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MSc Sustainability Transformations

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BECOME A CHANGE-MAKER FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Programme presentation

The scale and urgency of the environmental, social, and economic challenges facing the world today require that organisations engage in a wide range of transformations and take ownership of sustainability issues throughout their value chains. These transformations must drive sustainable development, be of benefit to all and be present in all aspects of organisations if meaningful change is to have a lasting impact.

In this programme, students will acquire knowledge and develop skills to proactively address sustainability issues and implement sustainability practices in a variety of organisations, ranging from start-ups, SMEs and large corporations to non-profit organisations and public administrations.

The MSc Sustainability Transformations will address a wide range of sustainability and change topics impacting businesses today, such as Responsible Supply Chain, Energy Procurement, Socially Responsible Human Resource Management, Green Marketing, Sustainable Finance, Circular Economy and Business Ethics. Corporate decarbonisation, compliance and regulation, as well as Change Management will also be at the heart of the course, as organisational change will also depend on the support and action from the men and women who make them up.

Your MSc in 2 years!

If you hold a 3-year Bachelor’s degree, you may complete this MSc in two years by joining our 12-month International Pre-Master programme. For more information on this option, see the “2-Year MSc Option” tab!

Programme strengths

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Gain a 360° mastery of sustainability strategies

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Strengthen your resume with two key industry certifications: TASK by Sulitest and 2Tonnes

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Engage in transversal business cases with programme partners EY and BMW to brainstorm sustainable solution to real-world business issues.

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Get to heart of sustainability issues through immersive learning experiences: hands-on workshops, seminars, immersion, training projects, and more.

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Learn from a diverse faculty composed of both researchers and practitioners who bring complementary perspectives on current sustainability issues.

Valéry Michaux

Head of programme

“Become a change-maker for a sustainable future!”

Ana Colovic

Co-Head of programme

“Empower yourself to become a change-maker for a sustainable future!”

Programme objectives

The MSc Sustainability Transformations aims to provide first-class training in sustainability to students wishing to give meaning to their careers, to contribute to a sustainable future and create a better world for tomorrow.

Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Lead both CSR and ESG transformations: Define and steer the implementation of a wide range of corporate policies aiming at reducing environmental and energy impacts, carbon footprints and improving social and societal impact of organisations.
  • Diagnose, monitor, innovate, and improve: Conduct an ESG audit and make a clear diagnosis, identify the right levers for action, drive change and transformation, create new green business models within and across an organisation with key stakeholders and introduce new criteria to evaluate non-financial organisational performance.
  • Manage both CSR and ESG compliance: Lead the compliance process of the firm in a context of ever tightening CSR and ESG regulatory frameworks.

Skill sets

The programme MSc Sustainability Transformations, awarding an advanced higher-education degree in international management (DESSMI) provides the skills to:

  • Perform a functional analysis and implement an action plan that incorporates digital, sustainable and international components
  • Conduct a scientific study and formulate a recommendation
  • Develop ethical leadership abilities to strengthen one’s manager posture

The skills blocks of the certification may not be acquired separately. The proposed curriculum covers all skills blocks.

Programme highlights

Build a comprehensive understanding of sustainable transformation

Learn to lead sustainable change within organisations from the ground-up and master sustainability strategies thanks to courses in Business Decarbonisation & Strategies, Corporate Strategy & Transitions Management, CSR & ESG Strategy, and more.

Strengthen your resume with key industry certifications and training

Throughout the course, candidates will be able to train for and obtain key industry certifications, such as the Sulitest TASK, a cutting-edge sustainability literacy training course and certification in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and certification to lead the “2Tonnes” climate awareness workshops.

Partnerships & transversal business cases

One element that sets this programme apart is its hands-on approach to learning that mobilises students around real-world business cases. The structure of this course enriches the traditional academic model by engaging students like consultants to apply knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and solve real, cross-sectoral challenges. Over the two semesters, students will work on transversal business cases with EY and BMW France to brainstorm sustainable solutions to current issues for the two companies.

Academic excellence in sustainability

Learn from a diverse faculty composed of both researchers and practitioners who bring complementary perspectives on current sustainability issues, with publications in top-tier journals including the Journal of Cleaner Production, the Journal of Business Ethics and Ecological Economics.

