MBA Programme

 

Admissions

Be part of an exciting, dynamic and diverse student body

The MBA programme is your stepping stone to a fulfilling future as a leader in a competitive, global business world. We believe that our multi-cultural environment, comprising of students representing over 80 nationalities and an international faculty of world-class business experts, is ideal for your professional and personal development.

We are looking for people with intellectual curiosity, personal qualities to contribute to the many INSEAD activities and a desire to stretch themselves in a rigorous academic programme. We welcome applications from around the world regardless of race, religion, gender, colour or financial status. Our aim is to build an exciting, dynamic and diverse student body.​

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In this video with MBA students and Pejay Belland, Director of Marketing and Admissions, you can learn all about the admissions process, criteria and guidelines, as well as get a few tips on what to avoid.

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Step by Step Application Guide

Admissions Criteria

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Ability to Contribute

to the INSEAD experience during and after the programme
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Academic Capacity

GMAT/GRE & Undergraduate degree
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International Motivation

Adaptability and flexibility in multicultural environments
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Leadership Potential

Work experience and quality of your achievements
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Application Process

 

Please check our Admissions Deadlines.

If you choose to delay submission of your application until the following round of the same intake, your application form details will be saved automatically. Note that access to your form will be temporarily disabled from midnight  (French Time) on the day of the deadline, as the system will shutdown for about four days. Access to your form will resume once the temporary shutdown period ends, so you can continue editing it.

Please bear in mind that if you miss all four rounds of a particular intake, the majority of the  application content is transferred if/when you open a new application form.

To be included in a specific round, complete applications must be submitted by 23:59pm Central European Time on the day of the deadline.
Applications will not be evaluated until all supporting documents and the online portions of the application are received.

Applications for both campuses are processed in Fontainebleau and all correspondence should be with your designated Admissions Officer in Fontainebleau. For any queries after submitting your application, please write to mba.candidates@insead.edu.

Campus choice is not taken into account when evaluating whether to accept or decline candidates. We will strive to accommodate your campus choice, but if your preferred campus is full, you will be offered the choice of either a place on the other campus or a place on the waitlist for your preferred campus.

Due to the confidentiality of the Admissions Committee deliberations, we regret that feedback on rejected applications will not be provided.
We do not encourage applications from previously rejected candidates unless there has been a substantial change in the profile of the applicant.

Please rest assured, each application is carefully evaluated regardless of the volume of applications received.

Application Checklist

 

To apply to the INSEAD MBA Programme, you must submit an application form online and the required supporting documentation listed below.

ONLINE APPLICATION

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT

The whole application process is done via our online application system. You are able to work on different sections of the application separately. Please make sure to save all your data before logging off so you can return to work on it at a later stage.

The following supporting documents must be included in your application and received before or on the day of the application deadline. Your application will not be evaluated until all of the below items have been received in addition to the online elements. Please attach your supporting documents via the online application system.

Your transcripts should indicate both diploma and grades achieved from each college or university that you have attended. We accept transcripts in English or French. All others must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Each transcript must bear the official seal and signature of the institution.

View online application list >View supporting documentation list >View official transcript details >

Dates & Deadlines

​We operate a staged admissions process, with four deadlines for each of the two intakes per year. Competition for each of the rounds is equal, but the earlier you gain admission, the more time you have to secure financing and arrange logistics. The online application form typically opens two months before each application deadline​

 Deadline for complete applicationInterview decision notificationFinal decision notification
ROUND 116 September 201523 October 201527 November 2015
ROUND 214 October 201513 November 201518 December 2015
ROUND 313 January 201612 February 201618 March 2016
ROUND 424 February 201625 March 201629 April 2016
 Deadline for complete applicationInterview decision notificationFinal decision notification
ROUND 102 March 201601 April 201613 May 2016
ROUND 220 April 201620 May 201624 June 2016
ROUND 315 June 201615 July 201602 September 2016
ROUND 427 July 201626 August 201630 September 2016
 Deadline for complete applicationInterview decision notificationFinal decision notification
ROUND 121 September 201621 October 201625 November 2016
ROUND 230 November 201613 January 201717 February 2017
ROUND 325 January 201724 February 201731 March 2017
ROUND 401 March 201707 April 201712 May 2017
 Deadline for complete applicationInterview decision notificationFinal decision notification
ROUND 115 March 201721 April 201724 May 2017
ROUND 203 May 201702 June 201707 July 2017
ROUND 314 June 201713 July 201708 September 2017
ROUND 426 July 201726 August 201625 August 2017

Please note the following:

  • We have added a fourth round of admissions to allow us to better manage the influx of incoming applications and to provide additional flexibility to our applicants.
  • If you choose to delay submission of your application until the following round of the same intake, your application form details will be saved automatically. Note that access to your form will be temporarily disabled from 00:00am (Central European Time) on the day of the deadline, as the system will shut down for about four days. Access to your form will resume once the temporary shut down period ends, so you can continue editing it.
  • Please bear in mind that if you miss all four rounds of a particular intake, your application form and its entire contents will expire. At this point, you will be required to complete a new application from scratch, for the next intake.
  • To be included in a specific round, applications must be complete and submitted by midnight French time on the day of the deadline.
  • To enjoy an optimum application experience and to avoid the peak period, we strongly encourage you to apply a couple of weeks prior to the application deadline if possible.
  • Competition for each round is equal regardless of the intake or round you apply for. We review the pool of applications submitted within each round independently, keeping the “offer ratio” (percentage of candidates accepted vs. applications received) fairly constant across all rounds. By “Class” we are referring to the entire population of students beginning the INSEAD MBA programme at the same time (regardless of campus location).

