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

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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.

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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 
Submit One-Way Interview by this Date


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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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No, we cannot waive this requirement under any circumstances.

No.  The Admissions Committee requires GMAT/GRE scores be no more than five years old.  The TOEFL score can be no more than two years old.

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 online application, along with the supporting documents, and the open one-way interview must be in by 06 January 2020. 

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. 

The Open One-Way Interview is one of the requirements for admissions 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. 

No. Open One-Way Interview recordings will be reviewed along with your submitted online application to generate a shortlist of candidates for live interviews. Live interview is still necessary in the admissions process before the final offer of admission. 

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