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Master in Sustainability & Business Transformation

Better business for a better world: empowering business leaders to build a sustainable future
duration12 months
languageEnglish
locationMadrid
intakeSeptember
MODE OF STUDYFull-time
FORMATIn-person
duration12 months
languageEnglish
locationMadrid
intakeSeptember
MODE OF STUDYFull-time
FORMATIn-person

The power of sustainability-driven business transformation

Our world is grappling with critical social, environmental and economic issues, and given their expansive reach, influence and ability to scale, businesses today are uniquely positioned to act as catalysts for change, shaping our planet toward a more sustainable future. In today's dynamic business landscape, aligning sustainability with your strategy isn't a mere choice—it's an indispensable imperative. Companies that embrace sustainability seamlessly within their strategies not only drive positive environmental, economic and social impact, but also fortify their resilience, reputation and competitive edge in an increasingly conscious and interconnected market.​

There is a growing need for purpose-driven business professionals with a transformational mindset, prepared to truly embed social, environmental and economic change into their strategic playbook in a way that transcends surface-level green labels. The Master in Sustainability & Business Transformation will prepare you to be that type of professional, who is able to integrate sustainability—encompassing economic, environmental and social perspectives—as the driving force and cornerstone of your business strategy. ​

You will broaden your perspective by understanding all aspects of ESG (environment, society and governance) in every function of the business and integrating them into business strategies that generate long-term impact for your company and for society. Ultimately, this program will enable you to harness the latent potential and power of businesses, making them function as agents of positive change.​

Because we believe your career path is as unique as you are, we have designed a learning journey that utilizes real-world case studies, practical methodologies and immersive experiences to ensure you are well-prepared to navigate the professional landscape and lead transformative change. Get ready to spearhead the transformation of the modern business landscape—where sustainability isn't an add-on, but rather the pulsating heart of success.​

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Our world is in continuous motion; in order to be successful, we must move with it. In today’s shifting business environment, sustainability is at the top of the list. Business and sustainability go hand in hand, and it’s up to tomorrow’s game-changers to start making a difference today.​

​Sustainability is at the root of what we do. We’ve experienced biological, computational and civilizational revolutions, and each one connects back to building a sustainable future. During these revolutions, we’ve learned about and advanced on a wide range of topics, including synthetic biology, brain behavior, intelligent machines, automation and our relationship with the planet and its resources. Each of these perspectives must be understood through the lens of business and sustainability in order for the world of work to continue progressing.

THE NEXT BEST YOU 

Education at IE Business School goes beyond the scope of traditional educational models. It creates game-changing moments that transform who you are personally and professionally. You are unique. Understanding and building on your particular aspirations, strengths and blind spots is the best preparation for leadership in a rapidly changing world. That’s why we tailor the Master in Sustainability & Business Transformation to elevate you, as an individual, above all else. The journey won’t be easy. Change demands challenge, honesty and leaving your comfort zone. Who is the next best you? Identify your career path, boost your impact and hone your purpose to find out.​

YOUR CAREER 

Where are you going, and how will you get there? Defining your career goals is a fundamental part of this program’s journey. That’s why we help you understand your motivations and goals, explore your options and get on the career path that’s best for you. Leveraging our constant dialogue with the business community and our analysis of labor market data, we’ve organized the program into an array of future-proof career pathways that will arm you with the exact set of skills recruiters demand. ​ ​

YOUR IMPACT 

What does it take to make big things happen? It all comes down to your thoughts, behavior and digital skills. Organizations of all kinds want people who can make a genuine difference—professionals who can make the most of the resources at hand and inspire their teams to overcome pressing challenges. This program is designed to optimize who you are by developing skills related to how you think, how you behave in real situations with real people and how you relate to technology. Transforming yourself isn’t easy, but it’s an integral part of your journey to empowerment and will help you gain the skills that will last you a lifetime. ​

YOUR PURPOSE 

We know, as you do, that being a business professional comes with responsibilities. At the same time, using your position to create a better world can improve your life satisfaction and keep the fire of motivation burning. That’s why it’s our mission to help you define, refine and align your own unique purpose with your career. If you’re ready to forge better social, economic and environmental practices and integrate them into your business strategy, we invite you to form part of a new movement led by the next generation of professionals committed to making the world a better place. ​​

University private degree

This is a University Private Degree from IE University*. Find out more information on what earning a University Private Degree from IE University entails.

