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As a student of the Master’s Degree Programme in Corporate Environmental Management, you will get know-how in the field of corporate sustainability with a special focus on environmental issues. If you are broadly interested in corporate sustainability and willing to understand the interaction between the company and its environment, this programme is ideal for you.

It provides you excellent abilities to follow current developments in business and science and to graduate as an expert in the rapidly developing field of corporate sustainability.

Programme Description

Study objectives

Do you want to contribute in making business more sustainable?  Are you interested in finding sustainability solutions for businesses and organisations? Do you want to be part of climate change mitigation? The Corporate Environmental Management Master’s Programme (CEM) enhances understanding and provides expertise on these issues and more.

The CEM Master’s Programme aims at educating students to become experts in corporate sustainability with an environmental focus. It offers its graduates an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues preparing the graduates to tackle these complex issues in business life. The international learning environment provides skills for identifying and managing environmental impacts; promoting environmental sustainability in business; and innovating new business solutions and sustainable business models.

Jyväskylä was the first university in in the Nordic region to offer a complete master’s and doctoral programme in Corporate Environmental Management. Training in CEM was launched in 1995 and the programme has been an international master’s degree programme since 2003. Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics has been proactive in integrating corporate environmental management in its curriculum, research, and other activities. Our education has therefore been internationally acknowledged by the World Resource Institute in 2001 and the Aspen Institute in 2005-2011.

More about the language of instruction

The language of instruction and completion in all major courses of the programme is English.

Tuition fees

Tuition is free for citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. In addition, students who are in possession of a valid residence permit in Finland of the type A, P, P-EU, EU Blue Card, or residence card for a family member of an EU citizen, are exempted from paying tuition for the duration of the validity of the permit.

For other students, the tuition fee in this programme is 10 000 € per academic year. The University of Jyväskylä offers a scholarship programme for students liable to pay tuition fees. This scholarship can be applied for when applying for admission to the programme, using the same online application form. In each Master’s programme, two (2) 100% scholarships and four (4) 50% scholarships are available for applications. The scholarships are awarded based on the admission criteria of the programme.

Additional information on tuition fees and scholarships is available on JYU website.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Master’s Degree Programme in Corporate Environmental Management can work either in the public sector in public administration, municipalities, towns or environment centers, or in the private sector in companies. In addition, national and international non-governmental and other organisations are potential employers. Job titles can be for example:sustainability expert/specialist/analyst, environmental manager/expert, sustainability project manager, sales and sustainability specialist, corporate responsibility reporting specialist, project coordinator, sustainability and biofuels expert, climate and energy consultant, energy trader, researcher; and entrepreneur.The graduates can also work in the field of environmental-related marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship, reporting and communications based on their own interests.

Qualification

The graduates receive a Master of Science degree (Economics and Business Administration).

Postgraduate study opportunities

The Master of Science degree (Economics and Business Administration)  -degree qualifies students for enrolment in doctoral studies.

Study contents

The CEM-programme offers courses in 3 different focus areas:

1. Identification of environmental impacts in organisational operations

2. Management of environmental impacts of organisational operations

3. Promote environmental sustainability in business and innovate new business solutions and sustainable business models.

The students with a business studies background will study basic courses in environmental sciences and the students with an environmental background (e.g. environmental engineering) will study basic business studies as their minor. The programme incorporates also courses with working-life relevance and has an extensive research component through the Master’s thesis and related courses.

For more information on the contents and courses, please see: https://www.jyu.fi/ops/en/jsbe/masters-degree-programme-in-corporate-environmental-management.

Structure of studies

Master’s programme in corporate environmental management consists of compulsory environmental management courses, minor studies in environmental/natural science (students with business background) or basic business studies (students with environmental/natural science background), and language/communication skills courses, and optional courses.

Primarily our applicants have either a business background or natural sciences background (eg. environmental engineering), but we do also accept applicants from other fields provided that their motivation is well-explained.

