Master's degree // Study online in English

Executive MBA in Sustainability

The programme will equip managers with the skills and knowledge required to excel in an international and sustainable business environment.

As the world continues to evolve at a rapid pace, companies must adapt to survive. It's no longer enough to focus solely on profits; businesses must now demonstrate a clear commitment to sustainability. Sustainable practices not only benefit the environment but also provide significant long-term advantages for businesses.

To become a successful international business executive, it's essential to understand and master sustainable business practices. That's why we're thrilled to offer the IBA's new Executive MBA in Sustainability, where you'll gain the expertise and experience you need to succeed in the field. Enroll now and take the first step towards a sustainable future for yourself and your company.

The Executive MBA in Sustainability is a joint programme offered by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) in the UK and the IBA in Denmark. The programme leads to an internationally recognized MBA degree issued by LBU.


  • Study start: 02. September 2024 Application deadline: 26. August 2024
    Study start: 03. February 2025 Application deadline: 26. January 2025
  • Admission requirements: You must normally have successfully completed a degree in a relevant subject area at undergraduate level (bachelor or equivalent). Additionally, English at a certain level.
  • Duration: 2-6 years part-time, 180 CATS (90 ECTS).
  • Tuition: Price for registration is DKK 9,500. Each module costs DKK 16,000. The dissertation costs DKK 19,500. The total price is DKK 125,000.
Morten Bjørn Hansen
- Business Kolding views a new international MBA programme with a focus on sustainability very positively. There is an increasing demand for these skills, and the programme is flexibly designed to appeal to those who are fully engaged in their careers.
Morten Bjørn Hansen
CEO, Business Kolding
Structure of the programme

This executive MBA consists of 6 modules and a dissertation

  1. Sustainability – challenges and opportunities - 20 CATS (10 ECTS)
  2. Circular Economy in a sustainable organization - 20 CATS (10 ECTS)
  3. Change Management - 20 CATS (10 ECTS)
  4. Innovation for Sustainability - 20 CATS (10 ECTS)
  5. The Psychology of Sustainability - 20 CATS (10 ECTS)
  6. Critical Management Inquiry - 20 CATS (10 ECTS)
  7. Dissertation - 60 CATS (30 ECTS)
Proposed progression of the programme

This programme is taught 100% online, giving you maximum freedom and flexibility. You can study from any location in the world and at times that suit you best. Because of the online study mode, you will meet fellow students from many different countries, and you will learn about sustainable business practices from around the world.

During your studies, you will be in close contact with your lecturer, often feeling that he or she is teaching you on a one-to-one basis. They will ask questions, comment on your work, and answer any questions you may have, providing support every step of the way.

All lecturers have academic backgrounds and extensive experience in both the fields they are teaching and in online teaching.

The IBA has been teaching online programmes since 1996, which means that we have accumulated a lot of experience in this field.

Read more about e-learning

What is e-learning?

E-Learning programmes are programmes that are offered online or through distance learning, and put simply, studying by distance learning means you don't have to be based in Kolding to take one of our courses. Wherever you are, you may study with us.

When you choose one of our e-learning programmes, you can study at a distance, at a time and pace that suit you.

Our e-learning team

We've been running e-learning courses at the IBA since 1996 and welcome students across the world - from Denmark to Argentina and Australia to Canada.

Our dedicated e-learning team consists of specialists who make sure that our students have a great education and a great experience.

We ensure that:

  • each course is the same quality and level as a course studied on our campus and internationally
  • the teaching and learning materials are chosen and designed to help you learn and succeed while studying at home
  • the support we provide to e-Learning students is prompt, efficient and helpful
  • our academic staff are subject experts and dedicated to delivering great courses that help our e-learning students thrive in their careers and lives.

Benefits of e-Learning

  • E-learning is a great way to progress further in your career - you can balance the demands of your course with your everyday commitments, allowing you to keep working while you learn.
  • You don't have to come on to campus to attend lectures and seminars, so you won’t have to worry about relocating.
  • Since there are no borders limiting our activities, our e-learning programmes are truly international awarding internationally recognised degrees.
  • You'll have the option to study at home, in a library, in a coffee shop - or even on the bus. In fact, if you can access the internet, you can access everything you need for our e-learning courses.
  • All our e-learning courses have start dates twice a year, giving you added options.
  • Any qualification you earn from us by e-learning is of equal value to one obtained studying on campus.
  • As well as having access to both the IBA’s and Leeds Beckett University's libraries and electronic databases, you can use other university libraries, so you’ll have the benefit of learning resources close to where you live.
  • All e-programmes are split up into modules giving you flexibility and enabling you to control your own learning progression.
  • You can get on and off “the train” at any time

Support while you study

We put a lot of time and effort into ensuring you have a great experience with us. When signing up, all e-learning students are given access to online information, which specifies exactly what is expected from you - and what you can expect from us.

Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of dedicated academic staff while studying the individual modules, and our administrative personnel will be on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

Tools for learning

Our students log in to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) instead of attending lectures or seminars in person. The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to discuss the course material with your tutors and peers and to submit your assignments and receive feedback.

As well as through the VLE, you'll communicate with us through our online webinars, and emails.

There is also an opportunity to attend an annual residential at Leeds Beckett University, if you like.

