Launched in 2003, the INSEAD GEMBA is a premier Executive MBA program offering its participants a transformative experience. The core curriculum gives candidates 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 students for a successful career as a business leaders.

There is one GEMBA intake per year, divided into three regional sections, comprising around 210 participants and representing over 50 nationalities in total. The EMBA Admissions process is the same for all GEMBA applicants, whether they apply for the Asia, the Middle East or the Europe section. However, application deadlines are different as the sections start at different dates.The program takes place in modular format on the Europe Campus, Asia Campus and Middle East Campus depending on the section the student joins. Whichever route the students select, they will study on all three campuses and come together as a single class for the second half of the program. The class will graduate together in Singapore.

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, students should consider that they must attend, and prepare for, all modules without exception, as well as completing a substantial volume of work between modules.

Tuition fees for the program differ from section to section.

The GEMBA Asia tuition fees for the August 2020 intake are SG$196,000 including 7% GST, to be paid in 4 installments for self funded students. For company sponsored students, the fees will be paid in 2 installments. The first installment of S$29,000 is due within one month of admission.

The GEMBA Middle East tuition fees for the October 2020 intake are US$135,000 including VAT, to be paid in 4 installments for self funded students. For company sponsored students, the fees will be paid in 2 installments. The first installment of US$21,000 is due within one month of admission.

The GEMBA Europe tuition fees for the 2020 intake are €125,500 including VAT,to be paid in 4 installments for self funded students.For company sponsored students, the fees will be paid in 2 installments. The first installment of €19,500 is due within one month of admission.

INSEAD merit and need-based scholarships are available for GEMBA students whose profiles will help further the program’s objectives as a vehicle for promoting international leadership and business practices.

Average annual salary for GEMBA alumni and graduates is an estimated $227,000.

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Application Deadlines


  • Round 1: 17 January 2020
  • Round 2: 06 March 2020
  • Round 3: 24 April 2020
  • Round 4: 05 June 2020

Middle East:

  • Round 1: 15 February 2020
  • Round 2: 11 April 2020
  • Round 3: 13 June 2020
  • Round 4: 08 August 2020


  • Round 1: 01 March 2020
  • Round 2: 10 May 2020
  • Round 3: 12 July 2020
  • Round 4: 06 September 2020

Application Fee: €250

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 14 to 17 months

Average age of new entrants: 32 – 43 years old

 Require standardized test: GMAT, IEAT or Executive Assessment

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 13 years (at least 3 in a management role)

Job Description Essays

Season: 2020


Please give a detailed description of your job, including nature of work, major responsibilities; and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, number of clients/products and results achieved. (approximately 300 words)


Please explain your career evolution and career choices since you started your professional life. (approximately 300 words)


Please give your objectives for attending the INSEAD Executive MBA Programme. What would you like to achieve over the next 5 years, and how could the INSEAD Executive MBA contribute to achieving these plans? What are your alternatives to INSEAD? (approximately 300 words)

Optional Essay

Is there anything else that you would like to share or to clarify further (for example: family situation and number of children, interests outside of work, gaps in professional experience) (approximately 300 words)

Motivational Essays

Season: 2020


Give a candid description of yourself, stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses. (300-330 words)


Please answer either question (a) or question (b) in approximately 300 words

a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What insights did you gain?

b) Describe the ways in which a foreigner in your country might experience culture shock.

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2020

Your recommendation letter should cover the following questions:

  1. How long have you known the candidate? Define your relationship with the candidate and the circumstances whereby you met.
  2. Comment on the candidate’s career progress to date and his/her career focus
  3. What do you consider to be the candidate’s major strengths? Comment on the factors that distinguish the candidate from other individuals at his/her level.
  4. What do you consider to be the candidate’s major weaknesses?
  5. Comment on the candidate’s potential for senior management. Do you see him/her as a future leader?
  6. Describe the personality of the candidate, including reference to the following characteristics: Organizational skills, inquisitiveness/intellectual curiosity, problem solving skills, creativity & resourcefulness, initiative, motivational & enthusiasm, achievement drive & result orientation, teamwork, communication & interpersonal skills, maturity, personal integrity, cultural sensitivity, charisma, leadership

Admissions Verdict


Highly Selective

“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.” Consultant2019

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