INSEAD Business School MBA Rankings, Salaries, Placements, Admissions for France Singapore Campus
Can 10 months in an MBA classroom transform
your life? The success stories of many INSEAD alumni
prove that it sure can. In this video, we’ll look at what INSEAD
has to offer, the admissions and interview process, program experience, salary after
graduation, and the big one – how you can get into INSEAD. So make sure you watch the full video. INSEAD is a top ranking graduate business
school which offers several masters, doctoral, and executive MBA programs.
If you’re interested in any of these, we’ll share a link in the description.
However, our focus here, will be on the flagship program. The INSEAD MBA is a 10-month full-time program with campuses in France, Singapore and UAE.
It has enjoyed high rankings consistently. In 2017 the Financial Times called it the
best MBA program in the world. The programs run in parallel and students
have the option of switching campuses during the elective period.
In fact, INSEAD has been among the first b-schools in setting up this multi-campus approach.
The global setting allows for a mix of international faculty members and curriculum, besides the
advantage for students who can experience life and explore job opportunities in different
cities across the world. INSEAD students have the opportunity to participate in campus exchange programs. The INSEAD MBA program has modern campuses
and excellent facilities for students. The program has 5 terms, each being 8-weeks
in duration. The initial period covers the 14 core subjects.
During the latter period, students can choose 12 electives from a pool of over 75 choices,
depending upon their career goals and area of interest. The 5th, and last period, has a Capstone project to put into practice the lessons picked up
over the previous terms. INSEAD follows a free-form teaching method, based on the basic premise of classroom interaction,
whereby faculties can choose the method most suited to the content of the session.
The case study method is extensively used. Many cases are designed in-house by the INSEAD
faculty. These are also used by other business schools.
Students also get to experience business simulations, role-plays, projects, and study tours.
INSEAD students learn in study groups, interacting through the period in groups of 5 or 6. So,
collaboration and teamwork forms an integral part of the learning process.
The core courses explore the fundamentals such as finance, organizational behaviour,
strategy, accounting, operations, leadership, macroeconomics, business ethics, and more. The class profile at INSEAD reflects its pursuit for diversity and excellence. Around 90% of the students are internationals from over 94 countries, spanning a wide range of
sectors. About 30% are women candidates. The table below shows the numbers for the
recent INSEAD class. The employment statistics for INSEAD graduates
doesn’t look too shabby either. 71% of the students made a career change and
switched either – the sector, country or role. 1 in 4 students changed all 3.
For the short 1-year MBA, the median salary was over $100,000 putting it in the same league
as the best MBA programs in USA. The RoI looks even better actually, if you
consider the opportunity cost of the additional year in a 2-year MBA program. Let’s move to the question you’ve been
waiting for. How can you get into INSEAD? For a prestigious program such as INSEAD it’s
no surprise that the admissions process is very competitive.
At MBA Crystal Ball we’ve seen it becoming tougher in the last few years because of the
policy related uncertainty in countries such as the United States and the UK.
The INSEAD admissions team will be looking through a magnifying lens at your academic
background, GMAT score, demonstrated leadership potential. And your ability to contribute
to the class through your professional and personal experiences.
International exposure is highly desirable. Evidence of working in an international environment,
knowledge of a foreign language, professional experience in a multinational company, all
fall within the purview of international exposure. However we’ve seen folks without ‘international
experience’ (in the literal sense) also getting in. You’ll need to know how to position
yourself in your INSEAD application. The INSEAD MBA application process is ten weeks long. You’ll have to fill the application form
online, with details on applicant profile, job description, and the essays. There are
3 mandatory essays and an optional essay. These essays are critical part of the application
process. They provide an opportunity to the Admissions Committee to understand the applicant.
Word count is important. So try not to exceed it. For reference, here are some sample INSEAD MBA essays from the previous year’s application. Here’s a list of the other requirements. INSEAD doesn’t provide admission deferrals.
However, reapplications are accepted. We worked with a candidate who got in, but
couldn’t attend. So she had to repeat the full process, and fortunately got in again.
We’ll share her success story along with several others in the description below.
INSEAD allows you to choose either campus, or select Both Campuses, if undecided.
If you can impress the INSEAD admissions committee with your submitted application,
you’ll be called for 2 alumni interviews. This is the final stage of the application
process. INSEAD has two student intakes – one in
January and the other one in September. Each one has four admission rounds. Here is
a list of the tentative schedules. If you’re struggling with the application,
MBA Crystal Ball has some of the best MBA consultants for INSEAD.
Over the years, we’ve helped many candidates get into INSEAD, some with scholarships.
If you’re looking for professional application reviews to improve your chances of getting
in, send us an email with your details. We hope to publish your INSEAD MBA success
story on our blog soon. Good luck!