Global Sustainability Science

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

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The Global Sustainability Science programme of Leuphana University of Lüne­burg studies the sustainable de­ve­lop­ment which became one of the ma­jor glo­bal chal­len­ges fa­c­ing the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry - this much is bey­ond dis­pu­te.


The Global Sustainability Science programme of Leuphana University of Lüne­burg has been joint­ly de­ve­l­o­ped by Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty in Pho­enix/​USA and Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg. The Mas­ters Pro­gram­me in Glo­bal Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence pro­vi­des an aca­de­mi­cal­ly well ba­lan­ced edu­ca­ti­on in en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty re­se­arch on the Mas­ter le­vel. The goal is to pro­vi­de the theo­re­ti­cal, me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal, or­ga­niza­t­io­nal, and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve skills that are ne­cessa­ry to de­ve­lop, rea­li­ze, and re­flect on one’s own di­sci­pli­na­ry and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch work and pro­jects in the field of en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces.

Programme structure

The first se­mes­ter ta­kes place at the stu­dents' re­spec­tive home uni­ver­si­ty - eit­her the Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg or the Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty. Here they will take si­mi­lar ba­sic cour­ses in the main to­pics and be­gin their col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with vir­tu­al clas­ses, first trans­na­tio­nal team as­si­gn­ments, and sha­red pre­pa­ra­ti­on for the in­ter­cul­tu­ral re­se­arch (re­se­arch pro­ject 1).

The se­cond se­mes­ter ta­kes place at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty in Lu­e­n­e­burg. The­re, all stu­dents take ad­van­ced cour­ses in sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­ence , de­ve­lop their re­se­arch pro­ject in teams , and de­epen their stu­dies with elec­tives.

The third se­mes­ter ta­kes place at Arizona State University , whe­re stu­dents pur­sue ad­van­ced cour­ses in sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­ence, con­duct their re­se­arch pro­jects, and fur­ther de­epen their cho­sen em­pha­sis through elec­tives.

The fourth se­mes­ter ta­kes place at the stu­dents' re­spe­cit­ve home uni­ver­si­ty - eit­her Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg or Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty, whe­re they will com­ple­te the re­se­arch pro­jects, and do­cu­ment them in a sci­en­ti­fic pa­per. This pu­bli­ca­ti­on is sup­por­ted by the cour­se Sci­en­ti­fic Pa­per at ASU, and by the Mas­ter Fo­rum at Leu­pha­na. Team­work will con­ti­nue in vir­tu­al work en­vi­ron­ments, and the ex­ch­an­ge through the "vir­tu­al class­room" pro­vi­des a space to com­ple­te the stu­dy pro­gram­me to­ge­ther.

Career prospects

Stu­dents will be pre­pa­red both for an em­ploy­ment in in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly ope­ra­ting in­sti­tu­ti­ons and or­ga­niza­t­i­ons and for a sci­en­ti­fic ca­re­er. De­pen­ding on their in­di­vi­du­al aca­de­mic pro­fi­le, gra­dua­tes will have a wide ran­ge of ca­re­er op­ti­ons in sustaina­bi­li­ty-fo­cu­sed re­se­arch, par­ti­cu­lar­ly in in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch con­texts. They will also have ac­cess to lea­ding po­si­ti­ons in busi­ness and con­sul­ting, pu­blic ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on, na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal third sec­tor or­ga­niza­t­i­ons as well as po­li­ti­cal ad­vi­sing.

Due to the in­ter­na­tio­na­li­ty of the pro­gram­me and the edu­ca­tio­nal fo­cus on in­ter­cul­tu­ral as­pects of sustaina­bi­li­ty chal­len­ges and col­la­bo­ra­ti­on in sol­ving them, alum­ni of this stu­dy pro­gram­me will find new job op­por­tu­nities in ad­di­ti­on to al­re­a­dy es­ta­blis­hed fiel­ds.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ecosystem Responses to Chemical Pollution
  • Earth Systems and Climate Change
  • Geochemical Aspects of Compounds in the Environment and Sustainable Chemistry 
  • Sustainability Communication
  • Market-oriented Sustainability Management
  • Sustainability Governance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Mas­ters Pro­gram­me is ai­med at na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal stu­dents who eit­her have a ba­che­lor's de­gree or any equi­va­lent. Non-Ger­man de­grees will be ex­ami­ned with re­gard to their equi­va­lence ba­sed on as­sess­ment pro­po­sals of the Zen­tral­stel­le für ausländi­sches Bil­dungs­we­sen
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • Student contribution: 353 EUR at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg
  • Tuition fee: 1,350 USD at Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty


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