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2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Sustainable Development (M.Sc.)

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Director: Hani Sewilam

Steering Committee: Amr Shaarawi (Dean of Graduate Studies), Salah El-Hagger (SSE), James Curiel (HUSS), Ayman Ismail (BUS), Jennifer Bremer (GAPP), Ted Purinton (GSE), Richard Tutwiler (DDC) and the Associate Deans of Graduate Studies of the SSE, HUSS, BUS, GAPP and GSE.

Master of Science in Sustainable Development

The MSc program in Sustainable Development is designed to take advantage of sustainable development as an economic growth opportunity. This MSc program aims to create a whole new generation of business and social entrepreneurs with the skills will allow them to start up green businesses, launch innovative ventures and products, and put in place public policy and social entrepreneurship innovations that, together, address society’s environmental and natural resource challenges. The program aims to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship in all three sectors-private, governmental and non-profit- in preparation for careers as entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” in a range of organizations.

Through this program, students will learn how to identify, assess and shape environmental ideas into real business opportunities and how to support such ventures through entrepreneurial private, government and civil society initiatives. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the course work combines a conceptual review of the relationships among business, industry, environment, policy and society, with a much more applied examination of the wide range of initiatives that relate to environmental management and sustainable economic development.

The MSc is facilitated by the available state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available at the SSE, BUS and GAPP.

A minimum of 33 credit hours is required for the MSc. The degree to be awarded is an “AUC MSc in Sustainable Development.”


The graduates of the MSc in Sustainable Development will

  1. Have the multi-disciplinary knowledge of green innovation and the key aspects and dimensions of sustainable development.
  2. Foster a strong culture of green entrepreneurship and business in Egypt and the region
  3. Engage in advanced green industry careers
  4. Excel in an interdisciplinary environment both as individuals and within a team
  5. Seize and develop commercial opportunities in the fast advancing green technologies field locally and globally.


A candidate for the program must have a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, policy, business or social background. Admission is also subject to the general university requirements for graduate study, including English language proficiency. A minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 is required for full admission into the program. Students who have some deficiency in their undergraduate training but are well-qualified in other aspects maybe admitted provisionally. The program director and track coordinators may prescribe a program of non-credit work to make up for the deficiency.

Courses (24 credit hours)

The program of study is planned with the program director, and should include a minimum of 9 credit hours of core courses and a minimum of 15 credit hours of electives from three of the four sustainable development modules. Students might be asked to take additional non-credit courses from the balance module to qualify them for this program.

II. Balance Module- M2 (0 Credit Hours)

Students might be asked to take one or more courses from a list of courses approved by the GREN advisory committee and selected with their advisor to upgrade their knowledge and qualify them for this program.


III. Sustainable Development Module M3- Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Students should take four courses from three of the four sustainable development sub-modules and at least one course from the Green Technologies Module M3-A. At least two courses should be taken from the specialization module.


Thesis (9 Credit Hours)

Each student must submit a thesis topic that has been approved by a faculty supervisor by the end of the first academic year. Various research topics are discussed in GREN 5251  and GREN 5252 , Graduate Thesis Seminar I and II, respectively. Students must register for Graduate Thesis Seminar I (GREN 5251 ) before submitting a thesis topic while Graduate Thesis Seminar II (GREN 5252 ) should be taken during the execution of the thesis research work. To ensure adequate faculty consultation on the thesis, the student must register for the Research Thesis Guidance Course (GREN 5253 ) by the completion of 18 credit hours. The GREN 5253  course must be registered over two consecutive semesters after which the course may be registered for one credit hour each semester until completion of the program requirement. The Thesis seminar will be developed and offered by all the schools involved in the program.

Students are encouraged to “twin” in the thesis work. At least two students can agree on submitting a topic for a “twinning thesis” that has to be approved by their faculty supervisors from at least two different schools by the end of the first academic year. The twinning thesis does not mean reducing the workload, since each student should complete minimum 33 credits to be awarded a twinning MSc degree. Students work on one topic from different perspectives and submit two theses.

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