ABOUT THE INSEAD MBA

The INSEAD MBA program is a global experience with 3 integrated campuses all over the world in Paris, Singapore, and the Middle East. The accelerated 10-month curriculum develops successful, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organizations and their communities. The career opportunities that INSEAD offers after graduation are diverse in terms of industry and location. INSEAD prides itself in being a business school of the world and it has successfully achieved it.

THE 1 YEAR MBA PROGRAM 

The INSEAD 10-month MBA program is based on 3 campuses across the world – Fontainebleau, Dubai, and Singapore. It ranks 4th  globally in the Financial Times Global business school rankings (2022) only after Wharton, Columbia, and Harvard. It is undoubtedly the best non-US B-School in the world. 

The MBA program is powered by a world-class faculty – professors selected for the rigor and relevance of their research, as well as their ability to inspire in the classroom and synthesize powerful learning from diverse student perspectives. They are the frontrunners in their respective fields and bring a holistic teaching experience to the classroom.

Graduates form a diverse alumni network of over 61,000 members worldwide, around 28,000 of which are MBA alumni. Alumni live and work in over 175 countries around the world.

Tuition fees for the July Class are set in December each year.  Fees for the December Class are announced in June.

Tuition fees for the  August 2022 intake are €91,225. The fees are payable in installments.

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. Here are a few types of scholarships available.

  • INSEAD Groupe Galeries Lafayette Endowed Scholarship for Women
  • INSEAD Judith Connelly Delouvrier Endowed Scholarship
  • INSEAD Syngenta Endowed Scholarship(s) for Emerging Country Leadership
  • INSEAD L’Oreal scholarship
  • INSEAD Hinrich Foundation scholarship (July Class only)
  • INSEAD Belgian Alumni and Council Scholarship
  • INSEAD Leopoldo del Pino Scholarship

CLASS PROFILE

The MBA cohort typically represents more than 75 countries and a wide array of industries and professional backgrounds, providing a truly global learning experience.

The industry experience of students, before joining, is also diverse, ranging from consulting, banking, and financial services to fashion and performing arts.

The average work experience for the full-time MBA is 6 years which ensures that students contribute richly to classroom learning by bringing forward their varied industry experience Peer-peer learning beyond the classroom is also facilitated through this.

At 34%, INSEAD has maintained a good gender diversity ratio at B-schools throughout the world. The global highest stands at 43%. 

The average GMAT score for the incoming class is 710 and the 80% range is from 670-to 750.

The infographic below depicts the INSEAD MBA class profile with statistics about the gender distribution, age, work experience, and geographical background of the students.

Source: The official school website 

COURSE CURRICULUM SUMMARY

This is an infographic of the curriculum at a glance.

Source: The official school website

Academics

The accelerated 10-month MBA comprises five periods, each lasting eight weeks and concluding with an exam, essay, and/or project. The first part of the program is built around 14 core courses, which provide you with a robust foundation of key management disciplines. 

In the second part, you will be able to choose from over 75 different electives in a variety of subjects. The global content of our MBA curriculum enables you to keep abreast of changing trends in the business world, preparing you for a successful career as a business leader.

Projects and Application

Campus Exchange

During this elective period, you also have the chance to start switching campuses from Singapore to Fontainebleau, or vice-versa. The opportunity to take electives at Wharton or Kellogg, during a period, is also possible at this time.

Other application-based courses

In addition to electives on campus, the entrepreneurship area has developed a range of popular courses that take learning out of the classroom. Students, in courses such as “Building Business in China” or “Building Business in India” travel to those countries to meet a variety of local alumni, entrepreneurs, and executives, thus allowing a unique hands-on learning experience. Selected students of the July classes also have the opportunity to complete hands-on consulting projects and explore career opportunities in the Middle East as part of the Abu Dhabi Module.

