Offered Programs

The graduate program in sustainable development 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. In addition to the theoretical and analytical components of the program, students are encouraged to carry out community-based activities. 

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.

The program is coordinated and offered by the CSD in collaboration with the School of Business, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Sciences and Engineering.

Since fall 2014, students have the opportunity to receive double master’s degrees from AUC and Politecnico di Milano in Italy. They will spend the first year at the AUC and the second year in Italy, before preparing their master's thesis under supervision from both universities.

There are three different tracks eligible candidates can take:

  • The M.Sc. in Sustainable Development; 
  • The Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development; 
  • or the M.Sc. in Sustainable Development Dual Degree with Politecnico di Milano in Italy.
  • The world is in urgent need for sustainable development, not for activities that lead to deterioration of the environment, exhaustion of natural resources and the triggering of diseases. Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is about thinking and working in a profoundly different way.

    Engineers, economists, ecologists, as well as political and social scientists cannot continue working on isolated islands. People with new skills who understand and are able to bring these disciplines together to develop their environments in a sustainable manner are needed more than ever before. A graduate program in sustainable development will enable participants to actively contribute to upgrading slums, reducing the use of fossil fuels, meeting renewable energy targets, conserving local resources, solving water problems, managing waste, reducing pressure on the local environment and supporting the creation of sustainable communities.

    Participants who join the program will be:

    • Among the first group studying sustainable development in the region
    • One of few green entrepreneurs in the Middle East and Africa
    • Desired in the local and international job market
    • Taught by international professors from four different schools at AUC
    • Active in helping the community while studying
    • Taking classes with students from different backgrounds
  • 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 (GIZ, USAID, JICA, etc.)
  • Several fellowships are available for students pursuing an M.Sc. in Sustainable Development. Fellowships are open to new students, and may also be available to continuing graduate students who display superior performance in their academic endeavors, depending on the availability of allocated funds for a given fellowship award. 

    Al Alfi Foundation Sustainable Development Fellowship : for Egyptian nationals admitted to sustainable development

    Egyptian nationals admitted to sustainable development: for non-Egyptian African students in any field of graduate degree study

    Al Ghurair STEM Scholars Program: for nationals from the Arab world admitted to graduate degree study in any field of science and engineering

    ​​​​​Dr Ahmed and Ann M. El-Mokadem Fellowship: for Egyptian nationals in specific fields of graduate studies, including Sustainable Development

    Ryoichi Sasakawa Endowed Young Leaders Fellowships Fund (SYLFF Program): for Egyptian nationals in specific fields of graduate studies, including Sustainable Development

    University Fellowships: for All nationalities in any field of graduate study

Degrees Offered

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Sustainable Development - MSc

This program aims to create a new generation of business and social entrepreneurs with skills to start up green businesses, launch innovative ventures and products, and set public policy and social entrepreneurship innovations that address society’s resource challenges.
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Sustainable Development - Dual Degree

The program in sustainable development and the various English language delivered Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria, Architecture or Design at the Politecnico di Milano offers a dual degree program.
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Sustainable Development - Diploma

This diploma considers the concept of sustainable development as an economic growth opportunity. It is designed for candidates who desire to make a contribution in the field.
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Did You Know

Learn some facts about our sustainability graduate programs

1st of its kind in MENA

Created in 2013 by Prof. Hani Sewilam, the program was the first of its kind in the Middle East and now boasts over 70 alumni

Top master’s program in Africa ​​​​​​​focused on sustainability and green technologies

The M.Sc. in Sustainable Development as ranked by Eduniversal