Redefining Executive Education

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide business professionals with a strong and knowledgeable foundation in international business to further their careers. We provide a program of rigorous academic coursework, support for intellectual contribution, and in-depth exposure to current multicultural business practices. Candidates come here to master and apply the principles of management in the field of international business. Our focus is on quality and institutional leadership in management education.


ISM at a Glance

The International School of Management (ISM) established itself in Paris and New York as a pioneer in international executive education in the 1990’s under the leadership of Professor Jack Forget, who led similar executive programs in Paris and San Francisco in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. 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 masters 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 has established programs with accredited universities and private institutes of higher learning including Saint 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.


History Milestones


Founding member of ATHEA

ISM is a founding Institutional Member of the Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA), and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in higher education

IACBE accreditation candidacy

ISM is granted candidacy status for accreditation by the IACBE

New international partnership

Agreement with the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business (GSB) in Cape Town

Program specializations

Development of program specializations, including Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Higher Education.

New international partnerships

- Programs offered with Amity University in India
- Agreement with Continuing and Professional Studies Division, Baruch College/City University of New York
- Agreement with HSM Educação in São Paulo

New Partnership in China

Programs offered with Fudan University in China

ACBSP Accreditation

ACBSP reaffirmation of accreditation for all ISM programs

DBA & PhD Program Accreditation

ISM's DBA and PhD programs accredited by the ACBSP

MBA & IEMBA Program Accreditation

ISM's MBA and International Executive MBA programs accredited by the ACBSP

Programs offered in Spain and Japan

Programs offered in Barcelona and Tokyo

PhD Program

Creation of the PhD program

DBA Program

Creation of the DBA program

IEMBA, MBA and partnership with St. John's, NYC

- Creation of ISM’s Executive MBA program in Paris and New York (modeled on program led by President Jack Forget in Paris and San Francisco in the 1980s)
- Creation of the MBA program
- Programs offered with the Center for Professional Education in New York, later to become Saint John’s University’s Manhattan Campus

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