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How do I apply and is there a selection process?

When you click on the 'Appl'y button on the website you will be connected to our administrative portal where you can fill in an application form. Once submitted, you will receive an email with the next steps on how to start the programme.

The programme is on-demand, all applications are accepted.

Databases

Do I keep access to the Research & Learning Hub resources after graduation?

Due to the contractual agreements we sign, the databases listed on our website are reserved for currently enrolled students.

Read more about Alumni R&L Hub privileges

How can I access the databases subscribed by INSEAD Research & Learning Hub?

  • Our resources must be accessed from this page: https://www.insead.edu/library/databases. Do not Google or go directly to, a database website as you would not be recognised as an authorised INSEAD user.  
  • Click on a database name > Expand the  "+" sign, and click on the "Access" link in the description.
  • At the prompt, enter your INSEAD SSO login first. 
  • You will be directed to the database platform as an INSEAD user upon successful authentication.
  • Access to our subscribed databases is strictly limited to currently enrolled students, staff and faculty as per our contractual agreements.
  • Some databases require personal registration or the use of designated computers in the hubs, read the database description carefully. 
     

If you run into issues, please follow these steps:

  • Clear cache to restart web browsing if needed or try private browsing. 
  • Accept use of cookies to continue navigating INSEAD website, the prompt will appear at the very bottom of the page.
  • Contact Library if you still have issues.

Access

Do I keep access to the Research & Learning Hub resources after graduation?

Due to the contractual agreements we sign, the databases listed on our website are reserved for currently enrolled students.

Read more about Alumni R&L Hub privileges

How can I access the databases subscribed by INSEAD Research & Learning Hub?

  • Our resources must be accessed from this page: https://www.insead.edu/library/databases. Do not Google or go directly to, a database website as you would not be recognised as an authorised INSEAD user.  
  • Click on a database name > Expand the  "+" sign, and click on the "Access" link in the description.
  • At the prompt, enter your INSEAD SSO login first. 
  • You will be directed to the database platform as an INSEAD user upon successful authentication.
  • Access to our subscribed databases is strictly limited to currently enrolled students, staff and faculty as per our contractual agreements.
  • Some databases require personal registration or the use of designated computers in the hubs, read the database description carefully. 
     

If you run into issues, please follow these steps:

  • Clear cache to restart web browsing if needed or try private browsing. 
  • Accept use of cookies to continue navigating INSEAD website, the prompt will appear at the very bottom of the page.
  • Contact Library if you still have issues.

Are INSEAD Research & Learning Hubs open to the public?

Access to the Hubs are restricted to INSEAD members. Please visit Access & Registration for important information. 

What are your opening hours?

The R&L Hubs close every day at Midnight and re-open at 6am. Hours will be extended to 2am for the 3 days before exams. Click on this page for details per campus.

Study Areas

Are there group study/meeting spaces in the Research & Learning Hubs?

The Doriot R&L Hub has about 100 seats at study tables and an additional 16 seats, located in each of the study lounges on the 1st and 2nd floor. In addition, group study space is available on the 2nd mezzanine level (Interview Suite) outside of On Campus Recruitment periods, during OCR, priority is given to interviews.

The Tanoto R&L Hub provides access to over 100 private study spaces and small group seatings, as well as the Research & Finance Data Circle for data research.

The R&L Hub in Abu Dhabi has 30 seats and 2 open access computers.

GMAT/GRE

Can I apply before I have taken the GMAT/GRE test?

Yes, however, we will review your application only when all elements of the application package have been received, including your GMAT / GRE score. You can take the GMAT / GRE up until the day of the Admissions deadline but:
- For the GRE test, you would need to provide us with a copy of your 'Unofficial Score Report' (to be uploaded as part of the supporting documents).
- For GMAT Focus, you can submit your application form without uploading your GMAT score report. Please ensure your score is submitted directly to INSEAD after completing the test.
 

Can I apply before taking the GMAT / GRE?

Yes, however, we will review your application only when all elements of the application package have been received, including your GMAT / GRE score. You can take the GMAT / GRE up until the day of the Admissions deadline but:
- For the GRE test, you would need to provide us with a copy of your 'Unofficial Score Report' (to be uploaded as part of the supporting documents).
- For GMAT Focus, you can submit your application form without uploading your GMAT score report. Please ensure your score is submitted directly to INSEAD after completing the test.

What are the codes for reporting my GMAT or GRE scores to INSEAD?

Please arrange to have your GMAT or GRE test scores submitted directly to INSEAD. Please use INSEAD’s full name “Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires” when reporting your scores.

GMAT code: DL3-S8-89 MBA, Full Time (regardless of campus choice)

GRE code: 0970

You can take the tests up until the day of the application deadline, in this case you can submit your application form without uploading your GMAT score report. Please ensure your score is shared with INSEAD after completing the test.
Please note that GMAT Focus no longer provides an unofficial score report that can be printed out at the test centre or screen-captured at home.

What is the minimum GMAT/GRE score?

INSEAD does not have a minimum required GMAT score. The Verbal, Quantitative and Integrated Reasoning sections of the test are most important. The Admissions Committee would like to see a percentile around 65% in both the Verbal and Quantitative sections and above five for the Integrated Reasoning part.

For the GRE, the Admissions Committee expects percentiles around 80% in both the Verbal and Quantitative.

Please keep in mind, however, that the GMAT/GRE is just one of several admission criteria. A high score does not guarantee admission, and a below average score does not eliminate a candidate

How long is my GMAT/GRE valid for?

Your score is valid for five years prior to application deadline.

I have taken the GMAT/GRE more than once. Which score will you use?

If you have reported more than one score to INSEAD, the Admissions Committee will still consider the full history of your GMAT/GRE attempts, but will place the greatest weight on the highest score you achieved. Also, if you have obtained a satisfactory percentile in one section of the test but a lower percentile in the other, and vice versa in a second test, the Admissions Committee may consider that you have reached a sufficient level overall, provided the second test does not show too significant a drop in the lower element.

Do you provide a waiver for the GMAT/GRE fee?

INSEAD does not provide waivers for the GMAT/GRE fee.

What are the codes for reporting my GMAT or GRE scores to INSEAD?

Please use INSEAD’s full name “Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires” when reporting your scores.

Our GMAT reporting code (through Pearson Vue) is INSEAD: DL3-S8-07, INSEAD MIM. 

Our GRE reporting code is 2847.

Does INSEAD have any preference in regards to GMAT, GRE, GMAT Focus Edition or the Shorter GRE?

We accept both the GMAT and GRE, including the original and shorter versions. There is no preference and you don't need to worry that any of these tests would be unrecognised or devalued compared to another.

We recommend that you choose the test that is most suited to your personal strengths and circumstances. For more information, please visit our GMAT/GRE resource kit.

What GMAT score do I need to apply?

INSEAD does not have a minimum required GMAT score. Rather than focusing on your overall score, we assess your individual results in all of the test sections.

Recommended score ranges

GMAT

In order to be competitive, you should aim to achieve a score at or above the 70th percentile in both the quantitative and verbal sections. For the Integrated Reasoning section, we recommend achieving a score of 6 or above.

GMAT Focus Edition (GFE)

For the GFE, INSEAD recommends a 60th percentile on the Verbal component (80), and a 66th percentile on the Quantitative (80) and Data Insights components (77).

Note: Due to differences in score scales and score distribution between the GMAT and GFE, a direct comparison of total or section scores would lack meaningful insight into performance. Please refer to our GMAT/GRE resource toolkit for more information.

Regardless of whether you're opting for the GMAT or GFE, please keep in mind that the test is just one of several admission criteria. A high score does not guarantee admission, and a below average score does not eliminate a candidate.

What GRE score do I need to apply?

For the GRE, both in the original and shortened version, we recommend 80% or above in the verbal and quantitative sections. 

The comparisons between the original GRE test and the shorter version can be found here.

Does INSEAD have a GMAT or GRE waiver?

The GMAT/GRE is a mandatory application requirement and cannot be waived. It must be completed before you submit your application online and the test should be valid until the application deadline. You will be assigned to an Admissions Officer once you have submitted your application and they will contact you within two days to confirm the receipt of your application and shortly thereafter if anything is missing. If your current score is older than 5 years, you must retake it before applying for the MBA Programme. 

How long is my GMAT / GRE score valid for?

Your GMAT / GRE score is valid for five years prior to the application deadline.

I have taken the GMAT/GRE more than once. Which score will you consider?

If you have reported more than one score to INSEAD, the Admissions Committee will still consider the full history of your GMAT / GRE attempts, but will place the greatest weight on the highest score you achieved. Also, if you have obtained a satisfactory percentile in one section of the test but a lower percentile in the other, and vice versa in a second test, the Admissions Committee may consider that you have reached a sufficient level overall, provided the second test does not show too significant a drop in the lower element. 

Will INSEAD still accept the Online GMAT or GRE Exam?

Yes, INSEAD will accept online GMAT or GRE scores provided that the test results are still valid (five years from the date of the test to application deadline).

Admissions

Do you provide feedback during and after admissions close?

The PhD admissions committee prioritises a fair and efficient review process for all applicants. To ensure this, we don't provide individual feedback or entertain inquiries about application status during the review period or after final decisions are made.

However, we can provide some general insights:

  • Applications are evaluated holistically based on the current applicant pool, which can vary from year to year. This means robust applications from previous years may have different successes in highly competitive years. 
  • For applications to be competitive, they should demonstrate strong academic performance and test results, relevant research interests, and a clear plan for collaboration with our faculty. Recommendation letters also play a crucial role.

Multiple faculty members are involved in the review process, each with their areas of expertise and research interests. Due to this collaborative nature, summarising specific preferences would be difficult and wouldn't accurately reflect the nuanced evaluation process.

What is your reapplication policy?

Applicants can reapply to the INSEAD PhD programme a maximum of two times throughout their lifetime. Reapplicants must submit a new set of application materials, including the minimum admissions requirements, an updated statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Applicants must pay the application fee again, too. 

Applicants who reapplied for the third time will have their application voided even if they have successfully submitted it in the system.  The admissions team has a review stage in place before they submit the files to the committee, and will match records at the backend even if the applicant has created a new profile to submit their application for the third time. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse the application fees already paid for the third application. 

For admission to INSEAD EMFin programme, can you waive the GMAT, GRE, EA, INSEAD Assessment or CFA Level 1? Is there a minimum score I need to have?

Since this is a rigorous academic programme, the GMAT/GRE/EA/INSEAD Assessment or CFA Level 1 is a mandatory admissions requirement and cannot be waived. While we do not have a minimum score needed to apply, we encourage applicants to aim for a score in the 80th percentile (160) or better in the GRE, 70th percentile in the GMAT, and at 12 or above for the EA test, to be competitive with the other applicants. Since this is a finance programme, more weight is given to the quantitative section of the tests.

Learn more about your assessment options. 

Do students need a visa?

Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a visa to enter France. We recommend checking with your local embassy for specific requirements. If a visa is required, it is advisable to apply as early as possible to prevent any potential delays.

Upon acceptance into the programme, the INSEAD Admissions office will furnish you with the Visa Letter and Accommodation Certificate*, essential documents for your visa application.

*INSEAD will provide the Accommodation Certificate only if you are staying at the INSEAD residences. We will not provide accommodation certificate if you are staying somewhere else.
 

What is the INSEAD GEMBA Application and Admissions process like?

Application: All applications to the INSEAD GEMBA are submitted online. Make sure to thoroughly complete the Application Form, giving accurate and up-to-date information; and take the time to reflect upon and write up the six essays (one of which is optional). You will need to provide us with the required supporting documents including two recommendation letters - ideally from your current or past professional environment. You will also specify in in your application whether you plan to attempt the INSEAD EMBA Assessment, or have taken the GMAC Executive Assessment (EA) or GMAT (in which case you need to submit your score together with the application). View the Application Checklist page for more information.

Admissions Pre-selection: once the application is complete, the Pre-selection Committee decides whether or not to invite you to the next stage – an invitation to take the INSEAD EMBA Assessment or an admissions interview if you presented an EA or GMAT score. 

Admissions Decision: once panel results (for INSEAD Assessment takers) or interview reports (for EA or GMAT score holders) are received, final decisions are made by the Admissions Committee and notifications are sent to candidates by e-mail within ten days of the interview or of the INSEAD Assessment date.

What kind of insurance do I need?

The INSEAD Summer School fee includes medical and legal insurance, however students are responsible for gaining their own travel insurance. Students form the EU or the European Economic area should bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

What is the admissions process?

Applicants need to submit their application online. Only complete applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee. You will need to submit the following:

  • Online application form containing your personal data, a CV, academic background, two recommendations letter (from a business or academic environment/perspective), scanned copies of your academic transcripts with officially certified translation (if applicable), a motivation essay, and your test results for GMAT or GRE, and English (if applicable).
  • Once you have submitted the application form, you will be redirected to the “Kira Talent” platform for a video interview, where you will answer additional questions.
  • You will also need to pay the application fee:  EUR 180.

