About the School

INSEAD is a graduate business school with locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), and North America (San Francisco). INSEAD offers a full-time MBA program, an Executive MBA (EMBA) program, a Master in Finance program, a PhD in management program, a Master in Management program and a variety of executive education programs.

An Overview


Class Size

Course Fee (€)

Course Duration (months)

Average GMAT Score

Average GRE Score

Average Salary $105,900
Average Age 28
International Participants 88 Nationalities
Gender 30% (Women)
Average Work Experience 5.6 Years

INSEAD offers a variety of programs catering to various students and their requirements. The list of courses offered are mentioned below:

1. Masters Programmes

  • Master in Management
  • MBA
  • Global Executive MBA
  • Executive Master in Finance
  • Executive Master in Change
  • Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA

2. Business Foundations Certificate
INSEAD-Sorbonne Université Certificate Programme

3. Executive Education

  • Open Programmes for Individual Executives
    • General Management
    • Corporate Governance
    • Top Management
    • Leadership
    • Strategy
    • Digital Transformation & Innovation
    • Finance
    • Marketing & Sales
    • R&D and Operations Management
    • Entrepreneurship & Family Business
    • Partner Programmes
  • Customised Programmes for Organisations
    • Online Programmes
    • Live Virtual
    • Certificates
    • INSEAD Executive Coaching

4. Doctoral

  • PhD in Management
  • Academics
  • Admissions
  • Job Market & Placements
  • PhD Student Profiles

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Candidates kindly note that INSEAD considers all upcoming candidates for a few merit-based scholarships from Rounds 1 and 2. Below is the list of scholarships concerned:

  • INSEAD Groupe Galeries Lafayette Endowed Scholarship for Women
  • INSEAD Judith Connelly Delouvrier Endowed Scholarship
  • INSEAD Syngenta Endowed Scholarship(s) for Emerging Country Leadership
  • INSEAD L’Oreal scholarship
  • INSEAD Hinrich Foundation scholarship (July Class only)
  • INSEAD Belgian Alumni and Council Scholarship
  • INSEAD Leopoldo del Pino Scholarship
  • INSEAD Louis Franck scholarship for the UK candidates
  • INSEAD Middle East Scholarship Group
  • The INSEAD Africa Scholarship Group
  • The INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship Group

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Here are some statistics about INSEAD students:

  • 92% – Employed After 3 Months
  • 79% – Changed Careers (Sector, Country of Work or Job Function)
  • $105,900 – Average Salary (US$)
  • 300+ Companies Recruited INSEAD Graduates


Notable Alumni

Tidjane Thiam

Chief Executive Officer of Prudential

Meera Sanyal

Ex-CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland in India

Lindsay Owen-Jones

Ex-Chairman and CEO L’Oréal

INSEAD MBA Application Process

The latest application requirements set by the INSEAD MBA admission office are described below.

The following are the essay questions on the INSEAD MBA application:

Job Essays:

Essay 1: Briefly summarize your current(or most recent job), including the nature of work, major responsibilities and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of the budget, clients products, and results achieved.
Word limit: 200 words

Essay 2: What would be your next position if you were to remain in the same company?

Essay 3: Please give a full description of your career since graduating from the university. Describe the career path behind the rationale behind your choices.
Word limit: 300 words

Essay 4: Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with or without an MBA from INSEAD

Optional Essay:
If you are currently not working or if you plan to leave your current employer more than 2 months before the program starts, please explain your activities and occupations between leaving your job and the start of the program.

Motivational Essays:

Essay 1: Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary.
Word limit: 500 words (max)

Essay 2: Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned.
Word limit: 400 words (max)

Essay 3: Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, etc). How are you enriched by these activities?
Word limit: 300 words (max)

Essay 4:(Optional) Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee?
Word limit: 300 words (max)

Video Interviews:
Candidates will receive a message to record their video interview upon submitting their application form through Kira Talent. Candidates can access this from their online application dashboard. Candidates are requested to complete their video interviews, no later than 48 hours after the deadline to which they are applying.

Please note that mobile devices, smartphones, and tablets are not supported in Kira at this time.

Rounds Application Deadlines
Round 1 Sep 11, 2020
Round 2 Nov 6, 2020
Round 3 Jan 8, 2021
Round 4 Feb 26, 2021

Want to know more about the MBA Application Deadlines for Top B-Schools? Here’s the entire list of top B-Schools along with their deadlines – MBA Application Deadlines 2020-2021

INSEAD requires two professional recommendation letters which provide information about the candidate’s leadership and management potential. As such, at least one recommendation should come from the workplace. The other recommendation should be from someone who has had a chance to evaluate the candidate in a professional setting.

Here are some more tips about the letter of recommendation:

Who can give a recommendation: You will have to provide details of one recommender who can be your reporting manager/ previous manager/ senior colleague/ current client/ previous client/ business partner/ supplier/ auditor etc.

How a letter of recommendation should be written: The recommender should add specific instances/examples of the candidate’s professional work together.

How to send the letter of recommendation: The recommender should send the recommendation from the official email id only. If the recommender does not have an official id – then a proof that you reported / or was supervised by this person should be attached.

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