INSEAD MBA & Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) Admissions Guide

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Aspiring MBA applicants from Singapore are no stranger to INSEAD and its business programmes. Being a part of the European 7 (E7) and consistently ranked amongst the top programmes around the world, INSEAD is highly sought after and can be a difficult program to get in.

With three fully-integrated campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and over 80 different nationalities in the classroom, the INSEAD MBA/GEMBA program offers a very diversed experience. It has also produced 9 CEOs leading FT500 companies, making INSEAD the second most powerful business school, only after Harvard.

Here is everything you need to know about INSEAD’s business programmes and how you can improve your chance of getting accepted.

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What Are The Differences Between INSEAD's MBA and GEMBA?

 INSEAD MBAINSEAD EMBA
No. of students a year1000 (2 intakes: January & August)190
Average age range23 - 3631 - 47
Program type & durationFull-time, 10 monthsPart-time, Approximately 60 ‚Äď 65 working days over 17 months
Average years of work experience3 - 813
IntakeJanuary (graduating in December the same year), August (graduating in July the following year)August (degree conferment January the year after next), e.g. Intake - August 2022, Degree conferment - January 2024
Academic capacity for admissionsGMAT/GRE & University degreeUndergraduate degree and Executive Assessment (EA), GMAT or the INSEAD Assessment
Tuition feesApproximately ‚ā¨92,575Approximately SG$199,500 (Asia intake)

INSEAD MBA Admissions Overview

Admissions Criteria

  • Academic capacity: GMAT/GRE & University degree
  • International motivation: Adaptability and flexibility in multicultural environments
  • Ability to contribute: How you can contribute to the community during and after the programme
  • Leadership potential: Work experience and quality of your achievements

Language Policy

INSEAD’s MBA programme is taught exclusively in English.

If English is neither your mother tongue nor the language in which your university degree was taught, you will need a certification of proficiency in English such as the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academics.

If English is your mother tongue, you will instead need to provide proof of intermediate-level ability in one other official language.

Application Rounds

RoundAugust 2022 IntakeJanuary 2023 Intake
17 September 20211 March 2022
22 November 202119 April 2022
36 January 202214 June 2022
Final22 February 202226 June 2022

Financing & Scholarships

Tuition fees* for the upcoming intake are ‚ā¨92,575. The fees are payable by instalments.

*Fees are subject to change. Please refer to the MBA financing page on the INSEAD website for the latest updates.

INSEAD distributed over $5.6 million in scholarship funding to the 2021 graduating classes and 31% of students received awards ‚Äď averaging ‚ā¨19,700.¬†Of those graduating in 2021, 13.5% received company sponsorship. Admitted students are eligible to apply for tuition financing from:¬†Brain Capital,¬†StepEx,¬†Lendwise &¬†Prodigy Finance.

INSEAD GEMBA Admissions Overview

Admissions Criteria

  • Academic capacity: Undergraduate degree and Executive Assessment, GMAT or the INSEAD Assessment
  • International outlook: Adaptability and flexibility in multicultural environments, having lived, worked or studied abroad or having vast exposure in an international context
  • Ability to contribute: Contribute proactively from both professional and personal experience
  • Leadership potential: Professional experience and performance that demonstrate potential as a leader

Language Policy

Fluency in English is a requirement for the programme. The Admissions Team may request a certificate of proficiency in English such as the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. If English is your mother tongue, you will need to provide proof of basic-level (A2) ability in one other official language by graduation.

Application Rounds

RoundAugust 2022 Intake
121 December 2021
222 February 2022
319 April 2022
414 June 2022

Financing & Scholarships

Tuition fees* for the upcoming August 2022 Asia intake is SG$199,500 (GST Inclusive).

*Fees are subject to change. Please refer to the GEMBA financing page on the INSEAD website for the latest updates and other tuition fees (Europe, Middle-East).

Approximately half the class receives a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded across all sections (Asia, Middle East, Europe).

What Standardised Tests Are Required?

GMAT

INSEAD Program(s) Requiring GMAT: INSEAD MBA, INSEAD GEMBA
Score Validity: 5 years
Test Format: Offered in computer adaptive (CAT) format only
Test Duration & Structure: 3 hours 7 minutes

  • 31 Quantitative Reasoning questions – 62 minutes
  • 36 Verbal Reasoning questions – 65 minutes
  • 12 Integrated Reasoning questions – 30 minutes
  • 1 Analytical Writing Assessment – 30 minutes

GRE

INSEAD Program(s) Requiring GRE: INSEAD MBA
Score Validity: 5 years
Test Format: Computer-delivered test
Test Duration & Structure: 3 hours 45 minutes

  • There are 6¬†sections¬†with a¬†10-minute break¬†following the third section
  • 2 Analytical Writing tasks – 60 minutes
  • 40 Verbal Reasoning questions – 60 minutes
  • 40 Quantitative Reasoning questions – 70 minutes

EA

INSEAD Program(s) Requiring EA: INSEAD GEMBA
Score Validity: 5 years
Test Format: Currently offered in online format only due to the COVID-19 pandemic related test-center closures
Test Duration & Structure: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 12 Integrated Reasoning questions – 30 minutes
  • 14 Verbal Reasoning questions – 30 minutes
  • 14 Quantitative Reasoning questions – 30 minutes

INSEAD Assessment

INSEAD Program(s) Requiring INSEAD Assessment: INSEAD GEMBA
Test Format: 2 hours computerised test, ~ 1.5 hours case presentation & interview
Assessment Structure

  • Written component: (multiple choice content, 4 x 30 min.) – 4 sections of 15 questions each, covering data analysis, data interpretation, communication analysis and critical thinking
  • Oral component: (30 min. preparation, 40 min. presentation/interview)¬† – prepare, deliver and discuss a business case study presentation, followed by a motivational interview

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