City: Fontainebleau

Country: France

Year Founded: 1957

Average GMAT: 710

About #

INSEAD boasts three world-renowned campuses around the globe. Located in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, students from over 80 different countries come together to learn in a multicultural and fast-paced environment meant to challenge perspectives and empower their futures. INSEAD has an alumni community of over 61,500 spread out across 175 different countries. The INSEAD community creates an environment that fosters equity, diversity, and inclusion while creating future leaders of the business world. 

Featured Professors #

Philippe Aghion

Professor Aghion is the Chaired Professor of Economics at the Fontainebleau campus. He is a fellow of the Economic Society as well as a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include economic growth, innovation, entrepreneurship and firms, and organizations. He is a co-pioneer of the Schumpeterian Growth paradigm which helps analyze growth policies and how states are a part of the growth process. Professor Aghion is well published, having authored or co-authored a number of books on the topics of growth theory. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Yrjo Jahnsson Award for the best European economist under 45, the John Von Neumann Award, and the BBVA ‘Frontier of KNowledge Award’. 

Youssef F. Bissada

Professor Bissada is the Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise on the Fontainebleau campus. He teaches Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and International Management. His research interests include the Utilization of Simulation as  Teaching Vehicle, Entrepreneurship, and International Management. He is the owner of Bissada Management Simulations which develops computer-aided educational packages. His education includes degrees in Engineer from Karlsruhe University, an MBA from INSEAD and Harvard Business School. 

Ranking #

#1 Financial Time 2021 Global MBA Ranking 

#6 QS Global MBA Rankings 2021 

MBA Program Overview #

The MBA experience at INSEAD is not only multicultural, it is also world-renowned and prestigeous. The length of the full-time program is 10 months and students graduate with skills necessary to becoming thoughtful leaders and innovative entrepreneurs. The 10-month program is broken up into 5 periods. With period 0 beginning with Webinars and introductory courses and period 5 gearing students up for graduation. 

Year One Description #

During periods 1 and 2 students undertake classes which help them develop their skills in the areas of management. Students also have access to one-on-one career coaching sessions during this time and begin developing their career path so that they are prepared during graduation. 

Fall Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Markets and Valuation
  • Organizational Behaviour 1
  • Prices and Markets
  • Uncertainty, Data, and Judgement
  • Introduction to Strategy

Spring Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Corporate Financial Policy
  • Managing Customer Value
  • Organizational Behaviour 2
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Processes and Operations Management
  • Leadership Communication Foundations

Year Two Description #

Between periods 3-5, students attend elective courses which allow them to narrow their interests. From workshops to recruitment activities, students are given opportunities which set them up for success upon graduation. 

There are two core courses, those being Macroeconomics in the Global Economy and Business and Society.

Between periods 3-5, students attend elective courses which allow them to narrow their interests. From workshops to recruitment activities, students are given opportunities which set them up for success upon graduation. 

There are two core courses, those being Macroeconomics in the Global Economy and Business and Society.

GMAT/GRE Stats #

Class of: 2020

Average GMAT: 710

GMAT Total Range: 670-750 (middle 80%)

Unique Aspects #

Prestigious Program

INSEAD has one of the most accelerated and yet most prestigious MBAs in the world. The 10-month program is broken down into 5 periods, each 8 weeks in length. These culminate with an exam, essay, or project. Students must take 14 core courses to prepare them for the rigours of the MBA program, and are able to choose from over 75+ electives once they have mastered the basics. At the end of the 10 month period, students must submit a capstone project which encapsulates all they have learned during the past year. 

Applicant Requirements #

Applicants must possess the following:

  • International Motivation
  • Leadership Potential
  • Academic Capacity
  • Ability to Contribute


Transcripts can be submitted in either French or English. Transcripts stemming from another language must be submitted with a certified translation. Transcripts from each university attended must be submitted. 


Pearson Vue must submit the GMAT test scores. The GMAT can be taken up until the application is due. Students can submit both the GMAT and/or GRE scores.

Foreign Language Requirements

English Language certificates are required for those applicants whose first language is not English. Language scores are valid for a total of two years. For those whose language of instruction at their previous university was English, though they do not stem from an English-speaking country, must have the language of instruction written on their transcript. 


Applicants must submit two professional recommendations. These individuals must speak to the applicant’s leadership and management skills. At least one recommender must have knowledge of the applicant in a professional setting. The other recommender must have experienced the applicant in a professional environment, either as a partner or a client. Academic references are acceptable, though not recommended.  


Applicants must submit a CV with their application. They can either write their CV in free form or adhere to the guidelines of INSEAD’s official CV E-book. 


There are 4 video interviews for potential INSEAD applicants. Applicants should share their passions and motivations for applying to the program. These interviews are then followed up by face-to-face interviews with Alumni. Video interviews should be completed no later than 48 hours once the deadline has passed. 

Cost #

Tuition: €89,000

Books and Supplies: €300

Room and Board €10,000

Scholarships Offered Average: €18,700

Extra Expenses (ie. Transportation/Food): €14060

Class Profile #

Year Data has been pulled of 2020

Program Length 10 months

Average Age: 29

Women 351

Countries Represented: 88

Undergraduate Degrees #

  • Business Administration 34%
  • Engineering 29%
  • Economics 13%
  • Sciences 10%
  • Law, Political Science 6%
  • Humanities & Arts 5%
  • Media & Communication 1%
  • Other 2%
  • Average Work Experience 5.6 years 
  • Previous Work Locations/Fields
  • Consulting 32%
  • Corporate 32%
  • Financial Services 21%
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications 15%

Employment Reports (Class of 2019-2020) #

  • Received an Offer 89%
  • Median Salary $103,800
  • Median Signing Bonus $25000
  • Location Destinations
  • North America (7%)
  • South America (7%)
  • Southern Europe (10%)
  • Africa/Middle East (10%)
  • Asia Pacific (25%)
  • Eastern Europe (3%)
  • Northern/Western Europe (38%)

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