Student clubs

Student-led clubs play a vital role in the MBA experience. The clubs cover a broad range of topics from Professional, Social to Sports. Over 53% of the student population hone their leadership skills by being in the management team of clubs.

Business Clubs

Business clubs organize regular networking and speaker events on campus, as well as trips and “career treks” further afield, prominent annual forums, and conferences.

Sports Clubs

The campus has gyms offering regular fitness classes on both campuses (and squash courts in France), with a wide variety of sports clubs on both campuses.

Social Clubs

Some clubs are just for fun but nonetheless offer opportunities to network or to pick up valuable new skills. 

PLACEMENT STATISTICS

Each year, INSEAD achieves high employment rates in excess of 92% of each MBA class. 

The return on investment is huge given an average alumni salary after graduation of $113,800

83% of students were able to change their careers in terms of industry, location, and function in the last class.

Given below are the key placement statistics.

Source: The official career report 2021

Consulting, Financial Services, and Technology emerged as the 3 industries in which the majority of the class was placed. Close to 65% of the class goes to these industries post MBA.

About 35% of the class went to Management Consulting alone.

Top employers included Amazon, Microsoft, Accenture, McKinsey, Bain, and BCG.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

William Hague, Spokesperson, Politician

Meera Sanyal, former CEO Royal Bank of Scotland 

Henry Engelhardt, former chief executive of Admiral Group

APPLICATION DETAILS

Admission Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree

• GRE/GMAT scores

COVID-19 Update: You can now initially apply for INSEAD Master Programmes without a GMAT, GRE, EA or TOEFL test score, however, you will still need to submit the scores as soon as they become available as they remain mandatory elements for joining INSEAD.

• TOEFL/IELTS scores

You can also demonstrate fluency in English with a university degree (a minimum of one full-time academic year with a diploma received from that host university) where all courses were taught exclusively in English.

(if the medium of instruction during undergraduate studies was not English) TOEFL: Minimum score of 100

Letters of Recommendation:

Two letters of recommendation to be submitted before the application deadlines. 

Application Fee: €250 

Application Process

Stage 1: submit online application & supporting documents

Complete the INSEAD MBA online application and attach the required supporting documentation to your application.

Stage 2: Record your video interviews

Follow the link on your dashboard and in the email notification from Kira Talent to complete the video interviews.

Stage 3: Status notification from Admissions

A status e-mail from your Admissions Officer will be sent to you within 1 week of submitting your application

Stage 4: interview decision

You will be informed whether you have been selected to interview by the interview decision deadline.

Stage 5: interview stage

Interviews are conducted by INSEAD Alumni interviewers, normally in your country of residence. In the majority of cases, two separate interviews are required.

NOTE: When completing the online application form, you will be asked to select your home campus preference; if you choose the value “Both campuses”, this choice means that you are totally indifferent about starting your INSEAD MBA on either of our campuses. 

Application Deadlines

While there is a staged admissions process, with four deadlines for each of the two intakes per year, within each round, applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions process. This means that the Interview and Final Decision deadlines you see below are the latest dates by which you would receive your decision, but it could be earlier. 

Source: The official school website

Essay questions

JOB DESCRIPTION ESSAYS

The job questions are not essays. Hence, the number of words is not so important. People need to be comfortable writing 3 lines or 20. Some applicants work for companies that are well known and only 3 lines are sufficient to describe them; others work for small companies where it is more important to give the full picture.

Essay 1

Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved. (200 words maximum)

Essay 2

What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (200 words maximum)

Essay 3

Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (300 words maximum)

Essay 4

Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with or without an MBA from INSEAD. (100 words maximum)

Optional

If you are currently not working or if you plan to leave your current employer more than 2 months before the programme starts, please explain your activities and occupations between leaving your job and the start of the programme.

MOTIVATION ESSAYS

Essay 1

Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (maximum 500 words)

Essay 2

Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (maximum 400 words)

Essay 3

Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (maximum 300 words)

Optional

Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (maximum 300 words)