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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 - 2,5 years
Application period:  Next application period in spring 2025
Studies start: August 2025


Become a sustainable change expert!

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 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.

Orientation activities for MaSS-students are organized in August and studies begin in September.

Read more

MaSS-education in the news:

Educating Sustainable Change Experts

Now it is the time for changemakers - new Master's programme starting in Lapland UAS

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

Curriculum and structure of studies

Programme is carried out mainly virtually. Please note, the orientation activities are organized in August and MaSS-studies start in Rovaniemi Campus in 3rd of September 2024. Students are expected to join the orientation week in Rovaniemi in person. Please note also, the students are responsible for individual travel arrangements.

Structure of the studies

Research and development Competence (30 ECTS) 
Core Competence (25 ECTS)
Profiling studies (5-35 ECTS), (5 ECTS for those studying 60 ECTS, 35 ECTS for those studying 90 ECTS)

Research and development competence (30 ECTS)

Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)

Core competence (25 ECTS)

  • Transformative and Impactful Leadership (5 ECTS)
  • Practising Transformative Development (5 ECTS)
  • Circular Economy for Sustainability Transformation (5 ECTS)
  • Business research and development methods (5 ECTS)
  • Creation of Sustainable Future (5 ECTS)

Profiling studies (5-35 ECTS)

Profiling studies are chosen from the versatile study offer of Lapland UAS’s Master School. The offering of profiling studies gives you the opportunity to build a personal study plan that meets your skill needs and best supports your career path. The offer includes both Finnish and English studies in the following areas: development competence, management competence, digitization-related competence and entrepreneurship and business competence. For profiling competence, you can also choose higher education level (EQF7) studies offered at other universities or, for example, national CampusOnline's Master level online studies.

Structure of the the degree

The themes consist of modules aiming to deepen capabilities needed in the development of sustainability, responsibility and circular economy in organisations today and in the future. The thesis process aims at developing skills of the talents in information retrieval, analysis, scientific writing, and in research and development methods.

Theme 1: Managing Sustainability and Systems Change includes the basics of transformative learning, circular economy and sustainability in organisations and introduces the basics of developing themes in the field of business.
Theme 2: Creation of sustainable future aims to deepen the students' understanding of how to utilise transformative learning and different tools (e.g. design thinking, systematic change ect.) to enhance the sustainability, responsibility and circular economy in organisations.
Theme 3: Value Creation in Sustainable Networks aims at developing skills in networking in international environments and understanding of international collaboration especially in the field of research, development and innovation.
Theme 4: Deepening of understanding and knowledge provides the opportunity for students to choose courses to strengthen specific areas of his/hers expertise in the field of sustainable development, responsibility and circular economy. Programme presents a short list of preferable courses to deepen the understanding of the themes.

Path professional growth – Competence gained

Professional growth and competences: The general objective of studies leading to a Master's degree (second-cycle degree at a university of applied sciences) is to provide students with broad and advanced knowledge for developing the professional field as well as the theoretical skills for working in demanding expert and leadership positions in the field:
• profound understanding of the field, its relation to work life and society at large
• the knowledge and skills needed for following and analysing both theoretical and professional developments in the field
• capacity for life-long learning and continuous development of one's own expertise
• good language and communication skills required in work life
• knowledge and skills needed to function and communicate in the field internationally.

Here you find the Curriculum 2024


Tuition fee

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 education 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

Further information is published in studyinfo.fi. In Studyinfo.fi you find:

  • application form and instructions
  • student selection criterias
  • follow the admission process in My studyinfo
  • 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 24 January 2024 at 15:00 at the latest.

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Documents to attach:

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

Please notice that you cannot be granted a residence permit for studies, if your studies mainly consist of distance learning online and do not require you to stay in Finland. Read more from Finnish Immigration service pages: Residence permit


Marika Tuomela-Pyykkönen
Principal Lecturer
Tel. +358 40 543 3323
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