Who and What We're Looking For
Our standards are high, but extremely broad. Diversity is what INSEAD is about, after all. If you have a strong academic record in virtually any discipline, an enquiring and creative mind, and a fascination with management or business, all you need is the right training to start your academic career in business academia. Among our successful applicants, there is one thing in common - and that is the desire to become an academic researcher and professor in management.
To view the applications requirements, click here.
Proven Academic Record
Irrespective of subject background
Creativity and Independent Thought
Necessary to become a great researcher
Motivation, Determination and Drive
To follow through with goals
Ability to Work in English
As English is the sole medium of instruction at INSEAD
Got an admissions question? Explore our FAQs.
To apply to the INSEAD PhD, applicants must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum admissions requirement for education, and a valid GMAT or GRE test. Undergraduate students in their final year, recent graduates with or without work or research experience are welcome to apply. Applicants must submit an online application and e-copies of the required supporting documentation, including the open one-way interview.
To apply for AY 2022 intake, we strongly encourage you to start preparing for your GMAT or GRE early. Online application for AY 2022 intake will start in the early Fall/Autumn of this year, with an early January 2022 deadline.
All applications to INSEAD are fully electronic and must be submitted online. It includes the applicants' personal profile, statement of purpose and statement of integrity.
All supporting documents must be in electronic format and uploaded to the online application platform. Supporting documentation include CV, official degree transcripts and certificates, valid GMAT or GRE test scores, application fee, supplementary information survey and open one-way recorded interviews.
Only 3 Letters of Recommendation are required coming from faculty, scholars or individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s academic ability and potential for research and teaching.
No, we cannot waive this requirement under any circumstances.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many applicants are unable to take their GMAT or GRE tests early or in time, given our deadline. If your test score is only expected to arrive after the deadline, we encourage you to submit your completed application without the score, on or before the last day of application. On the application form, please leave the scores blank and indicate the future test date of your GMAT or GRE. However, ensure that you submit your test-taker score report during the week of 04-08 January 2021 for us to complete your application and submit to the committee for their review. Official scores are still required and can be sent afterwards or upon the request of the Admissions Team.
Test-taker score reports that become available after we have submitted to the committee for their review but before the decisions are finalised will still be passed along for consideration. If your application is still incomplete due to the absence of the GMAT or GRE test given the current circumstances and is denied admissions, we will not count it toward the programme’s lifetime limit of two applications per applicant. Note that the programme also accepts the home/online tests of GMAT or GRE, offered as an alternative during these challenging times. Please visit their respective websites for the latest updates for this type of test.
There's no cut-off point for either exams and there is a wide range for accepted scores. Our selection of applicants is based on the applicant's general profile and overall academic background, and faculty preferences; and test scores are only one component of the many factors considered. Perfect scores do not guarantee admission and lower than average scores will not invalidate your candidacy. Thus, we encourage all interested prospects to submit their application, regardless of the standardised test score attained.
Can I submit my application without the GMAT or GRE test, especially during this period of Covid-19 where it is challenging to arrange for it in time?
Yes, you can submit first your application with the GMAT or GRE test. On the test scores section, leave the scores blank and indicate your future test date. We understand that due to the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic, many applicants are unable to take the GMAT or GRE test early or in time, given the application deadline. However, we still encourage you to submit your application, ahead of time, before receiving your standardised test scores. Please send your test-taker score report via email phd.info[at]insead.edu, and we will update your application accordingly. Official scores are still required and can be sent afterwards or upon the request of the Admissions Team.
Standardised score reports that become available after we have submitted to the committee for their review but before the decisions are finalised will still be passed along for consideration. If your application is still incomplete due to the absence of the GMAT or GRE test given the current circumstances and is denied admissions, we will not count it toward the programme’s lifetime limit of two applications per applicant. Note that the programme also accepts the online/home tests of GMAT or GRE. Please visit their respective websites to get the latest updates on this kind of test offered.
Moreover, there's no cut-off point for either exam and there is a wide range for accepted scores. Our selection of applicants is based on the applicant's general profile and overall academic background, and faculty preferences; and test scores are only one component of the many factors considered. Perfect scores do not guarantee admission and lower than average scores will not invalidate your candidacy. Thus, we encourage you to submit your application, regardless of the standardised test score attained.
Yes, you can. Submission of the online application and the open one-way interview are separate. Submit first your online application on or before the deadline to be considered for the next year's intake.
NB: Due to the current situation, a handful of applicants may not have the right environment to record this. Thus, we can start reviewing applications given the absence of this requirement. However, we would still encourage applicants to take advantage of this opportunity in providing added value to the application. If the committee requires an applicant to submit the open one-way interview to make a well-informed decision, we will advise the applicant accordingly to submit it the soonest.
If you submit your application on or before the preferred deadline, we are able to provide you with feedback on the 'completeness' of your application or if we are able to open the PDFs you have submitted. If your documents are missing pages or if we cannot open your PDF documents, we will have time to provide you a feedback and get the correct PDFs. If you submit your application after the preferred deadline until the last day of submission, we are unable to go through your documents and provide you a feedback for its completeness.
So, if you would like us to go through your application materials, submit your application on or way before the deadline. Also, submitting early will give you time to complete your open one-way interviews.
The online application, along with the supporting documents, and the open one-way interview must be in by 04 January 2021, Monday, end of Fontainebleau time (visit https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to view the corresponding time in your area to avoid any disappointment).
Do note that you will only have an access to the open one-way interview once you have submitted the online application. Thus, it is strongly advised to submit your online application along with your supporting documents early, in order to have time to receive and complete your open one way interview.
We do not recommend, nor is it necessary, to contact faculty prior to admission. INSEAD faculty receive hundreds of emails from prospective students and regret that they are unable to respond to all. Moreover, faculty advisors are chosen by the Academic Director, after admission, during the first year. In the second year of the programme, PhD students are able to choose their own advisors. However, this is never done at the application stage. As such, prospective applicants are encouraged to learn about faculty and their research through area and faculty pages.
The Open One-Way Interview is a supplementary requirement to your online application when applying to the INSEAD PhD Programme. Applicants answer a series of four (4) questions that will help the committee get to know the applicant and his/her potential to engage in high quality research.
If you are not able to submit the open one-way interview in time, we will still review your online application form. If the committee requires you to submit it to make a well-informed decision, we will advise you accordingly.