 

Admissions Policies

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (MANDATORY FOR ENROLMENT)

 If English is your native language: If English is your native language, you have to demonstrate at least a practical knowledge of a second language (referred to as 'entry' language) before the start of the programme by passing one of our accepted language tests for your chosen second language.

If you are a non-native English speakerIf you are a non-native English speaker, your native language will fulfil the entry language requirement (no test required). However, you may need to submit certification of your English proficiency. Please check our language policy for further details.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS (MANDATORY FOR GRADUATION) 

In addition to English and your entry language, all students will need to demonstrate at least basic knowledge of a third language (referred to as 'exit language') in order to graduate. If you already possess basic knowledge of a third language, we recommend you certify your exit language either before the start of the programme or during Orientation Week on campus. If you need to learn a third language, you can do so during the programme and pass the language test before graduation. Language instruction is available on both campuses.

 

  • GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years prior to application deadline.
  • English language certifications are valid for 2 years prior to application deadline.

In general we do not grant deferrals. You should apply for the intake in which you intend to enroll.

If you choose to delay submission of your application until the following round of the same intake, your application form details will be saved automatically. Note that access to your form will be temporarily disabled from midnight (French Time) on the day of the deadline, as the system will shutdown for about four days. Access to your form will resume once the temporary shut down period ends, so you can continue editing it. 

Please bear in mind that if you miss all four rounds of a particular intake, your application form and its entire contents will expire. At this point, you will be required to complete a new application from scratch, for the next intake.

To be included in a specific round, applications must be completed and submitted by midnight French Time on the day of the deadline. A complete application includes the online application to which supporting documents have been attached. Please refer to the Application Checklist for more details.

In order to avoid any last minute difficulties, we strongly advise applicants to submit their completed application one to two weeks before the application deadline. Do note that your recommenders can send in their letters of recommendation by the stated deadline or before you submit your application.

Due to European Data Protection laws and our own confidentiality policy, we are unable to give any information about applications over the phone. Furthermore, if you contact INSEAD, it will not be possible to confirm receipt of your application given the volume of applications received. An email notification will be sent to you within one week of submitting your application which will inform you as to whether your file is now complete.

You can either attach your supporting documents to your application or send them by post in advance of the set deadline. This is because your application will only be evaluated once it is complete. If your application is completed after the deadline, it will be reviewed for the next round or for the following intake (for last round applicants).

Due to the large number of applications we receive for each intake and the confidentiality of the deliberations of the Admissions Committee, we are unable to provide individual detailed feedback on rejected applications.

When completing the online application form, you will be asked to select your starting 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. Please note that starting campus choice does not influence final admissions decisions, as it is not taken into account when your file is presented to the Admissions Committee. Therefore, you do not have a higher chance of being accepted by selecting "both campuses" in your application form. However, once we have allocated you a campus upon admission, it is very difficult to change. INSEAD will endeavour to accommodate your choice of starting campus but if you have the slightest preference for one campus or the other, you should select that choice before submitting your application form. Whilst we will strive to accommodate your campus choice, if your preferred campus is full, you will be offered the choice of either a place on the alternative campus or a place on the wait list for your preferred campus.

We do not encourage applications from previously rejected candidates. Unless your profile has incurred significant changes in any of the areas relating to our Admissions Criteria, re-applicants should expect the same outcome.​

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FAQs

INSEAD does not have an absolute requirement for years of work experience, although at least two years is strongly encouraged. Participants in our current class have an average of 5.5 years work experience, with the range being between two and ten. However, applicants with less experience who demonstrate exceptional maturity and outstanding leadership through their professional and personal experiences will also be considered.

There is no typical profile at INSEAD. We have an extremely diverse student body in terms of age, professional experience, education and culture. Check the latest class profile.

Your campus selection has no impact on the admissions decision. In fact, the Admissions Committee, which makes all final admission decisions, does not have access to information about candidates' campus preferences.

There is no age limit for entry. However, the MBA is aimed at those who are at an early stage in their career. INSEAD participants in the current class have a range of between two and ten years of post-graduate work experience. If you have more than ten years of work experience, we encourage you to consider one of INSEAD's Executive MBA Programmes, where you will have the opportunity to learn with a more experienced and mature peer group.

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