Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ Encyclical, on one side, and the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, on the other, define a new vision for people, the planet, and prosperity for transforming our world on the basis of a new idea of sustainable development focused on consolidating universal peace, eradicating poverty and to heal and secure our planet ‘to shift the world on to a new sustainable and resilient path.
This new vision of sustainable development should be oriented to build peaceful, just, and inclusive societies through eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty and hunger everywhere; combating inequalities; protecting human rights and promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women, and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.
This new approach implies inter-linkages and multidimensional nature of the Sustainable Development Goals oriented to improve the quality of life and the world and to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive, and sustained economic growth, shared prosperity, and decent work for all, taking into account different levels of national development and capacities.
Following this approach, this Master Programme will be addressed to give a system of knowledge, expertise, and know-how to analyze the set of issues related to the  UN 2030 Agenda and how to manage through project management instruments and a problem-solving approach.
In this innovative and attractive new framework/vision coming from UN Agenda and Pope Francis’s Encyclical, the MSDG aims at integrating knowledge and expertise in the field of Social Sciences - from Geopolitics to Economic Growth, Social Development, and International Law- with the UN Agenda SD goals and a set of strategic competencies to manage international projects on Sustainable Development – SD Project Management, Negotiation, and Cultural Mediation Technical, Social Corporate Responsibility, Social Innovation Promotion and Dissemination of SD Projects, Problem Solving.
Open and collaborative approaches will be introduced to promote a new pervasive and global vision and approach to SD.
Therefore the MSDG follows a matrix structure that integrates the main pillars of the 2030 UN Agenda with the 5 specific areas of critical importance for Sustainable Development (SD):

  • Planet: to protect the planet from degradation and promote the sustainable management of natural resources and take urgent action on climate change in the perspective to support the needs of the present and future generations.
  • Prosperity: to ensure a good level of prosperity for all human beings, and economic, social, and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.
  • Peace: to strengthen peace around the world and guarantee peaceful, just, and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence.
  • Partnership: to implement the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries and all stakeholders.
  • People: to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions.

The Master of Science in Management of Sustainable Development Goals (MSDG) is based on a blended learning approach combining both face-to-face and online teaching. Using the most up-to-date Internet and communication technologies, the blended format supports ongoing student/faculty collaboration and interaction while reducing the time required for face-to-face meetings. 
The program includes three one-week on-campus sessions, one each at the beginning (February 2024), in the middle (June 2024), and at a later stage of the teaching program (September 2024).
 Frontal lessons will take place at LUMSA University, Borgo Sant’Angelo 13, Rome, Italy.

Start of lessons: January 2024 
Duration of classes: 12 months.


  • Maximum Number of Students admitted: 50
  • Minimum Number of Students admitted: 15.


1. LESSONS: 505 h
1.1. Front (face-to-face) lessons: 120 h;
1.2. e-lessons: 200 h;
1.3. e-lab: 185 h.
2. Individual study: 485 h
3. Thesis: 30 h
4. Internship: 480 h