Admissions - Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) | INSEAD (2022)

Are You Ready for the Challenge?

The GEMBA is not simply an intensive business course. It is an intense all-round experience: a major commitment that must be sustained over many months. Before starting the EMBA Admissions process, please consider that you must attend – and prepare for – all modules without exception, as well as completing a substantial volume of work between modules.

Designed for experienced executives with intellectual curiosity and a desire to learn and challenge themselves in a rigorous academic programme.

We welcome applications from around the world regardless of race, religion, gender or financial status and our aim is to build a top quality, exciting, dynamic and diverse class.

There is one GEMBA intake per year, divided into three regional sections;Asia, the Middle East or the Europe section.

The EMBA Admissions process is the same for all GEMBA applicantswhether they apply for the Asia, the Middle East or the Europe section. However, application deadlines are different as the sections start at different dates.

Designed for experienced executives with intellectual curiosity and a desire to learn and challenge themselves in a rigorous academic programme.

There is one GEMBA intake per year, divided into three regional sections;Asia, the Middle East or the Europe section.

The EMBA Admissions process is the same for all GEMBA applicantswhether they apply for the Asia, the Middle East or the Europe section. However, application deadlines are different as the sections start at different dates.

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Admissions Criteria

We have four EMBA Admissions criteria which all bear equal importance:

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Proven Leadership

INSEAD is looking for applicants who can demonstrate their potential as leaders. We will consider your professional experience and past performance when assessing your application. Participants in a typical class have an average of 14 years work experience, and at least three years in a management role in charge of teams and/or projects.

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Academic Capacity

The INSEAD GEMBA is intensive, rigorous and challenging. You must have a sound academic foundation: an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised college or university (although in exceptional circumstances, we may waive this requirement) and the Executive Assessment (EA), GMAT or the INSEAD Assessment.

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International Outlook

We attract applicants with cross-cultural sensitivity and an international outlook. We consider applicants who have lived, worked, or studied abroad or who are working for international companies or on an international level with clients, suppliers or other stakeholders. In addition to English, all participants will need to demonstrate at least basic knowledge of a second language in order to graduate.
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Ability to Contribute

We seek candidates who demonstrate a clear desire for intellectual growth, both in the classroom and through working on group projects. Participants are expected to contribute proactively and share the insights they have gained throughout their professional and personal experience.

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Admissions Process

A start-to-finish view of the INSEAD Executive MBA Admissions Process

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If you are considering taking the GMAT, we encourage you to practice the test on our online simulator to help assess your level.

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Prerequisites

To apply to the INSEAD GEMBA programme, you must submit an online application form and the necessary supporting documentation. After submission, you will be emailed a confirmation of receipt and notification of any missing elements. Once your application is completed, we aim to notify you of the next steps within 5 business days.

INSEAD has one Admissions team responsible for processing all EMBA applications. Please recognise delays may happen due to time zone differences and public holidays.

The online application comprises:

Select INSEAD EMBA Assessment, EA or GMAT

To help ensure we have the right people in the classroom, EMBA applicants must fulfila mandatory testing requirement. Applicants can choose between participating inthe INSEAD EMBA Assessment, taking the GMAC® Executive Assessment (EA) or the GMAT® Exam.See here for guidance on theassessment options.

Please note, requests for a testing waiver cannot be granted.

If you choose to participate in the INSEAD EMBA Assessment, please indicate your intention to do so on the application form. Once your application has been submitted and confirmed complete, the Pre-selection Committee will review it and if successful, you will be invited to join the assessment.

Alternatively, you can take GMAC® Executive Assessment (EA) or the GMAT® Exam. Please upload the EA or GMAT unofficial report upon completion of the test as a supporting document with your application. Scores are valid for five years.Please request that your official score be sent directly to INSEAD. For EA, usethe INSEAD EMBA Programme upon registration, or for GMAT the following code: INSEAD, DL3-S8-14 Business Programmes, Executive MBA Programmes at the time of testing. You will receive your official result at the test center and our admissions team will be able to access the same within 24 hours.

If you are preparing for the GMAT test,try our online practice test.

Profile Information

The profile information is hard facts about you and your history, similar to what you will have in a detailed resume. While not all fields are mandatory, the more information we have, the better understanding we will have of your history and potential.

