Master in Sustainable Development Management


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.

January, March, September
Minimum 1 Year
Maximum 3 Years
Career Prospects
  • Innovators
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Educators
  • Consultants
  • Political leaders
  • Civil society activists
  • Writers
  • Policymakers
  • Members of non-governmental organizations, local and international, dedicated to achieving 17 SDGs
Estimated Total Course Fee
  • RM55,300
    for Malaysian students
  • USD12,452
    for international students
International students must pay their fees in RM equivalent. The USD here is just an indicative/estimation and subject to the prevalent exchange rate

Programme Structure

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
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Entry Requirements


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.  
English Language Requirement

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.

Documentations Needed for Application 


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.

Download Application Form

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

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

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