All elements of your application will be thoroughly reviewed by the admissions team. If successful through the first pre-selection, candidates will be invited to attend an interview with an INSEAD alumni or admissions representative in a city near you, or via Skype. Once the interview is completed and the interview report has been returned, the application will be reviewed further and finally submitted to the Admissions Committee.

How many years of work experience do I need to be admitted to the INSEAD MIM?

You do not need to have full-time professional experience prior to applying to the programme. However, some experience in a business context will be valued such as an internship or work in a charity/community environment.

What degree do I need and how do I know if I meet the academic requirements?

We require an undergraduate degree (Bachelor degree or equivalent) from a recognised college or university or that you have completed 180 ECTS. The Admissions Committee values the guarantee that a reputable institution may provide.

My university transcript is in another language. Do I need to have it translated?

We accept transcripts in English and French. Transcripts in all other languages must be submitted with an officially certified translation.

What are the language requirements for admission to INSEAD MIM?

The MIM programme is conducted in English, and you need to be fluent in English to be eligible to apply. If English is your native language, you must demonstrate at least a practical knowledge of a second language as soon as possible by passing one of our accepted language tests for your chosen second language. If you are a non-native English speaker, your native language will fulfil this requirement (no test required).

Knowledge of a third language is appreciated and will need to be validated before the end of the programme. Language courses will be made available upon admission and during the programme.

We invite you to check the INSEAD Language Policy document for details on how to validate your languages and with whom. This Language Policy document applies to applicants and students of the MIM'23 intake, for all future classes use this document as a reference only.

 

Am I required to take an English test?

If English is your native language, or you have received a university degree exclusively taught in English, you do not need to take an English test. In all other cases, you should bring evidence of your knowledge through an English test result. We accept TOEFL (recommended score equal or above 103), IELTS (recommended score equal or above 7.5), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic (recommended score equal or above 70).

Is the GMAT/ GRE mandatory?

Yes, all candidates must take the GMAT or GRE to be eligible to apply.

If you are preparing for the GMAT test, try our online practice test.

When will I know the admissions decision?

The selection process takes up to seven weeks from the date of your file completion.

What are the test options for GMAT/GRE/TOEFL

Can I Apply Without a GMAT, GRE, or TOEFL?

For INSEAD Master Programmes, if you submit your application without a test, it will remain incomplete and will not be reviewed until we receive your test results.

GMAT Online Exam

Candidates have the option to take the GMAT exam online or at a test centre. The GMAT online exam is available in most locations, with the exception of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Sudan due to regulatory and local data privacy rules.

If you are preparing for the GMAT test, try our online practice test.

For more information about the GMAT Online exam, including registration instructions, please visit the GMAC website.

GRE at Home

GRE Test at Home can now be taken anywhere in the world with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.

To register for at-home testing, please visit the GRE website.

TOEFL at Home

ETS is offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. To register for at-home testing, please visit the TOEFL website.

TOEFL has also launched an exclusive testing solution for Mainland China with registrations opening on 15 May 2020.

What does the Admissions Committee look for in a competitive application?

We look for participants who will contribute proactively and share the insights they have gained throughout their professional and personal experience. A competitive applicant manages to demonstrate a clear desire for intellectual growth, both in the classroom and through working on group projects.

We select participants who demonstrate cross-cultural understanding and an international outlook.

Finally, admitted candidates have demonstrated their academic capacity to address the intensive, rigorous and challenging EMBA curriculum. The INSEAD EMBA Assessment, GMAC Executive Assessment (EA) or the GMAT all provide a uniform and standardised way of evaluating candidates to that effect. Academic transcripts and test scores help us determine analytical skills and if a participant would benefit from doing preparatory work for some of the courses, particularly mathematically-based ones.

For related information, please check Admissions Criteria.

What language is the Summer School taught in?

The INSEAD Summer School is an intensive two-week course taught entirely in English. All participants are expected to be proficient in English as you will be working and socializing with an international cohort.

Who can apply to the INSEAD Summer School?

INSEAD Summer School must be 18 years old or over, and embraces a wide range of participant backgrounds, welcoming university students, recent graduates, and young professionals eager to explore new horizons. Our diverse cohort comprises both undergraduate and master's level students, along with early-career professionals, creating a vibrant learning community with representation from different nationalities.

Are any of the rounds more or less competitive than others?

Each round is equally competitive as the ratio of acceptance is the same for all rounds. We allocate more places in round 1, 2 and 3 than in round 4, but we also receive more applications in round 1, 2 and 3 than in round 4. When choosing a round in which to apply, the most important consideration is to dedicate enough time and thought to your application so that it accurately represents your strengths and talents. However, we encourage you to apply to round 1 or 2 if scholarships are a priority or if you need more time to relocate to your starting campus.

I have been admitted, but my preferred home campus is already full. What happens now?

We will strive to accommodate your campus choice. However, if your preferred home campus is full, you will be offered the choice of either a place on the other campus or a place on the wait-list for your preferred campus. In such cases, we encourage you to start your MBA programme on the campus that was not your initial preference, and then participate in the campus exchange to experience the other campus.

If my application has been unsuccessful, may I reapply in the next round?

Unsuccessful applicants may reapply for a later intake. Please exercise your own judgement in deciding if you have any significant changes in your new profile since your first application that will make a difference with the Admissions Committee. All re-applicants are requested to submit a new online application, unless otherwise indicated.

What is the typical student’s profile at INSEAD?

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.

How many years work experience do I need to be admitted?

Participants in our current class have an average of 6 years work experience, with the range being between two and ten years of post-graduate work experience. However, applicants with less experience who demonstrate exceptional maturity and outstanding leadership through their professional and personal experiences will also be considered.

Which intake is more competitive?

The August and January intakes are equal in size and composition and are equally competitive

Is there an age limit for entry?

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.

Can I defer admission?

In the large majority of cases, no. You should apply for the intake in which you intend to enrol. In truly exceptional circumstances, the Admissions Committee may grant a deferral. All requests should be made in writing and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

How strict are the application deadlines?

To be included in a specific round, applications must be complete and submitted by midnight French Time on the day of deadline. A complete application includes the online form, GMAT test scores, English test scores (if applicable), all supporting documents, two letters of reference, payment of the application fees and video interviews*. For more details please visit Supporting Documentation, under Application Requirements

* Please complete your video interviews at your earliest convenience and no later than 48 hours after the deadline to which you are applying.

Will my campus preference influence my chances of admission?

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.

What is the minimum qualifying GPA?

INSEAD does not have a minimum GPA requirement as the GPA system is not a globally used grading methodology. We primarily look at the courses taken and the grades received in each course, in addition to the overall academic performance.

I don't have a business background. Will this impact my chances for admission?

At INSEAD, we value diversity at every level. We welcome applications from people with a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, including the arts, law, medicine, military, non-profit, etc. As with all candidates, we will be looking for you to demonstrate your potential as a leader, and we will consider your professional experience and past performance when assessing your application

I don't have an undergraduate degree. Can I still be considered for admission?

Yes. While the vast majority of our participants have undergraduate and/or advanced degrees, this is not compulsory for admission. Candidates who do not hold an undergraduate degree, but who have an excellent career record and GMAT score are also welcome to apply.

Is the Admissions process different for each GEMBA section?

No, the Admissions process is the same whichever GEMBA section you apply for.

Admissions Process

Do you provide feedback during and after admissions close?

The PhD admissions committee prioritises a fair and efficient review process for all applicants. To ensure this, we don't provide individual feedback or entertain inquiries about application status during the review period or after final decisions are made.

However, we can provide some general insights:

  • Applications are evaluated holistically based on the current applicant pool, which can vary from year to year. This means robust applications from previous years may have different successes in highly competitive years. 
  • For applications to be competitive, they should demonstrate strong academic performance and test results, relevant research interests, and a clear plan for collaboration with our faculty. Recommendation letters also play a crucial role.

Multiple faculty members are involved in the review process, each with their areas of expertise and research interests. Due to this collaborative nature, summarising specific preferences would be difficult and wouldn't accurately reflect the nuanced evaluation process.

What is your reapplication policy?

Applicants can reapply to the INSEAD PhD programme a maximum of two times throughout their lifetime. Reapplicants must submit a new set of application materials, including the minimum admissions requirements, an updated statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Applicants must pay the application fee again, too. 

Applicants who reapplied for the third time will have their application voided even if they have successfully submitted it in the system.  The admissions team has a review stage in place before they submit the files to the committee, and will match records at the backend even if the applicant has created a new profile to submit their application for the third time. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse the application fees already paid for the third application. 

When is the latest date that I can take the GMAT or GRE Test?

We recommend carefully planning your test dates so the scores reach us before the January deadline, preferably the first week of December. The availability of official scores varies between the two tests.

Please visit the respective websites of GMAT and GRE on their schedule for releasing the scores. Then, work out on when is the latest date you can take the test so we will receive the scores on time. 

As mentioned, if you have already completed your application but are still waiting to take the test in November or December, you can submit your application first without the test. Please indicate your future test date in the test section, and based on that, we will note when to expect your scores. 

We encourage you to send the scores immediately to us and not wait for our follow-up once you have the test-taker score report.

When do I start working with a dissertation advisor?

PhD students work with their advisors in their third year or at the start of their dissertation phase. 

Upon admission to the PhD programme, students work with their area representative, the faculty member who reviews their files for admission. The area representative acts as an academic advisor, guiding students in navigating the programme's first two years. 

PhD students meet with faculty members during the first two years of their studies and can begin shortlisting their potential advisors. Then, in their third year, they can finalise their advisor and formally invite them to be their lead faculty mentor during their dissertation stage. Advisor selection is a mutual decision between the student and faculty member. 

Therefore, PhD applicants only actively seek faculty members during the application stage, hoping to discuss their research interests and proposals with the latter. PhD applicants get to finalise their advisor upon admission and in their third year.

Can I submit my online application without the open one-way interview?

Applicants can submit the online application without the open one-way interview. The open, one-way interview is optional and non-mandatory. It is helpful for many applicants, giving them another opportunity to express their intention to apply for the programme.

However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

Can I receive the Open One-Way Interview questions in advance?

Please note that the open one-way interview is OPTIONAL or non-mandatory. We will review applications without the open one-way interview. 

We do not send applicants the questions in advance. Applicants can only access the questions once they submit the online application form. 

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

Is the Open One-Way Interview a substitute of the Live Interview?

Please note that the open one-way interview is OPTIONAL or non-mandatory. We will review applications without the open one-way interview. 

The recorded open one-way interview does not replace the live interview in the admissions process. Although this is optional, many applicants find this valuable, as it provides another platform to express their intention to apply for the programme. It supplements the online application, providing additional insights about your background and interest in academic research and career. 

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

When do I receive the invitation to the Open One-Way Interview?

Please note that the open one-way interview is OPTIONAL or non-mandatory. We will review applications without the open one-way interview. 

You will receive the information about the Open One-Way Interview only upon submission of your online application. We include the URL of the interview portal in the email confirmation containing a copy (in PDF) of your application submitted.

If you do not receive the confirmation email, please get in touch with [email protected]

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

Application Requirements

What is your reapplication policy?

Applicants can reapply to the INSEAD PhD programme a maximum of two times throughout their lifetime. Reapplicants must submit a new set of application materials, including the minimum admissions requirements, an updated statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Applicants must pay the application fee again, too. 

Applicants who reapplied for the third time will have their application voided even if they have successfully submitted it in the system.  The admissions team has a review stage in place before they submit the files to the committee, and will match records at the backend even if the applicant has created a new profile to submit their application for the third time. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse the application fees already paid for the third application. 

I will take the test after the deadline. Can I still submit my application?

Although we prefer that applicants' documents be in by the application deadline, there are particular circumstances in which you can only take the test after the application deadline. 

We encourage you to state the future test date in your application and complete it as per the usual process. We will note your future test date to know when we can expect the scores to arrive. 

Once you receive the test-taker score report, please email it to [email protected]

The PhD Admissions Office will send to the PhD Committee any standardised score reports that become available after we submit the application files and before the committee finalises their decision. Then, the committee will review these applications again once they receive the scores. Thus, we strongly encourage applicants to follow up with the test administrators on the availability of their scores and send them immediately to the PhD Office once they become available.  

When is the latest date that I can take the GMAT or GRE Test?

We recommend carefully planning your test dates so the scores reach us before the January deadline, preferably the first week of December. The availability of official scores varies between the two tests.

Please visit the respective websites of GMAT and GRE on their schedule for releasing the scores. Then, work out on when is the latest date you can take the test so we will receive the scores on time. 