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Job Description and Motivational Essays

This section is a critical part of our evaluation process. As such, we advise you to spend a significant amount of time on your application essays. Your responses to the essay questions provide us the best opportunity to understand your career path, your accomplishments and your rationale for pursuing an EMBA. This is a chance to get to know you and to find out what motivates you. The essays are not meant to be academic articles or business memos, but rather your personal stories.

Letters of Recommendation

Two professional recommendation letters are required, providing insights about your demonstrated 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 may be from someone who has had the opportunity to evaluate you in a professional setting (ie. a client, a former supervisor, or a colleague from a non-work activity). Should you wish, you will also be able to upload an optional third letter of recommendation as part of the supporting documents.

Your recommenders can submit their letters prior to submission of the application, but please note that your application will not be evaluated until all letters of recommendation are submitted.

Official Academic Transcripts

Please submit both diplomas awarded and transcripts of grades from each college or university that you have attended. We will accept documents in English or French. All others must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Each document must bear the official seal and signature of the institution. Notarised copies will also be acceptable.

English Language Certification

Non-native English speakers who have not worked, trained or schooled in English for an extended period of time may be asked to provide an English language certification. We accept the PTE/TOEFL/IELTS exams.

CV

Please provide your latest curriculum vitae, limited to two pages maximum.

Photograph

Please upload a headshot of yourself in business professional attire. The photo should be in JPEG or GIF format and measure 99 pixels wide by 128 pixels high.

Application Fees

A fee of €250 must be paid online by credit card once you have submitted your application form. Please note that this application fee is non-refundable and your application will not be evaluated until the fee has been received.

Key Dates

We operate on a rolling admissions process, with four rounds for each of the three sections. The Scholarship Committee will prioritiseearly applicants when allocating scholarship awards.

  • Deadlines for GEMBA'24 (Class entering in 2022)
  • Deadlines for GEMBA'25 (Class entering in 2023)
  • Upcoming Assessment Dates
  • Programme Start Dates
Asia Section Middle East SectionEurope Section
FINAL ROUND14 June 202202 August 202227 September 2022
Asia Section Middle East SectionEurope Section
ROUND 120 December 202214 February 20237 March 2023
ROUND 221 February 202325 April 20239 May 2023
ROUND 318 April 202320 June 202311 July 2023
FINAL ROUND13 June 20231 August 20235 September 2023

COVID-19 Update:
In an effort to accommodate our candidates, we are pleased to inform you that the INSEAD Assessment Day is now online.Once you have submitted your application, your admissions officer will share available assessment dates with you.

Programme Start Dates

GEMBA Asia section:Thursday, 18August 2022
GEMBA Middle East section: Friday, 7October 2022
GEMBA Europe section: Thursday, 3November 2022

INSEAD Assessment Day Dates

If you decide to take the INSEAD Assessment, you must have submitted a complete application at least 2 weeks before the test date. Successful applicants will then be invited to sit the test on one of our campuses.

The INSEAD Assessment takes place approximately once a month on each of our campuses. Please be prepared to spend five hours on campus.

INSEAD Assessment Dates >

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INSEAD Assessment

If you opt to take the INSEAD Assessment,rather than the GMAT or Executive Assessment, youmust first submit a completed application at least 2 weeks prior to the assessment date. Your application will be reviewed by our Pre-Selection committee and if successful, you will be invited to join the assessment.

More information on the INSEAD Assessment

Learn more on TIEMBA - INSEAD dates and deadlines here >

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Enquiry?

If you have any questions related to our programmes or application procedures, we are here to help you.

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FAQs

What does the Admissions Committee look for in a competitive application?

We look for participants who will contribute proactively and share the insights they have gained throughout their professional and personal experience. A competitive applicant manages to demonstrate a clear desire for intellectual growth, both in the classroom and through working on group projects.

We select participants who demonstrate cross-cultural understanding and an international outlook.

Finally, admitted candidates have demonstrated their academic capacity to address the intensive, rigorous and challenging EMBA curriculum. Both GMAT and theINSEAD Assessment Dayprovide a uniform and standardised way of evaluating candidates to that effect. Academic transcripts and test scores help us determine analytical skills and if a participant would benefit from doing preparatory work for some of the courses, particularly mathematically-based ones.

