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Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Global Development)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Business and Sustainability for your Master of Sustainable Development Goals at Massey

The Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Business and Sustainability) focuses on the theory and practice of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The qualification addresses the most pressing imperative facing humanity and the planet: sustainability. This degree is unique in Australasia.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The SDGs are the UN’s ambitious macro-level plan for humankind’s development and sustainability. The goals address global challenges including those related to poverty and inequality, climate and environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice.

Follow your interests

You’ll take two core courses in sustainable development. The first will introduce you to theories of sustainable development and the SDGs. The second will focus on multi-disciplinary frameworks. They will also focus on how to measure progress against the SDGs. As well as paradigms of Indigenous knowledge and practice in the field of sustainability.

Then you’ll take courses related to your subject of business and sustainability. The courses cover topics such as advanced contemporary issues in sustainability, corporate citizenship and responsibility.

This qualification examines the business case for sustainability. It includes business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and how businesses can operate in ways that are socially and environmentally responsible.

Real-world research

The final 60-credit component of your degree is a research practicum. You’ll identify an organisation with which to work towards policies or practices guided by the SDG framework in business and sustainability. You’ll then conduct research on, and analyse the business and sustainability work, undertaken by that organisation.

A Master of Sustainable Development Goals in Business and Sustainability is a good fit if you:

want to address sustainability problems facing both people and the planet

seek skills in applying sustainability principles and practices

are interested in alternatives to the dominant Western paradigm.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Business and Sustainability) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a grade average of at least B in the highest level courses.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT – Overall score 90, minimum 20 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 5
  • PTE - 58 overall and minimum 50 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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