As mentioned, if you have already completed your application but are still waiting to take the test in November or December, you can submit your application first without the test. Please indicate your future test date in the test section, and based on that, we will note when to expect your scores. 

We encourage you to send the scores immediately to us and not wait for our follow-up once you have the test-taker score report.

Can I re-use my reference letters from a previous application?

Applicants can only reuse their letters of recommendation from the previous year for their current application. Unfortunately, reference letters from over a year ago cannot be used as the programme archives them and cannot retrieve them anymore due to GDPR regulations. Similarly, application materials like transcripts, degree certificates, test scores, etc. are archived and non-retrievable after a year.

What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score?

We do not have any cut-off points for the GRE or GMAT exam and accept a wide range of scores. We select applicants based on a holistic assessment of their profile and academic and research backgrounds; test scores are only one component of the many factors considered. Therefore, perfect scores do not guarantee admission, and lower-than-average scores do not invalidate your candidacy. However, we commonly see the following scores:
We accept valid GMAT and GRE scores achieved through classic or new formats (as of Nov 28, 2023 update for the 2024 intake):

  • GRE: Quants: > 80% and Verbal: > 81% (for both test formats administered on or before Sept 22, 2023)
  • GMAT: > = 700 Total Score under the classic format or 655 under the Focus edition (new format)

Recommended Verbal: 80 (60%); Recommended Quant: 80 (66%); Recommended Data Insights: 77 (66%)

(% are percentiles)

Aim for the recommended scores above as a general tip to be competitive in your application. Although we emphasise the quantitative section, we also recommend that you do not take the verbal section lightly and encourage you to have a competitive score. While some areas focus more on the quantitative rather than the verbal section, we would like you to strike a balance and aim for the scores above, which are good benchmarks for what the committee considers competitive across the eight fields of specialisation. 
 

I am applying to both campuses. Do I need to send my GRE test to both Singapore and France institution codes?

You can send it to either of the two codes listed if you selected 'either campus' on your online application. We have access to both codes and can update your online application accordingly. 

GRE Institution codes: 3244 INSEAD PhD France OR 7324 INSEAD PhD Singapore
 

Do you have a preference for the standardised (i.e., GMAT or GRE) test?

We accept both tests and do not prefer one test over the other. Applicants can choose to submit either of the tests, depending on their preference and the availability of the test in their area or location. 

Please ensure that your tests are under five years old (valid) when submitting them as part of your online application portfolio. Upload first your test-taker score report while we wait for the official scores reflected in our accounts with the test administrators. 

GRE Institution codes: 3244 INSEAD PhD France; 7324 INSEAD PhD Singapore
GMAT Institution code: DL3-S8-08

Interfolio sent my LORs directly to the PhD Admissions Office. Why are the LORs still pending on my dashboard?

The LOR submission status on your dashboard will not change to submit status if we have uploaded your letter manually to the online application system (i.e., using Interfolio service or re-applicant and using the LORs from the immediate previous year).

We will send you a confirmation email that we've uploaded them to your online application account. We can only manually upload the LOR if you have already submitted your online application. For any forms that are still in progress, we cannot upload any documents.

Can I use Interfolio to submit my recommendation letters or LORs?

Yes, you can use Interfolio to submit your LORs to us. 

On your application form, enter your referee details in the fields required. But on the email address, enter: [email protected] instead.

Please ask Interfolio to send the LORs to [email protected] . We will directly acknowledge the receipt of the LORs to Interfolio. 

Then, we will upload them to your online application after you've submitted it. 

 

 

Can I use Interfolio to submit my transcripts?

Yes, you can. 

Please ask Interfolio to send the email to [email protected] , and we will directly acknowledge it to them. 

However, if you have an official copy of your transcripts, you only have to upload their e-copies or PDFs to our online application system. We will only ask for the official hard or e-copies directly from the university once you are admitted to the programme. This will save you some costs when requesting official documents from your school or programme. 

I am a reapplicant, and my open one-way interview portal shows my past interviews. Do I need to start anew?

Start a new recorded interview with your recent application. Between your last application and now, you may have gained new experiences that give you a fresh outlook on research. Hence, you have revised your graduate study plans and objectives. We encourage you to discuss any positive changes or learnings that could contribute to your unique contributions and value-add to the programme.

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

Am I able to go back to the Open One-Way Interview if I accidentally closed it or if I decided to take a break?

Applicants can return their recorded answers while the process is still in progress. The system will record your answers, and you will continue to the following question when you log in again. Unfortunately, you cannot go back to the previous questions you have already answered.

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

Can I get the open one-way interview questions beforehand?

Applicants cannot view the questions before they enter the virtual room. After creating an account and starting the session, they will only see the questions.

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

What are the next steps after the Open One-Way Interview?

Suppose you use this opportunity to express your intention to apply for the PhD Programme; the committee will review this along with your other submitted documents. 

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

Can I submit my online application without the open one-way interview?

Applicants can submit the online application without the open one-way interview. The open, one-way interview is optional and non-mandatory. It is helpful for many applicants, giving them another opportunity to express their intention to apply for the programme.

However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

What is the Open One-Way Interview?

The Open One-Way Interview is OPTIONAL or non-mandatory. It is a supplement to your PhD application. It gives the applicants another opportunity to express their intention to apply for the INSEAD PhD Programme. 

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

When is the deadline of submission of the Open One-Way Interview?

Please note that the open one-way interview is optional or non-mandatory. We still review applications without the open one-way interview. 

The recorded open one-way interview submission deadline is a few days after the online application deadline. Please visit https://inse.ad/phd/admissions for the deadlines.

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

Can I receive the Open One-Way Interview questions in advance?

Please note that the open one-way interview is OPTIONAL or non-mandatory. We will review applications without the open one-way interview. 

We do not send applicants the questions in advance. Applicants can only access the questions once they submit the online application form. 

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

Is the Open One-Way Interview a substitute of the Live Interview?

Please note that the open one-way interview is OPTIONAL or non-mandatory. We will review applications without the open one-way interview. 

The recorded open one-way interview does not replace the live interview in the admissions process. Although this is optional, many applicants find this valuable, as it provides another platform to express their intention to apply for the programme. It supplements the online application, providing additional insights about your background and interest in academic research and career. 

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

When do I receive the invitation to the Open One-Way Interview?

Please note that the open one-way interview is OPTIONAL or non-mandatory. We will review applications without the open one-way interview. 

You will receive the information about the Open One-Way Interview only upon submission of your online application. We include the URL of the interview portal in the email confirmation containing a copy (in PDF) of your application submitted.

If you do not receive the confirmation email, please get in touch with [email protected]

Submitting the open, one-way recorded interview is not compulsory. However, the PhD Committee may request this during the review phase to provide further information on your online application. We will promptly contact you upon receiving their request. To ensure you receive our emails, kindly add [email protected] to your email safelist. 

Does the PhD Programme accept IELTS for the English test?

We do not take IELTS for the English test requirement.
We only accept the TOEFL exam as part of our minimum admissions requirement. 

I am applying to either campuses. Do I need to submit my GRE scores to both institution codes for GRE?

You only need to use either one of the GRE test scodes to send us your official scores, regarldless of your campus choice. We have access to both codes. 

Programme Specific

What is a typical class profile?

Our diversity is our distinguishing feature. INSEAD is probably the only school where you will find 30 nationalities in the same class. Just like our face-to-face programmes, this programme will include participants from all industry backgrounds and nationalities, with one common thread binding them together – a goal to learn about the topics being discussed, interact with fellow participants to acquire a global perspective and develop tools to take back and apply to their everyday work.

With so many different national and cultural perspectives to learn from, you really will start to see things differently. By challenging your old assumptions, you will become aware of new possibilities and start to understand how very different people think.

Are there any language requirements?

All our Open Programmes are taught in English and participants should be able to exchange complex views, listen and learn through the medium of English.

What are the requirements to successfully complete the programme?

Our online programmes, like our face-to-face programmes, follow a rigorous learning process. Participants are expected to fulfil a certain minimum criteria to earn the online Certificate of Completion.

As the participants progress through the programme, reviewing the weekly content, they earn points for each activity. The participants need to have earned a certain minimum number of points at the end of the programme. In addition, participants are also required to submit a final assignment related to the Action-learning Project at the end of the programme, and earn a minimum grade on it, which is assessed via the peer-review.

Successful completion of individual activities AND a minimum grade on the final assignment will earn the participants an online certificate of completion at the end of the programme.

What are the requirements to successfully complete the programme?

This programme is 100% on-demand and participants have access to the learning content for 3 months. 

To successfully complete the programme and earn certification, you are required to meet all of the following crtiteria. 

  • Complete a minimum of 75% of all in-platform learning activities
  • Submit at least 2 recorded role plays
  • Successfully complete the end of programme quiz (70% answered correctly). 

Is this programme eligible for any continuing education/professional development units?

INSEAD Online programmes are not eligible for continuing education or professional development units.

How do I know that this programme is right for me?

The Advancing Diversity and Inclusion programme equips you with the understanding, the vision and the frameworks to identify the obstacles, build the strategies, and nurture the inclusive culture, processes and interpersonal dynamics to truly lead change. Advancing Diversity and Inclusion is your roadmap to unlocking the promise of diversity for your organisation.

It is primarily designed for people leaders at two levels:

  • Executives who are in traditional leadership positions – of teams, business units, products or functions – and who are committed to driving gender balance in their area
  • Senior executives who are responsible for driving the diversity and inclusion agenda of their organisations

The programme is also relevant for human resources, and diversity and inclusion specialists.

Please note, this programme is not suited to consultants.

Certification

Is the programme eligible for the INSEAD Certificate in Global Management?

No, this programme is not eligible for the Certificate in Global Management.

What do I receive upon the successful completion of the programme?

Upon successful completion of all programme activities combined with satisfactory grades on the final assignment, participants are awarded with an official Certificate of Completion from INSEAD, which they can also showcase on their LinkedIn profile. The top performers will receive a Certificate with Distinction.

In addition, you will also receive the official INSEAD Online Certificate in Negotiation, or the INSEAD Advanced Certificate in Negotiation, depending on the certificate track you chose to follow.

What do I receive upon the successful completion of the programme?

Upon successful completion of all programme activities combined with satisfactory grades on the final assignment, participants are awarded with an official Certificate of Completion from INSEAD, which they can also showcase on their LinkedIn profile.

Is this programme eligible for the INSEAD Online Certificate in Negotiation?

Yes, this is the first programme in the certificate track. Upon successful completion participants should go on to complete the second programme, Strategic Negotiations. 

Is this programme eligible for the INSEAD Online Certificate in Negotiation?

Yes. After successfully completing the Negotiation Fundamentals programme, followed by Strategic Negotiation programme and the Advanced Negotiations programme, you will receive the INSEAD Online Certificate in Negotiation.

Is this programme eligible for the INSEAD Advanced Certificate in Negotiation?

No, it is not. You must complete the Negotiation Dynamics programme to receive the Advanced Certificate in Negotiations.

Is this programme eligible for the INSEAD Advanced Certificate in Negotiation?

Yes, this is the first programme in the certificate track. Upon successful completion participants should go on to complete the second programme, Negotiation Dynamics. 

Is this programme eligible for the INSEAD Online Certificate: Leading in a Transforming world?

Yes, this programme is eligible.

Can I be eligible to more than one INSEAD Online Certificate?

Participants may obtain more than one INSEAD Online Certificate within a 2 year time frame. For example, if a participant obtains the INSEAD Certificate in Innovation and wishes to complete a fourth (or more) elective(s) from one of the remaining tracks, Business Essentials or Digital Transformation or Negotiations, the subsequent elective(s) will be settled at the full fee and participant will obtain the corresponding certificate(s).

Do other INSEAD Online programmes qualify towards the Certificate?

Only the online programmes listed above are eligible for the INSEAD Online Certificate: Leading in a Transforming World. These online programmes have been carefully chosen to support you in developing the  skills needed to succeed in today's transforming business landscape.

Do INSEAD Open Online programmes count towards Continuing Education Units (CEU)?

INSEAD Open Online Programmes do not count towards Continuing Education Units (CEU).

However in the event participants require validation of training hours, upon completion of the programme INSEAD can provide a letter validating the number of training hour. Participants are requested to get in touch with the Admissions team via email at [email protected]

What do I receive upon successful completion of the programme?

Upon successful completion of all core and elective activities combined with satisfactory completion of your core project plus attendance on the three-day capstone and graduation, participants will be awarded an official INSEAD Lead the Future Certificate.

In addition, upon completion of the programme graduates will gain alumni status for a period of 3 years, with the option to continue the membership thereafter on a minimal annual fee basis. For further details about the benefits of alumni status contact the programme advisor.

