​​AUC offers a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Development as the first program based on innovative collaboration among the AUC schools of Business, Science and Engineering, Global Affairs and Public Policy, and Humanities and Social Sciences. The Master of Science program is enhanced by the advanced facilities and state-of-the-art equipment available at the University. The program aims to educate innovative and visionary leaders with a holistic understanding of the developmental challenges in today’s world. It offers a comprehensive and in-depth study of sustainability, covering the three dimensions of economy, environment, and society. Concentrations in engineering, business studies, public policy or social sciences may be pursued, depending on the student’s interests and background. In addition to the theoretical and analytical components of the program, students are encouraged to carry out community-based activities.

Established in 2013 by Hani Sewilam, the Master’s of Science in Sustainable Development program was the first of its kind in the Middle East and now boasts over 40 alumni.

The M.Sc. in Sustainable Development has recently been ranked by Eduniversal as the top master’s program in Africa with a focus on sustainability and green technologies. The program has been defined following the European Quality Framework (EQF) and according to the Accreditation requirements for the Egyptian Education System. SSDV programs have followed the process for obtaining the recognition, whose main purpose is to ensure that it fulfills a standard of quality that fits into the Egyptian context.


There are different tracks eligible candidates can take:

Career Opportunities

A graduate qualification and community-based experience in sustainable development may lead to career opportunities in national and international organizations. Graduates typically seek career advancement in:

  • Start-up business in the areas of green technologies and business

  • International organizations that are active in fields related to sustainable development (United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, UN-HABITAT, African Development Bank and the World Bank)

  • Local or regional nongovernmental organizations that work closely with the communities

  • Governmental institutions on the policy level

  • Corporate social responsibility departments of major corporations

  • Consultancy firms working in the area of environmental services or social development

  • Bilateral donor agencies (such as GIZ, USAID, JICA)

What Graduates Are Saying

Wessam Adly, class of 2016

Studying the M.Sc. in Sustainable Development at AUC was a turning point in my life. It changed my perspective about how to use resources and my vision for the coming years. It also helped me move forward in my career, as I am now working on developing the health sector in the Sustainable Development Strategy for Egypt 2030.

Wessam Adly '16
Gabriel Alhassan, class of 2017

The M.Sc. in Sustainable Development Program has broadened my horizons to be more futuristic in my thinking and actions!

Gabriel Alhassan '17
Alia Azzam, class of 2015

The M.Sc. in Sustainable Development Program provided me with integrated skills and knowledge across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Being exposed to the up-to-date global debates and issues, my enthusiasm and will to solve current problems in Egypt have expanded tremendously. Right now I believe I can change the world into a better one!

Alia Azzam '15