What is Corporate Endorsement?

Each GEMBA candidate must have corporate endorsement before starting the programme.

Corporate endorsement means:
Your company acknowledges the necessary time commitment you need to complete the programme. Corporate endorsement does not necessarily mean the employer is paying the full tuition fee for the programme, although some participants are fully or partially financially sponsored for the Executive MBA programme.

Can I discuss the GEMBA Programme with someone before I apply?

You are most welcome to Contact Us to ask any questions you might have or request for a one-on-one consultation with GEMBA staff. You can also meet GEMBA programme advisors at our Events worldwide.

What are the test options for GMAT/GRE/EA/TOEFL

Can I Apply Without a GMAT, GRE, EA, or TOEFL?

For INSEAD Master Programmes, if you submit your application without a test, it will remain incomplete and will not be reviewed until we receive your test results.

GMAT Online Exam

Candidates have the option to take the GMAT exam online or at a test center. The GMAT online exam is available in most locations, with the exception of: Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Sudan due to regulatory and local data privacy rules.

For more information about the GMAT Online exam, including registration instructions, please visit the GMAC website.

GRE at Home

GRE Test at Home can now be taken anywhere in the world with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.

To register for at-home testing, please visit the GRE website.

TOEFL at Home

ETS is offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. To register for at-home testing, please visit the TOEFL website.

TOEFL has also launched an exclusive testing solution for Mainland China with registrations opening 15 May 2020.

EA Online

The Executive Assessment is now available online in most locations with the exception of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Slovenia due to regulatory and local data privacy rules.

To learn more about the EA Online, visit the GMAC EA page.

INSEAD Assessment

Applies to Executive MBA Programmes Only

The INSEAD Assessment is now available online. Once you have submitted your application, your admissions officer will share available assessment dates with you.

FAQs

Is INSEAD GEMBA full time? ›

Full-time INSEAD faculty constitutes the majority of the GEMBA teaching team. Some faculty are engaged in teaching within the full-time MBA programme as well, and most of them have substantial experience in high-level Executive Education.

Does INSEAD accept executive assessment? ›

To ensure that we bring the best talent to the class, applicants must either take the INSEAD Assessment, the GMAC Executive Assessment (EA) or the GMAT – all of which provide a uniform and standardised way of evaluating candidates' aptitude to cope with the intensity and breadth of the programme.

Is INSEAD Executive MBA worth it? ›

In conclusion, is the INSEAD MBA worth it? Based on the programs ROI, global focus, and vast global network, the answer is, without a doubt, yes! If you have any other questions or you simply want to know more, get in contact with the many MBA Ambassadors on our website.

Is getting into INSEAD tough? ›

Rumour has it – INSEAD's MBA programme is difficult to get in, as it requires a mighty GMAT score. Or you might have heard that if you do not have a business background, your chances of getting admitted into INSEAD are low.

Which executive MBA program is best? ›

Top 10 Executive MBA Programs in the World 2020
QS Global Top 10 Executive MBA Programs 2020
RankSchoolProgram
1The Wharton SchoolMBA for Executives
2IESE Business School - University of NavarraGlobal Executive MBA
3HEC ParisExecutive MBA
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What is INSEAD acceptance rate? ›

According to data from MBA Data Guru, INSEAD has one of the highest acceptance rates of top business schools, with 31 percent accepted from 4,003 applications. It's suggested by INSEAD students that this high acceptance rate is related to the high yield rate.

Is executive assessment easier than GMAT? ›

How hard is the Executive Assessment compared to GMAT? The EA is not only shorter than the GMAT, but it is also designed to be taken with minimum preparation. This means that the test will be more straightforward and easier than the GMAT.

Does London business school accept executive assessment? ›

If you have not yet taken the GMAT, we encourage you to consider the Executive Assessment, developed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and designed with time-sensitive senior executives in mind.

How do I get admission to INSEAD for Executive MBA? ›

To help INSEAD ascertain your eligibility, participants have to select the GMAT Executive Assessment (EA) or INSEAD EMBA Assessment Day. If you choose to take the INSEAD Assessment (the fee is €185), the institution will allot a campus as per your choice after an evaluation. The GMAT exam is another alternative.

