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INSEAD Global Executive MBA

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 course. 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.

GEMBA Admission

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. Participants in a typical class have an average of 14 years work experienc...

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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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Admission Process

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, application 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 Section Middle East Section Europe Section
ROUND 1 19 December 2023 13 February 2024 5 March 2024
ROUND 2 20 February 2024 23 April 2024 7 May 2024
ROUND 3 16 April 2024 11 June 2024 9 July 2024
FINAL ROUND 11 June 2024 6 August 2024 10 September 2024


Programme Start Dates

Intake 2023 (Class of GEMBA'25)

GEMBA Asia section: Wednesday, 16 August 2023
GEMBA Middle East section: Friday, 6 October 2023
GEMBA Europe section: Thursday, 2 November 2023

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. 

More information on the INSEAD Assessment

GEMBA Assessment Options

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.


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:

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.

Attend an Event

10 Jan '24

Master Programmes

Masterclass with Tsinghua Professor Lu Yao

You are warmly invited to attend our upcoming Masterclass in Abu Dhabi by Professor Lu Yao on “Opportunities and Risks of Equity Investment in China under the New Economy”.

Professor Lu Yao, the Academic Director of the TIEMBA Programme and Deputy Head of the Finance Department at the School of Economics & Management, Tsinghua University, will discuss the changing world of equity investment in China, considering the economy and the challenges it faces. Professor Lu will share with you the trends and directions of future technological innovation and high-tech industries in China, emphasizing the investment prospects in this dynamic sector. Furthermore, Professor Lu will analyze the opportunities and risks involved in investing in the new economy, providing a thorough overview of the ever-changing investment landscape in this rapidly evolving market.

You will also have the opportunity to interact with alumni from the MBA and the Global Executive MBA programmes. Please register to confirm your participation.

Venue: Amphi C - 29th Floor | Middle East Campus - Al Khatem Tower, ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island - Abu Dhabi, UAE


6:00 pm - 6:30 pm | Registration

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Masterclass with Professor Lu Yao

7:30 pm onwards | Networking

Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
10 January 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Open to Public
17 Jan '24

Master Programmes

Masterclass with INSEAD Professor Florin Ciocan

You are warmly invited to attend our upcoming Masterclass and Information Session in London to learn more about the INSEAD MBA, MIM, Executive MBA, Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA & Executive Master in Finance Programmes. In addition to attending the Masterclass, Segen Berhe, Assistant Director, MBA & MIM, Marketing & Recruitment, Claudine Frossard, Assistant Director, EMBA, Marketing & Recruitment & Pierrette Doz-Perdrix, Associate Director, Recruitment and Business Development, Specialized Degrees, will provide insights into the curriculum, admissions process and career opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to have all your questions answered following the presentation and interact with alumni during a panel discussion and a networking reception. Please register to confirm your participation.


Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG - Map

Masterclass Details:

By Professor Florin Ciocan, Professor of Technology and Operations Management

Fashion, from Sewing Machines to GPUs

The theme of this session is how new operational models, which overhaul existing ways of producing and delivering products to the market, can become core engines driving disruptive innovation in business. Our discussion will focus on the fashion apparel industry, one of the oldest but also most dynamic industries today. We will start by understanding what drives the success of the current cycle of fast fashion business models. The second part of the discussion will be about what lies ahead for this industry: how new technologies and sustainability threaten fast fashion, and the new business models that promise to disrupt it.  


6.30pm – 7.00pm: Registration

7.00pm – 7.10pm: Welcome

7.10pm – 8.10pm: Masterclass with Q&A

8.10pm - 8.20pm: INSEAD Alumni Network by UK NAA President

8.20pm – 9.00pm: Programme Information Session and Alumni Panel

9.00pm – 10.00pm: Cocktail


To be announced

London United Kingdom
London United Kingdom
17 January 2024 (Wed), 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Open to Public
22 Jan '24

Master Programmes

Executive MBA Information Session | Hong Kong

You are warmly invited to attend our upcoming Information Session in Hong Kong to learn more about the INSEAD EMBA Programme. Antony Widjaja, Associate Director of EMBA Marketing and Recruitment, will provide insights into the curriculum and admissions process. You will also have the opportunity to have your questions answered during the Q&A session and interact with alumni during a networking reception. Please register to confirm your participation.

Date: 22 January 2024, Monday

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue: Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Hong Kong
Hong Kong Hong Kong
22 January 2024, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Open to Public