EMC Programme



We believe in admissions as a two-way process. We help you decide whether this programme is right for you, and whether you are right for this programme.

At the heart of the admissions process is our unique application form. If you don’t like the questions – which are personal and probing, rather than just focusing on your achievements – then you almost certainly won’t like the programme.

Alongside the written application, there are two conversations – by phone with the Admissions and a face to face interview with one of the Programme Directors. You will probably have to travel for the second conversation, but not necessarily as far as INSEAD's campuses.


Admissions Criteria


We are looking for experienced managers, consultants or coaches with intellectual curiosity, a desire to learn and readiness to challenge themselves in a rigorous academic programme. We welcome applications from around the world regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.

Our aim is to build a top-quality, exciting, dynamic and diverse group of participants. Typically, you will find yourself in a class of 36 - with equal share of men and women – from approximately 20 nationalities and 20 sectors.


Professional experience


International outlook


Academic capacity


Ability to contribute to the INSEAD experience


Interest in psychological approaches to management and self-development


Fluent English

Admissions Process


We try to make the process as simple and smooth as possible. The following process should take three to six weeks, depending on the flow of applications, and we'd encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Step 1: Application

Application is done online and your application will be considered complete only when all required material has been submitted. To help you with the application process, please download our step-by-step Application Guide under the Admission Checklist. Learn more about starting your EMC application.

Step 2: Pre-Interview Conversation with Admissions (phone)

If your written application meets the required standard, our Admissions Department will schedule a phone conversation to answer your questions about the Executive Master in Change.

Step 3: Interview with a Programme Director (face-to-face)

Assuming all is in place, we will arrange a time for one of the two Programme Directors to meet you in person. 

Step 4: Decision

As soon as we’ve made our decision, we’ll let you know the outcome. As this programme is one of the most popular at INSEAD, it is no reflection on your ability to be put on the waiting list. Conversely, we may accept very late applicants who add the right mix of diversity and experience to the class. 

Admission Checklist

Dates & Deadlines


Please be warned, the programme fills early, so we recommend that you apply as early as you can – up to 10 months before Module 1. The final application deadline is 2 months before the start of the programme.

Early places are awarded on individual merit. However, later applications are considered in the context of the group that is coming together. Admissions stop when all 36 places are filled, but your application can be considered for a later session of the programme if you wish. We also keep a waiting list from about 3 months before the programme starts. We are often able to accommodate those who can remain flexible, as the start date approaches.

EMC Dates Europe 2020 - Location: Fontainebleau

Module 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5Module 6Module 7Module 8

18 - 21
Nov 2020

07 - 09
Jan 2021

24 - 27
Mar 2021

09 - 12
Jun 2021

19 - 21
Aug 2021

24 - 27
Nov 2021

23 - 26
Feb 2022

06 - 09
April 2022

EMC Dates Asia 2020 - Location: Singapore

Module 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5Module 6Module 7Module 8

22 - 25 Oct 2020

29 - 31 Jan 2021

01 - 04 Apr 2021

17 - 20 Jun 2021

26 - 29 Aug 2021

05 - 07 Nov 2021

20 - 23 Jan 2022

31 Aug - 03 Sep 2022

If you are intending to apply less than 4 months before the start of the programme, please call or email us to check availability before spending time on your application.

We operate a rolling admissions process.  If you cannot have a place on the programme of your choice, you can transfer directly onto a future programme (in the limit of 2 years).

Submitting an early application will increase your chances of gaining admission to the programme as seats fill up quickly.




If you have any questions related to our programmes or application procedures, we are here to help you.

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In this programme, business and psychological aspects of it are fully intertwined. Other programmes often focus either more on the business or clinical perspective.

The same programme is offered on both campuses. Each group is highly diverse, takes up and works with the material in their own way.

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