- Unique program in Austria: combination of international communication and sustainability
- Career-friendly: high proportion of distance learning
- Summer residential field excursion, 1 week
Type of degree program
High proportion of distance learning (guided self-study, virtual learning phases)
Language of instruction
All on-site courses take place at wko campus wien (Währinger Gürtel 97, 1180 Vienna, U6 station Währinger Straße/Volksoper) or in other modern seminar facilities in a central location.
- Academic Expert: € 7,800 for the whole degree program
- MA (CE): € 16,900 for the whole degree program
We can offer the following combinable discounts:
- Alumni Discount: 10 %
- Early Bird Discount (for complete applications received by May 31, 2022): 10 %
- Group Discount (for 3 or more participants from the same company or organization): 10 %.
Focus & Qualifications
Your path to becoming an international sustainability communication expert.
Reputation & Relevance
Novel specialization of Sustainability and International Communication
FHWien der WKW is the first university of applied sciences in Austria to offer the combination of international communication and sustainability. This program is unique in that it equips students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how communication shapes processes to achieve environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Graduates in communication sciences or business administration, as well as professionals from communication and business will find the curriculum professionally beneficial. However, this program is also suitable for sustainability specialists who want to develop their communication skills and learn how to change the domineering rhetoric.
The city hub in the heart of Europe
FHWien der WKW is based in Vienna; the hub in central Europe and meeting point of non-profit and international organizations. We also have excellent relationships with a variety of organizations, providing access to potential employers and opportunities to collaborate on projects that provide valuable real-world experience. We have a host of guest speakers throughout the program who often have ideas for the Master´s thesis and this may lead to employment opportunities.
Study alongside your career
Designed for busy professionals
The MA (CE) International Sustainability Communication at FHWien der WKW is easy to combine with a career. The high proportion of distance learning offers the possibility of flexible study. In addition to guided self-study, the program also offers highly structured virtual learning phases that support students alongside their jobs.
How you'll learn
Teaching and learning
The learning concept of the MA (CE) International Sustainability Communication is distinguished because of its high level of practically relevant content, its innovative teaching and learning methods and its compatibility with the needs of working students. Teaching takes place through lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips, which provide in-depth exploration of key issues. Lectures and workshops will be blocked on Fridays and Saturdays and 50 % will be offered via Distance Learning, this can be synchronous or asynchronous lectures, working on projects, tackling assignments independently or in groups.
The content and the order of the classes and modules for the MA (CE) International Sustainability Communication have been chosen so that an integrative overall understanding of sustainability communication is ensured. Students are prepared for their professional careers as sustainability communicators in the digital globalized world by acquiring technical, methodic, scientific and implementation-oriented qualifications and skills.
Curricula are improved on an ongoing basis so as to fit in with latest developments in the working world and new international trends. Our motto spans from “know more” to “do more” – meaning that we focus on practical usefulness of what is learned.
The program is taught entirely in English.
The program combines four different strands all connected to the central theme of sustainability communication. Students are immersed in Master level communication topics which go beyond CSR and review communication theories from a global perspective. Internal, crisis and digital communication are fine-tuned all with a sustainability lens.
The second strand focuses on understanding the multi-disciplinary phenomenon of sustainability, reviewed from a psychological and sociological perspective. Students will also gain a deep understanding of diverse stakeholders, learn about behavioural drivers and review strategies of how to influence and nudge them. Sustainability Reporting is a key skill and is addressed from the national, international and corporate level.
A third strand offers students an in-depth understanding of the economics of sustainability, sustainability strategy and not to mention the global leadership skills graduates in these disciplines will require to be able to drive transformation. Finally, connecting these strands are the modules focused on multi-disciplinary skills and practical projects, trend workshops and a summer excursion to reflect on sustainability at the European level.
Students can opt for either a full Master degree by completing all four semesters or for those who would rather focus on the content from the first two semesters, they will be awarded the Academic Expert certificate.
This academic continuing education program is carried out in accordance with §9 FHG (Federal Act on University of Applied Sciences Studies Act).
