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Master Business Management

Online Masters with a specialization in Sustainable Management

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Master of Science






24 Months



Type of Study



Self-directed learning; online LIVE sessions


FIBAA accredited

You Will Learn

Across the globe, sustainability has become an increasingly important topic for industries and organizations. Today’s organizations are expected to realize and manage the impact they have not only on the economy and society but also on the environment. This intersection of business and sustainability is what Sustainable Management is, and it supports the long-term viability of a business.

In combination with the strong basic knowledge learned from the business foundation modules, in this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of various sustainability issues as well as the legal regulations in the field of sustainability. The course will also help you develop strategic and operational concepts to promote sustainability in your business and organization or to start your own sustainable company.

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Your Profile

You aim to expand your knowledge in the sustainability field across organizations, industries, and practices, enhancing your capabilities in business, consulting, as well as environmental, social, and governance (ESG). You are looking to start a business and need to broaden your knowledge of innovation for sustainability. You are in a leadership position or management role, leading the sustainability transition within your organization.

Your Future Perspectives

Our practice-oriented approach will allow you to develop the necessary skills and qualification to become successful in:

  • Business Management
  • Sustainability Management
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Corporate Sustainability Strategist
  • Risk Management Specialist
  • Transformation Manager for Sustainability
  • Entrepreneur in the field of Sustainability

Our Students' Journey

The interactive theory/real-life experience has been very helpful in applying the concepts in everyday working environments. For me personally, I learn much better through real-life application. Something that really helped a lot was when the facilitators would preset us with real client problems that they faced in their careers.

Hannah King

Executive Assistant

Lecturers could establish a quick relationship between a theoretical concept and real-world application and give us insight into their profession. Structure of the course gives the opportunity to practice theoretical knowledge directly at work by providing the freedom to work and study parallelly.

Jugal Vaidya

Software Engineer

Selected Lectures

All Lecturers
Prof. Dr. Mario Vaupel

Director of the Institute of Executive Capabilities

Prof. Dr. Andreas Aulinger

Director of the IOM Institute of Organization & Management

Dr. Stela Dhima


Dr. Felix Langness


Dr. René Jerusalem


Your Curriculum

The master program consists of foundation modules, which cover the topics of business and science, as well as specialization modules, which cover the topics of sustainable management. These modules will be delivered to you via the INSIDER Online Learning Tool where you will get access to your learning materials, assignments, and exams. You can also join online LIVE sessions and engage in discussions with your classmates and the lecturer of each module. Additionally, you will also work on a Transfer Project, which will allow you to transfer the new knowledge you acquire into practice.

Your Foundation Modules

Economics, Politics, and Society
  • Economics: Philosophical perspectives; Political approaches; Model landscape
  • Politics: Definition and delimitation; Stakeholders; Power-bases; Influencing factors and processing methods
  • Society: Perspectives; Expectations and influencing factors; Business ethics; CSR; Corporate governance; Compliance
Strategic Management
  • Systems theory of corporate governance; Levels and functions of an integrated corporate management system
  • Key aspects of the normative management level (corporate values, goals, vision, culture, constitution, mission) as the starting point for strategy development
  • Strategy focused organization and effective strategy process
  • Market-oriented strategies (competitive, market, customer strategies, dynamic strategies, delta strategies)
  • Resource-oriented strategies (business model, resource, and competence strategies) Innovation strategies and disruptive business models
Innovation Project
  • Innovation management by observing the environment - methods and current trends, especially in the context of digitization, e.g., innovation radar, trend radar, networking strategies
  • Innovation management through leadership, corporate culture, and organization - methods and current trends, e.g., labs, design sprints, rapid prototyping
  • Development and presentation of own innovation ideas
Business Organization
  • Building blocks and tasks of the organization as a management task
  • Importance of corporate culture and organizational culture
  • Studies on motivation, satisfaction, loyalty, and commitment in companies
  • Methods for strengthening agility in organizations
Leadership and Communication
  • Communication models
  • Basics of non-violent communication
  • Communication instruments and communication strategies of the management
  • Directions of leadership
Project Management
  • Fields of application for project management and the spectrum of project types
  • Controlling tools and project management
  • Multi-project management and project portfolio management
  • Leadership and conflict management in projects
Research and Science Project
  • Identification of complex interdisciplinary social challenges and problems for which there may be a need for research.
  • Definition of various possible research questions and appropriate methodological solutions
  • Answering a selected research question by applying the methodical approach
Philosophy of Science and Research Methods
  • Basic concepts and rules of empirical research
  • Criteria for selecting qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Specific aspects of conducting investigations
  • Design-oriented research approaches
  • Scientific communication and research ethics
Advanced Statistics
  • Data acquisition and preparation
  • Introduction to a statistical program (SPSS and R)
  • Various research and analysis methods

