• Application Deadline
  • 60 months
Deepen your understanding of how management is practiced and interpreted in different organizations, sectors and cultures with the Doctor of Philosophy programme at ISM - International School of Management. Refine your teaching and research skills to inspire new thinking in your area of expertise. Learn from faculty members who’ve earned worldwide acclaim for their applied research.
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The Doctor of Philosophy programme at ISM - International School of Management provides the platform for you to give back to the business community. It equips you for careers of engaged instruction and opens you up to opportunities for original research.

Study for your PhD anywhere in the world, at any time, with our flexible online courses. Choose an e-learning option if you can’t make it to Paris that month, or simply like the look of a subject.

Locations - Paris, with two-week programs available in New York, Shanghai, São Paulo, New Delhi and Cape Town. E-learning courses are an alternative way to study, with the option to take instead of, or alongside our three-day intensive courses in Paris.

PhD graduates will be able to:

  • Make significant intellectual contributions to the body of knowledge in their chosen fields and provide innovative solutions to the day-to-day problems faced in their professional careers.
  • Apply relevant theoretical knowledge to contemporary business problems.
  • Explain and apply a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods frequently used in business research to solve current business management problems.
  • Critically evaluate business research studies in order to assess their quality and applicability in improving the effective handling of business management problems.
  • Acquire and use knowledge of behavioral, policy and strategic issues to improve the effectiveness of their own organizations.
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate internal and external environmental influences on organizations in order to develop strategic plans for the management of change and the development of their organizations.
  • Demonstrate superior oral and written communications skills relevant to business.
  • Link their educational experience directly to their own workplace experience.


All ISM programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description
      • Typically completed in 4-5 years
      • Maximum duration: 7 years
    • Average part-time duration 84 months
  • Credits
    68 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

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
  • Complete Case Study Analyses I & II
  • Successfully complete a doctoral dissertation under the close supervision of an assigned adviser


The ISM PhD 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, or innovative teachers and/or researchers determined to make an impact by contributing to the body knowledge in their chosen disciplines.


All our professors are active in the business world and are recognized leaders in their fields. They bring a balance of current academic theory and practical experience, and their high professional standards challenge and inspire you to achieve excellence. Our small class sizes allow you to form close working relationships with both our faculty and your fellow candidates.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Completion of a master’s-level program
  • Strong written and spoken English

Work Experience

  • Average of 10 years’ senior management experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18348 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 91728 USD for the full programme and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    18348 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 91728 USD for the full programme and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We aim to attract the brightest business minds to our degree programs, regardless of background or financial situation. To do this, we offer a range of need-based and merit-based scholarships of varying types and amounts.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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