University Ranking Management Studium in Germany

CHE - Best private business school in Germany 2017

In the latest CHE Ranking published in May 2017, ISM, with its head office in Dortmund, scored top marks in key areas of the survey. ISM ranked as a top university in the categories ‘overall study situation’, ‘contact with real situations during bachelor’s courses’, ‘academic programme’, ‘support and assistance for new students’ and ‘support and assistance for studying abroad’. ISM Dortmund was the only private German business school featured in the rankings, making it the best private university in Germany. In comparison with universities of applied science throughout Germany, ISM is rated the second best.

The locations in Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne also performed well in these categories. Unfortunately, the locations in Hamburg and Stuttgart were not evaluated in all areas as too few students participated in the survey. However both reached the top group in “work experience contacts Bachelor" and "Support at the beginning of Studies". In the comparison to other private universities in Germany these ISM locations are ranked top in these categories.

The bachelor’s and master’s courses are ranked excellent for quality of studying, with students viewing the harmonious design of the academic programme and the opportunities to participate in (optional) events as ideal. Integrated semesters abroad, international students, experienced academics and foreign language lectures provide students with the necessary work and social skills to meet the requirements of the global business world.

Students also rated the ‘support and assistance during the course’ (e.g. through networking or mentoring systems), ‘rooms’ and ‘examinations’ at ISM as excellent. The ‘support and assistance provided by academics’, in particular, was considered very good.

The extensive results were published in the ZEIT Study Guide and can be viewed online. Besides facts about the study programme, teaching and equipment, the ranking includes verdicts by students on the study conditions at their university.


Results CHE Ranking 2017

Mentoring from teachers 1,6
Support during study 1,7
Courses 1,5
Studyability 1,4
Job relevance 1,6
Support for study abroad 1,5
Facilities 1,4
Overall study situation 1,6
Exams 2,0
IT infrastructure 1,5
Library equipment 1,7
Practical relevance 2,1
International orientation Bachelor 8/11 points
International orientation Master 9/11 points


The trendence ranking surveys undergraduate students from 112 universities who are close to finishing their courses. Besides the quality of teaching, the main emphasis of the trendence Graduate Barometer is placed on international focus, practical relevance and student support.

June 2017

Findings from the 2017 Trendence Ranking show that performance at ISM has again improved compared to last year in the key areas of quality of teaching, practical relevance, international focus and career service. In general, all six campuses were ranked highly by our students. In terms of the quality of tutors, ISM Dortmund and Munich ranked as the best universities of applied science in Germany. ISM Dortmund, Hamburg and Munich secured a leading position for the practical relevance of their courses. The campus in Cologne came second nationwide in the field of service. A total of 37,500 students at 196 universities and higher education institutions were surveyed.

Top marks in the categories of teaching quality, international focus and industry cooperation

In June 2016, ISM was under the top five universities of applied science in the trendence ranking After a survey of students at 195 universities, ISM ranked as 'very good' in terms of the quality of its teaching staff, international focus and practical relevance. Compared with other universities of applied science in Germany, ISM finished in the top five in all the categories. ISM students were, in particular, very satisfied with the quality of their tutors and voted ISM the number one university of applied science in Germany. In the categories of international focus, industry cooperation, service/support and careers service, ISM moved up to second place in the ranking of universities of applied science.

ISM is also on a par with universities in Germany. It ranked fifth in terms of international focus and practical relevance when compared with all the universities and higher education institutes in Germany. ISM leapt into seventh place in the quality of tutors and the service and support it provides to students, and ranked eighth for its industry cooperation. The business school is therefore one of the few universities of applied in science in Germany that ranks alongside the top universities in this ranking and has cemented its place in the top ten.

CategoriesPointsComparison with all other universities of applied scienceComparison with universities of applied science and universities
Quality of tutors 3.2 1st place 7th place
International focus 3.4 2nd place 5th place
Industry cooperation 2.7 2nd place 8th place
Practical relevance of teaching 3.1 2nd place 5th place
Service and support 2.9 2nd place 7th place

German Council of Science and Humanities

The German Council of Science and Humanities congratulated ISM on its sound financial management, the high practical content of its courses and its diverse international network. The Council acknowledged, in particular, the quality assurance framework set out by ISM's executive board and its pursuit of academic excellence and its ability to ensure continuity of teaching. ISM has successfully positioned itself in the marketplace with an increasingly strong student base which ensures the high-quality of teaching and management at the now six campuses.

Re-accreditation to ISM for a further period of ten years

In 2016, the German Council of Science and Humanities in Cologne awarded re-accreditation to ISM for a further period of ten years. The German Council of Science and Humanities therefore recognises ISM's commitment to consolidating and promoting its research activities. This accreditation is received only by universities that offer courses of the highest scientific quality. ISM is the first private business school in Germany to receive ten-year accreditation twice in succession.

In July 2004, the German Council of Science and Humanities in Cologne awarded accreditation to the International School of Management, making it the first private university in North Rhine-Westphalia and only the second nationwide to receive institutional accreditation for the period of ten years. ISM is now the only private business school in Germany to have received ten-year accreditation from the German Council of Science and Humanities twice in succession. The next step towards enhancing and assuring quality is international accreditation through AACSB International. ISM has been an official member and thus part of the network of the world's best business schools since June 2016.


Each year, the WirtschaftsWoche ranking questions HR professionals from some 7,000 companies about the quality of university graduates. Roughly 70% of those surveyed work in companies with a workforce of more than 1,000 people, about 25% have between 100 and 1,000 employees, while all the others come from small and medium-sized companies. The ranking represents almost every sector: from banks and consultants to auditors. The WirtschaftsWoche ranking specifically focuses on practical relevance – because, at the end of the day, it is HR professionals who decide which graduates to hire from which university.

2016: ISM one of the best 10%

ISM has been included in the WirtschaftsWoche ranking for the past 15 years. This year, it came 20th out of the 200 universities of applied science surveyed and again ranks among the best 10% in Germany.

Universum graduate survey

This Europe-wide survey of university graduates asks alumni about their courses, career ambitions and abilities.

Earnings of ISM graduates are significantly higher than the German average

ISM alumni are definitely motivated to accept management responsibility and look for exciting and challenging tasks. Many ISM graduates look to further develop their skills within an international environment (36%), which is much higher than the German average of 22%, and hope to gain a role with management responsibility (64% compared to the German average of 42%). In addition, the average annual income of ISM graduates is 10% higher than the German average.

According to the survey, ISM alumni have the abilities to orchestrate change within a company, are inquisitive, do not shy away from challenges and are characterised by their outstanding motivation and dedication. Commitment and responsibility are also key factors for budding entrepreneurs, and 10% of those surveyed had founded a business soon after graduating.

ISM provides its alumni with the skills, knowledge and understanding to succeed in diverse careers. They feel well prepared for their subsequent careers (63%), assess the ratio of students to professors as 'very good' (96%) and praise the practical relevance of training at ISM (79%). The favourite sectors of ISM graduates are the automotive industry, banking and the consumer goods industry. When picking an employer, they look for attractive products, a potential for innovation and an inspiring management team.