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“The essence of sustainable development in practice is scientifically and morally based problem solving. We need a globally coordinated effort to move from business as usual to sustainable development. Every part of the world needs to be involved in problem solving, in brainstorming, and in determining new and creative ways to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth.” – Jeffrey D. Sachs




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The Master in Sustainable Development Management (MSDM) at the Jeffrey Sachs Center aims to create a new generation of multidisciplinary practitioners adept at management and problem-solving using analytics and systems thinking guided by global concerns. The programme aims to equip students with necessary management skills and acumen to create innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It encompasses corporate sustainability strategies, social entrepreneurship, finance and sustainability, sustainable management and operations, as well as economics and development. This is built upon a broad knowledge base that covered critical areas like climate change, waste management, energy systems, agriculture and food systems, forestry, and biodiversity. Students are not only exposed to theories and concepts but also real-world practices and case studies to gain a holistic understanding of the opportunities and challenges to achieving the SDGs in scientific, economic, business, and technological aspects.

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Graduates from this programme will use their knowledge and skills to generate solutions in their own organisations or sectors, or they may embark on new career paths. Whether innovators, social entrepreneurs, educators, consultants, political leaders, civil society activists, writers, or policymakers, they will be agents of change for a better world.

MSDM graduates are expected to work in public, private, and non-governmental organisations at all levels.

In the corporate sector, more and more businesses are establishing sustainability divisions to spur innovation that address social and environmental needs while simultaneously improving their bottom lines.  Increasingly, various indices are being created to assess and rank businesses based on their sustainability.

In the public sector, governments strive to link the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of development. The concept of Sustainable Development occupies the policy discussion in practically all sectors of government at all levels, anchored in the needs and realities of the countries and regions.

In addition to those in the UN systems, there are also a growing number of non-governmental organizations, from local to international, dedicated to promoting and attaining the 17 SDGs.


INTAKE (2023)

  1. January
  2. March
  3. September



Minimal 12 months



Candidates should have either one of these qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) or its equivalent, with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 out of 4.00, or equivalent from a recognised Institution of Higher Education, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or  
  • A bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) with CGPA below 2.50 out of 4.00 or its equivalent qualifications can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years of working experience in a relevant field; or
  • Any other equivalent professional qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government.  



International candidates should demonstrate English proficiency sufficient to meet the needs of the programme:

  • IELTS: 6.0 / CEFR: B2
  • TOEFL: PBT (550) or IBT (75)
  • Cambridge English (Advanced): 180 / CEFR: B2 or Cambridge English (Proficiency): 180 / CEFR: C1
  • PTE Academic: 50
  • Malaysian University English Test: Band 4

If a student does not meet this requirement, the HEP offers English proficiency courses to ensure that the student’s proficiency is sufficient to meet the needs of the programme. This is normally conducted through an English language proficiency assessment.



Students are required to complete 10 core courses, including Research Projects I & II, and 4 elective courses.


Core Courses

  • Earth’s Climate System
  • Economics of Sustainability Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Development
  • Sustainable Management and Operations
  • Finance and Sustainability
  • Corporate Sustainability Strategies
  • Global Foundation Course: Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project I
  • Research Project II


Available Electives

  • Sustainable Waste Management
  • Energy Systems and Management
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Sustainable Forestry
  • Biodiversity
  • Governance in Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Smart Tech and IOT


Class Schedule:

  • All lectures and tutorials are held in the weekends in the daytime (Malaysia, UTC+8)



Acceptance into the programme is by application and selection only.  As part of your application, you will need to nominate two referees who are senior people acquainted with your work and who must provide a written comment on your academic and/or professional suitability to undertake the programme.

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Applicants will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Sunway University Postgraduate Application Form
  • A detailed CV
  • One (1) passport-sized photograph
  • A certified copy of each degree-level certificate
  • Certified copies of all degree-level transcripts
  • IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score report (if applicable)
  • Two letters of reference (academic and/or professional)
  • A personal statement of your interest in sustainable development and suitability for this programme


You are welcome to contact us at JSC Graduate Studies Office via email @email

You may register via the above e-mail.