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 in March 2024 from Monday, 11th to Friday 15th.

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 modules 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, in March, May, August, October, December and February. Each of these sessions will run from Monday to Friday. The five online sessions will take place between each of the on-campus sessions, in April, June, September, November and January. There will be a break in July.

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 pre-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 (March to August), students will work on their Master Thesis. Throughout this period, KLU facilities, such as the library and breakout rooms, remain available to facilitate research and writing marathons if need be. The decision to write a thesis after completing the certificate program is an opportunity to demonstrate one’s mastery of core principles and ongoing debates on opportunities and challenges in the field of sustainable management and operations. Through individually guided sessions with their academic advisors, and industry experts, if necessary, students have a chance to narrow in on an area of expertise and contribute to the theory and practice of sustainability management. In some cases, participants’ work might lead to scientific publications and the pursuit of a doctoral degree.

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.

  • Managers and young professionals with leadership ambition and at least 2 years of work experience
  • Holders of degrees in management/economics or engineering/information systems (Applicants without any academic degree might still be eligible subject to successful completion of an entrance exam (GMAT))
  • Professionals with sustainability touchpoints in their current or previous jobs and those looking to transition into more sustainability-focused roles

While the program is structured in a way that participants from anywhere in the world could join, they should be conscious of their carbon footprint and minimize the amount of travel to and from our campus located in Hamburg, Germany.

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 to 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 NGOs.

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 confirmation proving that you’re eligible for the scholarship you’re applying for.

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

*Applicable for master's students only

Application process

  • A bachelor's degree with at least 180 ECTS or its equivalent from a recognized university or college. We welcome applicants from all fields of study.*
    • If you don't have a bachelor's degree, no worries – you can still be eligible for admission by submitting a GMAT Test (Graduate Management Admission Test).*
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience (managerial experience recommended but it is not a must).
  • English proficiency is proven by TOEFL (IBT 90), IELTS (Band 6.5), CAE/CPE (grade C) or equivalent certificate (not older than 2 years at the time of submitting the application). Please name KLU if possible, when registering for a test (TOEFL institutional code is 7373).
    • Candidates who have at least 2 years of professional experience in a company with English as its official working language can apply for an English test waiver. The proof must not be older than 2 years and must be officially issued by the company.

* For the Master's program only

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 to 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 your transcript of records
  • 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.

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