*IE University is a university officially recognized by the Spanish education authorities, allowed to grant both University Official Degrees (bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees), which are specifically regulated and accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education, and University Private Degrees (master’s degrees), which are specifically designed by the university to facilitate the professional application of their studies and the constant update of higher education, while preserving IE University’s educational standards of excellence. Both types of degrees are equally backed by the rigor and prestige of IE University.

CHARTING A COURSE FOR POSITIVE BUSINESS CHANGE​

​We believe that decisions about your future should be approached as a transformative journey, rather than merely a single step. That's why, with our expert guidance, this program will immerse you in self-discovery and inner growth to help you harness your authentic self. We'll challenge you and provide the space where you can experiment on your way to becoming the next best you. This process nurtures your potential and empowers you to evolve into a purposeful business professional who understands the significance of sustainable practices and their impact on business—and ultimately, the world.​

Are you prepared to embark on this journey of personal and professional growth?

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5 REASONS TO STUDY THIS PROGRAM​

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FOCUS ON SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS 

Gain the knowledge, skills and tools to become an ambitious, impactful professional ready to drive positive change in consulting, strategy, finance, marketing and operations. Take your passion for business and sustainability and turn it into tangible action.

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TAKE ON A PURPOSE-DRIVEN APPROACH

This program is designed for those who believe in business with a purpose. Providing a platform for you to align your passion for environmental and social issues with practical business acumen, the program takes you to new heights in the world of work and gives you the space to create lasting change.

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ENHANCE YOUR HOLISTIC PERSPECTIVE

Professionals from any academic background are welcome, as long as you are interested in bridging the gap between sustainable ideals and practical business tools. Equipping you with the necessary skills to navigate the ever-changing business world, this program will help you stay true to your passion and catalyze your purpose. ​

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GROW PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY

This program gives you the space for personal and professional growth. From developing your business acumen and expanding your global network to gaining the confidence and skills to succeed in impactful roles, this program guides you toward a successful and purpose-driven career path.

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STAY AHEAD IN A COMPETITIVE TOMORROW 

You will gain actionable insights on how to embark on a sustainable career journey in a very competitive environment. The future of business hinges on its integration with sustainable practices; early adopters of these practices will be rewarded.

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?​

Purposeful business professionals​

Are you an ambitious business professional with a passion for sustainability? Are you ready to really make things happen? If you believe that good business needs to be profitable as well as purposeful, and want to make a real impact, this is the program for you.​

Passionate changemakers​

Are you passionate about social, environmental and economic issues? Do you believe there are better ways of doing business? Do you seek to make a tangible impact in the business world without compromising your values? If you believe in the potential of businesses to drive positive change and want to catalyze your purpose using practical business tools, you're in the right place.​

STEM specialists ​

Do you have a background in science, tech, engineering or mathematics, armed with the know-how and skills in biology, chemistry, climate science, or another technical field? If you are ready to use your technical and analytical skills to take on a more strategic role that defines significant business transformation, join us and be the change you want to see in the world.

Program Structure

*Please note that our program content is continually updated to remain in sync with market demands. Therefore, we advise you that the content is subject to change and it can be dependent on student demand.

BUSINESS FOR GOOD​

Following IE Business School’s unique approach to learning, our sector-leading faculty deliver a wide range of high-impact courses, equipping you to confidently tackle the world of business, with sustainable methods at the forefront. You’ll benefit from an enriching learning environment while being exposed to valuable content, innovative methodologies and diverse class dynamics that mirror the real business world.

You will gain a comprehensive, 360˚ view of the business world, encompassing all functions and domains, enabling you to adopt an integrated approach that offers practical applications of sustainability goals and models. Recognizing that actions in one area significantly influence outcomes in others, this holistic perspective allows you to make informed and impactful decisions. You will be prepared to lead sustainable business practices in areas including products & marketing, operations & logistics, strategy & business models, finance & investing and more. You will be able to inspire teams and organizations to adopt a broader perspective and embrace sustainable values as a core part of their identities.

