GEMBA Programme



admissions criteria


strong Leadership potential

INSEAD is looking for applicants who can demonstrate their potential as leaders. We will consider your professional experience and past performance when assessing your application. Participants in our current class have an average of 13 years work experience, and at least three years in a management role in charge of teams and/or projects.

Academic capacity

The INSEAD GEMBA is intensive, rigorous and challenging. You must have a sound academic foundation: a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognised college or university (although in exceptional circumstances, we may waive this requirement). 


International outlook

We attract applicants with cross-cultural sensitivity and an international outlook. We consider applicants who have lived, worked, or studied abroad or who are working for international companies or on an international level with clients, suppliers or other stakeholders.

ability to contribute

We seek candidates who demonstrate a clear desire for intellectual growth, both in the classroom and through working on group projects. Participants are expected to contribute proactively and share the insights they have gained throughout their professional and personal experience.



Application Checklist


To apply to the INSEAD GEMBA programme, you must submit an online application form and the necessary supporting documentation. After submission, you will be emailed a confirmation of receipt and notification of any missing elements. Once your application is completed, we aim to notify you of the next steps within 5 business days. 

INSEAD has one Admissions team responsible for processing all EMBA applications. Please recognise delays may happen due to time zone differences and public holidays.

The online application comprises:

To help ensure we have the right people in the classroom, EMBA applicants must fulfil a mandatory testing requirement. Applicants can choose between taking the INSEAD EMBA Assessment or the GMAT® Exam.  Please note, requests for a testing waiver cannot granted.

If you choose to take the INSEAD EMBA Assessment, please indicate your intention to do so on the application form. Once your application has been submitted and confirmed complete, the Pre-selection Committee will review it and if successful, you will be invited to join the assessment at the campus of your choice. Please note that there is an associated fee of €185 to take the test.

Alternatively, you can take the GMAT® Exam.  Please request that your score be sent directly to INSEAD using this GMAT code at the time of testing: INSEAD, DL3-S8-14 Business Programmes, Executive MBA Programmes. As soon as you have taken the test, you will receive an unofficial score report. Please upload this unofficial report as a supporting document of your application, as it is sufficient for us to begin evaluating your file. GMAT scores are valid for five years. If you have already taken a GMAT and need the score sent to INSEAD, please contact Pearson VUE.

In certain circumstances, applicants may submit a GMAC Executive Assessment (EA) result. If you have not yet taken the GMAC EA, we suggest that you focus on the GMAT. If you already hold a GMAC EA result, please connect with an INSEAD representative to evaluate your score (


The profile information is hard facts about you and your history, similar to what you will have in a detailed resume. While not all fields are mandatory, the more information we have, the better understanding we will have of your history and potential. 

This section is a critical part of our evaluation process. As such, we advise you to spend a significant amount of time on your application essays. Your responses to the essay questions provide us the best opportunity to understand your career path, your accomplishments and your rationale for pursuing an EMBA.  This is a chance to get to know you and to find out what motivates you. The essays are not meant to be academic articles or business memos, but rather your personal stories. 

Two professional recommendation letters are required, providing insights about your demonstrated leadership and management potential. As such, at least one recommendation should come from your workplace; your current supervisor or manager is usually a good choice. The other recommendation may be from someone who has had the opportunity to evaluate you in a professional setting (ie. a client, a former supervisor, or a colleague from a non-work activity).  Should you wish, you will also be able to upload an optional third letter of recommendation as part of the supporting documents.

Your recommenders can submit their letters prior to submission of the application, but please note that your application will not be evaluated until all letters of recommendation are submitted.


Please submit both diplomas awarded and transcripts of grades from each college or university that you have attended. We will accept documents in English or French. All others must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Each document must bear the official seal and signature of the institution.  Notarised copies will also be acceptable.

Non-native English speakers who have not worked, trained or schooled in English for an extended period of time may be asked to provide an English language certification. We accept the PTE/TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS exams. 

Please provide your latest curriculum vitae, limited to 2 pages maximum.

Please upload a headshot of yourself in business professional attire. The photo should be in JPEG or GIF format and measure 99 pixels wide by 128 pixels high.

A fee of €250 must be paid online by credit card once you have submitted your application form. Please note that this application fee is non-refundable and your application will not be evaluated until the fee has been received.

Dates & Deadlines


We operate a staged admissions process, with four deadlines for each of the three regional sections - with groups of participants admitted at each stage. However, we recommend applying as early as possible, especially if you intend to apply for a scholarship.

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

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.

 Asia SectionEurope SectionMiddle East Section
ROUND 119 January 201702 March 201702 February 2017
ROUND 209 March 201704 May 201713 April 2017
ROUND 327 April 201706 July 201708 June 2017
ROUND 415 June 201707 September 201710 August 2017


 (A)        Last test date for GEMBA Asia       (ME)   Last test date for GEMBA Middle East
 (EUR)  Last test date for GEMBA Europe    (TI)    Last test date for TIEMBA

Abu Dhabi Campus

Asia Campus

Europe Campus

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017 (A)

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017 (ME)

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017 (EU)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday, 28 April 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday, 2 June 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday, 30 June 2017

Friday, 7 July 2017 (A)

Friday, 14 July 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017 (ME)

Friday, 29 September 2017 (EU)

Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

Friday, 7 July 2017 (A)

Friday, 21 July 2017

Friday, 4 August 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017 (ME)

Friday, 1 September 2017

Friday, 8 September 2017

Friday, 15 September 2017

Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday, 29 September 2017 (EU)


Programme Entry Dates

GEMBA Asia section : Thursday, 17 August 2017
GEMBA Middle-East section: Friday, 6 October 2017
GEMBA Europe section: Friday, 3 November 2017

INSEAD Assessment Day dates

If you decide to take the INSEAD Assessment, you must have submitted a complete application at least 2 weeks before the test date. Successful applicants will then be invited to sit the test on one of our campuses.

The INSEAD Assessment takes place approximately once a month on each of our campuses. Please be prepared to spend five hours on campus. 



INSEAD Assessment 

If you opt to take the INSEAD Assessment, rather than the GMAT, you must first submit a completed application at least 2 weeks prior to the assessment date. Your application will be reviewed by our Pre-Selection committee and if successful, you will be invited to join the assessment at the campus of your choice.

The INSEAD Assessment takes place approximately once a month on each of our campuses. Please be prepared to spend five hours on campus. 

More information on the INSEAD Assessment





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



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. Both GMAT and the INSEAD Assessment Day 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.

Each GEMBA candidate must have corporate endorsement before starting the programme.

Corporate endorsement means: 
Your company acknowledges the necessary time commitment you need to complete the programme. Corporate endorsement does not necessarily mean the employer is paying the full tuition fee for the programme, although some participants are fully or partially financially sponsored for the Executive MBA programme.

You are most welcome to contact us to ask any questions you might have or arrange for an on-campus one-on-one meeting with GEMBA staff. You can also meet GEMBA programme advisors at our events worldwide.

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