Program Content for the MSc in Leading Sustainable Transformations

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The Master of Science (MSc) in Leading Sustainable Transformations offered by emlyon business school is accessible after a Bachelor minimum. This program enables foreign or French students to acquire a high-level, specialized education aimed at the main functions of change management in companies whose scope is resolutely oriented towards sustainability and transformations at relevant scales.


This program requires a professional mission at the end of the course for a minimal duration of 4 months (internship, VIE, fixed-term contract or permanent contrat.


Discover the program content for the 2024-2025 academic year:


Structure programme MSc LST

Academic content

Before September Intake

You will first follow a core syllabus that will enable you to acquire the fundamentals of leadership and to understand transformations.

Example of courses:

  • Transformations in the world economy
  • Transformations in the natural environment
  • Transformations in technology
  • Transformations in the society
  • Transformations in the self
  • Excel skills for business
  • Learning to learn

After the enrolment and before the official start of classes, you will have access to many of the digital resources available to emlyon business school students during the summer:

  • emlyon business school apps and platforms (Learning Hub, Career Center, etc.)
  • e-learning management fundamentals courses available online

This will help you to get to the grips with the various tools and ensure that your integration is a success, as you will have a busy schedule once the program begins in September.

From September to December - in Paris

You will learn how to assess transformations in the business environment across all functions. Courses will be organized in the form of seminars, practical exercises and coaching.
Course examples:

  • Evaluating transformations in governance
  • Evaluating competitive advantage - Transformations in finance
  • Evaluating transformations in the natural environment
  • Research methods for evaluation (including AI)
  • Evaluating transformations in technology
  • Evaluating transformations in strategy
  • Evaluating transformations in marketing
  • Career evaluation & strategy
  • Leadership development
  • Business writing
  • Storytelling & public speaking
  • Presentation skills - Data visualization

From January to March - in Paris

You will study with innovative methods and practical experiences to develop sustainable solutions at relevant scales.
Course examples:

  • Decision science
  • Strategy & organization as practice
  • Strategizing for a sustainable future
  • Leveraging AI for responsible transformations
  • Leadership development
  • Creativity methods & design thinking
  • Agile project management & collaboration
  • Responsible transformations in marketing
  • Negotiating responsible transformations
  • The consulting industry
  • Presentation skills - Data visualization

This International Seminar is a unique learning expedition to better understand the dynamics involved in initiating and driving change in organizations. It is also a way to develop your international network.

From April to July - The London Interdisciplinary School

You will learn to manage cross-disciplinary skills to lead successful projects and increase your organization’s competitiveness.
Course examples:

  • Social innovation & social entrepreneurship
  • Ethics in transformations

Red Thread project

Throughout the year, students will study a real-world case study and make connections between the economic, societal, environmental, digital, and organizational transformations of a particular sector (e.g., transformations in the travel industry). Each year will be dedicated to a specific theme to reflect the current socio-economic world. Students will take on the role of consultants and will be expected to produce and disseminate the content of their research in an innovative format: podcast, book, video, etc.

From July to December - Anywhere in the world

Professional Thesis
The Professional Thesis is an analytical work on a topic related to the industry and to the professional experience gained during your internship. This is a great opportunity for you to research a subject which is not only of particular interest, but which has the potential to contribute powerfully to your personal and professional development.

Professional mission

The 4 to 6-month internship or professional experience is a great opportunity to put your academic knowledge to the test and acquire tangible experience within the industry.

Vincent Giolito - Director of the MSc in Leading Responsible Transformations

Word of welcome

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the MSc in Leading Sustainable Transformations at emlyon business school. We are pleased to introduce this program to you as it conveys the promise not only of a very fulfilling journey for the next 18 months, but also for several years of professional career. We have also designed it with the intention of making it a rewarding experience for your own personal development. This program is unique in that it blends leading-edge, ready-to-use knowledge and practice with an in-depth perspective on your personal growth and leadership capabilities. It will equip you to lead positive, sustainable transformations in organizations – and thus to make the world a better, more sustainable place.

Vincent GIOLITO, Program Director


Assessment methods may include case studies, presentations, mock exercises, tests, etc.
Graduation rate: data not available (first intake: September 2024)