Professional experience (4-to-6 months)

The programme includes an internship or other practical experience (fixed-term contract, permanent contract, business start-up, etc.) where theories and skills are applied in a professional environment. Students are free to complete their professional experience in France or abroad, subject to approval by the internship director and based on its relevance to the programme and course content.

Adapted programme for high-level athletes and artists

High-level athletes and artists may benefit from an adapted programme in order to pursue both their studies and their passion.

To learn more about the MSc Sustainability Transformations in detail, please download the programme brochure.

Evaluation procedures

The programme is validated in two ways:

  • Continuous assessment: Evaluations conducted throughout the course the programme in the form of individual or collective assignments to be submitted.
  • Final assessment: Carried out at the end of the course and may take a number of different forms, most of which are individual.

At the end of the course and after validation of the ECTS for each year of training, the Level 7 DESSMI – MSc Sustainability Transformations diploma is awarded to participants.

If certain modules have not been validated and therefore credits not obtained, the student may take a resit examination during the periods set aside for this purpose.

  • Percentage of students sitting final examinations* : 100%
  • Graduation rate* : 100%

Source: *Degree Rewarding Committee Report for the 2022-2023 year

Take your career to the next level:

In tomorrow’s business world, what will make the difference is that every manager incorporates sustainability challenges into his or her own goals and practices in order to drive necessary transformations.

The MSc Sustainability Transformations trains future leaders who can embrace stakeholder perspectives and create common solutions while maintaining an ongoing discussion with senior management to better address the strategic changes that need to be undertaken.

Targeted professions

he MSc Sustainability Transformations prepares graduates for careers with roles as Consultants, Managers, Coordinators or Directors in:

  • Change Management & Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)
  • CSG, Sustainability & ESG reporting
  • Corporate Sustainability & Social Impact
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation & New Business Models
  • Environmental & Social Responsibility
  • Social Sustainability
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Corporate Sustainability & Innovation
  • Green Finance
  • Sustainable Marketing
  • Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Sustainable Business Development

Graduates may also pursue managerial positions within organisations that aim to accompany and support CSR and ESG policies (circular economy, green supply chain, sustainable finance, tech for good, etc.).

Admissions Requirements

1-year course:

  • Completion of a 4-year Bachelor’s degree (in business, economics, sciences, etc.) or a 3-year Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 1 year of professional experience
  • Proof of English language proficiency is required during the application process (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Cambridge, Duolingo)*

2-year MSc option:

  • Completion of a 3-year Bachelor’s degree (Open to all backgrounds)

Proof of English language proficiency is required during the application process (TOEIC, TOEFL ibt, IELTS, Cambridge and Duolingo).*

*Contact us to learn more about the scores required for each test. 

Admissions process

  • Complete the online application: apply.neoma-bs.fr
  • Provide scanned copies of all original documents in English or French (CV, motivation letter, transcripts, etc.)
  • Candidates who meet the admissions requirements will be asked to complete a deferred interview
  • Admissions results are sent by email within two weeks of the interview.

Application fee : €100

Admissions calendar

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, from September with a final deadline for submissions in mid-July. Applicants will be informed of the admission jury’s decision within two weeks of the interview.

However, given the limited number of places, candidates are advised to apply as early as possible.

Additional recommendations

To ensure a rich multicultural environment, the MSc Sustainability Transformations welcomes students with diverse backgrounds in business, engineering, sociology and other social sciences, law, political sciences etc., who are driven by a desire to lead high-impact initiatives to transform companies in the face of climate change and social issues.

Candidates should demonstrate interest in pursuing a future career in sustainability issues via certifications, courses, etc. They should have at minimum an introductory knowledge of ESG and CSR concepts and some notions of business.

Candidates should be able to communicate with confidence in English, participate in group work, demonstrate initiative, strong interpersonal skills, enjoy meeting people and having new experiences.

2-Year MSc Option

Discover the International Pre-Master, the extended course that makes a Master of Science accessible to students holding a 3-year bachelor’s degree!

Programme overview

Delivered on the Rouen campus, this programme serves as a gateway to a Master of Science (MSc) for graduates of a three-year higher education qualification (French Licence or Bachelor’s degree). The programme is also open to students with academic backgrounds in fields not directly linked to their desired MSc programme.

This first year of study in the International Pre-Master provides an overview of the core areas of business studies and the fundamentals of the selected MSc programme. Upon validation of this curriculum, students continue to their second year and obtain their Master of Science degree.