FOCUS AREAS​

FOUNDATIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY ​

The business world continues to shift and requires us to move with it. A sustainable mindset is vital for success in any business. In this program, you will explore the foundations of sustainability and current issues affecting businesses through topics like systems thinking, climate and carbon science, natural resource management, energy foundations, social science foundations, and governance and regulation. Dive into these current, impactful topics shaping the world and explore their profound implications for businesses.​

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES

Acquire a solid understanding of essential business fundamentals while simultaneously cultivating a comprehensive perspective on how sustainability permeates every aspect. Focus on topics including strategy, new business models, branding and communications, marketing and sales, product design and development, operations, supply and logistics, talent and well-being, and carbon analytics, accounting and reporting.

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

We put innovation and entrepreneurship at the heart of everything we do. The advancements in sustainability today go hand in hand with innovation and the reimagination of business models. Dive into design thinking, venture building, VX and private equity, social innovation, emerging technology and more, all while keeping sustainability at the core.​

BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION & IMPACT

This program will equip you with the skills necessary to drive change, effectively engage and activate key stakeholders, and put sustainability at the core of businesses. Learn to identify and solve a wide range of business challenges from a holistic perspective, propose actions that elicit change, and start a movement within your company. From client relations, change leadership and behavioral nudging to social mobilization, negotiation and alliance building, you will be ready to create a positive impact in your company and beyond.​

OUR FACULTY ARE HERE TO GUIDE YOU ​

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MEET THE PROGRAM'S VICE-DEAN, CONCEPCIÓN GALDÓN SANZ-PASTOR​

Concepción Galdón is IE Business School’s Vice-Dean of Business with Purpose and the Director of the IE Center for Social Innovation and Sustainability. She leads the Master in Sustainability & Business Transformation and the Career Pathway in Sustainability, working with other vice-deans to design and deliver student modules and experiences related to sustainability and social innovation across programs. Concepción teaches world-class courses in sustainable business and social innovation across IE University and in-company programs with Headspring. She is the academic co-director of IE University’s executive program Sustainability: Your competitive advantage; president of the Social Venture Puentes Global, which she co-founded in 2009; and a member of Ashoka Spain’s Venture Board.

Concepción is an Economist at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She holds a Master in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard Kennedy School. Concepción holds a PhD in International Economy and Development from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, which granted her an Outstanding Award for her Doctoral Dissertation. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the use of technology in social entrepreneurship. She has published papers in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books. She writes contributions for mass media regularly and is a speaker at international conferences.

Her past professional experience includes leading the IE Sustainability Office’s teaching and research efforts, launching Area 31 at IE Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, working on inclusion-related matters at IE Center for Diversity, and the foundation of an NGO.

DISCOVER OUR FACULTY

Our faculty understand that guiding you on your journey to the next best you is about more than teaching. Their mission is to help you form a clear picture of who you are, what you want and what matters to you, then help set you on the path that best suits your aims and aspirations.  ​

They’ll help you to understand your strengths—maybe even uncover ones you didn’t know you had—and work with you to define your career goals and what you’ll need to achieve them. They’ll reveal any gaps you may have and make sure you know how to fill them. And they’ll show you how to become an impact player and clarify what brings a sense of purpose to your work—then ensure that all of those things are in alignment with your future path. ​

Drawn from a diverse range of nationalities, backgrounds, industries and experience, our faculty will challenge you to think about yourself in new ways, embrace new mindsets and learn new ways of working—equipping you with everything you need to succeed on your terms. You will be taught by faculty from all of the following academic areas:​

Accounting & Management Control

Economics

Entrepreneurship

Finance

HUMAN RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

Information Systems & Technology

Law

Marketing

Operations & Technology

Strategy

OUR FACULTY'S INSIGHTS INTO CRAFTING YOUR FUTURE

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Gillian Elizabeth | IE

With 25 years of experience in sectors ranging from consumer goods to agriculture and tourism, I've learned to see through a sustainability lens, blending economic success with environmental care. My journey has taught me to identify opportunities for both growth and positive impact, allowing me to share not just strategies, but a vision for a future where business is a force for good, with the Master.

