Sustainable Mobility Management MBA

The MBA in Sustainable Mobility Management is perfect for transport engineers, transport and mobility experts, planners, architects, and sustainability project managers who want to gain in-depth, special knowledge in the field of sustainable mobility management.

Authorities, businesses and other agencies engaged in transport and mobility must rethink their current strategies. Each urban area faces its own specific set of challenges: congestion, emissions, safety, accessibility and economic implications are only some factors that account for the mobility situation that inhabitants experience. This implies an increased need for broadly educated, skilled managers, capable to frame those issues with social shifts, new technologies and innovative business models.

TU Berlin’s master program in “Sustainable Mobility Management” closes the educational gap in this field and prepares students for leadership positions by training people who can deliver cutting-edge and sustainable mobility solutions. The master program is intended for an international and diverse audience: Learning and studying in small groups of up to 30 students means excellent and tailored learning conditions.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

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Programme Content

The growing environmental impact of transport systems, as well as their energy voracity, require new approaches and new concepts. This MBA offers an integrative design across disciplines, addressing a range of different perspectives. The theory and practice-driven approach gives students both a conceptual understanding and the skills needed to tackle practical problems, covering the needs of strategy development, analysis and implementation, complex decision making and project management.

Graduates will be able to plan and manage complex projects in the transport and mobility fields. The program provides the knowledge and skills for assessing projects from social, sustainability and economic perspectives and for creatively, in teams or independently, finding solutions that consider the varying stakeholders’ interests. Graduates will either be able to enter the labour market (private and public sector) or continue with postgraduate studies.

Students who are the future mobility experts learn in a close cooperation with leading enterprises and institutions located on the EUREF-Campus to become acquainted also with practical projects in the field of energy, infrastructure and mobility.


Julian Alexandrakis
Technische Universität Berlin
Dr. Wulf-Holger Arndt
TUB – Center for Technology and Society
Dr. Maren Borkert
Technische Universität Berlin
Dr. habil. Weert Canzler
Berlin Social Science Center
Prof. Dr. Hans-Liudger Dienel
Technische Universitaet Berlin
Dr. Valentina Fava
Technische Universitaet Berlin
Prof. Dr. Dietmar Göhlich
Technische Universitaet Berlin
Dr. Christian Hoffmann
Prof. Dr. Andreas Knie
Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Technische Universität Berlin
CfE Center for Entrepreneurship at TU Berlin
Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz
Director of the Institute of Transport Research, Berlin
M.Sc. Tu-Anh Ly
Technische Universität Berlin
Thomas Meissner
Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
Dr. Massimo Moraglio
Technische Universitaet Berlin
Prof. Dr.-ing. Thomas Richter
Technische Universitaet Berlin
Lisa Ruhrort
M.Sc. Janina Sachs
Technische Universitaet Berlin
Prof. Dr. Claus Tully
Freie Universität Bozen (Free University of Bozen/Bolzano)

Module Description

The Master program is taught over a period of three semesters. The first two semesters include lectures, tutorials, seminars and excursions. The program will be completed in the 3rd semester by writing and defending a master thesis.

The first semester is dedicated to the fundamentals of mobility and sustainability, considering these issues from different perspectives such as economic factors, social and managerial elements, and naturally including technological drivers.

In the second semester, trends and the future of transport as well as the transition toward sustainable mobility will be the main focuses, which encompasses also the issue of governance and management of complex structures. A lecture series will provide world-based case studies.

The third semester is mainly devoted to specialization and Master Thesis.

Elective courses for specialization are offered.

Project Management (in Mobility) (9 ECTS)

At the end of this module, students will recognise the basics of strategic management and management methods concerning today’s challenges in transport and mobility. Students will be able to develop managerial solutions, tackle issues related to a transition toward sustainable mobility and to implement appropriate solutions.

Mobility Actors and Practices (6 ECTS)

At the end of this module, students will comprehend the fundamentals of mobility concepts and approaches, transport systems, and theories in sustainable mobility. The focus is to recognise mobility as a socio-technical system.

Students will deal with and manage the social/economic/technological tensions and critical points emerging in the implementation of the transition toward sustainable mobility.

Technological Foundations in Transport (9 ECTS)

At the end of this module, students will diagnose several elements relevant to transport engineering and operations, including but not limited to analysis of the energy source, propulsion, efficiency, as well as multiple, sometime opposing, motivations of transport managements. They will also have an understanding of road design, including main and urban access roads. Students will utilize such knowledge to implement and plan according to technical potentials and limitations, as well as evaluate its relevance in addressing sustainability.

Macro-Economics and Business Models of Sustainable Mobility (6 ECTS)

At the end of this module, students will understand and classify the fundamentals of financial tools and business practice to achieve sustainable mobility. Students will develop and plan current and innovative economic and financial issues surrounding transport investment and evaluate traditional and innovative business models.

