Building Sustainability, M.BA.

Program overview

The energy-efficient management of buildings and neighborhoods is one of the key factors for a successful energy revolution. The continuing education master’s program in Building Sustainability - Management Methods for Energy Efficiency equips you with specialist knowledge in this area, focusing on the implementation of sustainability in a variety of urban contexts. Students acquire professionally relevant and broad-based technical and business economics knowledge as well as an understanding of management in a program tailored to the requirements of the real estate sector. Examples of areas you address include building automation, energy efficiency and energy generation, real estate management, and intelligent buildings. You will additionally acquire skills in project and life-cycle management as well as an understanding of global perspectives concerning the different approaches to energy efficiency.

You are required to pay fees for this continuing education master’s program. Details of current fees can be found on the website of the program.

DegreeMaster of Business Administration
Standard period of study 3 semesters
Credit points90
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction English

Admission requirements

The formal admission requirements for the master’s program are a first university degree qualifying a graduate for professional work and subsequent relevant professional experience of not less than one year.

In the past, the number of applications has exceeded the number of places available (30 per year), and admission is, consequently, subject to a selection procedure. The selection criteria are as follows:

  • The overall grade achieved in your previous degree
  • If available (not mandatory for the application procedure): test result of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or an alternative evaluation
  • The relevance of the subjects taken in your previous degree program
  • Proof of all relevant professional experience of six months or more gained since graduating from your previous degree program
  • Proven level of English
  • Motivation and reasons for applying to the master’s program and the overall impression created by the application

The program is taught in English and proof of a sufficient level of English is a condition of admission.

Program structure

The continuing education master’s degree begins in the winter semester and may be completed within three semesters (standard period of study).

Content and modules

The master’s program contains the following modules:

Compulsory modules:

  • Technology (9 credit points)
  • Economics (6 credit points)
  • Business (9 credit points)
  • Law (6 credit points)
  • Management (12 credit points)
  • Lecture series: Sustainable, energy-efficient conversion of buildings and neighborhoods (6 credit points)
  • Interdisciplinary project (12 credit points)
  • Master’s thesis (18 credit points)

Compulsory elective modules: (Must select 12 credit points, not all modules will be offered each year.)

  • Energy-Efficient Societies (6 credit points)
  • Sustainable Urban Development (6 credit points)
  • Integration of Renewable Energies (6 credit points)
  • Innovation Management A (6 credit points)
  • Innovation Management B (6 credit points)
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The master’s program does not require students to complete an internship. Students can benefit from a number of excursions as well as the professional and academic experience and networks of their lecturers to develop contacts to companies offering internships, and thus organize their own work experience during their studies (preferably during semester breaks).

Stays abroad

You have the option of organizing your own study-related stay abroad. The program is designed to provide you with an opportunity to do so in an academic mobility period in either the second or preferably third semester, whether you are studying full-time or part-time. Individual guidance is available to help you plan your stay abroad.

Acquired skills

The master’s program teaches the skills and knowledge of sustainable and energy-efficient building management to engineers, architects, economists, and professionals working in research, universities, companies, planning offices, and public authorities. You acquire specialist knowledge in areas such as project management (including fundamentals of project management, modeling of construction data), and the energy efficiency of buildings (including the physics of building envelopes, hydraulic systems, energy generation, calculation methods for energy audits) and will also participate in an interdisciplinary project (using an existing construction project). You also examine the design and structures of buildings in the urban environment - modification for sustainability and energy management, innovation and technology management, and the integration of renewable energies. The master’s program teaches a wide range of theories, methods, and skills to enable you to understand, take account of, adapt, and implement a range of solutions to achieve sustainability. These skills are essential for every construction or real estate project seeking to incorporate energy efficiency and other aspects of sustainability, as well as to achieve a good balance between economic, social, ecological, and cultural considerations.

After your studies

The master’s program qualifies you for a career in real estate project planning and management. In addition to teaching theory, the program also places great value on interdisciplinary group projects. As such, the program is particularly suitable for the next generation of management in international companies.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

General questions: Student Info Services

Official website of the study program