Is INSEAD better than Harvard? ›

According to the Financial Times' new MBA rankings, Insead is the best business school in the world.

Is INSEAD Ivy League? ›

INSEAD is neither a target school nor an Ivy League school. INSEAD is a top business school in Europe, Ivy League is a set of eight undergraduate colleges in the US that play in a sports league together.

Is London Business School MBA worth it? ›

An LBS MBA student has the option to complete the MBA in 15, 18, or 21 months. The London Business School is also highly ranked. In 2019, Financial Times ranked it number two business schools in Europe, and Forbes ranked LBS as the number one 2-year international MBA program.

Is 700 good for INSEAD? ›

A score in the range of 710 to 750 is a good score for INSEAD with the conversion ratio also being quite high in this range. However, nationality, as well as profile, play an important role at INSEAD, which is why we can see a number of interview invites being sent to applicants with scores lower than 710.

What makes you a good candidate for INSEAD? ›

“INSEAD seeks students who bring something distinctive and meaningful to the program – it's not just what you've done and plan to do – but what you have to say about it, what you've learned from it, how it informs your perspective, and how you may grow in the future – and your willingness to put that learning and ...

What GPA do you need for INSEAD? ›

Students are required to obtain the following GPAs: o Across all core courses, reach a minimum GPA of 2.1 based on a forced curve where the average of the class is set at 3. o Across all courses, reach a minimum GPA of 2.1, where electives are graded out of 4 o In addition, students cannot have a fail grade.

Does Executive MBA have any value? ›

Most incoming EMBA students are already earning six-figures when they start a program, but having an EMBA from a top school can potentially double your earnings. The EMBAC reports that the average salary and bonus package was $193,000 for 2020 graduates, up from $169,269 before starting the program.

Is MBA better than Executive MBA? ›

Commonly, the EMBA (Executive Master of Business Administration) is misconstrued to be a superior form of MBA study. When in actuality, the two programs hold equal cachet and value on graduation. What sets them apart is their purpose and delivery format, leading to two entirely different experiences.

What is the difference between an MBA and an Executive MBA? ›

Perhaps the biggest difference between MBA and Executive MBA programs is that MBA students leave their jobs, while EMBA students keep working during the program. As a result, Executive MBA classes are usually held on nights or weekends to accommodate a normal business schedule.

Is INSEAD the best MBA? ›

INSEAD's MBA program ranked 1st in 2021, 2017 and 2016 in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking. The dual degree Executive MBA with Tsinghua University is consistently ranked in the top 10 by the Financial Times.

Why is INSEAD famous? ›

INSEAD is one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools with five campuses and centers around the globe. The school offers a variety of graduate programs, including MBAs, a doctorate in management, and a certificate program.

Does INSEAD prefer GMAT? ›

INSEAD, which is known for having one of the most elite business schools in the industry and is notoriously stringent when it comes to GMAT scores, has opened its doors to accept and admit students with GMAT scores lower than they have previously accepted.

What is a good score on executive assessment? ›

150 or above is a good Executive Assessment score.

Is 155 a good EA score? ›

Both the available percentile information and the information available from schools indicate that, in most cases, a good EA score for an EMBA program is 150 or higher, and that a good score for a full-time MBA program is 155 or higher.

How many times can you take executive assessment? ›

How often can I take the Executive Assessment Online? The Executive Assessment Online can be taken up to two times. These two attempts are independent of any attempts completed in a Test Center, as well as any additional attempts required as a result of a verified technical issue.

How is executive assessment score calculated? ›

This score is calculated by adding up the three section scores and then adding 120 to that total. For example, if you score a 10 in each section, you'll score 10 + 10 + 10 + 120 = 150 overall.

How long does it take to prepare for executive assessment? ›

However, the material tested on the EA is similar to what is tested on the GMAT, so rigorous preparation is still required. Thus, to answer the common question, “How long do you need to prepare for the Executive Assessment?,” we find that about 200-400 study hours is recommended for most students.

What is the acceptance rate for London Business School? ›

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

Maintaining an acceptance rate of about 25% for international students every year, LBS houses students from more than 100 countries.

Does Harvard have executive MBA? ›

Does Harvard Offer An Executive MBA? No, HBS does not offer an Executive MBA. Instead, they have a collection of Executive Education programs, four of which can earn you the status of an HBS alumni.