Your Specialization Modules

Sustainability in Society, Economy, and Organizations
  • Companies have on the speed of development and the impact of sustainability effects
  • Answering new design challenges, that the entire economic system faces due to the interlinked effects of sustainability problems
  • Examination and reflection of the scientific currents on the framework conditions of sustainability
Sustainable/Responsible Management
  • Historical and developmental stages of sustainability concepts and responsible management
  • Legal perspective and the current status of national and international regulations
  • Research and a practical overview of the approaches and solution models of sustainable and responsible management
  • Widely-practiced CSR approaches
Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Relevance of innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainability development
  • Strategic and operational concepts of innovation & entrepreneurship to promote sustainability
  • Implementation of sustainable concepts to gain strategic market advantages
  • Sustainable reformulation of established products, processes, and business models
  • Sustainable business models and the goal of "zero-emission and zero waste"
Sustainable Growth Strategies
  • Generating economic growth for the benefit of people and their livelihoods
  • Quantitative and qualitative growth concepts
  • Development demands in productivity (focus on quality) and the concept of profitability
  • Sustainable strategy, process, development, employee management and cooperation models
Sustainable Finance and Risk
  • The political framework for sustainability in the financial system
  • The importance of sustainability in corporate finance with a special focus on risk management
  • Sustainable investment
Change Management
  • Philosophies and drivers of change management
  • Effective architecture and support of change processes
  • Implementation of digital transformation, agile organization and self-organization
  • Dealing with emotions and resistance
  • Shaping change and staging it culturally
  • Processing of practical examples of the students with the Change Canvas
Organizational and Decision-making Techniques
  • Organizational analysis
  • Instruments for identifying action steps and sequences of action
  • Instruments for evaluating possible implementation strategies
  • Professionally prepare, visually support, and record meetings and discussions
The Future of Business Organization
  • Organizational design for unpredictable environments
  • Concepts of agility and ambidexterity
  • Design principles for enterprise networks
  • Methods of self-organization and collegially managed enterprises
  • Basics of sociocracy and holacracy

Optional Additional Offers

Pre-Master’s Courses
If you still need to fulfill the minimum ECTS requirement before starting your master’s program with us, we offer a selection of Pre-Master’s Courses. Check out our Pre-Master’s Courses page for more information, or contact
Leadership and Management
If you are interested to enhance your leadership and management capabilities alongside your master’s studies, our Corporate Program “Leadership and Management” might be a good option for you. Check out the program page for more information, or contact

Your Study Process

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The INSIDER is a multimedia learning solution designed to facilitate your learning process and optimize your learning experience. It is a sophisticated yet user-friendly and straightforward learning solution, easy to access, does not require an additional download, and accessible anytime and anywhere! Through the INSIDER, you will have access to your learning materials, module assignments, and exams. In addition, the INSIDER also allows you to see your grades and individual feedback for your work.

Your Study Structure

Start your studies whenever you want

Thanks to the unique curricular concept of the study program with flexible entry opportunities, you can start your studies any time which suits you best. We have a new intake every 2 (two) months – i.e., January, March, May, July, September, and November. All modules and additional sessions are arranged following your start. Direct your studies like never before!

Do it your way now, ONLINE!

Once admitted and enrolled, you will receive access to the exclusive learning solution designed precisely for this master’s program to secure your academic success. For each module, you get detailed specialized and multimedia materials. No fixed venues and no travel and living expenses are needed.

Do your exam whenever it suits you

Integrated into our online learning solution, you are given up to six weeks to work on your module and complete your Transfer Works.

