Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at Paris - ISM - International School of Management 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.


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at Paris - ISM - International School of Management emphasizes an understanding of management as it is practiced and interpreted across organizations, sectors, and cultures. Each candidate develops the research and teaching skills to generate and encourage new perspectives on management practice. Our faculty members, who have earned worldwide recognition for their applied research, are the school's major resource for doctoral education. Their commitment to advancing management knowledge through both theoretical and applied research, and to improving the quality of teaching, enables faculty members to effectively mentor doctoral students, who form part of the intellectual capital of the School.

Degree Requirements

Over a four to seven year period each candidate must accumulate a total of 68 credits. Those candidates admitted to the program without a DBA or equivalent must complete 18.5 credits of DBA seminar coursework.

  • Completion of 18.5 DBA coursework credits (applicable for those without a DBA degree or equivalent)
  • Completion of 6.5 PhD coursework credits in research methods
  • Validation of the teaching requirement: conception and execution of one university-level course (10 credits)
  • Completion of Case Study Analyses I & II (3.0 credits)
  • Successful completion of a doctoral dissertation under the close supervision of an assigned Director of Research (30 credits)


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. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 84 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    68 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Programme Structure


The program’s curriculum and teaching approach is consistent with the school's mission to educate working adults to achieve their professional goals and to improve the quality of education in their communities. It is designed to emphasize curricular leadership and to focus on applied and theoretical research that improves instruction and educational outcomes.

The requirement to complete 18.5 DBA multidisciplinary seminar credits allows for the choice and flexibility candidates need to meet their individual career goals and professional responsibilities. Candidates may choose the generalist track or choose from among the three specializations for the validation of this requirement. Candidates may seek advice from the Academic Director in choosing their multidisciplinary seminars which can be taken at several locations or online. Once candidates have validated their multidisciplinary seminars, they must complete core PhD seminars on research methods.

All PhD candidates must write a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of the Director of Doctoral Research and an assigned Dissertation Adviser. Doctoral candidates write a 10-15 page dissertation proposal which is reviewed by ISM faculty members to determine the feasibility of the dissertation's focus, direction, and the potential contributions to the academic and practitioner community. Once a proposal is accepted, doctoral candidates are assigned to an adviser who is selected based on his/her academic background, experience, and credentials; the Dissertation Adviser mentors the doctoral candidate through the dissertation process until completion. Doctoral dissertations are submitted to a review committee before final approval.

  • Generalist
  • Specialization in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Specialization in Finance
  • Specialization in Higher Education
For more information please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

  • 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

Work Experience

At least 10 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • USD 91728 International
  • USD 91728 National
  • Self Sponsored: $91,728
  • Company Sponsored: $94,185
  • Tuition fees include academic services in all cities of study. Any costs associated with transportation, housing, or other personal expenses are the sole responsibility of the candidate or sponsor.
  • Tuition fees can be paid in Euros or other currencies under request.


ISM provides both need-based and merit-based scholarships. These are awarded on a highly competitive basis to prospective candidates. We encourage those interested to complete the scholarship application and submit with your application package.

Tuition Assistance Scholarship is awarded to prospective students who exhibit strong academic ability, have substantial professional experience, and are pursuing any one of ISM degree programs, either full-time or part-time study.

Dean's Opportunity Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for students from underrepresented or economically disadvantaged regions, and are pursuing any one of ISM degree programs, either full-time or part-time study.

Women in Business Scholarship is offered to women returning to graduate degree programs after taking time away from their professional lives, or current working professionals pursuing any one of ISM degree programs, either full-time or part-time study.

The Next Step Scholarship is available only to ISM graduates who enroll in an ISM doctoral study, either a full-time or part-time study.

Publication Scholarship is awarded to prospective students who display strong research skills, have previously published in a credible academic source, and are pursuing any one of ISM degree programs, either full-time or part-time study.

The Student Blogger Award: 1000 euros of funding is awarded to applicants who apply and are selected to represent ISM as a student blogger. Recipients are expected to write blog entries on a monthly basis (minimum 300 words) during the course of their studies, as well as continue as an occasional guest blogger as alumni. The bloggers share their experiences in the seminars, events, as well as overall impressions of ISM and how the program is impacting the blogger’s life and career.

*Please note that any combination of scholarship opportunities cover a maximum of 30% of the total tuition, and are applied directly to the overall tuition fees. If you have exceptional circumstances and require additional financial assistance, an extended payment plan, or a reduced first tuition payment, please discuss directly with the Director of Recruitment during your admissions consultation.

US Military Veterans

ISM’s degree programs are officially recognized by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. U.S. military personnel interested in applying to a program through the Department of Veterans Affairs should contact the Admissions Office for additional information. The Department of Veteran Affairs website provides extensive details on the education benefits available to veterans in various statuses.

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