Final project

At the end of the studies students should write a Master’s thesis. On successful completion of the Master’s thesis, students will be able to:

  • successfully complete an individual academic research project;
  • identify problems related to corporate environmental management, and define and justify research problems for their own Master’s thesis;
  • form a theoretical framework for an academic study;
  • identify and justify the choice of the research methods of their own Master’s thesis;
  • analyse and evaluate research results;
  • make theoretical and practical conclusions based on research results;
  • produce an academic research report.

Internationalization

The Master’s Degree Programme in Corporate Environmental Management is an international programme with students from all over the world. Students are encouraged to apply to international internships and the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics offers possibilities for student exchange internationally.

Co-operation with other parties

We actively cooperate with business and organisations. There are several visitors from enterprises in the courses and concrete business cases are utilised for the course assignments. In addition, the CEM-programme research group actively cooperates with organisations and research institutes.

Research focus

The research interests include:

  • material flow management
  • sustainable production and consumption
  • sustainability strategies and marketing
  • environmental values and cultures
  • strategies and business concepts for sustainable energy solutions

    Degree Structure

    Master’s Programme in Corporate Environmental Management  consists of following courses and components:

    Level Contents ECTS credits
    Compulsory studies
    ( 77 ECTS)

    Sustainable Transition and Business

    Material Flow Management

    Managing a Green Organisation

    CEM Project Work or Internship

    Corporate Strategies for Sustainable Business

    Sustainable Consumption and Marketing

    Environmental Management in Stakeholder Networks

    Research Methodology

    Master Level Research Tutorial

    Master’s Thesis

    Maturity Test

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    4 ECTS

    3 ECTS

    35 ECTS

    0 ECTS

    Optional studies
    (5-7 ECTS)
    For example:
    Material Flow Management, Computer Demos

    Introduction to International Environmental Law

    Aspen Case Competition

    Nespresso Case Competition

    Aalto Strategy Case Competition

    Social and Environmental Accounting

    Corporate Reputation and Crisis Communication

    Other advanced or subject level courses from the School of Business and Economics

    Courses from other Master’s Programmes

    Courses from other universities, summer schools and exchange programmes

     

    Optional major studies are not restricted to the courses listed above, but may be chosen according to the personal research interests of the student ideally supporting the topic of the Master’s thesis. The optional studies should be subject or advanced level courses in the School of Business and Economics, in other faculties or universities e.g. during exchange period abroad. 

     

    3 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    3 ECTS

    2 ECTS

    3 ECTS

    6 ECTS

    6 ECTS

    Additional compulsory studies


    (5 ECTS)

    Business, Society and the Environment

    Compulsory for all CEM students, unless an equal course has been completed during previous studies. This course does not count against the 120 ECTS credit points necessary to complete the Master’ Programme in Corporate Environmental Management.

    5 ECTS
    General studies

    (1 ECTS)

    Introduction to Master’s Programmes 1 ECTS
    Language studies

    (7-12 ECTS)

    Language studies for Finnish students (7 ECTS)

    Integrated Research Communication

    Academic Literacies for CEM

    Language studies for international students (12 ECTS)

    Integrated Research Communication

    Academic Literacies for CEM

    Finnish for Foreigners 1

     

    4-5 ECTS

    3 ECTS

     

    4-5 ECTS

    3 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    Compulsory other studies

    (25 ECTS)

    Students with Environmental Background (25 ECTS)

    Introduction to Management and Leadership

    Introduction to Marketing

    Introduction to Accounting

    Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    Introduction to Corporate Communication

     

    Students with Business Background (25 ECTS)

     

    Study module for environmental studies (18 ECTS)

    Introduction to Environmental Sciences (Compulsory)

    Climate Now (Compulsory)

    Environmental Risk Perception and Communication

    Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation

    Environmental Technology

    Prerequisite for Life on Earth

    Water and Water Systems

    Humans and the Environment

     

    Optional CEM courses (7 ECTS)

