The current framework of global trade poses challenges to responsible companies and organizations. Resource scarcity, climate change, financial crises, demographic developments and technological progress and international supply chains require new economic models for preserving competitiveness. Responsible, sustainable and future oriented business requires "thinking out of the box", thus opening new opportunities for executives.

The master degree programme Sustainability & Responsible Management optimally prepares you for these challenges. In 2014, it was honoured with the Sustainability Award for "Teaching and Curricula" by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.

The FH BFI Vienna is a member of respACT (Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development) and member of the UN Global Compact UNGC. Karin Huber-Heim, Scientific Director of the programme, is a member of the Austrian UN Global Compact Steering Committee. The sustainable development goals ( are an essential part of the curriculum. Learn how to build a bridge from theory to practice - with a network of key stakeholders.

Karin Huber-Heim
Scientific Director
FH-Lecturer, CSR and Communication  

"A sustainable economy needs managers with integrity and vision. Our programme trains managers, who are capable of managing complexity and the impact of global value chains as well as claims of different stakeholders responsibly."




The sustainable development goals ( are an integrative part of the curriculum.

  • Future-oriented personality & resilience
  • Organisational culture und organisational analysis
  • Adaptive management & agile organisation
  • Sustainable innovation & new business models
  • Governance & ethical compliance
  • Responsible leadership & ethical dilemma management
  • Public policy, CSR & climate action
  • Responsible finance & impact investment
  • Integrated reporting
  • Sustainable development Goals (SDG) compass & reporting
  • Stakeholder Relationship Management
  • Circular Economy

The programme in brief:

Academic degree: Master of Science (MSc) "Sustainability & Responsible Management"
ECTS: 90 (30 ECTS expansion)
Costs: € 2,500,- / semester (VAT- exempt). Instalment payments are feasible on request. Possible subsidies for prospective students with a principal residence in Vienna (
Medium of instruction: German and English
Start: fall 2019
Duration of studies: 4 Semesters (2 semesters expansion), 563 teaching units
Number of study places per year: 20 part-time
Study periods:1st and 2nd Semester: 1 block week  Mon-Sat all-day / semester, Fri afternoon / Sat all-day, 2-week intervals
3th and 4th semester: 1st and 2nd Semester: 1 block week  Mon-Sat all-day / semester, Fri afternoon / Sat all-day, 4-week intervals
Target groups: Executives in private and public institutions as well as in NGOs, CSR officers, environmental, HR, quality and communicationsmanagers, management consultants and project managers.
Admission requirements: a recognized academic degree (at least a bachelor’s degree) or equivalent qualification (successfully completed academic programmes CSR Manager or Diversity & Inclusion Manager), proof of necessary fundamental knowledge through applicable studies (ECTS in CSR and Diversity), good German and English skills, written application, participation in an admission interview. Lateral entry into Semester 3 is possible for graduates from the courses Academic CSR Manager or Academic Diversity & Inclusion Manager.