INSEAD Program Overview

With the tag “The Business School for the World,” INSEAD makes proudly plain its global approach to a business education: inclusive, diverse, wide open, in the know, and relevant.

INSEAD (which stands for Institut européen d’administration des affaires) is a destination school chosen by many all over the world for its philosophical approach. It distinguishes itself for its central location outside of Paris, which places it in the heart of Europe, and a veritable global, on-the-cusp academic perspective turned toward the future. Interest in social development and impact figures prominently among the school’s academic and business priorities.

With nearly 100 different nationalities represented, INSEAD has no homogeneous, dominant, “national” way of looking at culture, race, business, wealth, or social agenda.

With a thick alumni community roped into corporations and disparate fields of interest around the globe, INSEAD keeps a vigilant pulse on what is happening in business and on how the school can tailor itself to the newest trends and needs and aspirations of its student-business leaders. The school is a true laboratory of current, up-to-date knowledge and practice for and from people from all over.

The average salary for the INSEAD full-time class of 2021 was $113,900, and 92% of students received job offers within three months of graduation. Of these students, 50% found jobs through INSEAD alumni or career services.

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What Sets INSEAD Apart

  • #1 International MBA Program: INSEAD is ranked the number 1 international MBA program by Poets & Quants this year based on four other rankings (Financial Times, Economist, Business Week and Forbes), each of which also gives the program top ratings (between 1 and 4 — this year #3).
  • Program Flexibility: The INSEAD MBA is offered at the France campus as well as in Singapore. A student can earn the INSEAD MBA in just 10 months and can start the MBA program in either August or January. The shorter timeframe makes leaving a job easier and it means less lost income.
  • Corporate Connections: INSEAD prides itself on its many connections throughout the corporate world and the research it conducts that is immediately applicable to the life and work of its graduates and future leaders. Among its institutes are the Hoffman Global Institute for Business and Society, the Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, The Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship, and the Emerging Markets Institute. Among its prominent initiatives, many of which are globally rooted, are the Africa Initiative, the China Initiative, and the Humanitarian Research Group.
  • LaunchPad Program: The Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship offers start-up boot camps, LaunchPad (a startup accelerator), and mentorship programs in addition to opening to members of the INSEAD community the opportunity to receive new venture assistance and sponsorship. Through the LaunchPad, startups are able to get traction, funding, and establish roots throughout the globe.
  • Humanitarian Research Group: The Humanitarian Research Group is devoted to the mission of supporting and aiding the UN Sustainable Development Goals and works with a scientific-based approach in research and action in five areas: disaster logistics, access and equity in healthcare, asset management and deployment, environment and waste, and the creation of private/public partnerships for the resolution of global issues, development, and relief.

2021 INSEAD MBA Class Profile

The INSEAD class of 2021 is made up of 795 students and had an acceptance rate between 25% and 31%.

Of the students in the class of 2021, 34% identify as women and 94% are international students (encompassing 84 different nationalities!).

The top industry backgrounds for the INSEAD class of 2021 were consulting, financial services, and information tech/fintech/communications. Collectively, students had an average of 6 years of work experience and an average age of 29.

Class of 2021 graduates went on to pursue careers in 59 countries, the most popular fields of work being consulting, finance, technology, and corporate services.

Looking at test scores, students in the class of 2021 scored as follows on the GMAT exam:

Average GMAT:
  • 710

INSEAD Application Deadlines

  • Round 1: September 12, 2023
  • Round 2: November 7, 2023
  • Round 3: January 16, 2024
  • Round 4: March 5, 2024
  • Round 1: March 12, 2024
  • Round 2: April 23, 2024
  • Round 3: June 18, 2024
  • Round 4: August 6, 2024

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