     

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

     

     

     

     

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    3 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    5 ECTS

    Elective studies 

    (0-3 ECTS)

    Choose elective studies to complete the minimum extent of the degree, 120 ECTS. Elective studies can be chosen from the variety of courses offered by the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics or other departments of the University. 0-3 ECTS

    TOTAL

    min. 120 ECTS credits

    Admission criteria

    Application period: (08.01.2020 at 08:00 – 22.01.2020 at 15:00)

    Student admission to study programme

    These admission criteria are valid in student selections made in 2020, 2021 and 2022. However, the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics reserves the right to make changes to the admission criteria, if needed, in between admission rounds. The number of study seats available in the programme is decided on yearly, and will be published in the Studyinfo portal before each admission round.

    The admission process comprises of two parts.

    Phase 1: Online application and required attachments 

    First, the applicant submits an online application and required electronic attachments in the Studyinfo.fi portal. The applicant submits hard copies of application attachments to the University of Jyväskylä Admission Services, as per instructions. Instructions on submitting attachments will be published on the University’s website before the beginning of the admission round.

    All eligible applications are evaluated according to the criteria explained below. Ineligible applications will not be processed further, after they have been found not to meet the eligibility criteria and/or documentary requirements.

    Selection criteria Points
    Educational background 0 – 8
    Motivation letter 0 – 8
    English language proficiency 0 – 2
    Relevant work (or other) experience 0 – 2
    Total max. 20

    Phase 2: Evaluation of interview

    After the first phase, the highest-scoring applicants are invited to an interview, which is conducted online. Interviews will be evaluated according to the criteria stated below.

    Selection criteria Points
    Analytical skills including pre-reading articles (understanding of the content and ability to apply to a task) 0 – 5
    Knowledge of the field of study 0 – 5
    Applicant’s motivation 0 – 7
    Spoken English 0 – 3
    Total max. 20

    After the evaluation of the interview, each applicant’s  scores from the first and the second phase of admission are added together to form the applicant’s final admission score. There is no threshold score that the applicant should reach in order to be admitted. Applicants will be placed in order ranked according to their admission score, and the highest-scoring applicants, in accordance with the number of study seats in the programme, will be admitted. If two or more applicants for the last study seat have the same admission score, each of these applicants will be admitted. If there are two or more applicants with the same total score placed in the last place for selection, all of them will be selected.There are no arrangements for clearing i.e., study places for those accepted students who do not wish to enroll will not be reallocated.

    All applicants will be informed on the results of the admission round via email by the deadline given on the University’s website. In connection to the results, applicants will be informed on the policy and deadline for appealing against the admission decision.

    Application for the tuition fee scholarship

    Applicants, who are liable to pay tuition fees, can apply for a tuition fee scholarship from the University of Jyväskylä. The application for the scholarship is integrated in the admissions application. In this Master’s programme, two (2) scholarships, which cover 100% of the tuition fee for two years, and four (4) scholarships, which cover 50% of the tuition fee for two years, are available for applications. The scholarships are awarded based on the admission criteria of the programme. The scholarship-applicants will be ranked according to their admission score. The two highest-scoring applicants will receive the 100% scholarship, and the four next ones will receive the 50% scholarship. If two or more scholarship-recipients have the same admission score, higher weight is given to the points received from the following categories, in the following order:

    1. Total points in the second phase of admission (interview + pre-task)
    2. Total points of the application
    3. Motivation (interview + motivation letter)
    4. Knowledge of the field of study
    5. Analytical skills

    If the applicant applies for the scholarship to more than one Master’s programme at the University of Jyväskylä and gets admitted to more than one programme, the applicant can receive the scholarship only to one programme, according to the preference she/he has stated on the application form.

    If one of the scholarship-recipients does not accept the scholarship, it can be transferred to the next-best scoring applicant. The scholarship can be transferred from one applicant to another only once.

    Admitted applicants will be informed on the result of their scholarship application together with the Letter of Admission.

