International School of Management (ISM)

The International School of Management (ISM) is an international business school based in Paris, France and New York City. It allows students to study at partner institutions: St. John's University in New York, Fudan University in China, Amity University, Noida in India, 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 Chairman of the Board of the institution is Dr. Jack Forget. The ISM Dean is Cesar Baena.

International School of Management
TypePrivate business school
PresidentDr. Jack Forget
DeanCesar Baena
CampusParis, France


The International School of Management (ISM) was established in Paris and New York as a school for 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 was to offer global business education programs in specific regions, and allowing for flexibility to meet the needs of working executives. The first ISM International Executive MBA (IEMBA) program officially began in 1998, and the Institute expanded its programs, international presence, and student body to offer 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.


ISM's programs are designed for business executives making progress in their present occupations and for managers ready to switch their career focus entirely. The executive education programs are offered part-time, as e-learning study while working or full-time. All seminars are taught in English.

International MBA Program

The International MBA (IMBA) is designed for working professionals with an average of four years of professional experience.

DBA Program

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) 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.

PhD Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) prepares business professionals to embark on careers of engaged instruction and original research.

Non Degree Programs

International Executive Certificate Programs

ISM offers mid-level and senior-level executives International Executive Certificate Programs. ISM offers the International Executive Certificate Programs in International Business Management with in-person courses 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

Accreditation & membership


All ISM programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) , an accreditation association for business education. ISM is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The IACBE Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to all ISM"s degree programs offered in all locations. The IACBE is one of the world's leading outcomes based accreditation bodies for specialized business accreditation and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) in the United States. Their focus is on student-centered learning. 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. It is authorized to confer degrees in the USA through the Delaware Department of Education.


The school is a member of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the American Chamber of Commerce in France, and the Executive DBA Council.


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