Participants will also be invited to be a part of an ongoing learning community, details of which will be shared at the end of the programme.

What do I receive upon the successful completion of the programme?

Upon successful completion of all core and elective activities combined with satisfactory completion of your core project plus attendance on the three-day Capstone and Graduation on the Fontainebleau campus, participants are awarded with an official INSEAD Lead the Future Certificate of Completion from INSEAD, which they can also showcase on their LinkedIn profile. 

In addition, we will also invite you to be a part of an ongoing learning community, details of which will be shared at the end of the programme.

Others

Obtain Company Sponsorship

Taking an Executive Education programme is an important investment in your development. As a participant, you want to be in the most suitable programme with the best impact and your company needs to view it as an investment worth making. Therefore, you sometimes need to build a ‘business case’ to clearly outline why the programme is appropriate. You may need to demonstrate the value and benefits of INSEAD’s Executive Education programmes for your organisation, your department, your team and yourself.

How do I apply and what is the selection process?

Similar to our face-to-face programmes, we have an application and admission process in place for our online programmes to ensure a diverse and motivated group of participants for a rich learning experience. It is important for all participants that the programme brings together participants with an adequate level of general-management experience, professional expertise and business responsibility.

The application form asks prospective participants questions around their professional background and motivations to join the programme. Admissions are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, taking into consideration the applicant’s fit for the programme, his or her learning objectives, potential contribution to the programme and the diversity within the class.

Some open programmes also involve an interview with the programme director as part of the application process. The programme advisor and admissions committee will be able to advise if an interview is necessary when you submit your application.

We recommend that you submit your completed application as early as possible, preferably six weeks prior to programme commencement. The admissions committee will review your application and advise you on the outcome as soon as possible. 

Is the programme eligible for the INSEAD Certificate in Global Management?

No, this programme is not eligible for the Certificate in Global Management.

 

Do INSEAD Open Online programmes count towards Continuing Education Units (CEU)?

INSEAD Open Online Programmes do not count towards Continuing Education Units (CEU).

However in the event participants require validation of training hours, upon completion of the programme INSEAD can provide a letter validating the number of training hour. Participants are requested to get in touch with the Admissions team via email at [email protected]

What type of technical equipment do I need for this programme?

INSEAD Online Programmes can be accessed on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. 
Currently supported browsers (usually based on support of latest two browser versions) are:

Chrome: version 31+
Safari: version 7+
Firefox: version 26+
I
E: version 10+

The application uses modern web development approaches (HTML 5) so that it can function responsively across desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones without the need of players or add-ons like adobe flash player. 

Do I need to have an Internet connection all the time to access the programme content? Would I be able to download and save videos to watch offline?

Yes. At the moment we do not support offline access of content so you will need to have access to the Internet whenever you want to access the programme content.

 

What are the requirements to successfully complete the programme?

Our online programmes, like our face-to-face programmes, follow a rigorous learning process. Participants are expected to fulfil a certain minimum criteria to earn the Certificate of Completion.

As the participants progress through the programme, reviewing the weekly content, they earn points for each activity. The participants need to have earned a certain minimum number of points at the end of the programme. In addition, participants are also required to submit a final assignment related to the Action-learning Project at the end of the programme, and earn a minimum grade on it, which is assessed via the peer-review.

Successful completion of individual activities AND a minimum grade on the final assignment will earn the participants a Certificate of Completion at the end of the programme. 

To successfully complete the programme and earn certification, you are required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 80% of all in-platform learning activities 
  • Submit at least 3 weekly ALP assignments
  • Earn a minimum of 60% of total points on your Final Action Learning Project (ALP) Assignment submission

Where do I find my password?

You will need to create your own password prior to connecting for the first time to either of the platforms.  Your login will be valid for both platforms.  For more instructions on creating your password, please go to the INSEAD Password Management page.  You will need to have your INSEAD username handy to start creating your password and keep your email access open to receive a unique one-time code.

L’accès au contenu du programme me sera-t-il possible après la fin de la formation ?

Oui. L’intégralité du contenu du programme vous sera accessible dans les 6 mois qui suivront le début du programme.

Application Process and Practical Information

Cancellation Policy

For Open Enrolment cancellation policy details, please refer to Executive Education Open Enrolment Programme General Terms and Conditions.

What does the admissions process involve?

Places on the programmes are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, taking into consideration the applicant's level, objectives and the diversity of the classes. We recommend that you submit your completed application as early as possible, preferably six weeks prior to programme commencement. The Admissions Committee will review your application and advise you on the outcome as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about which programme may best suit your objectives or for any additional information. 

Some Open Programmes also involve an interview with the programme director as part of the application process. The programme advisor and admissions committee will be able to advise if an interview is necessary when you submit your application.

Accommodations and Facilities

Your dedicated programme coordinator will be in touch around 8 weeks prior to your programme start date to communicate information about accommodation.

The approximate cost of on-campus accommodation in Fontainebleau is €850 per week, in Singapore S$1540 per week, and in Abu Dhabi AED 6300 per week.

For more information on accommodation on Fontainebleau campus click here

For more information on accommodation on Singapore campus click here. 

For more information on accommodation on Abu Dhabi campus click here.

Accommodations and Facilities

Your dedicated programme coordinator will be in touch around 8 weeks prior to your programme start date to communicate information about accommodation.

The approximate cost of on-campus accommodation in Fontainebleau is €850 per week, in Singapore S$1540 per week, and in Abu Dhabi AED 6300 per week.

For more information on accommodation on Fontainebleau campus click here

For more information on accommodation on Singapore campus click here. 

For more information on accommodation on Abu Dhabi campus click here.

Programme Fee

The programme fee covers tuition, course materials, lunches on working days as well as the opening and closing dinners. It does not include travel, accommodation and other incidentals.

Participants will have to settle accommodation expenses and other incidentals before the end of the programme.

Visa

We encourage you to check directly with your embassy to determine whether you need an entry visa for the country where the programme will be held.

Visa

We encourage you to check directly with your embassy to determine whether you need an entry visa for the country where the programme will be held.

Additional Incidentals

We have put together a document that details some of the additional expenses that you may incur while on a programme at INSEAD. Please note that this is for your reference only, as further information will be given to you at the time of your registration.

Additional Incidentals

We have put together a document that details some of the additional expenses that you may incur while on a programme at INSEAD. Please note that this is for your reference only, as further information will be given to you at the time of your registration.

Obtain Company Sponsorship

Taking an Executive Education programme is an important investment in your development. As a participant, you want to be in the most suitable programme with the best impact and your company needs to view it as an investment worth making. Therefore, you sometimes need to build a ‘business case’ to clearly outline why the programme is appropriate. You may need to demonstrate the value and benefits of INSEAD’s Executive Education programmes for your organisation, your department, your team and yourself.

Click here to find out how you can make the case to enrol on an Executive Education programme at INSEAD.

Payment Terms

For admitted participants and depending on the programme, an invoice will be sent to the person indicated on the application form as from 4 months before the beginning of the programme.

Payment is due on receipt of the invoice and should be received before the course starts. Further payment details are given on the invoice.

Any queries regarding invoice matters for programmes on the Fontainebleau campus may be directed to [email protected].

Any queries regarding invoice matters for programmes on the Asia and Abu Dhabi campuses may be directed to the Admissions Team at [email protected].

Steps for the Application Process

  1. Contact an expert advisor for programme information and for guidance through the process
  2. Submit your complete application form
  3. Receive acceptance notification email by the Admissions Team
  4. Make payment for the programme upon receipt of the invoice

Before submitting your application, please ensure that all relevant documents have been included so that your application is complete.

  • Session you are applying for
  • Exact company name, contact and address for invoicing (if applicable)
  • Objectives in attending the programme
  • VAT number (for countries in the EU)
  • CV and updated employment record
  • Company application form (when requested)
  • Candidate and sponsor's signatures

On-Campus Facilities

Both Fontainebleau and Singapore campuses have:

  • A Research & Learning Hub with books, periodicals and online access to business and management issues
  • A restaurant in which lunches are served buffet-style, with a wide variety allowing you to select dishes according to taste and dietary requirements
  • A health and fitness centre on the Fontainebleau campus and within easy access of the Singapore campus
  • A bookshop selling a wide variety of business books, international newspapers and magazines, stationery, basic toiletries, postcards, maps and souvenirs

Our Abu Dhabi Campus, centrally located in downtown Abu Dhabi, is INSEAD’s regional hub to the Middle East.

  • Five-star catering is supplied at the Centre during each programme, allowing participants to choose from a wide selection of local and international delicacies, and to mingle with one another in the dining room
  • Our Research & Learning Hub is a comfortable and quiet space for studying, housing the latest INSEAD books as well as a small collection of textbooks, general business books, and reference and guide books
  • Participants are housed in nearby hotels, which generally fulfil their health and fitness facility needs, in addition to shops which cater for everyday requirements

Application Process and Policies

A complete application form must be submitted to the Executive Education Open-Enrolment Admissions and Customer support team.

An application is only considered complete if it has been signed by all the relevant parties:

  1. The applicant
  2. Sponsor(s), if applying through your employer

The Admissions Committee reviews all applications to ensure that each participant fulfils the requirements and any pre-requisite request for the programme. The Admissions Team will then confirm if you are accepted onto the programme.

Should you not be admitted onto your chosen programme, a follow-up conversation between you and the programme advisor is conducted to determine which other programme might be suitable or relevant.

What does the admissions process involve?

Places on the programmes are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, taking into consideration the applicant's level, objectives and the diversity of the classes. We recommend that you submit your completed application as early as possible, preferably six weeks prior to programme commencement. The Admissions Committee will review your application and advise you on the outcome as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about which programme may best suit your objectives or for any additional information. 

Some Open Programmes also involve an interview with the programme director as part of the application process. The programme advisor and admissions committee will be able to advise if an interview is necessary when you submit your application.

Payment Process

Payment Process

Payment to this programme is online. Please click on 'Submit', then click on 'Payment' to proceed with your payment and application submission. Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, and we will notify you over the coming weeks of the outcome. Applicants who are unsuccessful in their application will be contacted and will receive full reimbursement of the fee paid.

Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy

The Client may cancel the Application Form by giving INSEAD written notice at any time to the INSEAD Executive Education Department.

If the Client cancels the Application Form before the content of the first week is released no cancellation fee shall apply. If the Client Cancels the Application Form after the content of the first week is released, the Client shall be liable to pay INSEAD 100% of the cost of Tuition fee.

To read the full terms and conditions please click here.

General

What are the requirements to successfully complete the programme?

Our aim is to provide a high quality and impactful learning experience for all participants. To successfully complete the programme and receive a certification of participation, you are required to fully attend a minimum of 95% the programme, including all appropriate lectures, sessions, workshops, practical and theoretical activities of the entire programme as required by INSEAD. If you are unable to attend any portion of the Programme, please contact the Executive Education Department.

What is the INSEAD Certificate in Global Management?

The INSEAD Certificate in Global Management is a formal recognition of your commitment to continuous learning and professional development and can be completed over a four-year period. You will be taught by world-class thought leaders in their fields and will be exposed to cutting-edge research and the latest trends. For more information, please click here.

Are there any language requirements?

All our Open Programmes are taught in English and participants should be able to exchange complex views, listen and learn through the medium of English.

Financing & Scholarships

What is the fee payment schedule?

Instalment schedule for MBA July 25 Class (August 24 Intake):

Self-funded students:
€12,000 - Approximately 4 weeks after having received the admissions offer, you will be required to pay a non-refundable first tuition instalment
€58,000 - Second instalment due by 25 July 2024
€29,500 - Last instalment due by 15 January 2025

Company-sponsored students:
€12,000 - Approximately 4 weeks after having received the admissions offer, you will be required to pay a non-refundable first tuition instalment
€87,500 - Second instalment due by 25 July 2024

Instalment schedule for MBA December 25 Class (January 25 Intake):

Self-funded students:
€12,000 - Approximately 4 weeks after having received the admissions offer, you will be required to pay a non-refundable first tuition instalment
€61,000 - Second instalment due by 25 November 2024
€30,500 - Last instalment due by 15 April 2025

Company-sponsored students:
€12,000 - Approximately 4 weeks after having received the admissions offer, you will be required to pay a non-refundable first tuition instalment
€91,500 - Second instalment due by 25 November 2024

What are the programme tuition fees?

The tuition fee for 2024 Intake (Class of GEMBA'26) are as follows:

Asia - SG$208,000 (GST inclusive)
Middle East - US$146,000 (VAT inclusive)
Europe - €142,000 (VAT exempt)

The tuition fee covers teaching fees, all academic materials, access to the school library, IT services, access to the fitness centre (Europe and Asia Campuses), lunches, coffee breaks and INSEAD organised group dinners. The tuition fee does not include transport, accommodation and all other meals.

