Our accelerated 10-month MBA curriculum comprises five periods, each lasting eight weeks and concluding with an exam, essay and/or project. The first part of the programme is built around 14 MBA core courses, which provide you with a robust foundation of key management disciplines. In the second part, you will be able to choose from over 75 different electives in a variety of subjects. The global learning structure of our MBA curriculum is further supported by online modules and continuous content innovations. Our rigorous curriculum enables you to keep abreast of changing trends in the business world, preparing you for a successful career as a business leader.
(select 12 out of 75+ electives)
6 Core Courses
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Markets & Valuation
- Organisational Behaviour 1
- Prices & Markets
- Uncertainty, Data & Judgement
- Introduction to Strategy
6 Core Courses
- Corporate Financial Policy
- Managing Customer Value
- Organisational Behaviour 2
- Managerial Accounting
- Process & Operations Management
- Leadership Communication Foundations
2 Core Courses
- Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
- Business and Society
- Political Environment
- Public Policy
Your First 100 Days
Personal Leadership Development Programme with individual and group coaching
The INSEAD MBA programme requires a high level of engagement from our participants under the expert leadership of our professors. In fact, it is the vast diversity of experiences brought by our students to campus that makes the programme unique.
Experience an MBA Class at INSEAD
Immerse yourself in a rich learning environment and experience an MBA class on Technology and Innovation Strategy with Professor Nathan Furr, Assistant Professor of Strategy.
Diverse Study Groups
You will initially join a study group of five to six students, selected to maximise diversity in terms of age, gender, nationality, experience, previous education and professional background. During most of the core courses and the PLDP, your group will become the focal point for your work as you complete assignments and solve problems together.
Lively Classroom Exchange
In the classroom, INSEAD professors aim to bring out the best in each of you, so that you learn from each other’s experiences as well as from their own cutting-edge research. Their objective is to examine different perspectives in order to orchestrate a multi-faceted debate and challenge everyone’s assumptions.
Multiple Teaching Methods
There is no single preferred teaching method at INSEAD. Our faculty is free to choose the method they believe fits best with the content of the session. You will, therefore, experience a wide variety of teaching styles and techniques, including case studies, computer simulations, role-plays, project work and study tours. What matters to INSEAD is not the method chosen but the result: the effectiveness of your learning experience.
Learning to lead across different cultures and geographies is critical to success in this global world. Our three fully-fledged campuses, in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, as well as our partnerships with Wharton and Kellogg in the US and CEIBS in China, offer you as many opportunities as possible to broaden your horizons.
|You will be asked to choose a preferred home campus when you apply to the programme. Please note that campus preference is not taken into account in the selection of candidates, which means that we consider an applicant's campus preference only after we have made a decision on whether or not to admit him or her. Also, in order to balance the class size and diversity across campuses, it is not possible to guarantee all selected candidates admission to their preferred campus.|
Period 1 (Online Bidding)
|Approximately 6 weeks after the programme starts, you will be asked to indicate your campus preferences for Period 3, 4 and 5. You can also bid for the Wharton, Kellogg or CEIBS (December class only) exchange during this time and indicate your interest to complete one module at our Abu Dhabi campus (July class only). You will be awarded a number of points that you will draw upon to bid for the INSEAD campus exchange, the US or China exchange as well as for the elective course bidding.|
Period 3, 4 and 5
| Students are required to spend the first two periods of their programme in their home (starting) campus. Therefore the campus exchange only starts from Period 3 onwards.|
You will have the opportunity to spend at least one period at the other INSEAD campus; however, that period may not be your initial preference as there are certain capacity constraints for each campus.
The US exchange is only available for one period of study. For both classes this will coincide with Period 4, i.e. March/April for the July class and September/October for the December class. Due to the academic calendar, December class students will have some seats available at Wharton also in Period 5.
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INSEAD and The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) offer students the possibility to complete a dual MBA/MA degree programme in a condensed period of time by spending one and a half years at SAIS and one year at INSEAD.
The dual-degree programme allows students from both schools to work toward completing the SAIS Master of Arts (MA) and INSEAD MBA simultaneously with the aim of preparing students for careers that combine international affairs and business administration.
Applicants interested in the dual-degree must apply to each school separately and have to meet the admissions requirements for each school. Current students at INSEAD and SAIS are also eligible to apply. For further information please visit the SAIS website.
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Starting in 2014, INSEAD and Teacher’s College, Columbia University, are partnering to create a dual degree for students interested in pursuing a high-level management career in K-12 independent and international schools around the world. The dual degree will provide graduates with a Master of Arts (MA) in Education Leadership from Teacher’s College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD. The accelerated curriculum will allow graduates to earn the dual MA/MBA degree in just two years.
The programme aims to train social entrepreneurs in education to combine the passion of a social mission with business-like discipline and determination.
Applicants interested in the dual-degree must apply to each school separately and have to meet the admissions requirements for each school. For further information please read the FAQs.
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In September 2012, INSEAD became part of the Global Network for Advanced Management membership network, which allows our MBA graduates the opportunity to apply to Yale's 9-month Master of Advanced Management programme.
Those enrolled in the programme will spend an academic year on the Yale campus in New Haven, CT, following time spent in Fontainebleau and Singapore. Apart from increasing their geographical exposure, they will also customise their experience through a selection of electives offered across Yale University. The combination of a MAM degree from Yale and an INSEAD MBA will provide graduates with an added competitive advantage in terms of seeking recruitment all over the world.
Applicants will be evaluated based on performance in their MBA or equivalent Master's degree programme, recommendations, application essay and other criteria. All admitted MAM candidates are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship.
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Final course grades for most classes will be determined by a mix of class participation, projects and exams. For core courses, INSEAD grades on a Standard Normal Curve, also called a Z-Curve, with a mean of 3.0. There are no forced fails. To graduate, participants must maintain a mean grade of 2.1 in core courses and electives.
No. INSEAD adheres to a strict non-disclosure policy. Your grades will never be shared with recruiters, classmates, or anyone outside of the INSEAD community. During on-campus interviews, recruiters are not permitted to ask about your grades, and you are not permitted to volunteer them. This policy allows you the freedom to challenge yourself and enhance the breadth of your knowledge by taking electives in unfamiliar subject areas without worrying that your grades will influence your job prospects
The INSEAD MBA curriculum is designed to quickly and thoroughly prepare you for a career in international business. Taking on the challenge of our accelerated programme, you will see a considerably faster and greater return on your MBA investment. Our recruiters tell us that the one-year format helps students to manage their time efficiently and effectively. Setting priorities and making choices about learning, socialising and personal time from the very beginning of the programme, you will become an expert at decision making which is one of the most valued qualities in a business leader.