Mobility Trends and Futures (9 ECTS)

Students will understand mobility trends, in order to ultimately tackle the future complexities of open and interconnected transport. Students will be able to assess societal and technological shifts and changes, gaining knowledge of the forecasting basics in order to develop scenarios and plan long-term concepts in mobility transition.

Managing Transition: Governance and Skills (9 ECTS)

At the end of this module, students will be able to frame the transition to sustainable mobility according to different policy options, thus achieving tools for its management. Students will assess, implement and run solutions towards the sustainable transition. They will be able to manage and develop available governance tools as well as to engage not-political actors.

Lecture Series (6 ECTS)

At the end of this module, students will have an overview of state-of-the-art sustainable mobility trends. National and international experts from industry, academia and research centres involved in the transition toward sustainable mobility will present different opinions, case-studies and perspectives.

Managing Smart and Green Mobility (6 ECTS)

At the end of this module, students will compare the key concepts emerging from sustainability debates and literature, assessing and managing the tensions and synergies between environmental, social and economic objectives. Students will thus design, plan and deploy sustainable transport regimes, developing the transition towards novel models.

Compulsory elective: Innovation and Technology Management (12 ECTS)

Innovation management, technology management, IP management, project management, team building; this knowledge will be applied to a real project by developing a prototype in interdisciplinary teams based on a given problem.

Compulsory elective: Managing ICT and Mobility (6 ECTS)

At the end of this module, students will frame and assess the current and future practices of (highly) digitalized transport industry and service. Students will be able to cope with and manage the disruptive consequences of ICT in the mobility field with a focus on future scenarios.

Compulsory elective: Mobility and Development (6 ECTS)

At the end of this module, students will recognise the aspects that distinguish transport sector issues in developing countries versus those from emerging economies of the industrialised world. This will allow participants to plan and implement different analytical techniques in varying institutional and economic contexts, and to generate effective instruments.

Master thesis (18 ECTS)

Module Course Plan

SMM Modules


National and international experts from the national and international agency, industry, academia and research centres involved in the transition toward sustainable mobility present different opinions, case-studies and perspectives.
In this vein, besides the teaching of the other modules, the students will be able to have a more complex and variegated definitions of the problems and the potentialities of such a transition.

To name a few:

Kay Axhausen
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Alessandro Damiani
EU Directorate General Research
Colin Divall
Independent scholar, UK government consultant
Gabriele Grea
Univ. Bocconi/consultant, Italy
Hans Jeekel
Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
Felix Laube
Centre of excellence in rail operations at Emch+Berger, Switzerland
Maria Cristina Marolda
EU Directorate General Move
Angelo Martino
TRT, Italy consultant company
David Metz
University College London, UK
Corinne Mulley
University of Sydney, Australia
Graham Parkhurst
University of the West of England
Nuno Ribeiro
VTM, Portugal, consultant company
Carolin Schröder
TU Berlin
Bert Toussaint
Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands
David Tyfield
Lancaster University, UK

Advantages & Opportunities

The program’s interdisciplinary content, which covers the social, economic, technical and governance aspects of tomorrow’s sustainable mobility, gives students and future employees a distinctive profile and qualifies them for a leading position in the mobility sector.

The students completing this MBA will have career possibilities within transport supplier and equipment industries, national or international organizations, as well as with national, regional or municipal public authorities.

Potential employment sectors include, but are not limited to, vehicle and sustainable mobility service design; infrastructure or transport service, operations and administration; transport network planning, development, marketing or regulation; auditing or management of sustainable development policy in a company or public and private institutions.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the master program amount to 15,000 Euro (5,000 per semester) including the regular administration (enrolment/registration) fees of currently 306.99 Euro per semester.

The administration fees include the so-called semester ticket for using the public transport Service in Berlin (tariff zones ABC).


Prof. Dr. Hans-Liudger Dienel, Academic Director
Prof. Dr. Andreas Knie, Academic Director
Dr. Massimo Moraglio, Supervisor
Laura Lehmann, Administration and Service


The application deadline is May 31st of each year for a start in October of the same year.
You can send us your application documents from February 1st through May 2018 for the next academic year 2018/2019 starting in October 2018. Please send PDF files only.

Required application documents:

  • University degree recognized by German universities (at least 210 ECTS)
  • Proof of work experience of at least one year after completion of studies, preferably in the relevant areas of transport and planning
  • Tabular CV, with information including educational and professional background
  • Motivation letter in English (max. 1 page A4)
  • Proof of English language proficiency at Level B2 (or higher) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (not required for high school graduation in English)
  • Further documents, such as references may be submitted.

The admission procedure is subject to the Admission regulation (details will follow).

The number of students is limited to 30 per year. An admission committee will decide about selection based on results of former studies, the study profile, and further relevant qualifications that were attained outside university.

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Mrs. Laura Lehmann: