Attitude and Success

Resource scarcity, climate change, financial crises, demographic developments, technological advances and international supply chains pose major challenges for responsible companies and organisations. New approaches and "out-of-the-box thinking" are more in demand than ever.

The master's course Sustainability & Responsible Management offers you innovative models to run businesses sustainably while maintaining their competitiveness. In 2014 the course was awarded the Sustainability Award for "Teaching and Curricula".

Your network is also sustainable: the UAS BFI Vienna is a member of respACT (Austrian Business Council for sustainable development) and a member of the UN Global Compact UNGC. The scientific director Mag.a Karin Huber-Heim is a member of the Austrian "UN Global Compact Steering Committee".

The UN‘s Sustainable Development Goals and the MIT Sloane School of Management‘s Climate Change Negotiation Simulation are an essential part of the curriculum. Thus you can span the arc from theory to practice and also experience the negotiating dynamics with different stakeholder groups.


The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are an integral part of the curriculum. You learn how to make the transition from theory to practice and extend your network by forging new contacts to key stakeholders.

Corporate Governance

  • Value Management and Ethics
  • CSR and Compliance
  • Precautionary Principle and Due Diligence

CSR and Stakeholder Communication

  • Stakeholder Theory, Mapping and Analysis
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • CSR Branding

Core Issues of Social Responsibility

  • Human Rights in Corporate Practice
  • Clean Production, Life Cycle Management and Climate Protection
  • Responsible Supply Chain
  • Anti-Corruption

Management Models and Standards

  • International CSR Standards
  • Risk Management
  • Diversity Management
  • Energy Management/Environmental Management

Change and Transformation

  • Change Management
  • Creating Shared Value
  • Impact measurement of CSR

Framework Conditions for CSR

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Macroeconomic Framework for CSR in Austria and Europe
  • CSR Networks

Personality Development

  • Future-oriented Personality & Resilience
  • Collaboration, Cooperation, Empowerment: Skills Training
  • Workshop Design, Moderation and Presentation-techniques
  • Climate Plan Simulation Game

Future-oriented Business

  • Organisational Culture and organisational Analysis
  • Strategic Sustainability Management
  • Sustainable Innovation & New-Business Models
  • Adaptive Management
  • Circular Economy


  • Governance & Ethical Compliance
  • Responsible Leadership & Ethical Dilemma Management
  • Integration of the SDGs
  • Responsible Finance & Impact Investment

Mag.a Karin Huber-Heim, Scientific Director, UAS Lecturer, CSR and communication

"A sustainable economy needs managers with integrity and foresight. Our program trains executives who are able to manage the complexity of global value chains as well as the claims of different stakeholders responsibly."

Mag. Reinhard Friesenbichler, lecturer

"Ultimately, it is the financial market that makes resources available for or withdrawn them from companies and projects. To understand and to use this is the core issue of a sustainable investment."


Send a completed application form (see downloads below) via email to course coordinator Anita Stiedl.

The programme at a glance


Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainability and Responsible Management




EUR 9,500 (VAT-free, can be paid in instalments on request). Financial aid for applicants with primary residence in Vienna.


German and English


March 2020


Three semesters

Study places

Part-time, 20 / year

Contact hours

  • 1st and 2nd semester 1 block week/semester, 3rd semester 2 block weeks (Mon-Sat)
  • Friday afternoons and Saturdays (daytime) at three-week intervals
  • Blended learning units

Target groups

  • Managers in the public and private sectors, and at NGOs
  • CSR, environmental
  • HR, quality and communication managers
  • Corporate consultants and
  • Project managers

Admission requirements

  • Recognised academic degree (bachelor or higher) or equivalent (CSR Manager or Diversity and Inclusion Manager postgraduate programme)
  • Proof of necessary basic knowledge from a related degree programme (ECTS credits for CSR and diversity-related courses)
  • Good German and English skills, written application
  • Interview

Applicants who have completed the CSR Manager or Diversity and Inclusion Manager postgraduate programme can join the programme in semester 3.

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At the Executive Education Center your studies are ...

  • practice-oriented - with lecturers from industry and academics
  • innovative - through online and face-to-face offers
  • interdisciplinary - thanks to programmes from different fields
  • part-time - with compact study periods or online offers
  • familiar - in small, motivated groups with dedicated lecturers
  • international - connected to a worldwide network
  • affordable - thanks to deductibility and financial support



Climate conference simulation

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