Frequently Asked Questions

INSEAD's Executive Master in Finance has one intake every year, starting in September.

This is a modular programme which means that you are working while you are studying. You will need to make time to spend 2 weeks full-time on campus when the modules are in session (12 weeks in total), and spend significant time on independent study in between, so it is important that you have your employer’s support to attend the programme. Click here to view the Programme Schedule, and here for more information for Sponsoring Companies.

Our classes are highly interactive and the power of personal relationships is part and parcel of the programme. Our faculty are experts at tapping into the experience and knowledge of the participants in the room to encourage the exchange of best practices and collective learning. Therefore, the programme cannot be done online.

The programme duration is 18 months and it comprises 6 on-campus modules of 12 weeks in total.

Yes, there is significant work to be completed between modules and this independent study time equates to approximately 17 weeks. There is a compulsory leadership capstone module to be undertaken. Click here for more information on the Curriculum.

The programme is primarily offered on the Asia campus with five modules taking place in Singapore and one module on the Europe campus in France. Click here to see the Programme Schedule.

We plan to have 30-40 participants for each intake.

CFA Institute partners with a limited number of globally diverse, select institutions that are recognised 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 Executive Master in Finance programme is recognised as a CFA partner, because of the large number of finance core and electives in its programme. 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. For more information on the CFA Programme Partnership.

Since this is a post-experience master’s programme we prefer applicants with seven to ten years of experience in a finance-related role. Applicants with less experience who demonstrate strong quantitative skills and exceptional maturity through their professional and personal experience may also be considered.  

Since this is a rigorous academic programme, the GMAT/GRE is a mandatory admissions requirement and cannot be waived. We do not have a minimum score needed to apply, but you would most likely need a score in the 80th percentile or better to be competitive with the other applicants. Most of our applicants are within the 680 – 720 range. Since this is a finance programme, more weight is given to the quantitative section of the GMAT test; but the verbal score should not be too far off from the 75th – 80th percentile target.

The application process is entirely online, and you will be able to upload soft copies of your transcripts and degrees. Once you have been offered a place on the programme, we will ask you to send us hard copies of your certified transcripts and degrees. See the Application Checklist for more information.

Once your file is complete, the Admissions Committee will review the application and will take a decision. You will be advised of the final decision by an email within 3 weeks of the admissions deadline. Click here for more information on the Admissions Process.

If you choose to delay submission of your application until the following round of the same intake, your application form details will be saved automatically. Note that access to your form will be temporarily disabled from 00:00am (Central European Time) on the day of the deadline, as the system will shutdown for about four days. Access to your form will resume once the temporary shutdown period ends, so you can continue editing it.

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

Yes, we are open to reviewing CVs from potential candidates and giving feedback on their profiles. To submit your CV or ask specific questions, please Contact Us.

The tuition fee for the September 2017 intake is SGD 83,000. 

No, you will need to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements for the two weeks that you will be on campus during each of the six modules.

Yes, we provide need based, merit based and national diversity Scholarships. You can apply for Scholarships once you have been accepted to the programme.

No, the programme is modular in structure which means that you can work while you are studying. However, you need to be on campus when the modules are in session which is a total of 12 weeks over a period of 18 months, so you will need your employer's support to be able to attend all modules.

Yes, you have full access to all events in the twice-yearly on-campus recruitment campaigns to deepen your knowledge and network with recruiters.  You can also consult and apply to opportunities posted on our job platform CareerGlobe.

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. 

Some career progressions can be made more easily than others and are influenced by previous professional experiences, knowledge of the market, languages, etc.  Identify your career goals early on and work in conjunction with the CDC staff to prepare for these progressions.

You can find a list of companies recruiting MBAs at INSEAD in the latest Employment Statistics available online. The majority of these companies are regular recruiters on campus or companies with which the Employer Engagement Team at INSEAD’s CDC have established relationships.

A series of workshops is organised by the CDC for your programme.  These are on the themes of Career Strategy, Networking and From Expert to Leader.

Yes, you will have the opportunity to meet with a Career Counsellor, face to face, or via Skype, to build on the work you will do during the workshops we offer.  The Career Counsellor will help you reflect on your career, work on your strategy, assess your next steps and monitor your progress.


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