Gillian Elisabeth Wilson

IE University Adjunct Professor

Independent Consultant

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With over a decade of experience in leading DEI strategies, I'm at the forefront of MetLife's efforts to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion across Asia and EMEA. In partnership with the Global Sustainability team, I co-lead the pursuit of our DEI Commitments, demonstrating our deep commitment to uplifting underserved communities. Together, we're not just advocating for change; we're embodying it.

Itziar Vizcaino

MetLife. Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead, Asia & EMEA

Enrique Jose Aznar Pallares

My diverse background—spanning law, compliance, and ethics in multinational companies and startups, along with teaching at prestigious institutions—equips me with a broad perspective on sustainability and business transformation. This experience enables me to guide students in navigating legal, ethical and cultural challenges in business, fostering a sustainable mindset and innovative approaches to corporate governance and social responsibility.

Enrique Jose Aznar Pallares

Co-Founder, Leap Culture & Governance.

Gloria Maciaslizaso

As a Management consultant, my work focuses on raising my client’s aspirations. Achieving them often requires transforming the business. In that sense, there is no larger transformation required nowadays that the sustainability transformation. I see in my clients that it implies a transformation of the customer but also all their internal functions and processes as they are all interdependent

Gloria Maciaslizaso

Partner-McKinsey &Co

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My research in sustainability and ESG equips students with practical insights, tools, and frameworks essential for navigating complex sustainability challenges and driving meaningful change in organizations.

Patricia Gabaldon Quiñones

Associate professor of economics. Director of the Bachelor in Economics

Matt Heusch | IE Entrepreneurship

As a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of several climate-tech startups, I will bring a hands-on approach to what it truly means and what it requires to innovate within the sustainability sector and transform climate change challenges into genuine business opportunities. Drawing from my own experiences and lessons learned through my startups, I will guide you over several weeks on how to launch a potentially innovative solution in this field.

Matthieu Heusch

Several Climate-Tech Startups CoFounder

Rachida Justo

Drawing from my extensive experience as a Professor at IE University and my diverse roles in global social entrepreneurship and impact investing initiatives, I bring a unique blend of academic rigor and real-world application to this program. My research challenges conventional norms, particularly around the role of business in society, fostering a deep understanding of nuanced barriers and opportunities in creating social value. This unique blend of academic knowledge and hands-on experience equips students with a deep understanding of the complexities in aligning social goals with business objectives, setting the groundwork for transformative leaders in sustainability

Rachida Justo

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and IB-IE Chair of Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing

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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE VIBRANT CITY OF MADRID​

WHERE TRADITION MEETS INNOVATION…​

​A journey toward transformation goes far beyond the classroom. The Master in Sustainability & Business Transformation requires a sense of adventure and curiosity, both inside and outside our campus, and there is no better city to cater to those needs than Madrid. ​

​Offering a student-friendly environment with a rich cultural heritage, Madrid is a city of opportunity. From museums, landmarks and local cuisine to an upbeat atmosphere both day and night, Madrid will fuel your inspiration and creativity while teaching you why sustainability matters in today’s business world.  ​

​As you navigate the complex landscape of business sustainability, Madrid will serve as the backdrop for tradition as well as innovation. Connect with industry leaders, expand your professional network, gain valuable insights and shape yourself to become a game-changer in the field of sustainable business, all in the heart of an international business hub.

BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABILITY THRIVE TOGETHER IN MADRID

Madrid is a hub for innovation as well as a city committed to sustainability, with a thriving ecosystem where purposeful business practices and economic growth are one and the same. ​

Spain’s vibrant capital offers a wealth of opportunities to explore the intersection of business and sustainability. Home to a number of sustainable businesses, organizations and initiatives, Madrid is implementing environmentally and socially responsible practices, which will be evident in your day to day as a resident of the city. ​

​Studying in Madrid will open the door to international opportunities as you network with the IE Community, attend international conferences and events, and collaborate with global business leaders. You will also gain access to IE Business School's diverse alumni community of successful professionals around the world, which will provide you with a dynamic platform for collaboration, innovation and continuous growth.

