Sustainability as an important factor for corporate success: students receive comprehensive training

  • Master's programme "Sustainable Management" starts in June 2022 under the direction of Professor Dr. René Schmidpeter.
  • The labour market offers very good opportunities for business trained sustainability experts.
  • Geographical and temporal flexibility make the course possible for all with a first degree.

Erfurt, 26 April 2022 - IU International University of Applied Sciences will be offering a new Master's programme in "Sustainable Management" from June 2022. The newly trained experts will be able to integrate sustainability as a business success factor in all important business processes. In contrast to sustainability management, all disciplines of business administration are thought through from an economic, ecological and social perspective and positioned accordingly in "Sustainable Management" - because sustainability should also pay off economically.

Renowned economist Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter, an internationally recognised mastermind for sustainable management, is responsible for the new degree programme. He has received several awards, including for his publication "Dictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility". He also edits the "International Journal of CSR" at Springer and the management series "CSR" at Springer Gabler.

Know-how for sustainable management as a career booster

Sustainability has now arrived in many companies. Numerous larger companies, but also smaller firms, now rely on sustainable concepts and introduce environmental and social standards in their supply chains, for example. This is no longer just about strengthening the "green image" vis-à-vis customers and business partners. Many companies are increasingly taking environmental and social responsibility seriously.

Recent studies also show that companies are more successful in the long term if they integrate sustainability into their corporate strategy and transform themselves accordingly. This applies to product design as well as to the production and administration of the company.

"Sustainability and CSR are still a marginal topic in university education. In the future, however, we will have a huge demand for managers with know-how in sustainable management. Companies need decision-makers and young leaders who can bring in new perspectives to change the future positively and still act economically in the long term. Therefore, the career prospects for graduates of the Master's programme 'Sustainable Management' are excellent," says Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter.

Elective modules offer students maximum flexibility and the opportunity to specialise. Depending on requirements and prerequisites, the distance learning programme can be completed in two to eight semesters as a 60 ECTS Master's or as a 120 ECTS Master's. The distance learning programme is aimed at graduates of a first degree in any subject area with professional experience.

The Sustainable Management programme qualifies students for middle management positions in companies that want to integrate sustainability into their corporate strategy, culture and organisation. Possible positions include management consultants for sustainable business transformation, managing directors or founders who want to establish companies with responsibility for their social and ecological environment. The degree can also be attractive for heads of finance departments who write ESG-compliant investment proposals in their annual planning and assist other departments with sustainable innovation and investment.


Master's programme "Sustainable Management

Start: Winter semester 2022/23

Type of programme: distance learning, flexible in terms of time and place, interactive, online campus, IU Learn app, personal support

Duration: 12-48 months depending on time model

Language: German

Examinations: online or at the nearest examination centre

Tuition fees: from 319 euros per month

Information: - https://www.iu.de/en/master/nachhaltiges-management/


With over 85,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognised educational institution brings together more than 200 Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes under its roof, which are offered in German or English. Students can choose between on-campus study, dual study, distance learning and flexible combination models and thus shape their studies in a self-determined way. In addition, IU facilitates continuing education and promotes the idea of lifelong learning. The university's goal is to make education possible for as many people as possible. IU began operations in 2000 and is now represented in 28 German cities. It cooperates with over 10,000 companies and actively supports them in employee development. Its partners include Motel One, VW Financial Services and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at: www.iu.de/en