 

What is the fee payment schedule?

The tuition fees are payable in four instalments:

First instalment: €8,500
within 2 weeks of admission (non-refundable)
 
Second instalment: €28,000
by 26 June 2024 for rounds 1, 2 and 3
by 26 July 2024 for round 4

Third instalment: €16,000
by 31 January 2025

 

What are the estimated living expenses?

The estimated living expenses budget for INSEAD MBAs is as follows:
Singapore -  €33,050
Fontainebleau - €29,980 with car lease
                           - €26,080 without car lease

 

 

How can I fund my studies?

In general, the funding doesn't come from only one source. Students use savings, personal loans, family gifts, INSEAD or external scholarships. Paid internship at the end of the programme can also help to generate some income.

What loans are available for INSEAD students?

You can explore INSEAD Global loans, local options by country and scholarships here

What are the estimated living expenses?

MIM students can expect to incur a total estimated living expenses of €20,975 for the duration of the course. Rent and other living expenses vary considerably depending on the participant’s family situation, lifestyle choices and financial means. More details are available here.

Do you offer any scholarships?

In each round of Admissions, several Diversity and Achievement Scholarship awards are made based on the Admission application. They do not require an application. Only successful candidates will be notified of an award upon admission.

Diversity Scholarships will be granted to MIM candidates who bring diversity to the class in terms of background and personal profiles.  Achievement Scholarships will be granted to candidates who demonstrate excellence in academics and personal accomplishments.

INSEAD Singapore and Indonesian Alumni and Friends are specific scholarships that required an application. Candidates should be Singapore citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents, and Indonesian citizens who demonstrate outstanding personal achievements and promise that will contribute to the breadth of diversity in the INSEAD MIM programme. Please find more details here.

What is the % of the Class with a scholarship and what is the average award?

49% of the current MIM '22 Class received a scholarship, and the average amount is approximately  20% of tuition fees.

How many scholarships can I apply for?

 

Only INSEAD Singapore and Indonesian Alumni and Friends scholarships require an application.  Diversity and Achievement scholarship awards are made at admission based on the quality of admissions application.

Can I be awarded more than one INSEAD scholarship?

No, you cannot be granted more than one award

When will I be informed on the scholarship decision?

Successful candidates for Diversity and Achievement scholarships will be notified upon admission.

INSEAD Singapore and Indonesian Alumni and Friends scholarships awards will be communicated within two weeks of application.

What are the programme tuition fees?

The tuition fee for the Class of MIM 2025 is €52,500. It covers teaching fees, all academic materials, access to the school library, IT services, and access to the fitness centre (Europe and Asia Campuses).

What is the fee payment schedule?

There are four instalments for self-funded participants, and two instalments for company-sponsored participants.

Asia Section

Self-funded participants: 
SG$39,000 non-refundable, within one month of admission*
SG$63,000  due on 31 July 2024
SG$53,000 due on 05 January 2025
SG$53,000 due on 05 March 2025

Company-sponsored students:
SG$39,000 non-refundable, within one month of admission*
SG$169,000 due on 31 July 2024

Europe section

Self-funded participants: 
€29,000 non-refundable, within one month of admission*
€43,000 due on 01 October 2024
€35,000 due on 05 March 2025
€35,000 due on 05 May 2025

Company-sponsored students:
€29,000 non-refundable, within one month of admission*
€113,000 due on 01 October 2024

Middle East section

Self-funded participants: 
US$28,500 non-refundable, within one month of admission*
US$44,500 due on 05 September 2024
US$36,500 due on 05 February 2025
US$36,500 due on 05 April 2025

Company-sponsored students:
US$28,500 non-refundable, within one month of admission*
US$117,500 due on 05 September 2024

 (*this period shall be reduced for those admitted close to the start of the programme).

What are the programme tuition fees?

Tuition fees for the August 2024 intake are €99,500. The fees for the January 2025 intake are €103,500. The fees are payable by instalments.

Tuition fees cover all printed course materials, access to the INSEAD library, access to on-campus information technology services, language tuition and testing*, student council fees, gym access, business cards, printing and health insurance.

How many scholarships can I apply for?

We encourage you to limit your applications to a maximum of five (5) scholarships. Be strategic and apply for those where you feel you can make a difference and where you fit best.

Can I be awarded more than one INSEAD scholarship? 

Awards are generally not cumulated.

How can I fund my studies?

In general, the funding doesn't come from only one source. You can use INSEAD Global loans, savings, personal loans, family gifts, INSEAD or external scholarships and company sponsorship.

Do you offer any scholarships?

Three categories of scholarships are available to you: need-based, non-need based (awarded based on nationality, professional background, leadership abilities, or any combination of these criteria), and spot scholarships which are awarded immediately without the need for applications based on exceptional admissions profiles. 

What loans are available for INSEAD students?

Students use global INSEAD global loans and national bank loans.

What is the % of the Class with a scholarship and what is the average award? 

30% of the MBA Class receives a scholarship. The average award is 19 900€.

When will I be informed on the scholarship decision? 

The Scholarship Committee will communicate the decision by e-mail shortly after your admission to the programme. You can find the timeline here.

Can I be awarded more than one INSEAD scholarship? 

Scholarship awards are generally not cumulated.

Arriving and departing

When should students arrive?

Students are expected to arrive the day before classes start. Should you choose to stay in the INSEAD residences, the rooms will be available from 1:00pm on the arrival date. All participants should be checked in the INSEAD residences by 5:00pm. The Summer School team will address all participants at 6:00pm. It is compulsory for students to attend this session at 6:00pm. On arrival, members of the Summer School team will be there to help students settle into their room, and meet other students.

When should students leave at the end of the course?

After the closing ceremony and a cocktail reception, the summer programme will come to an end. Students should vacate their room by 9:00am, but are welcome to stay until midday, when all students must have left the campus.

Will INSEAD assist with airport/train transfers?

We can arrange airport/train transfers by taxi for an additional fee.

Structure & Curriculum

How much time does the INSEAD GEMBA programme require?

The INSEAD GEMBA programme requires a significant time commitment. This translates to 12 weeks of on-campus modules, and in addition, there is an equivalent of 10 to 12 hours of homework a week.

For more information, see Curriculum and Programme Schedule.

What kind of degree does the INSEAD EMBA programme confer?

You will receive a fully accredited and highly recognised Executive Master in Business Administration degree.

INSEAD EMBA Admissions Test

Where can I take the INSEAD Assessment?

The INSEAD Assessment is available online. Once you have submitted your application, your admissions officer will share available assessment dates with you.

View all details on the INSEAD Assessment Day page here.

What are the INSEAD Assessment components?

The INSEAD Assessment comprises of 4 sections: Data analysis, data interpretation, communication analysis and critical thinking. For more information, please go to the INSEAD Assessment page.

Essentially there are math problems that test your fluency with numbers and ability to perform business mathematics as part of your job, and verbal problems that test your ability to zero in on the relevant content in logical and opinion pieces. If you do not use mathematics in work frequently, this will be indicated in your resume as well, and INSEAD will make recommendations for pre-EMBA preparation. You should not feel like you have to hit a particular target. The class will be balanced by people of different strengths, the test simply aids the admissions committee to understand your profile better.

What weight is given to the INSEAD Assessment in the overall evaluation of my application?

The Assessment helps the Admissions Committee to gauge your likely performance in an academic and classroom environment, to determine your profile accordingly, and to aid them to propose additional preparation before the EMBA. There is no “weighting”. The most important part of your application remains your track record as a business person and your plan for maximising the EMBA opportunity to develop your career.

Learn more about your assessment options here. 

How do I prepare for the INSEAD Assessment?

Preparation is strongly encouraged. The best way to prepare is to practise actual GMAT questions (focus on data analysis, data interpretation, communication analysis and critical thinking) and/or working with a 3rd party to prepare. It is wise to practise in a mock testing environment, inclusive of time constraints. Click here for more information and a comparison of all assessment options

What is the case study about? How should I prepare for it?

You are given a business scenario in story format to read and absorb, with some number and background information. You will arrive at a general understanding of what is happening in the scenario and realise what the key points of the case are. You will make a presentation of up to three slides summarising the situation, and what the appropriate challenges and opportunities for the business are. The case will pose three questions that you must answer along the lines described above. A business person with significant experience in presentation will have been prepared for this exercise through their job.

The case presentation need not be prepared for. This is a holistic test of your approach to reviewing a business scenario, and your personal presentation and communication skills will shine in this part of the test. In fact, your individual personal approach will be valued better than a coached one. It is your opportunity to differentiate yourself from other candidates. There is no right or wrong result. The INSEAD Assessment does not look like a traditional consulting case, there is no need to review cases online. It is designed to be readable and understandable by people without a consulting background.

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What are INSEAD's policies on diversity and inclusion?

Diversity is a foundational value of INSEAD. It is a value we hold dear, a cornerstone of the INSEAD education. As the Business School for the World, INSEAD commits to cultivating a community that pursues equity, exemplifies inclusion, and cherishes diversity in all its dimensions, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. Please see here for more information on the school’s commitment and work in this regard.

Meanwhile, if you have specific questions in regards to diversity and inclusion matters at the EMC programme, including access for participants with disabilities and special needs, please contact [email protected].

 

What is the minimum number of years of work experience required for the programme? And what qualifications are required?

The INSEAD Executive Master in Change welcomes diverse backgrounds and experiences. Typically, our participants have at least 10 years of professional experience, we also consider less experienced careers, complemented by a Master's degree, PhD, MD, or JD. Aside of your qualifications, we value the quality of your achievements, the motivation that has driven you throughout your career, your self-reflection ability and your drive to becoming a catalyst for change. Please contact us if you are not sure about the fit of your qualitifactions or work experience with EMC prerequisites so we may help to guide you.

Are there any scholarships available for the EMC?

We do not have INSEAD scholarships available for this programme. We therefore advise you to visit the Executive Master in Change - Financing page to learn more about global INSEAD loans and company sponsorships.

Is this a coaching programme?

There is no coaching qualification offered following this programme, but it equips coaches and other professionals with valuable skills to drive individual and organisational development. You will also be enabled to assume roles in leading organisations and executing change management.

If you are interested in learning more about INSEAD's expertise in coaching and our leadership coaching programmes, please visit the INSEAD Executive Coaching page.

Programme Overview

Is it compulsory to study at all the five locations mentioned on the website – Fontainebleau, Singapore, China, Abu Dhabi, and the USA?

The programme requires students to study at INSEAD’s Europe and Asia Campuses located in Fontainebleau (France) and Singapore. In addition, you will have the option to join study trips in China, Singapore, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and the USA.

When does the programme start?

The programme starts every year in August, with the first intake in August 2020. Prior to the programme start, there will be a series of activities where you will experience INSEAD's signature business simulation, have the opportunity to take on language classes and kick-start your career development journey with an introduction to different industries and the recruiting process. In addition, there will be teambuilding and cultural awareness activities to get to know your classmates better.

What is the duration of the INSEAD Master in Management?

The INSEAD Master in Management is a 14 to 16-month programme.

Is the INSEAD MIM accredited by the French Government?

The INSEAD MIM is accredited to grant a Master’s degree under European Standards and, by extension, registered on RNCP (Répertoire national des certifications professionnelles). 

More specifically, the INSEAD MIM received both the Visa and Grade of Master, and has been accredited by the French Ministry of Education through the CEFDG (Commission d’Evaluation des Formations et Diplômes de Gestion) to be entitled to grant a Master’s degree (Bac + 5), equivalent to a total of 120 ECTS. This means that the 14-16 months of the INSEAD MIM programme, including the pre-programme and professional exposure module, account for what is typically referred to as M1 and M2 in the French System.

What does P0 comprise and how much time does require for me?

Upon being admitted to the programme, you will be given access to the first step to your INSEAD experience. P0 comprises INSEAD's signature business simulation, language courses, and kickstart your career development journey.

This online component is self-paced. It could take up to two months to complete this period at a gentle pace.

Payments and Refunds

What does the fee include?

The INSEAD Summer School fee includes all tuition and instruction, lunch and dinner daily, all books and materials, medical and civil liability insurance, guest presentations, field trips, and all cultural and social activities - including sports, excursions, museum and gallery admissions etc. It does not include airfare, visa, travel insurance, airport transfers, accommodation as well as personal expenditures - such as snacks, souvenirs, and so on.

How to pay the required fee for the programme?

Once students are admitted to the programme, they will receive a link to Eventbrite to pay the tuition fee and accommodation costs.

Information about the Programme

When do I start working with a dissertation advisor?

PhD students work with their advisors in their third year or at the start of their dissertation phase. 

Upon admission to the PhD programme, students work with their area representative, the faculty member who reviews their files for admission. The area representative acts as an academic advisor, guiding students in navigating the programme's first two years. 