How much GMAT score is required for INSEAD? ›

The average INSEAD GMAT score is 706; the range is typically around 600 to 800. As a one-year program, the school needs assurance you have the academic ability to keep pace with your classmates.

Does INSEAD give scholarships? ›

There are over 100 types of scholarships available, which apply to both our campuses in Fontainebleau and Singapore. Awarded to students who can demonstrate financial need. Applicants must provide accurate financial information by submitting a number of supporting documents.

What is a Gemba degree? ›

Global Executive Master of Business Administration (GEMBA)

Where do INSEAD graduates work? ›

INSEAD MBA Graduates Top Employers of 2021
CompanyGraduates Employed
McKinsey & Company119 (50)
Bain & Company69 (30)
Boston Consulting Group44 (12)
Amazon28
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How much does INSEAD MBA cost in INR? ›

Ranking
Fees componentsAmount
Tuition & feesINR 52,38,819

Is INSEAD expensive? ›

Only the cost of INSEAD tuition fee is around €89,000 (approx. the US $106,132). Moreover, calculating all the transport, housing, and living expenses would cost US $ 1,50,000 for the INSEAD business school fees. 2.

Does Harvard have executive MBA? ›

Does Harvard Offer An Executive MBA? No, HBS does not offer an Executive MBA. Instead, they have a collection of Executive Education programs, four of which can earn you the status of an HBS alumni.

Is INSEAD the best MBA? ›

INSEAD's MBA program ranked 1st in 2021, 2017 and 2016 in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking. The dual degree Executive MBA with Tsinghua University is consistently ranked in the top 10 by the Financial Times.

Is GMAT required for executive MBA? ›

If you're wondering “is the GMAT required for an Executive MBA?”, the answer is increasingly “no.” While the GMAT was once the standard entrance exam for business school, the Executive Assessment (EA) is becoming more popular among EMBA candidates and programs.

Is INSEAD better than Harvard? ›

According to the Financial Times' new MBA rankings, Insead is the best business school in the world.

Does Google recruit from INSEAD? ›

Citing the report, Poets and Quants said that Amazon hired 39, the largest recruiter after the consulting firms, while Microsoft engaged 16 INSEAD MBAs. Google hired 13. Uber (11), Apttus (11), Samsung (8), and Apple (7) were also among the major employers of INSEAD grads last year.

What is the salary after MBA from INSEAD? ›

Average INSEAD MBA salary

The median base salary for MBA grads in 2020 was $103,800. When it comes to signing bonuses, INSEAD MBAs have equally good prospects. The median signing bonus was $25,000 in 2020, while the median performance bonus sat at $21,800.

Can I get full scholarship for INSEAD? ›

If you are awarded an INSEAD scholarship and also receive a full tuition external or national award, we will automatically withdraw your INSEAD award which will be reallocated to another deserving candidate in yours or a future intake.

Why is INSEAD famous? ›

INSEAD is one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools with five campuses and centers around the globe. The school offers a variety of graduate programs, including MBAs, a doctorate in management, and a certificate program.

Which country is best for MBA? ›

Which Are The Most Popular Countries For MBA Students?
  1. United States. The US is top of the list once again. ...
  2. United Kingdom. Second on the list is the United Kingdom. ...
  3. Canada. In third place is another North American country - Canada. ...
  4. Australia. ...
  5. Germany. ...
  6. France. ...
  7. Spain. ...
  8. Singapore.

Is INSEAD Ivy League? ›

INSEAD is neither a target school nor an Ivy League school. INSEAD is a top business school in Europe, Ivy League is a set of eight undergraduate colleges in the US that play in a sports league together.

Why is INSEAD unique? ›

What Makes INSEAD Unique? Length of the MBA Program: INSEAD offers just one-year programs, including both a 10-month and a 12-month option. These accelerated programs are great for people who want to obtain their MBA quickly and return to work. Four Global Campuses: One of INSEAD's main attractions is its global reach.

How do I fund INSEAD? ›

You can begin by seeing if you are eligible to apply for any of the scholarships or loans that are listed on our website. Though the responsibility of funding your year at INSEAD ultimately lies with you, the MBA Financial Aid Office can assist you in planning your financing for the INSEAD MBA programme.

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