: as the program admission is restricted (numerus clausus) the required GPA might be stricter
  • English B2
Degree Awarded Master of Arts in Sustainable Development Management
Course Begins March and September
Course Duration 18-24 months, depending on prerequisites
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Modul Handbook
Application The application process for the Master’s program (incl. EPOS scholarship) is described in detail on the university’s website:


Website Link https://www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/en/faculties/society-and-economics/degree-programmes/sustainable-development-management-ma

Degree Program M.A. Sustainable Development Management

Study Coordination: Christine Buchwald

Faculty of Society and Economics

Campus Kleve

Marie-Curie-Str. 1

47533 Kleve

Phone: +49 (0)2821/806739606