PhD students meet with faculty members during the first two years of their studies and can begin shortlisting their potential advisors. Then, in their third year, they can finalise their advisor and formally invite them to be their lead faculty mentor during their dissertation stage. Advisor selection is a mutual decision between the student and faculty member. 

Therefore, PhD applicants only actively seek faculty members during the application stage, hoping to discuss their research interests and proposals with the latter. PhD applicants get to finalise their advisor upon admission and in their third year.

Is the PhD programme available in a part-time or online format?

We do not offer the programme in a part-time or online format. INSEAD's PhD in Management is a highly intensive and rigorous five years full-time degree, with all courses compulsory and taking place in either Fontainebleau or Singapore. Therefore, it is neither possible to combine a PhD with your work nor do we offer the courses via distance learning. Note that we provide a full tuition scholarship plus a generous stipend to cover living expenses during the five years of study*; thus, working while studying is unnecessary.

*The funding will end at the end of June of the 5th year or when a candidate starts an academic position at a university or business school, and the like, awaiting completion of the graduation requirements (if earlier than the end of June in the 5th year). Overall annual support, i.e., tuition fee, stipend, research and conference budget and health insurance coverage, regularly undergoes review without prior notice. Newly admitted and current students must refer to the PhD guidelines or consult the PhD Programme Office for the latest updates.

Student Life

What about student health insurance?

INSEAD MIM students are covered worldwide for the duration of the programme with our private partner insurance AON. Fees are included in the tuition and coverage is compulsory for all students, no additional costs involved.  

What student clubs exist at INSEAD?

The quality and diversity of the INSEAD community creates a stimulating and fun atmosphere: from entrepreneurship to energy, INDEVOR to Africa Club, community members engage in a variety of clubs (more than 40) and events throughout the year. While you pursue your interests, you will be forming valuable networks and friendships during your year at INSEAD.

What sports facilities are available on campus?

On-campus gyms are available on the Fontainebleau and Singapore campuses, accessible for free with badge access. Various classes are offered on all weekdays and communal swimming pools are within walking distance from the campuses.
Amongst the existing student clubs, 10 are dedicated to sports from MountainSEAD to football, including racket sports, rugby, sailing…..  
The Fontainebleau Forest also offers many trails for running, hiking or cycling and is a sought after location for climbers. 
 

What are the accommodation options during the programme?

INSEAD students live off-campus in Fontainebleau and Singapore.

In Fontainebleau, they typically find accommodation in Fontainebleau-Avon within walking or cycling distance from campus. If you bring a car, you may choose to live in one of the surrounding villages, but we strongly recommend you live in Fontainebleau, as close as possible to campus to make the most of your experience and campus life. Very few students live in Paris due to the distance and daily commute (40 minutes by train from Paris).

In Singapore, students usually stay near campus, either within walking distance or a short bus or metro ride away.

What are my transportation options?

Depending on where you reside, you may choose to walk, cycle or take a city bus. Fontainebleau-Avon has a network of buses and free shuttles are running in the morning and evenings from campus to the train station in Avon. If you are bringing your car, INSEAD has great parking facilities.

In Singapore, you will have bus stops and the One-North MRT station right at the doorstep of INSEAD.

Is there any help available for students regarding housing?

INSEAD works closely with local estate agencies in both Fontainebleau and Singapore. Their contact details will be communicated in the welcome package you will receive upon admission to the programme.

How will INSEAD assist with visa applications?

INSEAD will guide you in the whole process on how and when to apply for your student pass and visa (if applicable).

For your stay in Fontainebleau:

If you are a European Union (EU) citizen, you will not need to apply for a visa.

If you are a non-EU citizen, you will need to apply for a long-term student visa. Under French regulation, non-European students will not be allowed to begin their course in INSEAD without a long-term student visa.

 

For your stay in Singapore:

When the programme is scheduled for Singapore campus, we will support you with the file submission to apply for your student pass. VISA approvals will be issued at the discretion of the consulate.

Career Development

What career will the Masters in Management prepare students for?

The MIM programme will prepare students for a wide range of career choices across different industry sectors, including consulting, financial services, technology and diversified industries (e.g. industrials and materials, FMCG, consumer and luxury goods, healthcare etc.). Within each sector, students will be able to access a range of functional areas, from project management to finance, sales and marketing, supply chain and operations and many more.

What are the career services available to students?

Students will benefit from a set of activities and resources delivered by the Career Development Centre before and throughout the programme. The Career Development journey consists of three main phases: Assess, Aim and Accelerate. We will partner with you to help you explore your career ambitions and mapping it against the ever-changing employment market. Our step- by- step process will allow you to identify your skills, attributes and drivers, and to access job opportunities by leveraging educational and engagement activities. Individual career coaching sessions and the interaction with an employer engagement specialist will allow you to smoothly prepare for and activate your job search strategy.

Will I have a chance to meet with companies during the programme?

The Career Development Centre works with hundreds of companies across sectors and adapts the engagement activities with students depending on the company’s specific needs.

Will I get personalised career support during my studies?

You will be able to consult with your career coach at any time on your career journey. An employer engagement specialist will also be available for individual sessions to discuss the specifics of a sector, function and/or country.

The INSEAD alumni network can be a valuable asset for job hunting. Will I get to meet them during the programme?

The Career Development Centre is actively engaged with the alumni community. By inviting them to share insights about their industries and advice on career paths, through videos or on-campus activities, you will have unique opportunities to broaden your horizons. Career treks or study trips will also give access to alumni.

What are my chances of securing a job outside of my home country?

The job location will depend on the recruitment strategy of the companies and your individual value proposition. The Career Development Centre will be available to consult with you on your career ambitions.

What salary can I expect after graduating from the INSEAD Master in Management?

Salary and other benefits will vary depending on the individual company, function, sector and work country. The Career Development Centre will also accompany you through the process of salary negotiations. As a guideline, the average starting salary for the MIM'22 graduates was around $64,500 USD.

What support may I expect from the Career Development Centre?

We want participants to be in the driver’s seat of their careers and we provide resources to empower you to do this, as we partner with you throughout your career journey. Reaching your goals is directly related to the effort you put into planning and implementation.

You can start with a one-on-one meeting with your in-house advisor who will assess your needs and recommend next steps. We offer five career coaching sessions to be taken ideally over the duration of the Programme. Executive MBA participants have 6 months after graduation, to leverage the coaching programme. 

We offer resources to help you create your CV, workshops on personal branding and interview techniques, and a wide range of webinars and on-line resources to guide you along your career path.

You will also receive a regular newsletter with information about activities to be aware of as well as invitations to forthcoming events of interest.

I want to change careers. Which intake would be better for me?

Our career opportunities are identical across both intakes. Whether you join in August or January, you will begin working with the Career Development team early on to prepare for the next step in your career. Those interested in a career in investment banking are strongly encouraged to consider the January intake, as investment banks hire full-time positions primarily through their summer associate programmes.

Is it worth approaching recruiting companies before starting the MBA programme?

Companies recruiting at INSEAD prefer that you wait and go through the process when on-campus. By that time, you will have more information through company presentations, speaking with alumni who work at these companies or in the industry, and through your classmates who may be able to give you additional insights. 

How easily can I make a career change after INSEAD?

You will find detailed insight into our graduates’ career, function and location changes in our latest Employment Statistics. Naturally, some career changes can be made more easily than others and are influenced by previous professional experiences, knowledge of the market, languages, etc. For those who are interested in making a career switch to banking specifically, it is recommended that you secure a summer internship with a financial institution or investment bank.  For other sector or functional moves, graduates need to identify these career goals early on and work in conjunction with Career Development staff to prepare for these transitions.

What are my chances of securing a job outside of my home country?

Some recruiters see an intrinsic value in hiring international graduates and are used to securing work permits for employees. For other recruiters, it depends on whether the skills you have are in demand in that specific geography (language abilities, experience in certain markets, etc.) to justify the extra burden of obtaining working papers. The delay in obtaining a work visa can vary considerably, and is impacted by both the applicant’s own nationality and the country in which the applicant wishes to work. There are some countries for which working papers may be more easily obtained for INSEAD graduates. 

What are my chances of working in Asia if I am based on the Europe campus? What are my chances of finding a job in Europe/U.S. if I am based on the Asia campus?

Your chances of finding a job have more to do with your skills, experience and potential than your campus location. The Career Development team is well integrated across all locations and provides the same tools, advising, and resources, irrespective of whether you are studying in Fontainebleau, Singapore or Abu Dhabi. Career Development strongly recommends that you start networking in your target region early on and choose your campus for the peak recruiting season accordingly. On-campus recruiting is not generally impacted by location, as all companies recruiting from INSEAD must include students from both campuses in their recruitment campaign. Of course there may be exceptions where recruiters in the different regions have separate processes but they can also use the videoconference facilities or Skype, to conduct interviews with students, regardless of location. Being based in the region where you ultimately want to work does obviously increase opportunities for networking, which can translate into a higher likelihood of securing the job you want.

How can I find out which companies recruit at INSEAD?

You can find a list of companies recruiting at INSEAD in the latest Employment Statistics, which is also available online. The majority of these companies are regular recruiters on campus or companies with which INSEAD Career Development Centre have established relationships.

Can I do a pre-MBA internship?

You will only have student status once you have started the MBA Programme. CDC does occasionally receive pre-internships from recruiters and these are posted on MBA Connect.

What types of salary and benefits packages are typically offered to graduates?

Salary and benefits packages vary widely across industries, companies and regions. Please refer to our latest Employment Statistics for detailed salary information of the last two graduating classes.

Do you have data related to the employment potential for Executive Degree Programme graduates, or any employment statistics?

INSEAD does not officially track this data according to industry standards. However, the norm is that within 12-18 months after graduation, participants experience either a promotion internally, or a career progression externally. We have also observed that 30% of our participants achieve a career change 10 months in the programme. We have also seen a growing number of participants receiving job offers or evolving with their careers whilst still in the programme.

When should I start my coaching sessions?

Our philosophy is that you are in the driver’s seat and, as an executive level participant, you should activate your career coachings sessions once you feel ready to work towards your career goals. You are also fully responsible for the speed at which your plans progress and we recommend that you stay committed once you have started working with a coach. Make sure to follow up on the suggested action points and keep the momentum. Try not to leave it until the end of the Programme to start the sessions.

How will my degree help me achieve career change?

Career change is a process that depends on many factors – not only your degree! Therefore we strongly advise you to start thinking about your next career move as early as possible in the Programme, if not before starting at INSEAD! Career change is possible at any point in life but it is directly related to the amount of time and dedicated planning that each one puts into their career plans as well as into their expectations of a career switch. A complete career change (Industry, geography and function) is particularly challenging at top executive level but it is not impossible. Each participant has their own unique set of expectations, motivations and aspirations for the next move and together with his/her in-house advisor and career coach can develop a customized career plan to achieve career milestones. Remember, we can’t control the outcome but we can help you manage the process.

Language Policy

What is the language of instruction?

English is the language of instruction at INSEAD, and you need to be fluent in English to be eligible to apply to the MIM programme. 

Why does INSEAD have a language policy?

At INSEAD, we believe strongly in the importance of an international outlook. The ability to communicate in more than one language will give you a competitive advantage in the global marketplace and enable you to work effectively across multiple cultures.

Do I need to speak French?

No. English is the language of instruction.

How do I provide proof of fluency in English?

If English is your native language, or you have received a university degree exclusively taught in English, you do not need to take an English test. In all other cases, you should bring evidence of your knowledge through an English test result. We accept TOEFL (recommended score equal or above 103), IELTS (recommended score equal or above 7.5), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic (recommended score equal or above 70).

English is not my native language, but I have lived and studied in an English-speaking country for many years. Do I still need to provide additional proof of fluency in English?

Yes. Living in an English-speaking environment is not accepted as proof of fluency in English. If you have received a full university degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) where all courses were taught exclusively in English, we will accept your degree as proof of your fluency in English. In all other cases, you may take one of the above mentioned English language tests.

How many languages must I speak in addition to English in order to be admitted?

None.

What is meant by third language and how do I provide proof of it?

In addition to English and a second language, all students will need to demonstrate at least basic knowledge of a third language in order to graduate. If you already possess basic knowledge of a third language, we recommend you to certify this language as early as possible during your MIM.

Are there any restrictions on the choice of second and third languages?

Yes. Both second and third languages must be officially recognised by the government of a country. Your second and third languages must also be sufficiently different from each other.

What are the language courses offered by INSEAD?

Upon admission, INSEAD will provide all students with access to a variety of language courses, free of charge. If you do not yet have knowledge of a third language, we encourage you to take this opportunity to obtain basic knowledge in a third language of your choice, which you will need in order to graduate. 

What does 'fluent', 'practical' and 'basic' knowledge mean, exactly?

