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International School of Management

International School of Management

Headquartered in Paris, and with partner institutions in New York, Shanghai, New Delhi, São Paulo and Cape Town, ISM gives students the global perspective they need to thrive as modern business leaders.

Our accredited IMBA, DBA and PhD offer high-level executives the flexibility to study around their busy professional and personal lives. Our degrees are taught in small, diverse groups to maximize contact with our world-class professors, and to heighten exposure to different ideas and business cultures.

ISM students also become part of a supportive community of alumni and staff. This community serves as their global professional network, giving them access to a lifetime of cross-cultural ideas and career opportunities.

To learn more, request a brochure here.

Doctor of Business Administration

The ISM Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is designed to cultivate the leadership necessary to tackle the challenges of senior management on an international level. A doctoral degree with managerial relevance allows top managers to deepen their expertise, contribute to the knowledge of their profession, and prepare themselves for the complex analyses and decision-making required of senior management.

International School of Management

Candidate Profile:

Candidates come from diverse professional backgrounds, from successful entrepreneurs to CEOs, to diplomats, consultants and a variety of other professions. DBA candidates join this program to deepen their expertise, collaborate and network with their peers and faculty members, and prepare for the complex analyses and decision-making required of senior management. DBA candidates are a passionate, diverse group of working professionals joined in their desire to share and expand experiences and qualifications, stay current in today’s best business practices, and reap the benefits of an international education.

  • Educational Background - Hold a bachelors degree or equivalent from an accredited undergraduate institution and completion of a masters level program
  • Work Experience - Average of eight years of senior management experience, steady career progression with increasing professional responsibilities
  • Languages - A strong grasp of written and spoken English is compulsory

Degree Requirements:

During the program, each candidate must:

  • Accumulate a total of 54 credits
  • Complete a minimum of 21 credits of coursework, through a combination of courses in Paris, courses in other locations, and e-learning courses
  • Complete Case Study Analyses I & II
  • Complete the dissertation research project: an original piece of research relevant to the candidate’s continued career progression, and which critically assesses current international business theories, practices and problems

To see a full study plan, download the DBA brochure.

You can find out more specific information on our DBA here.



International PhD Program

The ISM Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is designed for two types of candidates: experienced business executives who would like “to give something back” and assist in the development of future business leaders by becoming effective educators; and innovative teachers and/or researchers determined to make an impact by contributing to the body of knowledge in their chosen disciplines.

Candidate Profile

  • Educational Background - Hold a bachelors degree or equivalent from an accredited undergraduate institution and completion of a masters level program
  • Work Experience - Average of ten years of senior management experience
  • Languages - A strong grasp of written and spoken English is compulsory
International School of Management

Degree Requirements

During the program, each candidate must:

  • Accumulate a total of 68 credits
  • Complete 17 multidisciplinary business course credits
  • Complete 8 research methods course credits
  • Validate the teaching requirement: conception and execution of one university-level course (10 credits)
  • Complete Case Study Analyses I & II (3 credits)
  • Successfully complete a doctoral dissertation under the close supervision of an assigned adviser (30 credits)

To see a full study plan, download the PhD brochure.

You can find out more specific information on our International PhD here.




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