Deadlines & Rounds
Interview & Decisions
You can find out whether the online components of your application have been received by visiting the Dashboard of the online application centre. This page will indicate the status of your application. An email notification will also be sent to you within two weeks of submitting your application (or earlier if your application is sent at least one week before the application deadline). It will inform you as to whether your file is complete or if any components of your application are missing. It is therefore important that you check your email account regularly after the application deadline. Due to European Data Protection laws and our own confidentiality policy, our MBA Office is regrettably unable to give out any information over the phone about applications.
If you encounter technical difficulties when completing your application form, please contact the IT Support Team.
Can I print out the PDF version of the application and send in a hard copy, rather than submitting it online?
We only accept applications submitted electronically. This allows us to process your application more quickly. It also allows you to stay informed of the status of your application throughout the process by checking it online.
Due to the large number of applications we receive for each intake and the confidentiality of the deliberations of the Admissions Committee, we are unable to provide individual detailed feedback on rejected applications.
If your application has been unsuccessful, you must wait until the next intake to re-apply. In
general, we do not encourage reapplications unless there has been a significant professional
or personal development since the initial application was submitted.
We will strive to accommodate your campus choice. However, if your preferred starting campus is full, you will be offered the choice of either a place on the other campus or a place on the wait-list for your preferred campus. In such cases, we encourage you to start your MBA programme on the campus that was not your initial preference, and then participate in the campus exchange to experience the other campus.
In the large majority of cases, no. You should apply for the intake in which you intend to enrol. In truly exceptional circumstances, the Admissions Committee may grant a deferral. All requests should be made in writing and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Deadlines & Rounds
To be included in a specific round, applications must be complete and submitted by 23:29 Central European Time (CET) on the day of deadline. A complete application includes the online form, GMAT or GRE score, all supporting documents, two letters of reference and payment of the application fees.
Each round is equally competitive as the ratio of acceptance is the same for all rounds. We allocate more places in round 1, 2 and 3 than in round 4, but we also receive more applications in round 1, 2 and 3 than in round 4. When choosing a round in which to apply, the most important consideration is to dedicate enough time and thought to your application so that it accurately represents your strengths and talents. However, we encourage you to apply to round 1 or 2 if scholarships are a priority or if you need more time to relocate to your starting campus.
The September and January intakes are equal in size and composition and are equally competitive.
If you choose to delay submission of your application until the following round of the same intake, your application form details will be saved automatically. Note that access to your form will be temporarily disabled from 00:00am (Central European Time) on the day of the deadline, as the system will shutdown for about four days. Access to your form will resume once the temporary shutdown period ends, so you can continue editing it.
Please bear in mind that if you miss all four rounds of a particular intake, your application form and its entire contents will expire. At this point, you will be required to complete a new application from scratch, for the next intake.
You can submit your supporting documents via the online application. Your application will only be evaluated once all required elements have been received:
- Online form
- Two letters of recommendation
- Essays and job description essays
- GMAT or GRE score
- English certification (if applicable)
- Transcripts and degree
- Your Curriculum Vitae (Your CV can either be on a free format or follow the INSEAD official CV e-book: template available here
- Application fee of 250 Euros
If you submit your application or any of the supporting documents after the deadline, it will be reviewed for the next round or for the following intake (for last round applicants).
Given the large volume of applications received, we are unable to confirm whether your supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, test scores) have been received. An email notification will also be sent to you within two weeks of submitting your application (or earlier if your application is sent at least one week before the application deadline). It will inform you as to whether your file is complete or if any components of your application are missing. It is therefore important to check your email account regularly after the application deadline.
Due to European Data Protection laws and our own confidentiality policy, our MBA Office is regrettably unable to give out any information over the phone about applications.
Should you be admitted to the MBA Programme, you will be asked to send originals or certified copies of your transcripts of grades and university degree by mail to:
MBA Admissions Office
Boulevard de Constance
Interview & Decisions
Yes. All applications go through a process of first selection, whereby a short-list of interviewees is compiled. At this stage, only those selected for interview continue with the application process. In most cases, two separate interviews are conducted.
Interviews are conducted in person by INSEAD alumni, normally in your country of residence.
You will be informed if you have been selected for interview within approximately six weeks of receiving your acknowledgement of your completed application. For a full overview of our interview and decision deadlines please visit Dates and Deadlines.
You will be informed of your final decision approximately six weeks after you were informed that you were selected for interview. For a full overview of our interview and decision deadlines please visit Dates and Deadlines.
You will be advised by e-mail of your final admissions decision.