    Eligibility

    Eligible applicants to the Master’s degree programme must have a suitable higher education degree and adequate proficiency in the English language demonstrated in one of the ways described below.

    1) Higher education degree, which meets the following requirements:

    Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree, which gives eligibility to Master’s level education in the country in which the degree was issued. Applicants holding a degree, which gives eligibility to Doctoral programmes, should primarily seek admission to Doctoral level.

    Suitable fields of the degree include business studies or natural science studies (e.g. environmental sciences, environmental engineering), but we also accept applicants from other fields if their motivation is well explained and their previous degree (or other previous studies) includes minor studies in business studies or natural science studies.

    The higher education institution awarding the degree has to be a recognised part of the official national education system of the country, i.e. to be listed as a degree-granting higher education institution by the country where it is located or by a relevant international organisation (such as UNESCO).

    If the applicant holds a degree, which gives general eligibility to Master’s level studies, but the field of the degree is not wholly compatible with that of the Master’s programme, it is possible for the Faculty to accept the applicant, if she/he can complete the required studies as electives included in the Master’s degree. However, if such complementary studies are required, which would cause the total amount of credits in the degree to exceed 120 ECTS, the applicant cannot be admitted.

    The degree used for proving eligibility may be unfinished at the time of application, in which case the applicant can be conditionally selected. In such a case, the degree must be completed and related certificates (degree certificate and/or final official transcript of records) must be received by JYU by the given deadline. The deadline will be published on the University’s website before the beginning of the admission round.

    2) English language proficiency demonstrated in one of the following ways:

    • Upper secondary education, in which the language of tuition is English, completed in a Nordic country (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland), the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
    • A higher education degree, in which the language of tuition is English, completed in an EU/EEA country, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
    • An international language proficiency test in English. Approved language tests and required minimum results are as follows:
    • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): 92
    • IELTS Academic: 6.5
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE): A, B, C or C1
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): A, B or C
    • PTE Academic: 62

    PTE, IELTS and TOEFL results are valid for two years. The result must be valid until the end date of the application period. The University of Jyväskylä accepts only the results of Cambridge tests completed in 2005 and thereafter.

    • The Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI), which must be passed at least with intermediate level 4 in all skill components: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension. The University of Jyväskylä accepts only the results of the National Certificate of Language Proficiency tests completed in 2002 and thereafter.
    • The applicant has completed or is completing a higher education degree in Finnish in a higher education institution in Finland, and the degree fills the requirements of proficiency in English as a foreign language as stipulated by Government decrees (Valtioneuvoston asetus yliopistojen tutkinnoista 794/2004 and Valtioneuvoston asetus ammattikorkeakouluista 1129/2014). ). In case the degree is uncompleted at the time of application,
      • it must be the same degree, which the applicant uses for proving eligibility to the programme, and
      • the applicant must have completed the studies required in the Government decrees for obtaining the required English proficiency in such a schedule, that he/she is able to submit a document proving these studies by the supplementation deadline for attachments.

    Applicants should register for a language test well in advance of the application deadline, so that the test can be completed and the result received in time to meet the deadline. Receiving the test results may take up to two months.

    If the result of the language test is below the required minimum, the application will not be considered for admission.

    No other means for proving language proficiency than the ones listed above will be accepted. No waivers to the language proficiency requirements are given.

    Required attachments

    Required attachments

    Some of the attachments can be submitted as electronic attachments to the online application form, whereas others need to be submitted as hard copies by postal mail.The specific requirements concerning hard copies will be published on the University’s website before each admission round.The applicant is responsible for reading the instructions and submitting the required documentation accordingly. The applicant must make sure that she/he complies with the requirements for the correct admission round.

    Documents received by the University, which are not listed below, or which do not meet the University’s document requirements, or which are received by the University after the given deadline, will not be considered in the evaluation process of applications.

