International School of Management (ISM)

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International School of Management
Established 1980
Type University
President Dr. Jack Forget
Students 500
Campus Paris, New York, Shanghai, New Delhi, São Paulo, Cape Town

The International School of Management (ISM) is an American graduate institution based in Paris, France and New York City. It allows students flexible options to attend courses at partner institutions: St. John's University in New York, Fudan University in China, Amity University New Delhi campus, HSM Educação in Brazil,The University of Cape Town in South Africa, and at its location in Paris. It awards MBA, EMBA, DBA and PhD degrees with International Business Management as its main curriculum. The founder and president of the institution is Dr. Jack Forget. ISM's most recent Chancellor was Dr. Peter Horn, LLM, who left the institution in August 2013.


The International School of Management (ISM) was founded in 1980, in San Francisco, California, by a group of university professors. In the 1990s the International School of Management moved from San Francisco to New York, Paris, and Shanghai, in an effort to reach a wider selection of students with the best possible location on three continents. In 2012, ISM established a partnership with Amity University in New Delhi, India. In 2013, ISM established a partnership with HSM Educação in São Paulo to offer seminars in early 2015. In 2014, ISM established a partnership with The University of Cape Town in South Africa to offer seminars in 2016.

Since being founded, under the leadership of Professor Jack Forget, PhD, current president of ISM, the International School of Management has developed into an innovative business school, with an exceptionally diverse faculty, staff and student body. From the turn of the century, ISM has had over 450 students from 99 countries, and has built strong partnerships with accredited universities in New York, Shanghai, New Delhi, São Paulo, and Cape Town.

ISM offers unique business programs, including the following degrees: MBA, International Executive MBA, DBA, and PhD, that are fully accredited by the ACBSP ( Association of Collegiate Business Schools & Programs)

ISM's programs in International Business Management are based on an American-style curriculum and are designed for business practitioners or educators who would like to further develop their expertise, contribute to the knowledge of their industry, and prepare for the complex analyses and decision-making required of business professionals and academics. ISM's programs are highly interactive and offer the opportunity to network with executives from around the world while learning from faculty members who are respected experts in their fields.

ISM allows executives the opportunity to study together and continue to work on their professional careers at the same time. With a combination of e-learning and intensive seminars held in Paris, New York, Shanghai, New Delhi, São Paulo, and Cape Town that last from three days to three weeks, students are guaranteed to have the most valuable, international experience.


Minimum requirements to submit an application to the school depends on the level of degree candidates wish to pursue. All candidates are required to be fluent in English as well as hold a university degree from an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution.

MBA Application Requirements: Possess a minimum of 1–3 years of professional experience*

IEMBA Application Requirements: Possess a minimum of 3–6 years professional experience*

DBA & Ph.D Application Requirements: Hold an undergraduate and masters degrees from accredited institutions, possess a minimum of 5–10 years of professional experience, and demonstrate research interests.* Ph.D candidates should also demonstrate an interest in teaching

  • Candidates who do not meet these minimum requirements are eligible to apply if they feel that they possess the equivalent requirements based on other factors. These candidates will be treated as "non-traditional applicants" who will have to receive approval from the Admissions Committee, with the final approval from the Admissions Director and Academic Director in order to be considered for admissions

As of 2007, Newsweek estimated that less than 500 students are enrolled in seminars at the same time.

Institutional affiliations and admissions[edit]

Accrediting bodies: ACBSP which is recognized by Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is a non-European affiliate member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Education (ENQA).


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