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MSc Programme in Sustainability


UNU-IAS programmes aim to produce the policymakers and researchers of tomorrow, who will be at the forefront of global efforts towards a more sustainable future.

MSc programme is a two-year programme, which provides students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to contribute to solving challenges of sustainability. Drawing on an innovative, interdisciplinary approach, the programme integrates methods and resources from the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities.

UNU-IAS students benefit from the unique opportunity to study in central Tokyo at a global university within the framework of the United Nations. Students gain both academic knowledge and practical research skills by actively contributing to the institute’s policy-oriented research projects.

Enrolled students also will have the opportunity to obtain credits not only from UNU-IAS but other leading universities in Japan. Joint diplomas programmes with the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Science (UT-GSFS) and Sophia University are also available.

Subject areas

Courses offered for the programme correspond to the three UNU-IAS research areas, under the overarching theme of sustainability:

  • Sustainable Societies
  • Natural Capital and Biodiversity
  • Global Change and Resilience

Target audience

The programme is intended for recent graduates, professionals and practitioners aiming to pursue internationally focused careers, through employment in UN agencies, other international organizations, governments, or the private sector.

Admission Requirement

Applicants are required to have met the following requirements by the application deadline in order to be considered:

  • A strong interest in sustainability studies;

  • Demonstrated commitment to study and understand global issues;

  • A completed bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university or institution of higher education in a field related to sustainability (Those who expect to graduate and have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent conferred before September 2019 may also apply.);

  • A GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for the bachelor’s degree earned;

  • English language proficiency.



Geographical coverage



2 years
September - July

Application procedure

Applicants must submit all application documents online. Please visit the Degree Programmes section of the UNU-IAS website to find out more about application requirements and procedures. Those who expect to receive the required qualifications before September 2019 are eligible to apply.


The award of the scholarships listed below is based on application selection results. Only applicants that are accepted for enrolment in the UNU-IAS Master of Science in Sustainability programme can be considered as candidates for the scholarships. There is no separate application form for the scholarships as it is a part of the online application for admission. Interested applicants must provide necessary information and documents for the scholarship together with the required documents for admission to the master’s degree programme.

• Scholarships provided through Japan Foundation for UNU
• UNU Rector’s Scholarship
• Asian Development Bank–Japan Scholarship Program
• The Japan Educational Exchanges and Services Scholarship

Tuition & cost

10,000 USD per year

Deadline for application

28 Feb 2019


Admissions Office
T: +81 (0)3 5467-1212

Last updated

04 Feb 2019

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Japan (Tokyo)
  • Language English

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