CAMPUS LIFE​

​Outside the classroom, the Campus Life office is the beating heart of your IE Experience, coordinating a huge range of activities to enable you to broaden your personal horizons and discover passions you never knew you had. And with plenty of opportunities for networking, there's no better way to connect with peers from a diverse range of backgrounds. From campus TEDx talks and student clubs such as IE Net Impact, IE SDGs Club or the Green Club, to scuba diving off the coast of Alicante... there's an adventure waiting just for you.​​​

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Study At IE because Madrid is...

CULTURE

Madrid is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, exploding with music, art, history and gastronomy. In this city that never sleeps, you can find whatever suits your interests and budget—everything from alternative culture hubs to some of the world’s most spectacular museums, world-class theater to the raw power of flamenco... Whether you are on our central campus, exploring one of the city’s iconic neighborhoods or enjoying a cold drink and tapas on a sunny terrace, you will always feel at home in Madrid.

ACTIVE ​

Madrid’s energy fuels movement. One of the world’s greenest cities, it contains massive central parks ideal for walking, running and cycling. Just north of the city, you’ll find a stunning mountain range where you can hike, climb and even ski in the winter. Rather watch sports? Madrid is famous for its world-class teams and tournaments. Venturing further, in just a two-hour train ride, you can access a whopping nine UN World Heritage Sites. Want to go further still? Madrid’s an ideal base to explore Morocco, as well as a variety of other destinations in Europe. 

FRIENDLY AND DIVERSE

Madrid is a multicultural city that prides itself on openness. Discrimination due to gender, sexual orientation, religion or race is not tolerated. Instead, the city celebrates the diversity of its residents. Head to the neighborhoods of Lavapies or Malasaña to experience the city’s rich cosmopolitan influences and enjoy food and culture from all corners of the world. Or check out the stylish neighborhood of Chueca to explore the heart of the city’s vibrant LGBT+ community. No matter who you are, you’re sure to fit right in.

Madrid is life

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LARGEST CITY IN THE EU ​
With a population of 3.2 million, only Berlin is larger ​
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LARGEST CITY IN THE EU ​
With a population of 3.2 million, only Berlin is larger ​
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HIGHEST-RANKED EUROPEAN CITY FOR HUMAN CAPITAL AND LIFESTYLE ​
Source: Financial Times FDI Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/21 ​
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BEST CITY IN THE WORLD FOR EXPATS ​
Expat City Ranking 2022 highlighted Madrid’s climate, leisure options and cost of living ​
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BARS & RESTAURANTS ​
One for every 211 inhabitants: El Mundo ​
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BARS & RESTAURANTS ​
One for every 211 inhabitants: El Mundo ​
300000 
TREES IN MADRID, MAKING IT ONE OF THE GREENEST CITIES ON EARTH ​
Source: Comunidad de Madrid ​
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Average annual temperature
Plus an average of 7.5 hours of sunshine per day ​

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS A MASTER'S DEGREE IN SUSTAINABILITY & BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION WORTH IT?

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Sure! Sustainability business profiles are indeed in high demand across a variety of industries and sectors. The importance of sustainability has surged on a global scale, driven by mounting concerns about climate change, environmental deterioration, social responsibility, and sustainable development. Engaging in our program not only enriches your academic experience but also offers invaluable networking opportunities with professionals in the field, paving the way for substantial career growth. Consider the potential for networking and valuable connections that such programs can provide.

WHAT IS A MASTER IN SUSTAINABILITY & BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION?

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The Master in Sustainability and Business Transformation is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to lead change in a future focused on sustainability. Taking a holistic approach to business, you’ll take a 360-degree look at every detail to succeed in doing business through a sustainability lens. This program teaches you to understand the intersection of business and sustainability and shift with the evolving landscape.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE IN SUSTAINABILITY & BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION?

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This program is for profesionals with a passion for sustainability and the ambition to create positive change. Here are several career paths and opportunities you can pursue with a our Master in Sustainability Business transformation:

  • Management Consultant
  • Consultant Strategist
  • Software Developer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Cloud Computing Specialist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Business Development Manager
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