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GEMBA 20th Anniversary

Global Executive MBA

Designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop their leadership skills while they continue to advance their current careers.

At a Glance
14 to 17 Months
Three Intakes
Across 3 Campus
Home Campus
Abu Dhabi

Are You Ready for the Challenge?

The GEMBA is not simply an intensive business programme. It is an intense all-round experience: a major commitment that must be sustained over many months. Before starting the EMBA Admissions process, please consider that you must attend – and prepare for – all modules without exception, as well as completing a substantial volume of work between modules.

Explore the programme's requirements and admissions eligibility criteria below.

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Admissions Criteria

Proven Leadership

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.

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Academic Capacity

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

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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 oth...

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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 profession...

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Work Experience Requirement

The program is designed to best serve professionals who have already built a strong foundation in their careers. Participants in a typical Executive MBA class have an average of 14 years work experience, and at least three years in a management role in charge of teams and/or projects.

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Application Process: Your Journey Starts Here

All elements of your application will be thoroughly reviewed by the Admissions Team. The selection process will take up to ten weeks from the date of completed application submission.

Application Deadlines

While we operate a staged admissions process, with four rounds for each of the three sections, applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions process within each round. The Scholarship Committee will prioritise early applicants when allocating scholarship awards.

2024 Intake (Class of GEMBA'26 )Asia SectionMiddle East SectionEurope Section
ROUND 119 December 202313 February 202405 March 2024
ROUND 220 February 202423 April 202407 May 2024
ROUND 316 April 202411 June 202409 July 2024
FINAL ROUND11 June 202406 August 202410 September 2024


2025 Intake (Class of GEMBA'27 )Asia SectionMiddle East SectionEurope Section
ROUND 117 December 202411 February 202511 March 2025
ROUND 218 February 202529 April 202506 May 2025
ROUND 322 April 202517 June 202508 July 2025
FINAL ROUND10 June 202505 August 202509 September 2025


Programme Start Dates

Intake 2024 (Class of GEMBA'26)

GEMBA Asia section: Wednesday, 21 August 2024
GEMBA Middle East section: Friday, 11 October 2024
GEMBA Europe section: Thursday, 31 October 2024

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 for the test online.

The INSEAD Assessment takes place approximately once a month. Please be prepared to spend five hours. 

More information on the INSEAD Assessment

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GEMBA Assessment Requirements

To help ensure we have the right people in the classroom, EMBA applicants must fulfil a mandatory testing requirement. Applicants can choose between participating in the INSEAD EMBA Assessment, taking the GMAC® Executive Assessment (EA) or the GMAT® Exam. 

Watch the video to find out what are your assessment options. You can also read more for guidance on the assessment options.

Executive MBA Admission Prerequisites

Completion of the following prerequisite is required for program consideration, ensuring applicants are eligible for the rigorous EMBA curriculum.

Online Application Form

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 of:

Select INSEAD EMBA Assessment, EA or GMAT

To help ensure we have the right people in the classroom, EMBA applicants must fulfil a mandatory testing requirement. Applicants can choose between participating in the INSEAD EMBA Assessment, taking the GMAC® Executive Assessment (EA) or the GMAT® Exam. See here for guidance on the assessment options.

Please note, requests for a testing waiver cannot be granted. 

If you choose to participate in 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. 

Alternatively, you can take GMAC® Executive Assessment (EA) or the GMAT® Exam. Please upload the EA or GMAT unofficial report upon completion of the test as a supporting document with your application. Scores are valid for five years. Please request that your official score be sent directly to INSEAD. For EA, use the INSEAD EMBA Programme upon registration, or for GMAT the following code: INSEAD, DL3-S8-14 Business Programmes, Executive MBA Programmes at the time of testing. You will receive your official result at the test center and our admissions team will be able to access the same within 24 hours.  

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

Profile Information

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. 

Job Description and Motivational Essays

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. 

Letters of Recommendation

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.

Official Academic Transcripts

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.

English Language Certification

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/IELTS exams. 


Please provide your latest curriculum vitae, limited to two 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.

Application Fees

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.

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23 Jul '24

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Global Executive MBA One to One Consultation | Abu Dhabi

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23 July 2024, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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25 Jul '24

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Global Executive MBA One to One Consultation | Dubai

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Dubai United Arab Emirates
25 July 2024, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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25-26 Aug '24

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GEMBA One to One Consultation | Toronto

Toronto Canada
Toronto Canada
25 & 26 August
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