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INSEAD - The Business School for the World 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Admissions at INSEAD are the most longed-for. INSEAD offers Master’s, Executive Master’s degrees and certifications along with doctoral programs. Wharton and Kellogg, and the CEIBS in China are the school’s biggest partners. With a fairly competitive acceptance rate, the Asia campus of INSEAD is home to more than 1,500 students.

Students from INSEAD are recruited by more than 300 companies including BCG, Bain and Co., McKinsey & Co,

Master in Management, MBA, and Global Executive MBA are the most popular programs among international students aspiring to study at INSEAD The Business School for the World.

Why go INSEAD?

INSEAD offers a one-year MBA program rather than the standard two-year. The program’s length and affordability make it one of the most desired colleges in today’s global business environment. Their MBA program consists of 5 periods, each lasting 8 weeks and comprises 14 core courses and 75+ electives to choose from.


Application Portal Online Application (Each program has different online portal)
Application Fee for International Students MIM: 180 EURO
Mode of Payment Online; Visa/Mastercard; Credit card
Program Structure Period-wise (8 weeks)
Gmat acceptance range for full-time MBA 670-750
Estimated Acceptance Rate 30%
Employment after Graduation Rate (full-time MBA) 92%
Admission Helpdesk Tel : 65 6799 5388
Fax: 65 6799 5399
INSEAD MBA Program Class Profile 2020

Application Deadlines at INSEAD, Asia Campus

INSEAD MBA deadlines vary for the two intake seasons- September & January. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, therefore, applying as soon as possible will be the best shot for international applicants. Although, both the intakes are equally competitive and are equal in class size, applying for the January intake can be more fruitful as the summer internship period is included in the January intake. The acceptance rate for September intake is 39% and that for January intake is 23%.

Class joining in September 2021 graduates in July 2022. Following are the deadlines for the MBA at INSEAD (September 2021 Intake):

Round Deadline for Complete Application Interview Decision Notification Final Decision Notification
Round 1 18 September 2020 16 October 2019 20 November 2020
Round 2 06 November 2020 11 December 2020 22 January 2021
Round 3 15 January 2021 12 February 2021 19 March 2021
Round 4 4 March 2021 01 April 2021 07 May 2021

Class joining in January 2022 graduates in December 2022. Following are the deadlines for the MBA at INSEAD (January 2022 Intake):

Round Deadline for Complete Application Interview Decision Notification Final Decision Notification
Round 1 05 March 2021 09 April 2021 14 May 2021
Round 2 23 April 2021 28 May 2021 02 July 2021
Round 3 18 June 2021 23 July 2021 03 September 2021
Round 4 30 July 2021 27 August 2021 24 September 2021

Application deadlines for the Masters in Management September 2021 Intake takes place round-wise too. Within each round, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. An applicant isn’t required to go through the interview procedure for admissions in MIM. Following are the deadlines for the program:

Round Deadline for Complete Application Final Decision Notification
ROUND 1 30 October 2020 25 November 2020
ROUND 2 09 December 2020 10 January 2021
ROUND 3 17 February 2021 14 April 2021
ROUND 4 07 April 2021 02 June 2021
ROUND 5 02 June 2021 14 July 2021

INSEAD Admission Requirements & Application Process for International Students

A large number of international students decide to study in Singapore. INSEAD is one of the best B-schools in the world, most desired by Asian students. Indian students comprise nearly 10% of the population every year at INSEAD, Singapore.

Full-time MBA at INSEAD is a 10-month program while MIM and GEMBA take 14-month.

Following are the prerequisites for admission to any programs at INSEAD: (h4)

  1. Online Application (including uploading photograph, setting personal profile, & describing job profiles, if applicable)
  2. GMAT or GRE scores
  3. English Language Proficiency Test Scores
  4. Official Academic Transcripts
  5. Two professional Letters of Recommendation
  6. A resume or a CV
  7. Video Interviews (for MBA)
  8. Student Pass/visa to study in Singapore
  9. Photo, and Proof of adequate financial resources for visa application.
  10. Passport / Birth Certificate / Identification Card
  11. Medical report (if applicable)

Although there is no minimum GPA/GMAT score stated by the admissions office, candidates are advised to score in the 70th-75th percentile to get guaranteed admission at INSEAD and 80% in GRE for the same. The average GMAT score for admission observed is 703 and the average GPA is 3.5.

For candidates graduating from non-native English speaking countries are required to submit a certificate of English Proficiency. These are the recommended scores for English Language Tests:

  • TOEFL (equal or above 103)
  • IELTS (equal or above 7.5)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic (equal or above 70)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English test (recommended score equal to or above B)

Admission Procedure for MBA or MIM

Candidates need to follow these simple steps to apply for a full-time master’s degree in management or business administration:

  1. Submission of Online Application along with supporting documents.
  2. Completion of video interviews. Four questions can be expected in these interviews.
  3. Interview with the alumni as decided by the Admissions office.
  4. Evaluation by the Admissions Committee
  5. Final Decision

Visa Process for International Students

International students must have a student pass(visa) to study in Singapore. The student visa application must be applied at least a month prior to the academic year.

The applicant must keep the following documents handy in the process of applying for a student pass(visa) to study in Singapore.

  • Passport
  • Letter of acceptance from the university.
  • A printed copy of e-form and form V36.
  • GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS scores (if required for the course).
  • An application fee of 22 USD and 44 USD.
  • All official academic transcripts
  • Birth certificate proof
  • Financial support statement/s

The INSEAD application review process usually takes up to ten weeks. The process is made to evaluate applicants on the criteria of ability to contribute, academic capacity, international motivation, and leadership potential.

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