To apply to the INSEAD MBA Programme, you must submit an application form online and the required supporting documentation listed below. After you submit the online application, you will receive a summary of your application by e-mail and your application status will be visible on the Dashboard of the online application centre.
To download a copy of the Applications Checklist in PDF format, click here.
To help you in the application process, please download the step-by-step guide.
The whole application process is done via our online application system. You are able to work on different sections of the application separately. Please make sure to save all your data before logging off so you can return to work on it at a later stage. The online application comprises:
Dashboard and Photograph
Once you have successfully registered, you will access the Dashboard of the online application system. You can edit your login details and set your alert notifications. You are also required to upload a photograph of yourself. To optimise the image, your photo should be 99 pixels wide and 128 pixels high. The photograph should be in JPEG or GIF format.
Pages 2-10: Profile
Profile information is hard facts, similar to a detailed resume. You can save a PDF copy of these pages at any time by clicking on the printer icon on the top of your screen. Note that not all fields are mandatory, so if one does not apply to you, leave it blank.
The following supporting documents must be included in your application and received before or on the day of the application deadline. Your application will not be evaluated until all of the below items have been received in addition to the online elements listed above. Please attach your supporting documents via the online application system.
Page 11: Letters of Recommendation
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. You will also be able to upload an optional third letter of recommendation
as part of the supporting documents.
It is important to note that your recommenders cannot submit their letters to us if you have not already submitted your application. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to submit your application ahead of the deadline so that your recommenders can meet the deadline as well. Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will “post it” within 2 business days. Your recommenders will then receive an e-mail notification prompting them to complete and submit their letters. If they cannot meet the application deadline, please note that they will have one extra week, within which to submit their completed recommendation. For additional information, please refer to the Step-by-Step guide.
Page 12: Job Description Essays Pages 13: Essays (Five compulsory, one optional)
This 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 the best opportunity to be creative and tell us about yourself. We would like 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. You can download the essay questions as a PDF document. Once completed, please upload the document on page 12 and 13 of Application Online. We would like to inform you that the essay questions will change for the January 2015 intake (class of December 2015). The new essay questions will be published in January 2014 within the application form for this class.
A fee of €250 must be paid online with a credit card once you have submitted your application form. Please note that this application fee is non-refundable and that your application will not be evaluated until the correct fee has been received.
GMAT or GRE score
Please arrange to have Pearson Vue submit your GMAT test scores directly to INSEAD, code DL3-S8-89. The ETS code for the GRE is 0970. You can take the GMAT up until a week before the application deadline, in this case a copy of your unofficial score report (to be uploaded as supporting document once you have submitted your application form) is sufficient for us to begin evaluating your file. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years. In such cases where applicants have taken both the GRE and the GMAT, they must report both scores as part of the application.
English language certification (Only required if English is not your native language)
We accept TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, and the Certificate of Proficiency in English test. For INSEAD purposes, scores are valid
for two years. With the TOEFL, please arrange to have ETS send your test scores
directly to INSEAD, code 0970. For PTE Academic, the relevant code for INSEAD
is:22W-R2-00. As with the GMAT, a copy of your score report is sufficient for us to begin evaluating your file. Your original test score report will only be required later
on during the evaluation process.
You can also demonstrate fluency in English by a degree from a university where all courses were taught exclusively in this language. If your university degree was exclusively taught in English but in a non-English speaking country, proof that the language of instruction was English must be sent with your application.
Minimum required scores
TOEFL IBT: 105; TOEFL CBT: 260; TOEFL PBT: 620; TOEIC (all four parts are required): Listening and Reading: 950 – TOEIC Writing: 170 – TOEIC Speaking: 190; IELTS Academic: 7.5; PTE Academic: 72; and CPE: B.
Entry language certification (If English is your native language)
For more details, please see the Languages section. If you are unable to supply certification at the time of your application, the deadline is 1st June for the
September intake, and 1st November for the January intake.
MAILING ADDRESS AND INSTRUCTIONS
The application to the MBA programme is fully online. If you wish to send additional documentation by post, please mail to:
MBA Admissions Office
Boulevard de Constance
INSEAD has one centralised Admissions Office in Fontainebleau for all MBA
applicants regardless of your starting campus. Any hard copies of your supporting documentation should therefore be sent to the above mailing address.
Your supporting documents must be received by the Admissions Office before or on the day of the application deadline (23:59 CET).
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an e-mail message including a PDF version of the information you sent.
Please note that we are unable to confirm if your supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, test results, etc.) have been received. This is due to the large volume of applications received.
Instead, an email notification will be sent to you within two weeks of submitting your application. The notification will inform you whether your file is complete or if any components are missing.
You can also find out whether the online components of your application
have been received by visiting the Dashboard of the online application system. This page will indicate the status of your application within two weeks of receiving your application.
Your transcripts should indicate both diploma and grades achieved from each college or university that you have attended. We accept transcripts in English or French. All others must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Each transcript must bear the official seal and signature of the institution.
The transcripts need to reach the Admissions Office by the deadline. For us to start processing your application, the transcripts may be either uploaded with the application form (scanned copies) or sent to INSEAD via post by the applicant or by the academic institution directly.
The size of each of your attachments should not exceed 2 MB. If you have more documents to send, please divide your pages and upload two lighter documents instead of a single big one.
Should you be admitted to the MBA Programme, you will be asked to send your original transcripts and degree to the Admissions Office by post. Photocopies are only accepted if officially certified by a public or professional body (solicitor, embassy, town hall, etc).