    If an applicant has several higher education degrees, or separate studies in higher education that are not part of a degree, all of these can be considered for defining the applicant’s eligibility and calculating the admission score, provided that attachments proving these studies meet the University’s document requirements. If the applicant submits documentation of more than one degree, the admission score will be calculated using the degree and separate studies, which give the highest admission score to the applicant. Only studies from a higher education institution, which is a recognised part of the official national education system of the country in which the institution is located, will be considered.

    Required attachments include:

    1. A) Official transcript of records of a higher education degree
    A transcript of records is a document issued by a higher education institution containing information on courses taken and grades and credits obtained by a student. If the awarding institution issues transcripts or their translations in English, Finnish or Swedish, a transcript of records in one of these languages is sufficient, and the translation mentioned in part B) is not needed.
    B) Official translation of the transcript into English, Finnish or Swedish, if needed
    If the official transcript of records is in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation into one of these languages is required in addition to the official transcript in original language.

    2. A) Copy of degree certificate of higher education degree
    A degree certificate is a document issued by an institution to a student who has successfully completed all studies included in the degree and has graduated. If the degree certificate is in English, Finnish or Swedish, the translation mentioned in part B) is not needed. A copy of degree certificate is not required in the application phase from applicants, whose degree used for proving eligibility is unfinished at the time of application.
    B) Official translation of the degree certificate into English, Finnish or Swedish, if needed
    If the degree certificate is in a language other than English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translation into one of these languages is required in addition to the copy of the degree certificate.

    3. Certificate of English language proficiency
    A certificate for proving English language proficiency can be:

    • An electronic copy of a language test certificate submitted as an attachment to the online application form (these will be verified from the test organization)
    • A copy of an official educational document

    The accepted means for proving language proficiency are stated in the eligibility criteria of the programme. Instructions for submitting different kinds of certificates for proving language proficiency will be published on the University’s website before each admission round.

    4. Copy of a valid passport

    A copy of the identification pages of a valid passport with the applicant’s name, date of birth, nationality, and expiry date of the passport, submitted as an electronic attachment to the online application form. In case the applicant does not hold a valid passport, another official identification document (i.e. personal identity card, driving license) stating the same information is accepted. A copy of passport is not required from citizens of Finland, because their nationality can be confirmed from a national database.

    5. Copy of residence permit card, if needed

    A copy of both sides of the residence permit card, submitted as an electronic attachment to the online application form. Required only from applicants holding a valid residence permit in Finland of the type A, P, P-EU, EU Blue Card, or residence card for a family member of an EU citizen.

    6. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    An electronic attachment to the online application form. Curriculum vitae is a document, which provides information on the applicant’s educational and work history, skills and competencies.

    7. Motivation letter

    An electronic attachment to the online application form, written on a computer. In the motivation letter, articulate clearly your reasons for applying. Consider your activities, experiences and commitment related to the field of the Master’s programme. Relate your plans after graduation, in case you are admitted to the programme. The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters in Latin alphabet, including breaks and punctuation.

     

    If the applicant is a refugee (residence permit issued on the basis of asylum), in a position comparable to a refugee (residence permit issued on the basis of subsidiary protection), or an asylum seeker (to whom a residence permit based on international protection has not yet been issued), and the applicant does not have documents in proof of her/his prior qualification, the eligibility of the applicant is evaluated based on the documents submitted with the application. If the applicant is not able to submit the documents usually required for proving educational background, the University may decide on the applicant’s eligibility based on a clarification of prior education requested from the applicant.

     

    Attachment Delivery address Deadline
    Required attachments
    ADMISSION SERVICES P.O.Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä
    31.01.2020 15:00

    Admissions services

    Admission Services

    Visiting address:
    ADMISSION SERVICES, Seminaarinkatu 15 (T-building), 2nd floor

    Postal address:
    ADMISSION SERVICES P.O.Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä

    E-mail: admissions@jyu.fi
    Telephone: +358 40 805 3018
    https://opiskelu.jyu.fi/en/apply

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