Creative Sustainability - Economics and Business Administration, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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The Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability combines business with architecture, built environment, design, and real estate to help students learn how to create new sustainable solutions. This Creative Sustainability - Economics and Business Administration programme is offered by Aalto University.


The Creative Sustainability programme (CS) provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of business, architecture, built environment and design. It allows students to study and develop solutions to global sustainability concerns such as climate change, resource scarcity, global poverty as well as social and economic inequality.

The global and local challenges increasingly require a multidisciplinary approach as well as education that can address the linkages between the environmental, the economic and the socio-cultural. The CS programme brings together students who are devoted to developing systemic solutions, working in multidisciplinary teams and challenging themselves with practical learning tasks. The studies offer students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines.

The international Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability is a joint master’s degree programme of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the School of Business and the School of Engineering. The CS students who enter the programme via the School of Business admissions will graduate with a degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

Learning outcomes

Multidisciplinary approach: developing capabilities in adapting knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.

Systems approach: integrating analytic and systemic thinking to problem-solve and create new holistic understandings of complex situations and the critical infrastructures of society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability.

Design thinking: enhancing creative problem solving capabilities that utilise the methods of the design process to define problems, generate ideas and arrive at solutions.

Project management: learning to manage multidisciplinary teamwork, and to promote sustainability in culturally diverse organisational environments.

Business management: developing new approaches and skills for creating sustainable business models and improvement of business ethics and corporate responsibility.

Upon graduating from the programme, you will be able to:

  • understand the role of different stakeholders
  • analyse sustainability problems and engage with them in a constructive way
  • use participatory design methods
  • demonstrate excellent communication skills
  • know how different business models and organisational forms are being used to support sustainability
  • understand what the role of explicit commitments to corporate social responsibility is

This Creative Sustainability - Economics and Business Administration programme is offered by Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Creative Teamwork
  • State of the World and Development
  • Sustainable Product and Service Design, Theory
  • Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living Environment
  • Knowledge-making for Sustainability
  • Eco-auditing 
For more information, please visit programme website.

                                        Detailed Programme Facts

                                        • Programme intensity Full-time
                                          • Full-time duration 24 months
                                        • Credits
                                          120 ECTS
                                        • Languages
                                          • English
                                        • Delivery mode
                                          On Campus

                                        English Language Requirements

                                        You only need to take one of these language tests:

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                                        Academic Requirements

                                        • An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.
                                        • A printed and signed cover letter from the online application system. 
                                        • An officially attested copy ofan official Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma
                                        • An official transcript of records
                                        • An authorised translation of the degree certificate/diploma and an authorised translation of the official transcript of records
                                        • Language certificate
                                        • Portfolio
                                        • A CV

                                        Tuition Fee

                                        • International Applies to you

                                          15000 EUR/year
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                                          Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                        • EU/EEA Applies to you

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                                          Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                                        Living costs for Helsinki

                                        • 910 - 1400 EUR/month
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