Edition 2017/18


The Master in Management of Sustainable Development Goals is completely held in English and taught by a highly qualified faculty, which includes teaching and research staff from LUMSA University and other top universities as well as Research Institutes and International Organizations.The learning process has a practical orientation and takes the form of structured lectures backed up by practical applications through case studies and visiting speakers as well as project works and individual research.The program is completed in 12 months divided in three terms.

To qualify for the Master degree participants must successfully complete

  1. 5 pillars (SDGs, Socio-Economic Challenges, Management, Environmental Challenges, Finance),
  2. an internship-based individual project or internship report and
  3. a thesis.

All the pillars are introduced during the three weeks of frontal lessons that take place at the beginning of each term.

The first term covers mainly the first (Sustainable Development Goals) and second (Socio-Economic Challenges) pillar with the aim first, of introducing the SDGs and second, of studying the challenges related to society and economy that a Sustainability Manager needs to face and solve.

The second term is entirely focused on Management of Sustainability (pillar 3) and is intended to emphasize different fields of management, combining quantitative and risk management topics. It focuses on the most technical aspects of management practice while stressing the institutional, organizational and regulatory background.

The third term addresses the Environmental challenges (pillar 4) and focuses also on the Financial tools and institutions necessary to reach sustainability (pillar 5).

An individual project-work or internship report and a thesis conclude the program.                                                                

Attendance and program assessment

The MSDG adopts a blended learning approach combining both face-to-face and online teaching. The programme includes three compulsory weeks of frontal lessons (or  on-campus sessions), one each at the beginning (October 2019), in the middle (January 2020), and at a later stage of the teaching programme (March 2020).

Frontal lessons will take place at LUMSA University, Borgo S. Angelo 13, Rome, Italy. The frontal lessons introduce the pillars.

The rest of the classes will be run in e-learning mode, consisting of e-lessons and of interactive e-lab. Divided in thematic groups, students will be assigned specific teamworks. Regular attendance (frontal+e-learning) is needed to complete the program successfully. Students are required to attend at least 80% of frontal lessons, to complete all the e-learning modules and are expected to be fully involved in all activities the program offers. Each pillar is assessed on the basis of a test and either an-end-of-course essay or final project. In some pillars, during the frontal week, class participation and oral report presentations might be graded.

Credit points

The total number of credits to be obtained is 60: 54 (classes + e-lab) + 3 (internship-based final project or internship report) + 3 (thesis).

The final vote will take into account all the individual pillar tests, the e-lab teamworks, the individual project-work or internship report and the thesis.

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