ISM introduces itself

The ISM University – your strong partner in distance learning

7 campuses, 4,500 students, 600 lecturers – we have stood for the highest quality in education for 30 years. As part of the high-performance ESO group, we are one of the leading private Business schools in Germany.

Our innovative University of Applied Sciences offers full-time, dual and part-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. With our distance learning programs, we have integrated another study model that complements and enriches our portfolio as a distance learning university. Please note that the teaching language of our bachelor’s degree programs is German (language level B2).

ISM - this is how you study today!

Exciting courses await you at ISM, which you can easily complete while working or full-time.

  • Business Administration
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing & Communication
  • Brand & Fashion Management
  • Business Psychology

In our study structure we place great emphasis on maximum flexibility, high-quality learning content, versatile learning methods and comprehensive support. The courses have a modular structure.

We make suggestions, you decide the order yourself. The compulsory modules are supplemented by four elective modules with which you can deepen the subject according to your own interests.

Flexible, multimedia, personal and future-proof – this is what ISM distance learning stands for.

Distance university with a profile: your advantages with ISM


  • Online study regardless of time and place
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Individual integration into everyday life – also part-time
  • Modular set-up


  • Various learning media for every type of learner
  • Textbook in digital or printed form
  • In-depth videos for each module
  • Quizzes to check learning success
  • Podcasts, explanatory videos, animations, case studies and exercises



  • Always there for you: Support from professors
  • Learning platform for networking and sharing
  • Weekly masterclasses live seminars from the 4th semester onwards with our professors in the virtual classroom
  • Regular webinars
  • Study coaches as advisors for careers, choice of studies and learning difficulties

Future proof

State approved

The ISM University is officially recognised for an unlimited period by the Ministry of Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Due to the state recognition, the degrees obtained at ISM are on an equal footing with the degrees obtained at state universities. This also applies to distance learning programs. 

FIBAA accredited

For many years, our university of applied sciences has stood for successful continuing education in the fields of business and management. We have the quality of the ISM distance learning programs reviewed by the Accreditation Council as part of the accreditation process. For this purpose, an external team of experts from FIBAA prepares a report for the Accreditation Council for each degree program. These reports demonstrate the high academic standard and practical relevance of ISM's distance learning programs. (The reports are publicly available and can be accessed in the Accreditation Council's database for all accredited study programs. We also have our distance learning programs audited by the State Central Office for Distance Learning (ZFU). All distance learning courses and the certificate courses are successfully certified by the ZFU

Accredited by the Science Council

As an important advisory body on science policy, the Science Council examines within the framework of institutional accreditation whether teaching and research can be carried out according to recognised scientific standards. As early as 2004, ISM received an institutional accreditation for ten years. The new accreditation took place in 2015. The ISM succeeded in doing this as one of the first private universities in Germany.


We at ISM are proud always to belong to the leading universities in various rankings and to receive regular awards.

CHE ranking: One of the best private universities in Germany

Trendence: Outstanding results in the areas of lecturer quality & practical relevance

Universum: Top marks for international orientation & practical relevance

Wirtschaftswoche: ISM again among the best private Business schools

Multirank: Outstanding results in the global multirank

Practice oriented

The ISM has a board of trustees consisting of high-ranking international companies, associations and institutions. Here there is close cooperation with curators so that program content can be consistently modernised and has a close practical relevance. In addition, the top-class network enables practical projects and events to be carried out. 


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