Launched in 2003, the INSEAD GEMBA is a premier Executive MBA program offering its participants a transformative experience. The core curriculum gives candidates a foundation in the fundamental practices of business including finance, accounting, marketing, economics, leadership, strategy, business ethics, and broad management skills essential to succeed in any career. Its rigorous curriculum enables you to keep abreast of changing trends in the business world, preparing you for a successful career as a business leader. The current tuition fees for the class graduating in December 2019 is €84,000. To date, 90% of INSEAD’s graduates are employed within 3 months.

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Application Deadlines

Asia: 18 January 2019

 Europe: 8 March 2019

 Middle East: 1 February 2019

Application Fee: €250

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 14 to 17 months

Average age of new entrants: 32 – 43 years old

 Require standardized test: GMAT, IEAT or Executive Assessment

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 13 years

Job Description Essays

Season: 2019


Please give a detailed description of your job, including nature of work, major responsibilities; and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, number of clients/products and results achieved. (approximately 300 words)


Please explain your career evolution and career choices since you started your professional life. (approximately 300 words)


Please give your objectives for attending the INSEAD Executive MBA Programme. What would you like to achieve over the next 5 years, and how could the INSEAD Executive MBA contribute to achieving these plans? What are your alternatives to INSEAD? (approximately 300 words)

Motivation Essays

Season: 2019


Give a candid description of yourself, stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses. (300-330 words)


Have you ever experienced culture shock? What insights did you gain? (300-330 words)


Is there anything else that you would like to share or to clarify further (for example: family situation and number of children, interests outside of work, gaps in professional experience…). (300-330 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2019

Your recommendation letter should cover the following questions:

  1. How long have you known the candidate? Define your relationship with the candidate and the circumstances whereby you met.
  2. Comment on the candidate’s career progress to date and his/her career focus
  3. What do you consider to be the candidate’s major strengths? Comment on the factors that distinguish the candidate from other individuals at his/her level.
  4. What do you consider to be the candidate’s major weaknesses?
  5. Comment on the candidate’s potential for senior management. Do you see him/her as a future leader?
  6. Describe the personality of the candidate, including reference to the following characteristics: Organizational skills, inquisitiveness/intellectual curiosity, problem solving skills, creativity & resourcefulness, initiative, motivational & enthusiasm, achievement drive & result orientation, teamwork, communication & interpersonal skills, maturity, personal integrity, cultural sensitivity, charisma, leadership

Admissions Verdict


Highly Selective

“Strong academics, international experience, and a significant level of responsibility professionally are basic essentials. But to really wow the admissions committee, it's important to have something extra and an outstanding narrative.” Consultant2019

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