Your Transfer Project

Throughout your study, you will be working on a Transfer Project in the field of your choosing. Work on what intrigues and motivates you, and implement the new knowledge you gained immediately into practice or your area of work.

Stay supervised on your path to a degree

In addition to the online modules, you can join the online LIVE Group Study Sessions (GSS), where you will have the opportunity to discuss the module subjects intensively through content- and reflection-oriented sessions. You will also have the mandatory online LIVE Group Project Sessions (GPS), where you get the necessary support you need for the completion of your Transfer Project through exchange sessions with lecturers or project coaches.

Your final exam

Stand for your ideas and thoughts! The final exam covers the presentation and defense of your Master’s Thesis.

Sample Study Plan

Check out the sample study plan to get a better idea of when the LIVE sessions will take place, so you can plan your study accordingly to accommodate your other activities – i.e., work schedule, family commitments, etc.

Study Policies

While the study program is delivered by the IEC, it is organized in accordance with the study regulations and policies (SPO) of Steinbeis University. During your study period, you are expected to follow the policies and guidelines provided by both institutions.

More about the study policies

According to the SPO, the study program is called

Master Business Management (M.Sc.)


Management, Entrepreneurship & Strategy


Sustainable Management

What is ECTS?

credit points used by European universities to show the students’ workload. ECTS credit points are a quantitative means to describe the workload that the students have completed or need to complete during their study – whether it is in the form of learning activities or achievement of the expected learning outcomes.

More about ECTS here

Admission Requirements

Application to the course is open to anyone who can present a first university degree or an equivalent degree that also have modules in economics, finances, business, research methods, mathematics, and statistics (for at least 35 ECTS credit points). Students who does not fulfill this requirement can apply for a Pre-Master’s course at the IEC. To apply to this Master's program, please submit the following documents:

  • Latest updated CV (signed)

  • Letter of Intent

  • University Certificate with Transcript of Records (min. Bachelor's degree or equivalent)

  • Proof of English proficiency (IELTS 6,0 / CEFR - B2 / TOEFL Paper-Based 547 / TOEFL Internet-Based 78)

You can send these documents to or via our Online Application Form by clicking the "Apply Now" button. Your academic profile and working experience will be assessed in detail during 2 application interviews. To ensure that your application is processed as quickly as possible, all documents that are originally not in the German or English language should be translated to German or English by a sworn translator and sent in PDF format. A language proficiency certificate can be submitted upon admission if necessary. However, please note that you cannot be enrolled unless all documents required have been completely submitted. The application and admission procedures consist of 4 steps which might take up to 2-4 weeks to process:

  • Submit your application via the online application form or via email. No deadlines to consider.
  • Participate in 2 (two) application interviews which aim at assessing your profile and capabilities for the course
  • If admitted, confirm the admission by submitting the completed admission documents by the submission deadline provided
  • Once the first installment is paid, you are automatically enrolled in the course (unless you are required to complete a Pre-Master’s Course)

How to Apply


Submit your application via the online application form or email to No deadline to consider!


Participate in two admission interviews with our Admission Team and one of the Program Directors.


Upon getting accepted, confirm your admission by submitting the completed admission documents as instructed – please pay attention to the submission deadline.


Make a payment of your first tuition fee installment and start your study!

Tuition Fees


Equal to 74.5€/ECTS



One-time admission fee

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*Payment is made in 24-months period; no charge for study extension for up to 12-months

The tuition fees cover access to the INSIDER Online Learning Tool, teaching materials available via the e-learning platform Moodle, access to the online libraries, professional coaching during the student project as well as the access to IEC-Alumni organization. You can choose the payment option that is most suitable for you - i.e., total payment up front, semester installment, or monthly installment. There will be no additional installment fees.

How to Finance Your Study at Steinbeis

What is ECTS?

credit points used by European universities to show the students’ workload. ECTS credit points are a quantitative means to describe the workload that the students have completed or need to complete during their study – whether it is in the form of learning activities or achievement of the expected learning outcomes.

More about ECTS here

Contact Admission

We will assist you in getting a better understanding of our study programs and making an informed decision

Claudia Hölter, MBA

International Students Advisor

+49 (0)30 8632 96714


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