Please indicate your preferred Master of Science programme when preparing your application.

Programme strengths

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Build the academic foundations and skillset to access NEOMA’s Master of Science programmes

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Cultivate your cross-cultural competencies in a multicultural cohort of students, with instruction by an international faculty

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Develop your skills in independent, critical thinking and effective communication

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Empower your career trajectory thanks to career & personal development workshops

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Gain professional experience through a 4-to-6-month internship in your first or second year

Evaluation procedures

The programme is validated in two ways:

  • Continuous assessment: Evaluations conducted throughout the course the programme in the form of individual or collective assignments to be submitted.
  • Final assessment: Carried out at the end of the course and may take a number of different forms, most of which are individual.

At the end of the programme, participants must validate 60 ECTS credits.

If certain modules have not been validated and therefore credits not obtained, the student may take a resit examination during the periods set aside for this purpose.

Professional experience

A professional experience (of minimum four months) is mandatory to validate your 2-year MSc. It can take place at the end of the first or second year of studies, in France or abroad.

Marina BASTOUNIS

Head of programme

Expand your professional horizons and reach for a Master of Science from a top French business school.

Stories

Anqi YANG
2013-14

The first year of my MSc was a year of building the fundamentals skills necessary for almost every aspect of my professional life. Courses like Quantitative Methods gave me skills related to several fields of study, like economics and finance, helping me to read and analyse data in a more objective way. Geopolitics provided me with a comprehensive vision of world trade. Also, a full day’s work in an English-speaking environment strengthened my preparation for work in an international context. The courses were extremely useful and gave me confidence in my skills. What I also liked a lot is the diversity of teachers; they are from different countries, which really gives me a feeling of studying in an international school.

Romain PENNEL
2013-14

After completing a special two-year diploma in Marketing & Trade, I chose to go abroad and complement it with a bachelor’s degree in English. After graduating with a 3-year bachelor’s degree, I decided to enrol in the two-year MSc option at NEOMA Business School. It was the ideal solution for me, and I was able to earn a Master of Science. The first year at NEOMA prepared me for my MSc courses and the professional challenges of international business.

For more information, contact our international team:

Min WU

Asia & Asia-Pacific

International Promotion and Admissions Manager

+33 2 32 82 17 76 LinkedIn Make an appointment
Shekhar SURTI

Shekhar SURTI

Indian Subcontinent

Ange DJEGAN

France

International Promotion and Admissions Manager

+33 2 32 82 17 72 LinkedIn Make an appointment

Anya Angélica CÁRDENAS

Latin America
Sihem BRIKCI

Sihem BRIKCI

Europe & North America

International Promotion and Admissions Manager

(+33) 3 26 77 88 60 LinkedIn images Make an appointment

Khalif BELGHITH

Africa & Middle East

Practical information

  • Format:

    Full time

  • Duration:

    1-year course: 15 months
    2-year course: 12 months (year 1) + 15 months (year 2)

  • Tuition fees:

    1-year course: €18,500
    2-year course: €29,000

  • Campus:

    Reims

  • Teaching language:

    English

  • Course start date:

    October 2024

  • Entry level:

    1-year course: 4-year Bachelor’s degree or 3-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 1 year professional experience
    2-year course: 3-year Bachelor’s degree

  • Degree awarded:

    Master of Science, "Grade de Master" / Level 7 Qualification on the RNCP (French Register of Professional Certifications) / RNCP sheet No. 37684, Advanced degree in international management
    Registration date: 01/09/2023 - NEOMA

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Practical information

  • Practical information
    • Format:

      Full time

    • Duration:

      1-year course: 15 months
      2-year course: 12 months (year 1) + 15 months (year 2)

    • Tuition fees:

      1€

    • Campus:

      Reims

    • Teaching language:

      English

    • Course start date:

      October 2024

    • Entry level:

      1-year course: 4-year Bachelor’s degree or 3-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 1 year professional experience
      2-year course: 3-year Bachelor’s degree

    • Degree awarded:

      Master of Science, "Grade de Master" / Level 7 Qualification on the RNCP (French Register of Professional Certifications) / RNCP sheet No. 37684, Advanced degree in international management
      Registration date: 01/09/2023 - NEOMA