Sustainable Design Managementfull time

  • Master of Arts


  • 4 semesters

    Standard period of study (amount)

  • Köln


  • No information

Overview and admission

Study Type


Admission semester

Winter Semester only

Area of study
  • Business Administration
  • Design
  • Business Management, Organization Management
  • Sustainability Sciences (Economic)

Management, Design, Design, Sustainability, Sustainability


More sustainability in companies and society through creative processes and design management Sustainability – the equal consideration of ecological, economic and social aspects and interactions – is becoming increasingly important in companies and management processes. At the same time, design is playing an increasingly important role as an engine for innovation and complexity-oriented mediation. Therefore, the degree course in Sustainable Design Management (MA) brings all three areas together by placing sustainability, design and management in relation to each other. Students acquire innovative problem-solving skills in the context of sustainable development. Depending on the course variant (there are variants with 2, 3 or 4 semesters), the degree course includes sustainability modules focusing on "Planet", "People" and "Prosperity" as well as management modules from the areas of "Frameworks", "Entrepreneurship" and "Transformation". The degree course is conducted by the ecosign Academy in Cologne in cooperation with the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences. Credit points (ECTS) 60, 90 or 120 depending on the degree course variant. The appropriate degree course variant arises from the credit points already earned. Standard period of study 2–4 semesters depending on the degree course variant Start of studies Degree course variant with 60 credit points (period of study two semesters): in the winter semester in each case Degree course variant with 90 credit points (period of study three semesters): in the summer semester in each case Degree course variant with 120 credit points (period of study four semesters): in the winter semester in each case Requirements First professionally qualifying certificate of academic degree (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree course with 180, 210 or 240 credit points) with a reference to design, management and/or sustainability

Admission modus

open admission

Admission requirements (Link)

Admission requirements

For the degree course in Sustainable Design Management (MA), you must meet the following admission requirements: Completed first university degree (with 180, 210 or 240 credit points) with a focus on design, management and/or sustainability Successful participation in an ecosign selection day You can find out more about admission to the degree course on the ecosign website.

Lecture period
  • 01.03.2024 - 31.08.2024
  • 01.09.2024 - 28.02.2025

Application deadlines

Winter semester (2022/2023)
  • Application deadline for Germans and inhabitants

    There are no application and registration deadlines. Procedures for assessing special aptitude or capability which make students suitable for admission to study at a university will be carried out.

  • Deadlines for International Students from the European Union

    No information

  • Deadlines for international students from countries that are not members of the European Union

    There are no application deadlines. There are special procedures for verifying qualifications or the ability to qualify for the intended course of study.

  • Enrollment deadline for Germans and foreign students

    Please enquire with one of our academic advisors.

Tuition fee


685.00 EUR / Month

Fees (Link)

EUR 685 per month + EUR 70 per month (non-EU) (Financing with ecosign deferral from EUR 385 per month)

Languages of instruction

Main language


Further languages


DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service