Our partners

We work with specialist organisations to ensure that our e-learning programmes deliver the best qualifications possible. Our partners include:

  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Canvas - we currently utilise their virtual learning environment
  • Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) - we are proud members of this organisation, which has accredited our programmes
  • Through LBU we are also accredited by the British QAA.
  • Kelli Marie Terkelsen
    Kelli Marie Terkelsen
    Senior Lecturer
  • Morten Kier
    Morten Kier
    Senior Lecturer
  • Nikolaj Svensson
    Nikolaj Svensson
    Senior Lecturer
  • Søren Bladt
    Søren Bladt
    Senior Lecturer
Vahid gave his MBA an international boost. Read more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How flexible is the programme?

Our programmes are designed with working professionals in mind and allow for flexibility within a framework. You can choose the days of the week and the times of the day you study to accommodate your other commitments, however you must meet some deadlines as advised by your lecturer. Our modules are 8-12 weeks in duration, and you are able to take breaks in between modules.

Are there tuition fees on these programmes or are they free for EU citizens?

Yes, there are tuition fees, and they apply to all students irrespective of nationality. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships, grants, or discounts available at the moment? Tuition fees are quoted in Danish kroner, but may be paid electronically in any recognized currency.

Is an online degree as good as a campus degree?

Yes, it is. There is absolutely no distinction between the quality of online and campus programmes. You can be assured that all our online degrees have the same status as those awarded to graduates who studied on-campus.

Will my degree certificate state that it was an online degree, completed via distance learning?

No, your degree certificate will look exactly the same as those awarded to students who studied on campus in Denmark or Leeds. There will be no reference to ‘online’ on your degree certificate.

How does online study work?

Asynchronous learning means that there are no set times for you to be online. You can log on to your platform at times of the day and days of the week that suit you. This makes it possible for students in different time zones to participate in the asynchronous discussion threads that most lecturers run and that allow you to participate in online discussions when it suits you, and there will be webinars offered at regular intervals and video-recorded for those of you who cannot attend at specific times, or want to see them again.

The e-learning concept is designed in such a way that you can always keep track of your personal  learning progression.

Do I need to order textbooks?

For most programmes you will need to order one textbook per module. The average cost is US$120 per book. Additional e-books and texts are provided at no extra costs.

Will I need to travel?

No, none of our online programmes require you to travel. All teaching is done online. Even exams are online.

What kind of students will I meet on my course?

You’ll meet all sorts of interesting, motivated people from all over the world. But generally speaking, you’ll find that most of our online students are ambitious 31-45-year-old professionals who fit their studies around their work and other commitments. Around 85% of them will typically be in full-time employment, and have extensive work experience.

Will my degree be recognized by potential employers and other universities?

Many employers not only recognize IBA’s and Leeds Beckett University's online qualifications, they sponsor their employees to study with us, too. They know that our online degrees have the same status and high standards as our on-campus degrees.
As UK university degrees, our online qualifications are widely recognized internationally.

How many hours a week do I need to study?

On average, students spend around 5-10 hours per week on their studies on the E-BA and Double Degree programmes and 10-15 hours per week on the E-MSc and E-MBA programmes. You may need more time, especially for your first module as you adjust to the learning platform, and you may need less for some modules. The time you need to spend studying will depend on many variables including your previous academic experience, your confidence with technology, and your English-language skills.

Henrik Bielefeldt
- Many companies in Denmark are already operating sustainably in many areas. Therefore, we need leaders who can describe what the company is doing to be economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. Creating that description requires both knowledge, insight, and education.
Henrik Bielefeldt
Project Development Manager at the consulting firm Sustain
Read the full story here >>

Admission requirements

You must normally have successfully completed a degree at undergraduate level (Bachelor or equivalent). You are also required to have at least 2 years of management experience to be admitted.

Additionally, you must have English language proficiency at a certain level. Students from Denmark must have passed English at a level equivalent to a Danish Upper Secondary education B-level. Students from all other countries must present a recognized international English test with a result equivalent to IELTS 6.0+ or higher.

Relevant professional experience will be considered in the evaluation of applications.

All applicants are offered an online meeting. If the applicant does not show up for the interview, the application will not be considered further.

Non-standard applications may be considered for entry to the course and will be at the discretion of the Course Manager.

How to apply

You can apply to this programme for autumn and spring intake. When applying you need to fill in this application form (Word) and send it together with:

  • Exam certificates
  • CV
  • Photo-ID

Send this as attachments to this secure mail address:

The application deadline for spring intake is 26 January.
The application deadline for autumn intake is 26 August.

If you need further information please contact Oksana Jørgensen direct at +45 30 10 16 13 or

Tuition fees

Tuition fees amount to a total of DKK 125,000, and instalments are paid no later than 2 weeks before start of the module(s) in question. You only pay for the modules that you start, and when you start them.

Registration fee:    DKK 9,500
Per module:           DKK 16,000
Dissertation:          DKK 19,500

The fees include all teaching and exams, learning support and administrative costs. Books are not included.


The CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points system is recognised by many UK Higher Education institutions as a method of quantifying credit for a particular course.

CATS points convert to European academic credits (ECTS) as follows: Two CATS points are equivalent to one ECTS point.


Alis Sindbjerg Hinrichsen
- In terms of green transition, all companies should ask themselves in good time: "If we are to move in a more positive direction, what do we need to initiate?" And to answer that question, companies need to train competencies within the organization to be able to think in green innovation.
Alis Sindbjerg Hinrichsen
Senior Transformation Manager at Lego
Vahid gave his MBA an international boost. Read more.
Colin Knapp
- The MBA programme that IBA is now offering is very interesting and relevant. It's education at a high level, where sustainability is not just a single module but an integral part of the entire programme.
Colin Knapp
Teacher and mentor on the MBA programme at IBA
Read the full story here >>