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Academics: International MBA

The ISG International MBA program prepares young international professionals to be leaders in their organizations and entrepreneurial endeavors, and to exercise best practices, through highly interactive seminars and cross-cultural case studies.

To develop a global perspective

The MBA aims to provide managers with a holistic comprehension of their business environment, a solid understanding of market fundamentals, and an international outlook.

The program is designed to provide a fully global perspective. Participants will work through case studies in an attempt to link theory to the functioning of modern-day businesses; a special emphasis is given to ethical concerns.

young professionals working through case studies

  • Length : 1 year (12 months)
  • The program takes place in France, at the ISG Paris campus
  • All seminars, required readings and the thesis are in English
  • Two intakes: October and January
  • 22 seminars of 24 hours each
  • Courses are held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 6 PM every other week (Seminars run from October to June)
  • Optional summer session in New York
  • Online learning platform to support classroom learning

The Curriculum

The curriculum steeps its MBA students in the fields that constitute the core of any robust MBA, including: Financial Management, International Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Information Systems Management.

In addition, the MBA program offers new and up-to-date courses such as: Career Management & Coaching which offers students a unique opportunity to be prepared for the job market and meet employers’ increasingly high expectations, Sustainable Development, and Web 2.0 course that connects students to the new attributes the web has to offer in the business world.

The MBA takes place over the course of one year, and includes a Master’s thesis. In the classroom, the program consists of 22 interactive seminars in which students need to submit a mini-thesis at the end of each seminar. No exams during the entire program. Student’s performance and participation in each seminar are graded by the corresponding professor.

Pattern of Studies

  INTERNATIONAL MBA SEMINARS
FROM OCTOBER TO DECEMBER
 
PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT SKILLS ASSESSMENT I
TOWARDS THE BEGINNING OF THE PROGRAM
PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT SKILLS ASSESSMENT II
TOWARDS THE END OF THE PROGRAM
Conflict & Dispute Resolution
Information Systems for Managers
Analyzing Financial Statements
Corporate Finance
Financial Management
Strategic Management
Career Management
FROM JANUARY TO MARCH
MBA
THESIS
Enterprise 2.0 Management
International Business Law
Entrepreneurship / Venture Capital
Research Methods & Bus Statistics
Management Control
E-Commerce
Risk Management
FROM APRIL TO JUNE
Supply Chain Management
Advertising & Communications
International Marketing
Intercultural Management
Business Ethics
Sustainable Development
Human Resources Management
International Consumer Behavior
SUMMER
Optional Seminars in New York with Partner Institute
OCTOBER
Oral Thesis defense  

Note: Students starting in January will finish their MBA Program in January of the following year.

Credits are awarded the following way:

Program Location Number of Hours Number of Credits
Seminars Paris 520 33
Management Aptitude Evaluation I Paris   0.5
Management Aptitude Evaluation II Paris   0.5
Thesis     20
Total   520 54

Once students have fulfilled their 520 hours, obtained a GPA of at least 2.7 and completed an approved thesis, they are eligible for an ISG International MBA.

Students' performance and participation in each seminar is graded by the corresponding teacher. ISG expects all students to be capable of performing at A or B level. A grade point average of 2.7 (B-) is required for graduation. Students whose grade point is below 2.7 in a given course could have to take a special written and/or oral examination. Grades are calculated based on class participation, business case participation, and out-of-class assignments or exams. Students must be present at all seminars from start to finish, or provide a written explanation in advance of why they will be unable to attend.

Unless formally announced by letter or email at least 24 hours prior to the seminar, student's participation in all seminars is mandatory. This is not only necessary for the student to graduate (# of hours / # of credits), but also a matter of basic respect for professors and classmates.

Students missing seminars - even for understandable reasons - will not obtain the required number of credit to pass the MBA. Thus, a special arrangement, such as an extra seminar or extra homework, will be given, on a student-by-student basis.

ISG's grading policy will be forwarded to students' attention and their signature will be requested at the beginning of the program.

It is mandatory for students to be precisely on time at the beginning of each seminar. A proper attitude during the seminars is mandatory as well. Unacceptable behavior during the seminars will not be tolerated. Dress code is casual but professional during seminars.