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The University of St. Gallen offers 13 core programmes on the Master’s level. Five of these programmes integrate R&S substantially.

Master of Arts in Management, Organization Studies and Cultural Theory (MOK)
The Master of Management, Organization Studies and Cultural Theory (MOK) is the first truly interdisciplinary Master’s programme at the University of St.Gallen that consistently links management, social and cultural sciences. The understanding of cultural interdependences within organisational and societal processes is an important aspect of the curriculum. The programme focuses on relational management understanding, which is crucial to sustainably address today’s environmental and societal complexity. Responsibility is also widely represented in our practice projects, with students working on actual case challenges with several of our practice partners.
Master of Arts in International Affairs and Governance (MIA)
Ever since its inception some 50 years ago, the Master of Arts in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) has remained true to its fundamental premise. If decision-makers are to deal with the challenges of our times in a truly responsible and sustainable way, their analysis and understanding must be comprehensive rather than narrow. Since real-life problems are not concerned with academic delineations, our enduring mission is to produce broadly trained generalists with the ability to integrate political, legal, economic and managerial perspectives. In the realms of political science and political economy, such options invariably include the sustainable governance of the modern welfare state, of climate change, energy, nuclear proliferation, migration and development. In the context of practical projects, MIA students routinely interact with practitioners from both the private and the public sectors in order to stay tuned to current ways of meeting responsibilities (and dilemma) in real-life situations. From fall 2020 on, MIA will offer a new focus area «Sustainability and Development».
Master of Arts in Business Management (MUG)
The Master of Arts in Business Management (MUG) is based on the fundamental premise of an tightly integrated learning experience between theoretical and practical knowledge. MUG students enjoy the flexibility of choosing courses from a broad curriculum where ethics and sustainability take a centre stage as one of our four focus areas. The MUG recognises that ethical and sustainable business conduct is fundamental for management today and in the future. Therefore, the importance of ethics and sustainability is reflected in at least three ways. Firstly, it is evident through “Managing entrepreneurially”, a mandatory course for all students that integrates R&S systematically. Secondly, we have several electives on Sustainable Business Models and Corporate Social Responsibility that deepen specific aspects within the ethics or sustainability context. And thirdly, the programme offers students a specialisation in sustainability management comprising three courses: Entrepreneurial Business Sustainability, Managing Sustainable Development on a Local Level and a one-year field project undertaken in cooperation with one of our corporate partners during which MUG students work on real R&S challenges with these firms."
Master of Arts in Strategy and International Management (SIM)
The Master of Arts in Strategy and International Management (SIM), which has been No. 1 in the Financial Times Global Master in Management ranking for the past nine years, requires all students to complete the “SIMagination Challenge ”, a project-oriented field course on sustainable effectiveness in a developing country . In 2018, a sustainability project has been added to the offering of SIMagination challenges, acknowledging the urgency to act in this area.  
The CEMS MiM is a Master programme enabled by a strategic alliance of 33 leading, global business schools, more than 70 international companies and 7 NGOs. CEMS connects high quality education with professional experience.  Among the variety of activities offered, the  CEMS Climate Change Strategy Role Play stands out. The Role Play gives students important background information on climate change, and familiarizes them with its implications on an economic, political and social level. This allows the participating students not only to increase their knowledge about the global climate challenge, but to also gain first-hand experience with finding solutions. The University of St. Gallen, in collaboration with seven other leading European business schools, offers the CEMS Model UNFCCC, a unique course on climate change and its implications for business, followed by the two-day simulation of the UN climate negotiations with master-level students from all the participating schools.

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