ISM - International School of Management

ISM - International School of Management

The International School of Management (ISM) ranks among Germany’s leading private business schools. Founded in 1990, the ISM has seven campuses in Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart, and Berlin and is home to over 3850 students.

Internationality, practical orientation, and a personal learning atmosphere are just as much a part of ISM's success factors as the teaching of professional skills and the intensive training of soft skills. This includes not only exciting practical projects and internships but also lecturers who come from the business world. These success factors are reflected in all of ISM's Bachelor's, Master's, and MBA programs.

The University is state-accredited unlimitedly and all study programs bear the seal of quality of the Accreditation Council and the FIBAA. The quality of the education is confirmed by HR managers, ISM students, and alumni, and the presence in numerous rankings where ISM has consistently occupied top positions for many years.

Thanks to a tutor-to-student ratio of 1:7 and by learning in small groups, students can get all their questions answered, and also focus on their personal development goals, becoming prepared for a successful international career.

Students of 84 nationalities are represented at the ISM, with over 30 percent international student enrollments. Part of the regular university life at ISM is also the integrated semesters abroad at one of about 190 international partner universities as well as intensive language training.


Here at ISM, we set an example for increased sustainability in our lives with degree programs and continuing education programs on the topics of Sustainability & Business Transformation.

We believe that each individual can make a difference, and to this end are supporting Treedom and look forward to seeing our ISM forest play a part in making our earth a little bit greener.


Bachelor's degree
Economics & Finance
Finance Delivery method Length Location
B.Sc. Finance & Management On campus 6 semesters Multiple (3)
International Management
B.Sc. International Management On campus 6 semesters Multiple (7)
Information Systems
B.Sc. Applied Data Science & Business Analytics On campus 6 semesters Multiple (4)
B.Sc. Information Systems On campus 6 semesters Multiple (3)
Master's degree
Business Analytics
M.Sc. Business Intelligence & Data Science On campus 4 semesters Multiple (4)
Business Management
M.A. Strategic Marketing Management On campus 4 semesters Multiple (2)
M.A. Entrepreneurship On campus 4 semesters Multiple (2)
International Business
M.Sc. International Business On campus 4 semesters Multiple (4)
Economics & Finance
M.Sc. Finance On campus 4 semesters Multiple (4)
Brand Management
M.A. Luxury, Fashion & Sales Management On campus 4 semesters Multiple (2)
International Management
M.Sc. International Management On campus 4 semesters Multiple (7)
Sports & Exercise Science
Sports Business
M.A. Strategic Sports Management On campus 4 semesters Berlin
Transportation & Logistics
M.Sc. International Logistics & Supply Chain Management On campus 4 semesters Multiple (2)
Business Administration
MBA General Management (full-time) On campus 4 semesters Munich
MBA in General Management (part-time) On campus 4 semesters Dortmund


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Why study at ISM - International School of Management

The ISM is:


  • students of 84 nationalities
  • 30% international students
  • integrated semester abroad
  • international lecturers & over 56 guest lecturers
  • around 190 renowned partner universities


  • small study groups & a personal atmosphere
  • 1:7 ratio of university lecturers: students
  • from day 1 you become part of the ISM family & network 
  • individual support for your self-development


  • over 30 years of educational competence
  • unlimited state accreditation and top rankings
  • over 40% of bachelor graduates find a job during their studies
  • we facilitate student's entry into professional life
  • regular ISM alumni events to expand your professional network

ISM - International School of Management is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 Top 10 Global rankings 2023 Top 10 Global rankings 2022 Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 badge

Awards & Accreditations

One of the best private German universities

CHE Ranking

All ISM study programs bear the seal of quality of the Accreditation Council.

Accreditation Council

All ISM presence study programs bear the FIBAA seal of quality.


Excellent results in the global Multirank


Student services & facilities

ISM StudyPlus

  • Language Courses: French, Spanish, Italian, German
  • Hands-on Skills

Sport & Health

  • Barmer Health Coach
  • Cooperation with Fitness Studios

Digital Package

  • Office 365

  • Learning Tutorials

Advanced Training

  • University Certificates
  • Business Coach Training at Kienbaum Institute@ISM



Study in the Heart of the Ruhrgebiet

The campus of the private university in Dortmund was founded in 1990 and, with around 930 students, is the largest of the ISM’s locations. It is located in the middle of the technology park only 15 minutes from the city center. In recent years, Dortmund has developed from a former coal and steel city to a modern technology location. As the largest city in Westphalia and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, Dortmund is one of the most dynamic new economic cities in Germany.


Study between Skyscrapers and Old Town

The Campus Frankfurt/Main was founded in 2007 and is located in the district of Sachsenhausen, directly at the South Railway Station and only two underground stations away from the city center. Around 910 students are currently enrolled at the private university in Frankfurt. Frankfurt is the city with the highest density of jobs in Germany and a major European financial and service center.

Frankfurt/Main also has other important sectors such as creative industries, IT and telecommunications, biotechnology and life sciences, logistics, and industry.


Study in the Economic Metropolis Munich

The Munich Campus has been located in the Karlshöfen since 2009 - just a few minutes' walk from Königsplatz and easily accessible from the main train station. The roughly 750 students studying there particularly appreciate the contrasts that make the Bavarian capital so special - cosmopolitan young people and traditions, big-city atmosphere, and rural charm.

The most important economic sectors in Munich are tourism, vehicle, and mechanical engineering, electrical engineering as well as the software and IT industry. In addition, the city is an important German media location.


Study in the Harbor City

The Hamburg campus was opened in September 2010. Around 560 students currently study at the private University of Hamburg in two modern buildings in HafenCity. The city center and the main train station are only about ten minutes away. Whether as a cosmopolitan metropolis or a raw but charming Hanseatic city with charm - Hamburg combines many facets. It forms the cultural and economic center of Northern Germany. Hamburg's economic structure is characterized by the service sector, which employs around three-quarters of all workers.


Study in the City of the Cathedral

Since 2014, the ISM has also been represented by a campus in Cologne. Currently, around 350 students are studying at the campus of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences in the MediaPark, just a few minutes' walk from the Hansaring S-Bahn station. The Rhine metropolis is one of the most important business locations in Germany and impresses with its convenient location and a mix of different industries.

The region has a long tradition as a center of trade and industry. In recent decades, the Cologne region has also been able to expand its position as a service and logistics center. Cologne is also well known for being an innovative media city.


Study at the Business Location Stuttgart

Since 2016, ISM has also had a base in the economic metropolis of Stuttgart. The campus of the private University of Stuttgart with currently around 220 students is located within walking distance of the city center in the Heusteig quarter. Located in the heart of Europe, Stuttgart is the center of one of the strongest economic regions and most innovative high-tech locations in Europe. The city offers excellent economic perspectives - for example, as the most export-rich metropolitan region in Germany.


Study in the Capital City Berlin

On September 2019 the ISM established a campus in Berlin. The campus is located in the heart of Berlin Schöneberg and combines culture, cosmopolitanism, and innovation. As the capital of Germany, Berlin is an important international business metropolis and political center. Therefore, the city is an attractive location for companies from all sectors.


ISM - International School of Management

Technologie-Park, Otto-Hahn-Straße 19
44227 Dortmund

Phone no: +49 2319751390

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