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Diversity and Excellence

INSEAD PhD students are some of the brightest and most creative, with an unparalleled dedication to becoming future scholars in business academia.

All INSEAD PhD students have a competitive educational background with an impressive range of leading schools attended, degrees obtained, and test scores achieved. In addition, our students have a proven academic record with solid GPAs from well-reputed universities. 

For AY 2021-22, the PhD student population comprises 77 students from 22 countries, with 543 being females, making INSEAD perhaps the most international PhD Programme in the world, with an increasing number of women joining a doctoral programme. Our students possess a high level of fluency in written and oral English, though few can count it as their native language. The diversity inherent in our programme provides our students with unparalleled opportunities for learning and growth, both as future academics and individuals.

We accept a wide range of scores in our applications for the GMAT or GRE test, and we do not have a cut-off score or preference. Thus, we encourage all interested prospects to submit their application, regardless of the standardised test score.

There is no age limit when accepting applicants and candidates to the programme. There is a broad range within the classes, ranging from experienced professionals to recent graduates in undergraduate or master's, with or little formal research experience.

INSEAD PhD students have the unique intellect, creativity, motivation and drive needed to master research as a craft and a shared goal to become the next generation of thought leaders and professors in top educational institutions worldwide.



Students who start their programme can request a one-time permanent transfer to the other campus. However, there should be a clear rationale for the desired exchange should you wish to move. Moreover, any exchange is subject to the approval of the PhD Committee and the PhD Academic Director.

We recommend that students do a permanent transfer to the other campus within the last three years of the programme (dissertation phase) so that there are no disruptions on the coursework which needs to be taught on either Singapore or France campus. 


There is no difference in the PhD programme offered in France and Singapore, in the following aspects - the quality of education, curriculum, faculty and research resources, admissions process, funding and placement opportunities. Thus, no matter where you study, you will have access to the same top-notch programme because the teaching, research and prestige of the degree are the same no matter which campus you choose. 

Students can apply for a PhD Exchange with Wharton during their five years of studies at INSEAD, through the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance.

The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance is an institutional partnership that provides a collaborative environment for faculty and students for the purpose of furthering knowledge exchange and research. Students registered in one of the two institutions can register and gain credit for courses taken at the other institution after they have completed their first year of studies. Some financial aid may be available through the alliance. Applications should be submitted and subject to the approval of the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance Director. For more details, click here to learn about this unique Alliance Exchange programme.

Kindly note that this benefit is available to admitted PhD students.

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