INSEAD has three fully-integrated campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It’s Asia Campus is situated at the corner of the Ayer Rajah Avenue and North Buona Vista Road in the Knowledge Hub district of Singapore. The school’s convenient location is 15 minutes from the financial district and 30 minutes from Changi Airport.

The university was ranked 2nd in the Financial Times Global MBA 2018 rankings. The accelerated 10-month MBA program is not only extensive, it has an amazing diversity and you can expect excellent career opportunities upon graduation. This program provides students a starting point to fast-track a transformation in their careers. The core curriculum gives you 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 you for a successful career as a business leader.

As of the latest employment report data of INSEAD’s MBA graduates, 92% of them received job offers within 3 months of graduating with an average base salary of US$105,900 and an average sign-on bonus of US$25,000. Here’s the estimated yearly tuition fee for the full time MBA:

 MBA Program cost: €87,000 (2020)

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Application Deadlines

 September 2020 Intake (Class of July 2021)

 Deadline for complete applicationInterview decision notificationFinal decision notification
Round 118 September 201918 October 201922 November 2019
Round 26 November 20196 December 201924 January 2020
Round 315 January 202014 February 202020 March 2020
Round 426 February 202027 March 202030 April 2020

 January 2021 Intake (Class of December 2021)

 Deadline for complete applicationInterview decision notificationFinal decision notification
Round 111 March 202010 April 202015 May 2020
Round 26 May 20205 June 202010 July 2020
Round 324 June 202024 July 20204 September 2020
Round 428 July 202028 August 202025 September 2020

Application Fee: €250

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 10 months

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 30%

Average age of new entrants: 29

 Require standardized test: GMAT

 Average GMAT score: 709

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 6 years

Motivation Essay

Season: 2020

There are several essays embedded in the application form. Each essay has a maximum word limit, which is stated under each essay box. Respecting this word limit is an important exercise to see how you express your ideas in a concise way, and you will not be able to submit your application if you exceed the word limit.


Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (approx. 500 words)


Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (approx. 400 words)


Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (approx. 300 words)


Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (approx. 300 words)

Job Essay

Season: 2018

The job questions are not essays. Hence, the number of words is not so important. People need to be comfortable writing 3 lines or 20. Some applicants work for companies that are well known and only 3 lines are sufficient to describe them; others work for small companies where it is helpful to give the full picture.


Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved. (short answer – recommended: 300 words)


What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (short answer – recommended: 100 words)


Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (short answer – recommended: 300 words)


Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with an MBA from INSEAD. (short answer – recommended: 200 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

Two professional recommendation letters are required, providing information about your 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 should be from someone who has had a chance to evaluate you in a professional setting, for example, a client, a former supervisor or a colleague from your community service or extracurricular activities. Academic recommendations are acceptable but they are less likely to address our main interest, which is to assess your ability to work with and manage others as well as your potential for senior management. If you feel it would add value to your application, you may also upload an optional third letter of recommendation as part of the supporting documents.

Admissions Verdict



“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.” Consultant2018

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