'Fluent' knowledge is defined as the ability to communicate precisely and effectively in complex situations.

'Practical' knowledge is defined as the ability to communicate about familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, and in leisure activities.

'Basic' knowledge is defined as the ability to communicate in a direct exchange of information in the simple present, future and past tenses.

English is not my native language, but I have lived and worked in an English speaking country for many years. Do I still need to provide additional proof of fluency in English?

Yes. Living and working in an English-speaking environment is not accepted as proof of fluency in English. If you possess a full university degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) where all courses were taught exclusively in English, we will accept your degree as proof of your fluency in English.  Your transcripts should clearly indicate that the curriculum was entirely taught in English.  Otherwise, you may take one of the following English language tests (the recommended minimum score is in brackets): TOEFL (iTOEFL: 105, Computer-Based: 260, Paper-Based: 620); IELTS (7.5); PTE Academic (72). For IELTS, you need to submit score results for all 4 parts: Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing. 

What is the language of instruction?

English is the language of instruction at INSEAD. You need to be fluent in English to apply to the MBA programme. Acceptable valid English proof must be sent with your application for it to be considered as complete before your admissions evaluation starts. 

How many languages must I speak in addition to English in order to be admitted?

None

Why does INSEAD have a language policy?

At INSEAD, we believe strongly in the importance of an international outlook. The ability to communicate in more than one language will give you a competitive advantage in the global marketplace and enable you to work effectively across multiple cultures. 

What is meant by exit language and how do I provide proof of it?

In addition to the two entry languages, 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 as early as possible during your MBA. 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.

Do I need to speak French?

No. English is the language of instruction on both campuses.

Are there any restrictions on the choice of entry and exit languages?

Yes. Both entry and exit languages must be officially recognised by the government of a country. Entry and exit languages must also be sufficiently different from each other. 

How do I provide proof of fluency in English?

When: The Admissions Office requires valid English proof to consider an application as complete to start the selection process. 

How: You can demonstrate English fluency:

  • Either 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. (An exchange programme does not qualify and an English major at university does not qualify.) If your university degree was exclusively taught in English but in a non-English speaking country, please make sure that your transcripts clearly mention the language of instruction is English to complete your application
  • Or by taking one of the following English tests and aiming for the recommended scores in brackets hereafter: TOEFL (internet-based test: 105, computer-based test: 260, paper-based test: 620); IELTS Academic (7.5); PTE Academic (72). These tests have a validity period of 2 years prior to the application deadline to which you are applying. 

Application

When should I apply?

You should only apply when you are ready with all elements required for the application. Please refer to the website for the application deadlines.

Is there a difference between the application rounds? And is there any disadvantage in applying for the later rounds?

Approximately, the same number of seats are allocated to each round. Therefore, there is no difference in terms of competitiveness between the five rounds and we would encourage you to apply only once your application is ready as the selection process is very competitive. It is not advisable to rush for an earlier deadline if you feel you can still improve your application.

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is 180 Euro.

Is there an application fee waiver?

INSEAD does not grant fee waivers for the MIM programme application. We appreciate that funding your MIM can be challenging and invite you to explore all options available, whether it be in the form of scholarships, loans, sponsorship or personal funding.

What should I do if I experience technical problems submitting my application?

If you encounter technical difficulties while completing your application form, please contact the IT Support Team at [email protected].

Can I print out the pdf version of the application and send it as a hard copy instead of submitting it online?

We only accept applications submitted electronically, as our entire admissions evaluation process is online. It also allows you to stay informed of the status of your application throughout the process by checking the status online.

Can I re-apply if I am not admitted?

Yes, you may reapply for a later intake. We encourage you to exercise your own judgement in deciding if there have been any significant changes in your profile since your first application that might make a difference with the Admissions Committee. All re-applicants are requested to submit a new online application, unless otherwise indicated.

How can I check if my online application has been received?

You can find out whether the online components of your application have been received by visiting the Dashboard of the online application centre. This page will indicate the status of your application. An email notification will also be sent to you within one week of submitting your application. We will inform you if any components of your application are missing. It is therefore important that you check your e-mail account regularly after submitting your application. Due to European Data Protection laws and our own confidentiality policy, our Admissions Office is regrettably unable to give out any information over the phone about applications.

What should I do if I experience technical problems submitting my application?

If you encounter technical difficulties when completing your application form, please contact the IT Support Team.

Can I postpone my application submission to the next round?

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 shut down for about four days. Access to your form will resume once the temporary shutdown period ends, so you can continue editing it.

Can I print out the PDF version of the application and send in a hard copy, rather than submitting it online?

We only accept applications submitted electronically, as our entire admissions evaluation process is online. It also allows you to stay informed of the status of your application throughout the process by checking it online.

Will you provide feedback on an unsuccessful application?

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.

Financial Information

What happens if I have secured external financial support as well?

All admitted candidates will receive funding for the first five years of their PhD studies (until the end of June of the fifth year)*. However, we encourage students to seek external financial support to increase the overall award. Students with partial outside financing are eligible for additional supplementary INSEAD scholarship funding.

An external financial resource does not increase one's chances of admission to the programme. As an applicant with external financial support, the applicant must go through the normal process of admissions. 

Visiting students, however, are not eligible for the INSEAD funding and stipend and must pay the appropriate fees (courses and other related programme fees, where applicable). 

*The funding will stop either at the end of June in the 5th year (by which time a candidate is expected to have secured an academic position) or as soon as a candidate begins working at a university, business school, or any other relevant institution while still completing their graduation requirements (if this occurs before the end of June in the 5th year). Annual support, i.e., tuition fee, stipend, research and conference budget, and health insurance coverage, regularly undergoes review. Newly admitted and current students must refer to the PhD guidelines or consult the PhD Programme Office for the latest updates.

How long do the PhD scholarships last? Are there any special conditions linked to them?

INSEAD scholarships are available for the first five years* of PhD studies and renewed annually contingent upon satisfactory progress in the programme. 

*The funding will stop either at the end of June in the 5th year (by which time a candidate is expected to have secured an academic position) or as soon as a candidate begins working at a university, business school, or any other relevant institution while still completing their graduation requirements (if this occurs before the end of June in the 5th year). Annual support, i.e., tuition fee, stipend, research and conference budget, and health insurance coverage, regularly undergoes review. Newly admitted and current students must refer to the PhD guidelines or consult the PhD Programme Office for the latest updates.

What is the funding offered by INSEAD for the PhD programme?

All admitted students, regardless of background and nationality, receive funding# for the first five years (until the end of June of the fifth year of PhD studies) from INSEAD. The grant* includes a tuition fee waiver, stipend (i.e. living expenses and accommodation), research and conference budget support and health insurance coverage.

*also covers spouses and children

*The funding will stop either at the end of June in the 5th year (by which time a candidate is expected to have secured an academic position) or as soon as a candidate begins working at a university, business school, or any other relevant institution while still completing their graduation requirements (if this occurs before the end of June in the 5th year). Annual support, i.e., tuition fee, stipend, research and conference budget, and health insurance coverage, regularly undergoes review. Newly admitted and current students must refer to the PhD guidelines or consult the PhD Programme Office for the latest updates.

Accommodation

What is the schedule for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are usually served on the campus restaurant at the times below:

Breakfast: 7:45 – 8:30am; Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30pm; Dinner: 7:30 8:30pm

Where will students stay?

Students enrolled in the INSEAD Summer School get a special rate when staying at the Ermitage Residence. Located in a quiet corner of the INSEAD Europe Campus, the INSEAD residences offer guests a delightful stay on the very edge of the Fontainebleau forest. Bedrooms are furnished with a single bed, a large study area with a direct line telephone and Internet connection to the INSEAD network. Spacious en suite-bathrooms are fully equipped with hairdryer, bath and shower. A private safe, mini fridge and flat-screen satellite television are also provided in all rooms.

Can INSEAD accommodate any special dietary requirements?

Breakfast is primarily continental-style with choices such as cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. Several options are always available at lunch and dinner, including meat, fish, a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. On campus: If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know before the summer school begins so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Is there security in the residence?

Our campus is situated in a safe neighbourhood, with controlled access and 24-hour on campus security. The residences also have a service help desk open 24/7. Students are also issued with room keys upon checking in.

Academic

Will students be graded on their work?

No. Students will not be graded on their work. Upon completion of the programme, each student will receive a certificate of completion during the closing ceremony.

Will students be given school credits for this programme?

Yes. The Summer School leads to the award of 5 ECTS credits over a two-week period. Students are required to attend all classes and participate in groupwork to earn credits. For eligible credit transfer, students should verify with their home institution that any credits earned will be applicable.

What should students anticipate regarding pre-course assignments and post-class responsibilities?

Students will be expected to work in teams for one to two hours per day on average. Prior to the programme, students may have to read some case studies and prepare a short presentation about themselves. Further information about pre-Summer School assignments will be sent at a later stage.

Campuses & Other Facilities

Accommodations and Facilities

Your dedicated programme coordinator will be in touch around 8 weeks prior to your programme start date to communicate information about accommodation.

The approximate cost of on-campus accommodation in Fontainebleau is €850 per week, in Singapore S$1540 per week, and in Abu Dhabi AED 6300 per week.

For more information on accommodation on Fontainebleau campus click here

For more information on accommodation on Singapore campus click here. 

For more information on accommodation on Abu Dhabi campus click here.

Application and Payment Process

Accommodations and Facilities

INSEAD Lead the Future's programme manager will be in touch around 8 weeks prior to the on-campus Capstone and Graduation start date to communicate information about accommodation.

The approximate cost of on-campus accommodation in Fontainebleau is €850 per week.

For more information on accommodation on Fontainebleau campus click here. 

Visa

INSEAD Lead the Future concludes with a 3-day Capstone and Graduation on our Fontainebleau campus in France. We encourage you to check directly with your embassy to determine whether you need an entry visa for France.

Additional Incidentals

We have put together a document detailing some of the additional expenses that you may incur while attending INSEAD Lead the Future's 3-day Capstone and Graduation on our Fontainebleau campus. Please note that this is for your reference only, as further information will be given to you at the time of your registration.

Additional Incidentals

We have put together a document detailing some of the additional expenses that you may incur while attending INSEAD Lead the Future's 3-day Capstone and Graduation on our Fontainebleau campus. Please note that this is for your reference only, as further information will be given to you at the time of your registration.

I work for a company or organisation that would like to enrol multiple employees in the same programme. Is this possible?

If your company or organisation would like to find out more about Lead the Future and the possibility to enrol multiple employees, please send an email to the programme advisor.

Useful information

Closing Ceremony seats

We extend a warm invitation to family members to attend the Closing Ceremony. To accommodate them, students should make advance seat reservations.

Click here for the list of hotels in and nearby Fontainebleau, directions to the campus and a map of Paris.

Click here for Transportation options to Fontainebleau.

On-demand Programme

What is an on-demand programme?

On-demand means the programme is open all year round with no specific session dates. The learning content is available to participants from the start and there is no specific end date (completion within 3 months). Therefore, participants can set a learning pace that suits them best.

How long do I have to complete the on-demand programme?

Participants will have access to the programme content for 3 months during which completion of all learning modules is necessary in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Will I have an opportunity to interact with INSEAD faculty and other programme participants?

As the programme is on-demand there are no live interactions.

Learning Experience

How much time should I expect to dedicate to the programme every week?

The programme should take approximately 4-6 hours, and potentially may entail up to 2 additional hours/week to complete Action Learning Projects (ALPs). You can expect to devote 1-2 hours per week watching video lectures on fundamental concepts, 1 hour per week on interacting with fellow participants in discussions or reflecting on the concepts through quizzes and reflections, and 2-3 hours per week in applying the fundamental concepts in an ALP to understand their relevance to your everyday work.

How much time should I expect to dedicate to the programme every week?

The programme should take approximately 4-6 hours/week, and potentially may entail up to 2 additional hours/week to complete other assignments such as role plays. 

What is the weekly learning rhythm during the programme?

The programme is designed in a manner to encourage the whole class to learn together, moving at a certain pace from week to week, while providing enough flexibility within each week for the participants to review the content at their own convenience.
Each week of content is released on a Friday and you have two weeks to complete reviewing the content of a particular week.

Do I need to be online at specific times during the programme, or can I learn ahead of the rest of the class?

While a week is open, you can log in anytime at your convenience and review the weekly content at your own pace, as the learning design is asynchronous. From time-to-time, the faculty will hold live calls, which will take place at a particular time, and you will need to be online at the given time. These live calls would typically take place following the Central European Time to accommodate the maximum participants across the globe. We will also record these live calls for those participants who are unable to join the live session.

What is the total length of the online programme?

