Admissions

Explore the FAQs section at the bottom of this page for clarifications on admissions process, requirements, etc.

Online application for 2021 intake is now open. Apply Now.

 

 

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

Is It the Right Fit for You?

 

Deadlines and Process

 

 

Online application for 2021 intake is now open. Apply Now.

mid-August 2021

 
Next intake

September 2020

 
 Start of application

 15 December 2020

 
Preferred deadline to
Submit Online Application

04 January 2021

 
Last day of Submission of online application
 

 

Application Checklist

 
Got an admissions question? Explore our FAQs. 
If you are ready to start your application, click here.

In order to be considered to the PhD Programme, 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. To apply to the INSEAD PhD Programme, applicants must submit an application form online and submit e-copies of the required supporting documentation, including the open one-way interview.

UPDATE: 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. If you expect your test scores to be available only after the application deadline, you are encouraged to submit your online application without the scores, on or way ahead of the deadline. On the application form, please leave the scores blank and indicate the future test date of your GMAT or GRE. However, please 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 offered by GMAT or GRE. 

Online Application

Supporting Documentation

Recommendation Letters

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.

Details here

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.

Details here

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.

Details here

 

FAQs

 

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.

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 make sure that your test date allows you to receive your test-taker score report during the week of 04 January 2021 so that you can furnish it to us via email, [email protected] Once we receive your test-taker score report, we will update your submitted application accordingly. 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 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.  

If the committee requires you to submit your open one-way interview to make a well-informed decision, we will advise you 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. 

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