The MA (CE) International Sustainability Communication is approved and accredited by the Academic Board of FHWien der WKW, University of Applied Science for Management and Communication.
What our experts say
Corporate communication and marketing tools are double-edged swords. Companies can be a force for good by using these tools to address pressing social and environmental issues. However, these powerful tools can also be used for morally questionable purposes, including greenwashing and illegitimate lobbying.
Building on both practitioner insights as well as on theoretical knowledge the MA (CE) in International Sustainability Communication will help managers to better understand what it means to communicate responsibly and thus to meet stakeholder demands that are essential for sustainable business.
At sgreening, we help our clients chart their own path to sustainability and prepare them for the green economy of today and tomorrow. We then aim to increase the visibility of their transformation with green marketing. I am delighted to see that the MA (CE) in International Sustainability Communication will provide students with the tools to effectively communicate sustainability without falling into the trap of greenwashing. The program is clearly about real transformation and providing students with the understanding they need to be able to be the change-makers in our society. I am very excited to be able to shape this concept of education with other experts in this field and contribute whatever it takes to make our impact on this world more sustainable.
At Mondi our approach is to be sustainable by design so I was delighted to be able to contribute to the development of the MA (CE) International Sustainability Communication. For me, it was particularly important to ensure that the program includes a module of Sustainability Reporting, an area which is becoming more and more important, not just at the Corporate level but for National and International reporting standards. It is great to see that it is now incorporated into the curriculum. I think this is a truly exciting Master's program.
Sustainability is at the core of our mission at Oatly, where we want to drive a systemic shift towards a more plant-based, sustainable food system. I firmly believe that we need more professionals with understanding of both sustainability and communications to create the sustainability movement we need and to lead the way to a more sustainable future. So I was obviously honored, when I was approached to contribute in the development of the MA (CE) International Sustainability Communication. Sustainability is a fascinating, complex and demanding topic and I wanted to ensure that students would be able to see interlinkages between the problems, the root causes and solutions to some of the deep issues at hand. I've been very inspired by seeing how the program has been developed, and excited to see the program starting in 2022.
I was intrigued to hear about the program MA (CE) International Sustainability Communication, linking these 2 disciplines which I haven´t seen in other universities in Austria. It is so important to be able to communicate FOR and ABOUT sustainability and for the Communication experts to have a profound understanding of the strategic importance of sustainability. I was happy to be able to take an overall view of the program from the Communications perspective and ensure that all those important competencies and skills that organizations need are thoroughly covered.
Job & Career
The MA (CE) International Sustainability Communication addresses the need for qualified communication professionals with a specialization in sustainability related issues and opportunities, and offers its graduates a career in various fields and positions.
Fields & Organizations
- International organizations
- Agencies and Consultancies
- International and local governments
- Non-government organizations (NGOs)
Positions & Functions
- International CSR Executive
- Sustainability Communication Consultant
- Sustainability Consultant
- International Manager for Corporate Communication and Sustainability
- International Communications Manager / Press Officer
- Senior Advisor – Strategic Marketing and Sustainability
Target group & Admission requirements
The MA (CE) International Sustainability Communication welcomes applicants who have a passion for communication and sustainability. Ideally, you already gained some key business management skills, preferably in marketing, communications or CSR departments. Additionally, applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Management, Sustainable Development, Conservation Scientist, Environmental Scientist, Urban Planner etc. who aim to focus on how to implement their skills in the business or organizational environment can apply.
Admission requirements are
- Completed relevant Bachelor’s program at a university of applied sciences with at least 180 ECTS credits
- Completed other relevant study program of at least the same higher education level at a recognized Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution
- at least 2 years of relevant professional experience
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
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University places awarded: 2 weeks after receipt of your documents at the latest
Due to the limited number of places available, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible.
- Tax reimbursement: You can write off the tuition fees against your taxes, as long as the continuing education program is relevant or related to your current occupational field. The tax advantage depends on your total income. You could be reimbursed for up to 43.6% of the tuition fees! More information can be found here:
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