International School of Management (ISM)
For years, the ISM has been featured at the top of various university rankings:
Learn more about the rankings
Since many years, the ISM continues to receive excellent marks in the CHE University Ranking. Recently, the ISM was ranked highest in the following categories:
- Support at the beginning of the studies
- Graduation in due course
- Work experience
In the most recent CHE university ranking, ISM achieved excellent results for all our seven campuses. The ISM thus shows that it has succeeded in expanding high standards throughout all locations in Germany. The result for the category "Support at the beginning of studies" is particularly positive. Here, all business administration programs and the programs with a focus on business psychology, which were evaluated for the first time, made it into the top. ISM also performed well in the categories "completion of degree in a reasonable time" and "work experience". Our lecturers bring relevant professional experience to the table and all of our degree programs include excursions and practical workshops with companies. According to the survey, the students also feel very well looked after by the lecturers and rate the organization of their studies as particularly good. In addition, upcoming graduates have the opportunity to participate in various recruiting events with high-profile companies from our network.
About the CHE-Ranking
The CHE university ranking is one of the most detailed rankings in German-speaking countries and considered an excellent source of information for prospective students. For the current CHE ranking, information on studying, teaching and research at German universities was examined and around 120,000 students were surveyed.
The ISM shines in the current investigation of the U-Multirank (2022) and scored particularly well in the following areas:
- International Academic Staff
- Student Mobility
- Professional Publications
- Foreign Language Bachelor Programmes
- Foreign Language Master Programs
The ranking thus confirms above all ISM’s strong practical relevance, internationality and diverse network.
U-Multirank is one of the largest worldwide university rankings and contains data on 1,600 universities from over 95 countries. The U-Multirank ranking is thus particularly informative for international students to help guide their university choice.
Trendence University ranking
The ISM achieves numerous good evaluations, in the categories
- Practical relevance,
- Career opportunities and service
among the ten best universities in Germany.
In the following categories, ISM is ranked as the best private university of applied sciences with a focus on business administration:
- Lecturer quality,
- Jobs and digital learning,
- Career opportunities and
- Service and advice.
About the Trendence University ranking
13,600 students are surveyed for the Trendence University Ranking. In addition to the quality of teaching, the barometer also focuses on internationality, practical relevance and student advice.
Universum Student Study Survey
In the student survey, the ISM received particularly good marks for:
- Varied career opportunities
- Close contacts to the economy
- Many opportunities to study abroad and complete internships
Our ISM students feel very well prepared for the job market and appreciate getting to know potential employers during their studies.
About the Universum Student Study
The Universum Student Study is one of the largest international surveys of students on their future career ideas, career plans and satisfaction with the university they're studying at.
Universum Career Test
Over 1 million participants took part in the Universum survey 2023, making this the world's largest talent survey. The survey analyzed the aspirations of students, to find out how they match up with the perception of the ISM itself. Valuable findings from this survey include:
- ISM career types: globe-trotter and ground-breaker
- Formative experiences: through internships and study abroad
- Top influence factors on university choice: University website - Information events - University ranking
- Top attributes of ISM: Opportunities to study abroad - Friendly & open environment - Attractive location
- Top attributes regarding employability: Starting point for an international career - Opportunities to interact with employers - Good relations with employers
- Top offers of the ISM Career Service: Career counseling - Job portal - CV writting training.
Stern Magazine Ranking
The German news magazine "Stern" (2023) has published a ranking of the best continuing education programs for students and adults alike. In the category "Private universities", ISM made it into the top 3 ranks. We were rated very well in the following categories:
- Quality of learning
- Price-performance ratio
- Student satisfaction
Global MBA Ranking
As one of only five German business schools, ISM convinces with quality of teaching and practical relevance. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the ISM campuses Munich and Dortmund can thus compare with major international providers. Unique to ISM are the integrated semester abroad and the professional coaching of students.
In this year's MBA ranking, CEO Magazine listed the ISM for the first time in the top tier of global MBA providers. The ISM is was highlighted above all for its excellently qualified teaching staff who also have many years of practical experience in relevant positions. The international composition of the study groups was also highlighted.
The International School of Management (ISM) is a member of AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business www.aacsb.edu/about. AACSB is a global nonprofit association that connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: creating the next generation of great leaders.
ISM is a member of PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), an initiative of the UN Global Compact, the corporate network of the United Nations for sustainable and responsible corporate governance. Universities play a vital role in the process of educating managerial staff for all areas of society, which can turn them into a driving force for sustainable development and responsible cooperate governance.
We will become one of Germany's top business schools in terms of internationalization and industry outreach.
Applied ISM education inspires our students to assume management responsibility in a global business environment.
- Cultivate outstanding young professionals
- Enhance applied research and promote young researchers
- Foster the regional integration and transregional reputation of ISM
- Foster the international reach of ISM as one of our core competencies
- Continuously develop our teaching, research and administration capacities to ensure quality