MSc in Sustainability Transformation (ST)



About the Program

Recent global occurrences and the challenges created by global warming have reaffirmed the pressing need for us to redefine not only our priorities, economic models, and our organizations, but also our societies and individual behaviours.

Recognizing the imperative of prioritizing ecological engagement, ESSEC Business School launched the ESSEC Together initiative in 2020, putting the school’s vision into practice through various aspects such as integrating courses on environmental challenges and ecological transitions into all programs, as well as implementing environmentally-friendly processes across its global campuses.

In 2021, ESSEC takes this initiative a step further with the launch of the MSc in Sustainability Transformation, designed to equip future leaders with the knowledge, tools, and network to make a sustainable impact towards the way business is done, effectuate change in an increasingly volatile world, and capture new opportunities from sustainability.

Sustainability is no longer an option but an imperative; transformation has to permeate all aspects of organizations in order for meaningful change to occur. To meet these goals, there is an increasing need for talents who can balance the business and environmental aspects in corporations.

Through a mix of academic and professional experiences, the MSc in Sustainability Transformation will provide students with a blend of management knowledge as well as an understanding of today’s social and environmental issues. Proximity to the professional world of corporations, entrepreneurs, NGOs and public administration through learning expeditions, as well as a final internship or academic thesis, will immerse students in real-world scenarios, allowing them to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program.

Anne-Claire Pache, Academic Director

Alexis de La Tour du Pin, Executive Director

Anne-Claire PACHE

Academic Director

Associate Dean for Global Strategy and Sustainability
Professor, Public & Private Policy Department
Alumna, Master in Management, ESSEC Business School
Master in Public Administration, Harvard University
Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, INSEAD


Executive Director

Executive Director, Digital Disruption
Chair and Chaire Talents de la
Transition Écologique
Alumnus, Master in Management,
ESSEC Business School

Benefit from a career-focused academic curriculum

Through a blend of academic courses and experiential learning, the MSc in Sustainability Transformationwill equip you with the knowledge and competencies needed to drive the prioritization of sustainability in organizations, balancing business and sustainability objectives while creating meaningful value.

You will be able to specialize through one of six majors, which will provide you with exposure to an extensive network of partners and recruiters. These will enable you to develop your career in sustainability, driving change in organizations.

Please note that:
- The Sustainable Finance major requires students to have a prior degree in economics or finance.
- The Climate & Biodiversity as well as Social Innovation & Impact Entrepreneurship majors are taught in French. Please refer to theAdmissions Tab (Step 1) for more information regarding the French level required.

Term 0 | September: Fundamentals of Management

Interactive and Sustainability-Focused Initiatives

Basics of Management and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

• Team Building & Leadership
• Business & Society
• Climate Day

• Introduction to Data-Related, Decision and Management Practices
• Negotiation
• Principles of Management in today’s global environment

Term 1 | October/December: Core Learning
Fundamentals of CSR, Social and Environmental Impact, and Sustainability Management

Key Sustainability Concepts

Domain-Specific Introductions to Sustainability Management

Such as: CSR & Sustainable Development
Social & Environmental Impact Assessment

Such as: Sustainability Marketing
ESG Investing and Green Finance

Term 2: Core Learning
Transformation & Specialization

Core Learning on Transformation

• Leading Change & Transformation
• Creative Facilitation for a Changing World
• Digital Week Competition

Specialize through one of six majors

Deepen your knowledge through the different majors anchored in ESSEC Chairs, specializations that are developed and managed in close collaboration with industry partners.
Thanks to your major of choice, you will gain access to an extensive network of prestigious partners and recruiters

Circular Economy

Global Circular Economy Chair

Food Transition

Food Business Challenges Chair

Inclusiveness & Diversity

Leadership & Diversity Chair

Sustainable Finance

Shaping the Future of Finance Chair

Climate & Biodiversity

Chaire Talents de la Transition Écologique

Social Innovation & Impact Entrepreneurship

Chaire Entrepreneuriat et Innovation à Impact

Term 3: Specialization, Thematic Courses, Learning Expeditions

• Continuation of Specialization courses with applied seminars and research, as well as field visits
• Thematic courses on Social & Environmental Regulation, Cleantech, etc.

Learning Expeditions

An on-the-ground experience of alternative organizational models, from local social innovation to living under the energy and food constraints of a low-carbon world

Summer: Internship of 4/6 months or Academic Thesis

Apply what you’ve learnt throughout the program through a professional experience of 4/6 months or an academic thesis done under the guidance of an ESSEC professor

Download the brochure for a comprehensive list of courses.


An internationally-recognized institution

Accreditation by Recognition

'Welcome to France' - 'Bienvenue en France'

ESSEC Business School has been recognized by Campus France and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for the quality of its international students’ welcome. The school received the highest level that can be obtained from the "Bienvenue en France" certification, which is the third level. This certification recognizes the quality of ESSEC's reception in all the criteria provided:

  • The quality and accessibility of information
  • The welcoming of new international students
  • The academic offer
  • Accommodations
  • Campus life
  • The quality of post-graduate follow-up
Triple Crown Accreditation

The academic excellence of ESSEC’s programs is recognized through its international standards in management training, and it holds the prestigious ”Triple Crown“ of accreditations: EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA.

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  • Dec 01
    Access Masters | Germany, Austria & Switzerland

    Meet ESSEC representative Vibhor Dubey and discover the range of Master's programs at ESSEC's campuses in France and Singapore.

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    Online Fair - Study in France | Nigeria

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  • Dec 13
    Live Q&A | Discover the MSc in Sustainability Transformation

    Join us for a Live Q&A with Alexis de La Tour du Pin, Executive Director of the program, and Pierre-Emmanuel Saint-Esprit, Executive Director of the Global Circular Economy ...

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    ESSEC Open House Day 2022

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