MSc in International Management: Sustainability Systems Track

Climate change, and more generally, environmental degradation, are among the biggest and most complex problems of our times. It is essential for managers today to understand the interplay of political, economic, environmental and social systems in order to ethically and effectively run the organizations of the future. The Sustainability Systems Track of the MSc in International Management covers sustainable development theory, complexity theory and change management topics while taking an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates an understanding of different functional areas of sustainable management, including engineering, science and information technology. 

The aim is to take a critical approach to contemporary management practices in a sustainable development context. The track's core courses take a big-picture view of sustainability management topics, inciting students to evaluate how current theories and practices fall short of what is needed in fast-moving, complex environments. It considers the whole spectrum of business, management and finance while maintaining the sustainability focus. AUP’s interdisciplinary, international approach to master’s education is the ideal setting in which to develop the necessary skills to act sustainably in management or leadership roles. In this track, students are lead to put theory into practice through tailored practicums focused on sustainability through NGOs in India, or water management in the Netherlands, for example.

Students graduating through this track may go on to create their own companies that make a huge difference, or transform existing ones from within. In any case, the awareness and tools graduates of this track gain is invaluable to our future societies. 

Structure

Program Requirements (48 credits)

The MSc in International Management is a 48-credit program. All courses listed below are 4-credit courses unless otherwise noted. 

Please note that all requirements from previous years can be found in our archive catalogs.

Core Courses (28 credits)

Course CodeCourse Name
BA5001Accounting and Management Control
BA5004Sustainable Asset Management (2 credits)
BA5012Management Ethics and Theory
BA5021Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
BA5035International Financial Management
BA5041Marketing Strategy (2 credits)
BA5061Sustainability Management (2 credits)
BA5062Management of Complexity
EC5063Economic Analysis for Management (2 credits)
BA5071Strategic Management (2 credits)


 

Elective courses (12 credits)

For electives, students may take 12 credits worth of graduate course offerings, though no more than 6 of these credits can be cross-disciplinary credits from outside the department. 

 

Internship or Thesis (6 credits) and Compulsory Seminar (2 credits)

Course CodeCourse Name

BA5095INPR

or

BA5098INT

Thesis

or

Internship 

Plus compulsory 2-credit seminar
BA5019  
or  
BA5099
Consulting Methods 
or 
Thesis Methodology Seminar

 

Required GPA

Graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00. Students with a GPA of less than 3.00 will be placed on probation. Only two grades of C (or C+) may be counted towards an MA degree. Students do not earn credit for grades below C.

    FallSpringSummer Fall
    3 courses3 courses1 courseInternship/Thesis*
    2 two-credit courses2 two-credit courses2 two-credit courses 
     Compulsory Seminar  
    16 credits18 credits8 credits6 credits

    * The length of the internship or thesis may vary, however — many students choose to take additional time for these components. 

    FallSpringSummer
    3 courses3 courses1 course
    3 two-credit courses2 two-credit courses1 two-credit course
     Compulsory SeminarInternship/Thesis*
    18 credits18 credits12 credits

    * The length of the internship or thesis may vary, however — many students choose to take additional time for these components. 

    Fall (1)Spring (1)SummerFall (2)Spring (2)
    2 courses2 coursesNo courses3 coursesInternship/Thesis*
    3 two-credit courses3 two-credit courses Compulsory Seminar 
     Compulsory Seminar   
    14 credits14 credits 14 credits6 credits

    * The length of the internship or thesis may vary, however — many students choose to take additional time for these components. 

    Fall (1)Spring (1)Summer (1)Fall (2)Spring (2)Summer (2)
    2 courses1 courseNo courses2 courses2 coursesInternship/Thesis*
    2 two-credit courses3 two-credit courses 1 two-credit courseCompulsory Seminar 
    12 credits10 credits 10 credits10 credits6 credits

    * The length of the internship or thesis may vary, however — many students choose to take additional time for these components. 

    Spring (1)SummerFallSpring (2)
    3 courses1 course3 coursesInternship/Thesis*
    2 two-credit courses2 two-credit courses2 two-credit courses 
      Compulsory Seminar 
    16 credits8 credits18 credits6 credits

    * The length of the internship or thesis may vary, however — many students choose to take additional time for these components. 

    Spring (1)Summer (1)FallSpring (2)Summer (2)
    2 coursesNo courses3 courses2 coursesInternship/Thesis*
    3 two-credit courses 3 two-credit coursesCompulsory Seminar 
    14 credits 18 credits10 credits6 credits

    * The length of the internship or thesis may vary, however — many students choose to take additional time for these components. 

     

    Spring (1)Summer (1)    Fall (1)Spring (2)Summer (2)Fall (2)
    1 courseNo courses2 courses2 courses2 coursesInternship/Thesis*
    3 two-credit courses 2 two-credit courses1 two-credit course  
       Compulsory Seminar  
    10 credits 12 credits12 credits8 credits6 credits

    * The length of the internship or thesis may vary, however — many students choose to take additional time for these components.