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Sustainable Development and Environmental Management


The MA in Sustainable development and Environmental Management in Paris Graduate School is an 18-months program that advances your knowledge of Sustainable Development and environmental management, the policy process, nature and practice of the subjects as a concept and field of practice in international development, public policy and business management.

The programme is a 120-credits Master’s degree organized around 6 compulsory course units of 20 credits each. Students are required to pass all 6 courses, write and defend a compulsory final dissertation to earn the degree. In most cases students are asked to complete a minimum of 3 months internship or industrial training as additional requirement.

Classes could either be taken onsite or online. Onsite students complete the course work in 1 academic year and would write the required dissertation leading to the award of the degree. Students studying online have the advantage to take the coursework at their rhythm, apart from the compulsory online sessions,  but must complete the course work with the required assignments and final dissertation in a maximum of 18 months.

This program is taught in English, no knowledge of French is required.

Timeframe- 15-18 months

Admission requirement

First degree in any discipline with at least two years’ experience in any field. Applicants may be asked to supply proof that the programme will contribute to their academic and professional development. Consideration will be based on individual evaluation and merit.


As a concept in international development, Sustainable Development has grown to become an important political-economy instrument, not only for its multidisciplinary nature but also due to its ever-increasing relevance to policy coordination and contribution to effective local, national, regional development management and administration systems. At the introduction of the Millennium Development Goals in the year 2000, which was replaced by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2015, the subject has passed from being a global development goal to an international policy instrument.

The focus of sustainable development ranges from economic development, poverty reduction, environmental management, health, education, water and sanitation, affordable energy, economic growth, climate change, peace and justice, to reducing inequalities……etc.

The program therefore emphasizes the policy dimension of Sustainable Development as it reflects on different subjects with its main focus on environmental management. It is tailored to provide leaders and prospective leaders in the public, private and non-profit sector the knowledge required to build capacity, coordinate and manage the implementation of SDGs.


At the end of this program, students should:

  • Understand the concepts of Sustainable Development and Environmental Management.
  • Understand how policy-makers and other stakeholders can apply policies to the governance of scarce resources and the preservation of the environment.
  • Be able to make informed decisions in their different professional and leadership roles at present and in future
  • Be able to apply the principles and concepts leant in the course of their study to their respective professions and future career responsibilities be it in the private, public and non-governmental sector.


The Masters Programme covers diverse range of topics, organized around the following broad modules:

Course Unit 1- What is Sustainable Development? (20 credits)


  • What is Sustainable Development? Definitions and Concepts
  • Trends in Sustainable Development Policy from 1972 to date
  • Economic Growth and Limitations
  • Ending Extreme Poverty
  • Multidisciplinarity and the SDGs Dispensation (Planning for Sustainable Development)
  • Human Rights and Gender Inequality
  • Pathways and challenges

Course Unit 2- Environmental Management: Saving the Planet (20 Credits)


  • The planetary Boundaries (Energy, Food and Population)
  • Climate Change (Adaptation, Mitigation and Global Cooperation)
  • Saving Biodiversity
  • Sustainable Global Food Supply
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production 

Course Unit 3Ethics: Professional, Personal and General Ethics towards a Sustainable World (20 Credits)


  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
  • Environment and Social Management Systems (ESMS)
  • Sustainability Reporting

Course Unit 4Social Responsibility and Innovation (20 Credits)


  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Innovation and Design Thinking
  • Inclusive and Green Business Models
  • Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains
  • Sustainability Reporting

Course Unit 5- Education and Sustainable Development (ESD) (20 Credits)


  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
  • Environmental Education (EE)
  • Development Education (DE)
  • Principles of Education for Sustainable Development
  • UN/UNESCO’s Framework of Action
  • Global Citizenship and the future of ESD

Course Unit 6- The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development as an International Policy and Results Framework for the Environment and Sustainable Development (20 Credits)


  • Sustainable Development, Policy Coherence, Inclusive Policy and managing Complexities in International Development
  • Sustainability and the Concept of Development Management
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a Results Framework: Imports of the SDGs in Managing for Development Results (MfDR) and Results Based Management (RBM) in International development
  • Sustainable Development and the Ebbs and Flows of International Development
  • Financing for Sustainable Development and Development Effectiveness


This Masters Programme is conceived, provided and organized in partnership with 3psmars International (an Alliance for Development Effectiveness). 3PSMARS is a global Think Tank based in Paris, with focus on capacity building for development effectiveness and Sustainable Development. With this mandate, 3PSMARS International employs this program as an avenue to reach out for impact in this regard.


This program provides for both onsite and online learning. This is dependent on the student’s preference and availability. International students willing to do physical study must consider the cost of their living and maintenance in Paris.

Considering that the programme is a second degree and in order to meet the schedule of working students, online classes will be organized mostly in the evening on weekdays and during weekends. Prospective students must be ready to make time out to attend the classes as final assessment would require 75 percent attendance of the online classes. Students who complete their online programme will be invited for a physical graduation in Paris if interested.


The fee for the online programme is fixed at €1800, while for onsite study in Paris is €9500. However, in view of the current global health crisis, the school will take only online students for the 2020/2021 session. The unique online intake continues until further notice.


For online students, the deadline for application closes November 15, 2020 for the first cohort for 2020/2021 academic year. Nevertheless, due to the nature of the online classes, admission process remains open and flexible for students to be able manage the engagements at their own pace over the 18 months programme span. Kindly send an email to executive.pg[at]parisgraduateschool.org after completing the application online.


Email : executive.pg[at]parisgraduateschool.org

Tel.: +33 7 58 68 37 71; +234 816 9