Insead MBA

Insead MBAHistory

In 1957 Georges Doriot, founder of INSEAD, had an extraordinary vision – to set up a business school in Europe that would be international, independent, diverse, entrepreneurial and close to business.

INSEAD’s first MBA class in 1959 had 52 graduates. Today, they have more than 900 MBAs graduating each year in ceremonies which take place on their two campuses – one in Fontainebleau France and one in Singapore.

INSEAD also offers a part-time Executive MBA programme, Executive Education programmes, a world-class PhD programme, has an additional campus in Abu Dhabi, a research centre in Israel, an office in the USA and valued partnerships with Wharton, Kellogg, Tsinghua University and CEIBS.

Full-time MBA Programme

INSEAD’s full time MBA Programme offers an accelerated 10-month MBA curriculum which develops successful, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organisations and their communities. Over 70 different  are represented in the classroom each year, offering a rich multicultural experience.

The MBA programme runs in parallel both campuses (France and Singapore). The two campuses are equally diverse, both have world-class faculty in residence, and both offer MBA participants access to global career opportunities. In addition to being able to study on the INSEAD campuses in Singapore and Fontainebleau, participants also have the option to participate in an exchange with Wharton and Kellogg.


The first few study periods are based on a structured series of 14 core courses. These courses cover all of the key management disciplines, as well as focusing on the environment in which business takes place. Subjects such as 'Macroeconomics in the Global Economy' and 'Business in Society' will enable you to understand the drivers of change that will affect your future career.

The second half of the programme can be customised. Choosing 10 academic areas from a portfolio of more than 75, will create a unique mix of topics that will support your individual educational and professional goals. You can pursue a generalist path towards management or concentrate on a specific area, such as finance or entrepreneurship.

Insead MBA Electives

During core curriculum, you will work in study groups of five to six, where no more than two people of the same nationality will be represented. When you begin your elective courses, your groups will no longer be predetermined, but INSEAD's focus on group work and peer-to-peer learning will continue. Drawing from INSEAD's diversity, you will develop the communication and leadership skills necessary to apply your business education anywhere in the world.


•    At least two to three years of full time work experience
•    Application form + 2 letters of recommendation + 5/6 essays
•    Admissions criteria: Academic Capacity (GMAT– aim for 650+); Leadership Potential; Ability to Contribute; International Motivation
•    Grade transcripts
•    2 Entry Languages (English language proficiency must be one of them); knowledge of a 3rd language at the basic level to graduate
•    2 interviews in the city you reside (conducted by alumni)
•    Application fee of €200

Part-time Executive MBA Programme

The part-time Executive MBA Programme consists of 12 weeks of on-campus work over a period of 14 months (8 modules), with approximately 4-5 weeks of off-campus preparation and assignments.

Participant Profile & Requirements

  • Academically solid
  • Strong leadership potential and maturity 
  • International mindset
  • Clear motivation and drive 
  • Rich business experience (10 yrs on average, with significant time in management)
  • Recognized achievements 
  • Age range: 30's and early 40's 
  • Application form + 2 letters of recommendation + essays + video interview
  • GMAT 
  • English Language proficiency
  • Interview(s) for pre-selected candidates

INSEAD Full Time MBA - Quick Facts

  • Accreditations: AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB
  • 10 month programme
  • Intense year - rigorous and relevant academics
  • Over 90 nationalities in the latest class
  • Two campus structure: Europe (Fontainebleau) and Asia (Singapore)
  • Exchange with Wharton University in Pennsylvania USA and Kellogg in Chicago 
  • Over 52,000 alumni from over 170 countries
  • Career change or advancement & worldwide job opportunities
  • Tuition: 80,800€ (Class of December 2018 - January 2018 intake)

Related Download: Insead MBA Essay Guide

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