The Doctor of Philosophy program at ISM prepares experienced and highly motivated business professionals to embark on careers of engaged instruction and original research. The PhD program offers flexible study options: e-learning as well as seminars held on three different continents.
The ISM Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program 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. Our PhD candidates learn to make a difference through writing, speaking, teaching, researching, consulting, and undertaking entrepreneurial ventures.
Our program 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.
Over a four to seven year period each candidate must accumulate a total of 55 credits. Those candidates admitted to the program without a DBA or equivalent must complete an additional 15 credits of DBA seminar coursework.
Completion of 15 DBA coursework credits (applicable for those without a DBA degree or equivalent)
Completion of 12 PhD coursework credits
Validation of the teaching requirement: conception and execution of one university-level course
Completion of Professional Assessment Evaluation Case Studies I & II
Successful completion of a doctoral dissertation under the close supervision of an assigned Director of Research
The Program’s curriculum and instruction specialization 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 15 DBA multidisciplinary seminar credits allows for the choice and flexibility candidates need to meet their individual career goals and professional responsibilities. 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 four core PhD seminars oriented towards research and higher education.
Seminars and Locations
International experience is critical for today’s executive and scholar. ISM offers students the opportunity to fulfill their degree requirements through a combination of seminars in one of several of our locations and through e-learning. Seminar locations other than Paris are packaged as two-week programs. This allows PhD students to gain true insight into the countries’ business policies and culture and offers them a chance to interact with new faculty and business executives.
All students must complete at least 25% of their coursework in face-to-face seminars at one of our locations.
The New York program focuses on American and international business practices and philosophies. The programs in Asia concentrate on the booming Asian economies of China and India, and how to break into these markets. The New York, New Delhi,São Paulo, and Shanghai programs are each five credits and are offered in a two-week intensive format, with three to four seminars per program.
Please Note: ISM's international programs are included in the tuition fees; however, students are responsible for any expenses associated with travel, room and board, and personal expenses.
ISM has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program (ACBSP) since 2006. ACBSP focuses on teaching excellence and student learning outcomes. All ISM programs, in all locations and formats, are fully ACBSP accredited. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program is the leading U.S. accreditation body for business schools and programs whose aim is teaching excellence.
International Student Requirements:
The ISM community includes students and alumni from all over the world. ISM does not request any additional requirements for international students.
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Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)