At a Glance
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.
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.
4Admissions committee Review
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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EMBA Admissions: What Are Your Assessment Options?
The INSEAD Executive MBA is an intensive programme with a rigorous academic curriculum. To ensure that we bring the best talent to the class, applicants must either take the INSEAD Assessment, the GMAC Executive Assessment (EA) or the GMAT – all of which provide a uniform and standardised way of evaluating candidates’ aptitude to cope with the intensity and breadth of the programme.
Which Professionals Benefit the Most from an EMBA?
An Executive MBA (EMBA) can open doors to new and exciting opportunities, especially for these three groups of professionals; Executives looking to move up the ladder, Professionals transitioning into the world of business, and business owners.
Exploring Entrepreneurship During Your Executive MBA
Did you know that approximately half of INSEAD graduates run their own companies at some point in their careers? Others join high growth ventures, lead entrepreneurial projects within corporations or focus on social ventures. So if you’re interested in these topics, INSEAD is a great place to be!
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