INSEAD has three fully-integrated campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The accelerated 10-month MBA programme is not only extensive, it has an amazing diversity and you can expect excellent career opportunities upon graduation. This programme provides students a starting point to fast-track a transformation in their careers. The core curriculum gives you 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

Round 1: 14 March 2018

Round 2: 2 May 2018

Round 3: 20 June 2018

Round 4: 1 August 2018

Application Fee: €250

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 10 months

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 30%

Average age of new entrants: 29

 Require standardized test: GMAT

 Average GMAT score: 709

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 6 years

Motivation Essay

Season: 2018


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. (approx. 500 words)


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. (approx. 400 words)


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, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (approx. 300 words)


Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (approx. 300 words)

Job Essay

Season: 2018


Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved. (short answer – recommended: 300 words)


What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (short answer – recommended: 100 words)


Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (short answer – recommended: 300 words)


Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with an MBA from INSEAD. (short answer – recommended: 200 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

Two professional recommendation letters are required, providing information about your leadership and management potential. As such, at least one recommendation should come from your workplace; your current supervisor or manager is usually a good choice. The other recommendation should be from someone who has had a chance to evaluate you in a professional setting, for example, a client, a former supervisor or a colleague from your community service or extracurricular activities. Academic recommendations are acceptable but they are less likely to address our main interest, which is to assess your ability to work with and manage others as well as your potential for senior management. If you feel it would add value to your application, you may also upload an optional third letter of recommendation as part of the supporting documents.

Admissions Verdict



“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.” Consultant2018

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