This programme has 6 weeks of content.
An online programme always starts with a launch week before the first week of content is released.
After the launch week, the programme content is delivered over 6 consecutive weeks followed by 2 extra weeks to finish the project work and engage in peer review. The programme may also include a pause week(s).

What is the total length of the online programme?

This programme has 4 weeks of content.
An online programme always starts with a launch week before the first week of content is released.
After the launch week, the programme content is delivered over 4 consecutive weeks followed by 2 extra weeks to finish the project work and engage in peer review. The programme may also include a pause week(s).

What is the total length of the online programme?

This programme has 7 weeks of content.
An online programme always starts with a launch week before the first week of content is released.
After the launch week, the programme content is delivered over 7 consecutive weeks followed by 2 extra weeks to finish the project work and engage in peer review. The programme may also include a pause week(s).

Do I need to come to the INSEAD campus during the programme?

No. The programme is fully online and contains a mix of learning content including videos, quizzes and assignments.

 

Do I need to come to the INSEAD campus during the programme?

No. The programme is fully online and is a mix of asynchronous learning (through videos, quizzes, discussions, projects etc) and live online interactions with fellow participants, learning coach and faculty.

Will I have an opportunity to interact with INSEAD faculty?

There will be some interaction points with faculty either through live calls with the faculty to discuss course content, or recorded “Just-In-Time” videos where faculty will answer questions that are asked in the “Ask the Faculty” forum during the programme.

Will I be able to interact with other participants?

Yes, of course. The learning experience is designed to encourage interaction and simulate as close an experience to face-to-face as possible. Participants would be able to interact with each other through discussion forums, interspersed throughout the platform. In addition, participants would have the option to work on the Action-Learning Project in groups with fellow participants. They would also have the opportunity to interact with each other during the live call with faculty. 

What is the role of the Learning Coach?

At INSEAD, you never learn alone. To bring this notion alive in the online setting, we have built a learning community comprising of the participants, the faculty and the learning coach. The learning coach plays an integral part in stimulating content discussions, encouraging collaboration between participants as well as guiding the participants closely in the design of their action-learning project.

A learning coach is available throughout the whole programme to help move the discussion forward and exchange with each participant as well as to support them with the learning. Participants can share their learning objectives with the learning coach at the start of the programme, who will follow their progress until the end of the programme.

What is the Leaderboard?

The learning platform has a leaderboard, which constantly updates the average score of the class and your earned points within the programme. It also shows the badges available and earned in the programme. Typically, points can be earned from watching video lectures, working on reflections, complete quizzes and submitting weekly action learning project. At the end of the programme, your final assignment peer review score will also be added to your total scores in the leaderboard.

What is the difference between individual and group Action Learning Project (ALP) submissions?

Individual vs Group ALP submission

We offer you the option to work on your ALP individually, or in a group on one common project (if you have colleagues from your company taking the programme at the same time as you).

Important note on ALP Groups

You can work in a group for your ALP by forming a team with 2-5 other participants from your company. This means your whole group will work on the same ALP topic. Your learning coach will spend time with the group to give guidance on the ALP. You will also do a group submission for your weekly ALP and final assignment (one group submission per assignment). 

How much time should I expect to dedicate to the programme?

The programme will take between 6 to 8 hours to complete, on average. You will have the option to complete more role-plays if you wish to do so, which would increase the programme length by up to 2 hours. The full programme could be completed in one day or across a longer period, therefore participants can set a learning pace that suits them.

 

What is the weekly learning rhythm during the programme? Do I need to be online at specific times during the programme, or can I learn ahead of the rest of the class ?

INSEAD Lead the Future is designed in a manner to encourage the whole class to learn together, moving at a certain pace from week to week, while providing enough flexibility within each week for the participants to review the content at their own convenience.

Each core module and elective has either 5-6 weeks of content. Each week of content is released on a Friday and you have two weeks to complete and review the content for that particular week. Participants then have until the Monday to finishing watching the content. At the end of the last week, you have two subsequent weeks to complete your final assignment for the Action-Learning Practice (ALP) and the peer review, where this phase normally takes between 10-12 days.

While a week is open, you can log in anytime at your convenience and review the weekly content at your own pace, as the learning design is asynchronous. From time-to-time, the faculty will hold live calls, which will take place at a particular time, and you will need to be online at the given time. These live calls would typically take place following the Central European Time to accommodate the maximum participants across the globe. We will also record these live calls for those participants who are unable to join the live session.

How much time should I expect to dedicate to the programme every week?

Each week on a core module or elective, participants should expect to spend approximately 4-6 hours and potentially up to 2 additional hours/week to complete their Action Learning Practice (ALPs). You can expect to devote 1-2 hours per week watching video lectures on fundamental concepts, 1 hour per week on interacting with fellow participants in discussions or reflecting on the concepts through quizzes and reflections, and 2-3 hours per week in applying the fundamental concepts in an ALP to understand their relevance to your everyday work. 

When do I get to choose my electives?

After the conclusion of the Core phase, including core project presentations, and the completion of Effective Decision Making for Leaders, participants will attend a live virtual introduction to electives. This will be an opportunity for participants to better understand the choices available to them and which electives best meet their leadership development needs.

Technical Queries

What type of technical equipment do I need for this programme?

INSEAD Online Programmes can be accessed on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. 
Currently supported browsers (usually based on support of latest two browser versions) are:

Chrome: version 31+
Safari: version 7+
Firefox: version 26+
I
E: version 10+

The application uses modern web development approaches (HTML 5) so that it can function responsively across desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones without the need of players or add-ons like adobe flash player.

Do I need to have an Internet connection all the time to access the programme content? Would I be able to download and save videos to watch offline?

Yes. At the moment we do not support offline access of content so you will need to have access to the Internet whenever you want to access the programme content.

Can I continue to access the programme content even after the programme finishes?

Yes. The entire content of the programme is available to you up to 6 months from the beginning of the programme.

Can I continue to access the programme content even after the programme finishes?

Yes. The entire content of the programme is available to you up to 3 months from the beginning of the programme.

Can I continue to access the programme content even after the programme finishes?

Yes. Core module and elective content of the programme is available to you up to 6 months from the beginning of the programme.

Can I continue to access the programme content even after the programme finishes?

Yes. Core module and elective content of the programme is available to you up to 6 months from the graduation date.

Programme specific

Will I have an opportunity to interact with INSEAD faculty?

We purposefully manage class sizes to ensure ample faculty-to-participant time. INSEAD faculty would be reading your questions posted on the platform and will be answering your questions during the scheduled live calls. The faculty would be further assisted in these interactions by the learning coach, acting as a bridge between the participants and the faculty. 

What are the requirements to successfully complete the programme?

INSEAD Lead the Future follows a rigorous learning process. Participants are expected to fulfil a certain minimum criteria to earn the Certificate of Completion.

As participants progress through each core module and elective, reviewing the weekly content, they earn points for each activity. Participants need to have earned a certain minimum number of points at the end of each core module and elective. In addition, participants are also required to submit a core project at the end of the core phase.

Successful completion of individual core and elective activities AND submission of a core project will help participants earn a Certificate of Completion at the end of the programme. 

To successfully complete the programme and earn certification, participants are required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 90% of all in-platform learning activities 
  • Submit at least 3 weekly ALP assignments per core module and one reflection paper per elective
  • Submit a timely Core project
  • Attend the live virtual delivery of Effective Decision Making for Leaders
  • Attend the three-day Fontainebleau campus Capstone and Graduation

What is the Leaderboard?

Each core module and elective’s learning platform has a Leaderboard. This Leaderboard panel displays a learner’s personal points and badges earned. The panel shows ‘My score’ relative to your cohort and top scorers.

Is this programme eligible for any continuing education/professional development units?

INSEAD Lead the Future is not eligible for continuing education or professional development units.

Application Process

How do I apply and what is the selection process?

Similar to our face-to-face programmes, we have an application and admission process in place for our online programmes to ensure a diverse and motivated group of participants for a rich learning experience. It is important for all participants that the programme brings together participants with an adequate level of general-management experience, professional expertise and business responsibility.

The application form asks prospective participants questions around their professional background and motivations to join the programme. Admissions are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, taking into consideration the applicant’s fit for the programme, his or her learning objectives, potential contribution to the programme and the diversity within the class.

Some open programmes also involve an interview with the programme director as part of the application process. The programme advisor and admissions committee will be able to advise if an interview is necessary when you submit your application.

We recommend that you submit your completed application as early as possible, preferably six weeks prior to programme commencement. The admissions committee will review your application and advise you on the outcome as soon as possible. 

I work for a company or organisation that would like to enrol multiple employees in the same programme. Is this possible?

Absolutely. We actually encourage participants to attend in teams in order to maximize the learning and impact. 

Overview

How will I be graded at INSEAD?

Final course grades for most classes will be determined by a mix of class participation, projects and exams. For exams, INSEAD grades on a Standard Normal Curve, also called a Z-Curve, with a mean of 3.0. There are no forced fails. To graduate, participants must maintain a mean grade of 2.1 in core courses and electives.

What are the differences between the August and January intakes?

The curriculum, course structure, class size and composition, and campus exchange opportunities are identical for the August and January intakes. The primary difference is that if you choose to begin in August, you will complete the MBA in ten consecutive months. If you choose to begin in January you will have a two-month summer break during which you can pursue an internship or other endeavours.

Will INSEAD disclose my grades?

No. INSEAD adheres to a strict non-disclosure policy. Your grades will never be shared with recruiters, classmates, or anyone outside of the INSEAD community. During on-campus interviews, recruiters are not permitted to ask about your grades, and you are not permitted to volunteer them. This policy allows you the freedom to challenge yourself and enhance the breadth of your knowledge by taking electives in unfamiliar subject areas without worrying that your grades will influence your job prospects

What is a typical day of an INSEAD student?

There is no typical day as the schedule will change every day throughout the year. During the first two periods when students take their core courses, they often have 2 to 3 classes a day of 90 minutes each, Monday to Friday, starting at the earliest at 8.30am and finishing at the latest by 7.00pm. Students also have assignments and group projects, career counselling sessions and extra-curriculum activities. For the last three periods, each student has their own academic schedule depending on the electives he or she has chosen, with the same amount of assignments and group work, and typically increasing time spent on career related activities.

What are the benefits of the one-year format?

The INSEAD MBA curriculum is designed to quickly and thoroughly prepare you for a career in international business. Taking on the challenge of our accelerated programme, you will see a considerably faster and greater return on your MBA investment. Our recruiters tell us that the one-year format helps students to manage their time efficiently and effectively. Setting priorities and making choices about learning, socialising and personal time from the very beginning of the programme, you will become an expert at decision making which is one of the most valued qualities in a business leader.

INSEAD accept transfer credits from other schools?

No, we do not accept transfer credits from other schools.

What is the relationship between INSEAD and the CFA Institute?

CFA Institute partners with a limited number of globally diverse, select institutions that are recognized leaders and serve as role models for other institutions. These universities cover a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, including its ethical and professional standards, in their degree programmes. The INSEAD MBA programme is recognized as CFA partner, because of the large number of finance core and electives in its program. As part of the partnership, INSEAD students are entitled to apply for scholarships, have access to CFA Institute curricula, journals, webcasts, and other educational resources. Each student will have access to a specially prepared online Level I sample exam.

Can I tailor my INSEAD MBA?

INSEAD offers more than 75 electives across both campuses, giving you the chance to construct a tailor-made MBA programme that fits your personal and career goals. We do not have specialisations or majors. You are free to pursue a generalist path towards management or specialise in a particular area such as finance or entrepreneurship. However, regardless of the path you decide to take during your elective period, everybody graduates with the same general MBA degree diploma

Interview & Decisions

How will my admissions decision be communicated?

You will be advised by e-mail of your final admissions decision.

Is an interview required for admission?

Yes. All applications go through a process of first selection, whereby a short-list of interviewees is compiled. At this stage, only those selected for interview continue with the application process. In most cases, two separate interviews are conducted.

When will I hear if I have been selected for interview?

You will be informed if you have been selected for interview within approximately six weeks of receiving your acknowledgement of your completed application. For a full overview of our interview and decision deadlines please visit Dates and Deadlines.

I was selected for interview. When will I hear if my application has been successful?

You will be informed of your final decision approximately six weeks after you were informed that you were selected for interview. For a full overview of our interview and decision deadlines please visit Dates and Deadlines.

Alumni

What is the size of the INSEAD Alumni network?

The INSEAD Alumni network currently consists of more than 60,000 INSEAD Alumni - including MBA and Executive degree Alumni, living and working in over 176 countries. For more information, visit our MBA Alumni pages.

How can I get in touch with INSEAD alumni to discuss their MBA experience?

Attending one of our events is a good way to meet and network with MBA Alumni. In addition, we suggest tapping into your own networks (LinkedIn, Facebook etc.). You can also contact our National Alumni Association network.