Frequently asked questions

Master in Sustainable Management and Operations (SuMO)


Frequently asked questions

Master in Sustainable Management and Operations (SuMO)


Here you will find the FAQ’s related to our part-time program SuMO. We are doing our best at this time to keep the information on this page updated and accurate. If you have further questions, please let us know.


Your KLU SuMO program team

About the program

The first week of courses will take place at KLU’s campus in Hamburg, Germany from March 2024 on (Monday-Friday).

18 months starting in March of which the first 12 months are seminars and the remaining 6 months are for writing the Master thesis. You have the option to skip the latter part and get a  “Certificate in Sustainable Management and Operations”.

The program is made up of 9 modules: 8 content module and 1 sustainable impact project module. Each module contains both an online and an offline component.

Students will be on campus six times throughout the first 12 months of the program, with each on-campus session lasting for five days (Monday-Friday). There are five online sessions, which take place between each of the on-campus sessions. The on-campus sessions focus on the transfer of fundamental management concepts into applications in the area of sustainability. Rather than frontal lectures, students can expect discussions, group work and co-creation with a high level of interaction. The online sessions contain a deeper focus on fundamental management concepts, which can be applied concerning sustainability. Through a combination of self-paced study and readings, as well as live webinars and online group work, students have the flexibility to complete coursework and join in from home.

During the last 6 months, students work on their Master Thesis. Therefore, the KLU facilities, such as its own library, are still available to them. The students also have the opportunity to ask the lecturers for support. 

Upon completion of the program, participants will optain a Masters degree in Sustainable Management and Operations. For the shortened option of 12 months, participants will receive a certificate in Sustainable Management and Operations.

  • Young professionals and managers with leadership ambition, at least 2 years full-time work experience
  • Previous degrees in management/economics or engineering/information systems
  • High proficiency in English
  • Located in Middle/Northern Europe (minimize the amount of travel to and from campus)
  • Should have touchpoints with sustainability in their job (also could be an interesting program for individuals looking to transition into a role with more touchpoints to sustainability)

Tuition fee: €14,900 (this includes all tuition and services, including access to the online learning platform and library materials. This also includes some social activities and the supporting program. For the extened option with the master thesis the aditional fee is €7,500.

KLU offers a variety of scholarships for SuMO applicants.

If your company is a member of the networks AGA, BVL or LIHH, KLU offers one 50% scholarship each, that you can apply for.

Graduates from Common Purpose programs are offered a 50 % scholarship. If you’ve completed one of the programs, you can apply for this scholarship.

Furthermore, KLU offers a 50 % regional scholarship for applicants from developing countries who plan on working in their home countries upon completion of their studies, as well as a 50 % scholarship for applicants who work in the humanitarian sector for NGO’s.

If you would like to apply for one of the above-mentioned scholarships, please submit the scholarship application form, a letter of motivation as well as a confirmation proving that you’re eligible for the scholarship you’re applying for.

Scholarship application

Application deadline for scholarships: January 31.

Please note: As we also have rolling admission, please apply as early as possible (otherwise the scholarship might be given away by the time you apply for it).

Also have a look at: 

Brain Capital*
External Scholarships

*Only applicable for Master students.

Application process

  • A bachelor’s degree with 240 ECTS of equivalent from a recognized university or college
  • Admission on the basis of 180 or 210 ECTS is also possible (please get in touch with us)
  • Minimum 2 years of full-time work experience
  • English proficiency proven by TOEFL, IELTS or CAE/CPE

Please click here to get to our online application platform.

Please download the application documents and apply via our online application platform (see question above). Your application will be considered as soon as we have received all the required documents. Once the documents have been checked, you will be informed of the Admission Committee’s decision within 6-8 weeks.

We encourage you to submit your application early not only for planning and preparation, but also to benefit from our early-bird discount. For fully completed applications received by November 15th, you will be granted a 10% early-bird discount on the overall tuition upon enrollment. To be entitled for the discount you need to fully complete the online application form and submit it together with your transcript of records.

Please note, that the early bird discount cannot be combined with KLU scholarship.

Please prepare the following documents which are necessary for your application process as soon as you apply via our online application platform:

  • Copy of undergraduate degree
  • Copy of complete university degree
  • Copy of English proficiency test certificate
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Confirmation of work experience

Applications are considered once the online application and the supporting documents have been submitted via the online application platform. Our Admission Committee checks all applications and documents, and will typically respond with a decision within 6-8 weeks.

Contact us

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Dr. Shilla Memusi-Hillmann

Program Manager (SuMO Program)

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Christoph Kiese

Solutions & Development Principal Executive Education


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