International School of Management (ISM)

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International School of Management
ISM- International School of Management Paris Logo.jpg
Type Private business school
Established 1980
President Dr. Jack Forget
Dean Des Cooney
Students 500
Campus Paris, France

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 International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), DBA and PhD degrees with International Business Management as its main curriculum. In 2014, ISM began offering program specializations in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance, and Higher Education. 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) established itself in Paris and New York as a pioneer in international executive education in the 1990s under the leadership of Professor Jack Forget, who led similar executive programs in Paris and San Francisco in the 1980s and early 1990s. The focus from the beginning was to offer global business education programs affording the opportunity to gain understanding of specific regions, and allowing for flexibility suitable to working executives. The first ISM International Executive MBA (IEMBA) program officially began in 1998, and the Institute quickly expanded its programs, international presence, and student body so that by the start of the new millennium, ISM offered both master’s and doctoral programs with the possibility of studying in several different countries. Over the years, ISM has offered programs in France, Spain, the United States, Japan, China, India, Brazil and Africa.

Since its foundation, ISM’s student body has included over 500 students from nearly 100 different countries. ISM established programs with accredited universities and private institutes of higher learning including St. John’s University and Baruch College in New York City, Fudan University in Shanghai, Amity University near New Delhi, HSM Educação in São Paulo, and The University of Cape Town in South Africa . Small class size, and the dedication of the ISM staff and faculty make the student experience at ISM intimate, friendly, and highly interactive wherever seminars take place.

In the future, ISM will continue to adapt to the changing needs of its students whether they be corporate executives, entrepreneurs, administrators in the non-profit sector, or academics. ISM’s international presence will continue to evolve with opportunities to study in exciting new emerging markets and decision-making centers around the globe.

Admissions Process[edit]

Applications for all ISM programs are accepted on a rolling basis. Assessment is made on the basis of the application, including not only academic background and professional experience, but also the rationale for pursuing an ISM degree and how it fits with the applicant’s career plan. After candidates submit an Academic Inquiry Form, the ISM Admissions Committee will review your qualifications. Should you meet ISM program requirements, you will be invited to participate in an admissions consultation with the Director of Recruitment. Consultations take place either in person at our Paris administrative offices, via Skype, or over the phone. If the applicant meetings the candidate profile for the program that they are applying for, the Admissions Committee will invite the candidate to submit an application and to have an interview.


ISM's programs are designed for accomplished business executives making progress in their present occupations and for ambitious managers ready to switch their career focus entirely. Our executive education programs are suitable for those who want to engage in part-time or e-learning study while working, or dive into a full-time program as they make the next leap in their career. ISM’s flexible course curriculum allows each individual to design their curriculum and schedule.

All seminars are taught in English and classes are kept small, with usually no more than 25 students, in order to allow greater interaction with our accomplished faculty. ISM faculty members are rigorously selected from among the best in their field and are leading experts in business and education. The quality of students is reflected in their desire to succeed. Our programs attract highly motivated individuals with a thirst for knowledge and the creativity to bring new ideas to class discussion. This lends itself to the creation of a dynamic learning environment where students can challenge themselves academically in their quest for professional development.

IMBA Full-time Program[edit]

The International Masters of Business Administration Full-time (IMBA Full-time) program at ISM is a full-time, 18-month program based in Paris with a two-week course of study in New York City. Coursework for the program can be completed within one year. All students are required to complete 31.5 credits of coursework, as well as two Management Skills Assessment Evaluations, two academic writing modules, and a Master’s Thesis. Students may choose from among three different tracks: the generalist track; a specialization track in entrepreneurship & innovation; and, a specialization in finance.

IMBA Executive Program[edit]

The International MBA Executive (IMBA Executive) program at ISM is designed for working professionals with an average of four years of professional experience. It is for those seeking to broaden their career horizons and gain significant career advantages in today’s competitive job market by pursuing an advanced degree that is both rigorous and flexible. Students may choose from among three different tracks: the generalist track; a specialization track in entrepreneurship & innovation; and, a specialization in finance.

DBA Program[edit]

The Doctor of Business Administration program at ISM is designed for professionals who wish to advance their careers and deepen their knowledge and expertise as senior managers, as well as share their knowledge through teaching. The DBA program offers flexible study options: e-learning as well as seminars held on four different continents. The DBA is a generalist, multi-disciplinary program.

PhD Program[edit]

The Doctor of Philosophy program at ISM prepares experienced and highly motivated business professionals to embark on careers of engaged instruction and original research. The PhD program offers flexible study options: e-learning as well as seminars held on four different continents. PhD candidates may choose from among four different tracks: the generalist track; a specialization As of 2007, Newsweek estimated that less than 500 students are enrolled in seminars at the same time.

Non Degree Programs[edit]

International Executive Certificate Programs[edit]

ISM offers mid-level and senior level executives the opportunity to develop their capacity as global business leaders through our International Executive Certificate Programs. ISM offers the International Executive Certificate Programs in International Business Management with in person seminars in Paris as well as online courses for business executives who wish to stay in their home country. ISM has established programs with accredited universities and private institutes of higher learning to offer more specialized certificate programs including:

  • Executive Decision Making and General International Business at Baruch College in New York City
  • Doing Business in China with Fudan University in Shanghai
  • Doing Business in India with Amity University near New Delhi
  • Doing Business in Brazil with HSM Educação in São Paulo
  • Doing Business in Africa with The University of Cape Town in Cape Town
  • Project Management in Paris


For 2016, the tuition rates for the IMBA Full-time program are $36,051 (€32,883). For the IMBA Executive program, the tuition rates are $39,690 (€36,202) for a self-sponsored candidate or $45,150 (€41,182) for a company-sponsored candidate. For the DBA program, the tuition fees are $84,562 (€77,130) for a self-sponsored candidate and $87,360 (€79,683) for a company-sponsored candidate. For the PhD program, the tuition fees are $91,728 (€83,667) for a self-sponsored candidate or $94,185 (€85,908) for a company-sponsored candidate. All prospective candidates can apply for up to 30% scholarship during the admissions process.

Accreditation & Membership[edit]

All ISM programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)*, a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence and student learning outcomes. ISM is recognized as a private establishment of higher education in France with an official status from the French Ministry of Education: Etablissement d'enseignement supérieur libre. Is authorized to confer degrees in the USA through the Delaware Department of Education. Membership: AACSB International,the American Chamber of Commerce in France, and the Executive DBA Council


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