ISB has a full-time resident faculty of 48 professionals. In addition to its resident faculty, the school hosts over 120 visiting faculty throughout the year who are often affiliated with other MBA programs, such as Wharton, Kellogg and Sloan. ISB also features a Media Hub and five Centres of Excellence, which support research on areas ranging from analytical finance to entrepreneurship development.
ISB faculty members utilize a variety of teaching methods including seminars, simulations, and case studies. The PGP is broken into eight terms of approximately six weeks each. Pre-term and orientation activities, which are social and recreational in nature, commence in mid-April. Students also have the option of taking three modules covering statistics, accounting and other quantitative methods during pre-term. Classes begin in late April, and students graduate in mid-April of the following year.
During their first four terms, students are divided into study groups and undertake a series of core courses together. These courses are designed to give students a solid foundation in business principles including finance, marketing, strategy, operations, and investment IT management. The fourth core term crosses over with electives, as students can begin to direct their studies by choosing from the school’s more than 80 electives for the remaining terms. By selecting specific combinations of courses, students can create concentrations or majors for themselves in one of six categories: entrepreneurship, finance, information and technology management, operations management, marketing, strategy and leadership, with four additional industry specializations in healthcare, manufacturing, public policy, and infrastructure. Students can opt to take 18 to 21 elective credits, but must take at least six related credits for a concentration or specialization. Under faculty guidance, students also can enroll in ISB’s Independent Study Program, which gives them the opportunity to focus on topics that are not as well represented by the school’s selection of electives.
To further prepare its students for reentry into the workforce, ISB offers several practicum courses, including the Experiential Learning Programme (ELP) and the Faculty Initiated Research Project (FIRP). The ELP gives students the opportunity to work with established businesses on a range of issues they are facing, which may include matters of market positioning, new product development, creating growth strategies, and talent management. This for-credit experience allows students to work in teams of four to five and gain insight into real-life business considerations and present recommendations to the businesses with which they have been matched. Moreover, many companies view this program as a pre-recruitment exercise.
ISB also maintains over 40 exchange partnerships with other business schools in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Other MBA Degree Options
In addition to its one-year PGP, ISB offers a 15-month Post Graduate Program in Management for Senior Executives targeted at applicants with at least 10, and generally 15 or more, years of work experience. The school also offers the fully funded Fellow Program in Management, which is designed to foster the potential of innovative academic researchers so that they can later secure faculty positions at leading international business schools. Finally, ISB maintains a Management Program for Family Business, which offers 15 months of business training tailored to students who will become leaders of their family businesses, and various executive education programs.
Recent college graduates with less than two years of work experience hoping to attend ISB in the near future have the option to apply for the Early Entry Option. Students accepted through the Early Entry Option are granted advanced admission to ISB’s one-year PGP upon completing two years of professional work experience prior to matriculation.
Concentrations at ISB
- Information and Technology Management
- Operations Management
- Strategy and Leadership
- Public Policy
Degree Offerings at ISB
Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)
Post Graduate Programme in Management for Senior Executives (PGPMAX)
Management Programme for Family Business
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The curriculum at ISB is based on the latest research and global best practices. We review and subsequently upgrade the academic calendar annually such that our courses are both rigorous and relevant to the business environment. Thus, your learning experience is holistic and is based on real-world issues.
With core courses at ISB, you get an understanding of the fundamentals of general management. The elective courses offer the flexibility of individual exploration in the area that you choose to study.
Academic calendar 2017 -18
Academic calendar 2018 -19
Transform yourself into a leader with the one-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) at the School. Besides the Independent Study Programme and Corporate Interaction initiatives, ISB also offers you:
- Leadership Development Programme
- Planning an Entrepreneurial Venture
- Experiential Learning Programme
- International Student Exchange Programme