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Redefining Executive Education

Does ISM require the TOEFL or GMAT?
The ISM Admissions Committee believes that the TOEFL and GMAT do not adequately predict how students will perform in a classroom with other highly experienced professionals from around the world. Instead, the ISM admissions process places emphasis on personal interviews, past academic performance, and professional experience in the application process. The ISM strategy for recruitment was confirmed in a June, 2008 US News and World Report article, which highlighted this trend by citing several large universities and business schools that have discontinued using standardized tests in their admissions procedures and now rely on personal interviews, past academic performance, and professional experience in the application process.
Does ISM accept transfer credits?
Requests for transfer credits are handled on a case-by-case basis. Please send your transcripts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for evaluation, and request an appointment with the Director of Recruitment. ISM's policy on transfer credits can be found here
Can prospective students apply to more than one program at one time?
The International School of Management offers dual degree programs, which allow students to receive either an IMBA Executive and a DBA degree or a DBA and PhD degree consecutively. Upon completion of the first degree, students are eligible to start the course work for the second degree immediately, and receive a reduced tuition rate on the second degree. Prospective students should indicate their interest in the dual degree program at the time of application.
Are letters of recommendation required as part of the application process?
Letters of recommendation are not required in the application package. However, applicants are encouraged to include letters of recommendation with their application package if they feel it will support their candidacy.
Does ISM offer financial aid or scholarships?
Applicants for all ISM's programs are eligible to apply for financial aid or scholarships when they submit their applications. The Admissions Committee will award financial aid when making a final acceptance decision. The maximum amount of financial aid and scholarship granted is 30%, and is only awarded to a portion of the applicants. Questions regarding tuition fees, scholarships, and extended payment plans should be addressed with our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the initial admission interview, and all efforts will be made to accommodate your specific needs. Information regarding scholarships can be found in the Tuition and Scholarship section.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
The first step in the admissions process is a Academic Inquiry Form which includes submission of a detailed CV. Assuming your academic profile meets the program requirements, you will be invited to submit a complete application package and undertake an interview with our Director of Recruitment and Development, and then with one of our faculty deans.
What do the tuition fees cover for each program?
Tuition fees cover all academic services provided by ISM, including online courses, and the option of taking classes in Paris and at affiliated universities in New York, Shanghai, New Delhi, São Paulo, or Cape Town. Applicants are eligible to apply for up to 30% funding, which is awarded directly by ISM. Please note we do not offer any full scholarships. Questions regarding tuition fees, scholarships, and extended payment plans should be addressed with our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the initial admission call, and all efforts will be made to accommodate your specific needs.
Can applicants visit the International School of Management before applying?
Yes, all candidates interested in visiting the ISM Paris and New York offices should first contact an Admissions Representative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a visit. Depending on when you are planning your visit, it may be possible to sit in on a portion of a seminar.
Can all programs be completed entirely via e-learning?
Up to 75% of the IMBA Executive, DBA, and PhD programs can be completed via e-learning. A minimum of 25% of the program must be completed in face-to-face settings, including attending individual seminars in Paris or with our partnership programs in New York, Shanghai, New Delhi, São Paulo, and Cape Town. This can also be accomplished by attending a full two week session at any of our partnership locations.
Is ISM eligible for U.S. Federal Funding (FAFSA)?
Due to ISM's unique international setting, the school does the majority of our financial reporting outside of the United States, rendering students ineligible to receive federal financial aid. However, ISM reimburses 50% of interest accrued on personal loans taken to pay ISM tuition. Questions regarding tuition fees, scholarships, and extended payment plans should be addressed with our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the initial admission call, and all efforts will be made to accommodate your specific needs.
Does the International School of Management participate in rankings?
The International School of Management does not participate in rankings for a number of reasons. Rankings require schools to identify themselves uniquely based on their geographic location. ISM offers candidates the option to study in four different countries on three different continents; therefore the administration prefers not to limit the school's scope by identifying the school by a single location. Additionally, the ranking system is extremely biased towards schools that buy advertising in the rankings' publications or parent companies. The administration feels that such a ranking system does not adequately reflect the true nature of business schools worldwide. Furthermore, a better indicator of a school's quality can be assessed through the accreditation and recognition that the school holds.
Interviews take place at the Admissions Office in Paris. If the student is not available to come to Paris, the Admissions team will arrange for the interview to take place over the phone or via Skype. Over 99 different nationalities are represented at ISM, so telephone interviews are rather common.
What if I am having difficulties obtaining some of the materials in my application package?
If an applicant is having difficulties obtaining some of the materials for the application package, he or she should contact the Admissions Representative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may be able to accept a partial file, and add additional items at a later date.
What if I need an extended payment plan or have financial concerns?
Questions regarding tuition fees, scholarships, and extended payment plans should be addressed with our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the initial admission call, and all efforts will be made to accommodate your specific needs.
Can I still apply if I don’t meet the minimum requirements?
In exceptional cases, the Admissions Committee will review profiles that do not meet the minimum requirements if they are able to demonstrate competency. For example, a doctoral applicant may apply without a master’s degree if they showed 10 years of significant business experience. Please note that these applications must go through an additional approval process, and are only accepted on an exceptional basis.