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Master of managing sustainability and systems change

Lapland UAS Master School

Master Programme in Managing Sustainability and Systems Change

Extent of the study programme: 60 / 90 ECTS credits
Degree: Master of Social Services and Health Care, Master of Health Care, Master of Sports Studies, Master of Hospitality Management, Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Services, Master of Natural Resources or Master of Engineering
Planned duration: 1,5 years
Application period for 2022: 1–31 March 2023
Studies start: September 2023
Next application period to come: 2023


New Master's degree as online studies all over the world! 

The world around us is changing faster than ever. We are in the middle of a green transition that aims to respond to the sustainability crisis, technological disruption, and a transformation of work life. How to find direction, clarity and meaning for what we do when we cannot rely on the experiences of the past? An inclusive green economy improves human well-being and builds social equity while reducing environmental risks and scarcities.In this new Master programme, students are broadening their perspective towards these wicked issues and skills to maintain change in organisations and society.

The focus of the Master programme in Managing Sustainability and Systems Change (MaSS) is on co-creating a multidimensional approach towards ecological, economic, and social sustainability in business and society, leading to both personal and collective growth and a strong sustainability orientation. Motivation, Passion and Transformation are in key roles as we seek the Sustainability Mindset that enables us to face complex challenges of sustainability. A new mindset works with both inner incentives (human consciousness) and outer incentives (the real nature of sustainability in development). 

The Master programme (MaSS) responds also to the increasing need to improve well-being at work in times of disruption.

 What is your motivation to foster sustainability, systems change and creativity? Do you seek skills to handle the challenges of green transition, circular economy, ethical decision-making, and transformative learning in yourself, your organisation and society?

The Master programme (MaSS) gives a multidimensional picture of sustainability transitions and the corresponding leadership and development tasks to strengthen the students’ sustainability competencies and help them respond to the uncertainties and rapidly changing parameters in business and work life. The foundation of the program is to help gain a holistic understanding of challenges that are systemic in nature. Through creative collaboration with fellow students and the work life, students develop their ability to work with wicked challenges in the context of transformation towards a more sustainable, circular and holistic mode of operation.

When the operating environment changes and the future is difficult to predict, traditional linear management models are not able to respond to new situations. The Master programme (MaSS) trains managers and developers who are tolerant of uncertainty, adapt to rapid changes and are sensitive to their fellow human and non-human surroundings. The programme advances future orientation of people, business and society by implementing newest knowledge on skills and competencies needed for transforming organisations and society.

The mission of the programme is to equip professionals with competencies and capacities needed to develop sustainable goals and activities in complex environments.

The Master programme (MaSS) is for anyone who is interested in learning and co-creating tools for tackling wicked challenges and changing the way in which we do things. Current leadership and development practices have limits to what they can do to contribute to a sustainability agenda as well as to workers’ everyday well being. New types of leadership and learning capacities are needed to advance systemic transformation in organisations, innovation ecosystems and society at large.

Read an article about the new Master programme (MaSS) from UAS Journal 3/2022 (sorry, article available in Finnish only!)


Programme is carried out mainly virtually.The program includes a face-to-face Innovation Camp (3-4 days) in beautiful autumn Lapland, either in Rovaniemi or nearby. Students pay their own travel and accommodation costs.


Managing Sustainability and Systems Change (25 ECTS)
• Transformative and Impactful Leadership, 5 ECTS, 1st year Fall
• Practising Transformative Development, 5 ECTS, Duration 1 or 1,5year (throughout the studies) 1st year Fall & Spring, 2nd year Fall
• Circular Economy for Sustainability Transformation, 5 ECTS, 1st year Fall
• Business research and development methods, 5 ECTS, 1st year Winter (Fall or Spring)
• Creation of Sustainable Future, 5 ECTS, 1st year Winter (Fall or Spring)

Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS):
•     Planning Phase of the Master’s Thesis, 10 ECTS, 1st year
•     Execution Phase of the Master’s Thesis, 10 ECTS, 1st year
•     Finalising Phase of the Master’s Thesis, 10 ECTS, 2nd year

You will choose additional courses (5-35 ECTS) depending on your background. If you have your bachelor degree with 210 ECTS then you will do total 90 ECTS and if it is 240 ECTS, then you will do 60 ECTS.

The programme is designed to strengthen the students’ personal and organisational development skills grounded on their professional career development paths.

Online studies enable students to combine studies with their work and private life.

A multinational study group offers the possibility to share the know-how and perspectives with the participants from various countries and with different expertise. Studies combine substance and development competencies with transformative learning methods which develop students’ meta skills and sustainability mindsets alongside the substance competencies. Collaborative, asynchronous working-methods enable students to work throughout the programme. We share our experiences and know-how to broaden the understanding of issues related to sustainable development, systems thinking/systems sensing, responsibility, and circular economy in different perspectives.

Curriculum 2023

Tuition fee and scholarships

All Finnish institutes of higher education have adopted tuition fees in their English-language education programmes.

The fees will apply to higher education degree students who are not citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

Higher degree

The Master’s Degree Programme will conform to the requirements of knowledge, skills and competencies for the level 7 of European Qualification Framework, EQF(7).

The starting point for defining the workload of studies is the basics of the pan-European ECTS credit transfer and dimensioning system (ECTS system). One year of study is 1,600 hours of full-time student work. It corresponds to the completion of 60 credits during the academic year. The workload of one credit is about 27 hours.

How to apply


Please note, that to apply to this programme you should have: 

  1. University of applied sciences Bachelor's degree
    Foreign Bachelor's degree
    Foreign Master's degree
    University Bachelor's degree
    University Master's degree

  2.  minimum of 2 years’ working experience from the field of education after graduation

Please look for the details of Admission criteria in www.studyinfo.fi 



Apply to this Master Programme by filling in the application in www.studyinfo.fi

Next application period  is 1 March to 31 March 2023. 

Further information is published in studyinfo.fi. In Studyinfo.fi you find:
  • application form and instructions
  • student selection criterias
  • information on entrance examination. Please read carefully the entrance examination instructions! 

Submitting the documents

The below mentioned documents are to be attached on your application no later than 07 April 2023 at 15:00 at the latest.

Attach your documents in pdf/jpg/png -format into your application. If you cannot attach your documents online please contact Lapland UAS Admission Services,  admissionsharmaasähköposti.jpg

Documents to attach:

  • Bachelor or Master certificate 
  • Work certificates after completing a higher education degree
  •  Passport or Residence permit to Finland

See further details from www.studyinfo.fi. 


Marko Korkeakoski
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Sanna Tyni
Principal Lecturer
Tel.  +358 40 674 7964
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