Executive MBA, M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #651 (BCR) , | , | ,
The Executive MBA programme at INSEAD - The Business School for the World takes place in modular format on the Europe Campus, Asia Campus and Middle East Campus, with initial regional focus depending on the section you join. Most people opt to start on the campus that is closest to home, but some decide to build their business travel around modules on the other side of the world.


INSEAD’s modular Executive MBA programme is delivered across three fully integrated campuses: Europe (France), Asia (Singapore and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi). With three routes, depending on the starting campus, the programme at INSEAD - The Business School for the World offers experienced executives an intensive 14–17-month fast track to the top – via one of the world’s most prestigious and multicultural academic institutions.

Each class has an unparalleled diversity of nationalities, enabling participants to learn from each other and build a close-knit yet globally distributed network. Another unique feature is the Leadership Development Programme. Other EMBA programmes may offer leadership courses, but INSEAD includes a programme-long schedule of group coaching, 360-degree assessments and team activities, designed to develop a leadership style that is authentic to you – and thus accelerate your career progress even further.

The campuses are equally diverse, each with world-class faculty in residence. Whichever route you select, you will study on all three campuses and come together as a single class for the second half of the programme. The class graduates together in Singapore.



Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Financial Accounting
  • Prices and Markets
  • Uncertainty, Data, and Judgment
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Negotiations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Asia section: August 2018; Middle East section: October 2018; Europe section: November 2018
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

We are looking for experienced executives with intellectual curiosity, a desire to learn and challenge themselves in a rigorous academic programme. We welcome applications from around the world regardless of race, religion, gender, colour or financial status. Our aim is to build a top quality, exciting, dynamic and diverse class.

Leadership Potential and Professional Experience

INSEAD is looking for applicants who can demonstrate their potential as leaders. We will consider your professional experience and past performance when assessing your application. Participants in our current class have an average of 12 years work experience, with the range being between seven to 18 and at least three years management of teams and/or projects. More important than the length of your experience, however, is the quality of your accomplishments and motivation through career evolution.

Academic Capacity

The INSEAD EMBA is intensive, rigorous and challenging. You must have a sound academic foundation: a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognised college or university (although in exceptional circumstances, we may waive this requirement for otherwise outstanding candidates with substantial professional experience). While many of our applicants have advanced degrees, this is not compulsory as we take into consideration professional experience, supported by the GMAT or the INSEAD EMBA Admissions Test (from February 2012).

All applicants must either take the GMAT or the INSEAD EMBA Admissions Test, both of which provide a uniform and standardised way of evaluating candidates.

For the GMAT it is in your interest to prepare thoroughly. We advise candidates to aim for a score at or above the 70-75th percentile for both the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT. Please keep in mind, however, that standardised tests are just one of several admission criteria. A high score does not guarantee admission, and a below average score does not eliminate a candidate. As you will be asked to write seven essays as part of the application, we strongly advise you do not do the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) part as this does not have an effect on the score.

For the INSEAD EMBA Admissions Test, preparation is necessary and will be satisfactorily limited to familiarisation with the test and question formats through samples provided from us by the end of January 2012. The tests take place on all of the INSEAD campuses.

International Outlook

We attract applicants with cross-cultural sensitivity and an international outlook. We consider applicants who have lived, worked, studied abroad or who are working for international companies or on an international level with clients, suppliers, etc.

Fluent English is a prerequisite at INSEAD.

Ability to Contribute to the INSEAD Experience

We look for participants who will contribute proactively and share the insights they have gained throughout their professional and personal experience. We seek candidates who demonstrate a clear desire for intellectual growth, both in the classroom and through working on group projects. We welcome participants who are mature, energetic, highly motivated, well-rounded, and possess strong communication and interpersonal skills. In addition, we try to build an exciting, dynamic and diverse student body representing many countries, backgrounds, styles and aspirations. It is our belief that a substantial part of your INSEAD experience will be shaped by your interaction with your fellow participants and your active participation both inside and outside the classroom.

Work Experience

At least 12 year(s) of work experience are required.

Participants in our current class have an average of 12 years work experience, at least three years in a management role in charge of teams and/or projects. More important than the length of your experience, however, is the quality of your accomplishments and motivation through career evolution.

This programme is taught in different countries. Which country are you interested in?

Tuition Fee

  • International

    102000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 119000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 months.
  • EU/EEA

    102000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 119000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 months.

Living costs

  • Fontainebleau, France

    640 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs
  • Singapore, Singapore

    750 - 2000 SGD/month
    Living Costs
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    5000 - 8600 AED/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


INSEAD offers merit-based scholarships to offset tuition fees for the GEMBA candidates whose profiles will help further the programme's objectives as a vehicle for promoting international leadership and business practice. You can only apply once you have been accepted to the programme. Financial need is factored in the review process.

The scholarships available for the GEMBA are listed below:

INSEAD GEMBA Scholarships for Women

One of INSEAD's GEMBA missions is to increase the flow of women business executives into key educational gateways and business networks. This is achieved with monetary and mentoring support.

INSEAD GEMBA Scholarship for National Diversity

Candidates eligible for this scholarship must be executives based in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Greater China, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America.

INSEAD GEMBA Scholarship for Cross Cultural Understanding

INSEAD also offers scholarships to candidates that have developed multicultural management capabilities through language study and extended periods away from their home culture.

GEMBA Scholarship for Innovation

Innovation creates new knowledge and technology that is central to value creation. INSEAD’s mission and values include understanding, recognizing and developing innovation, through teaching and research.

INSEAD GEMBA Scholarship for candidates active in Public Service

(Candidates working for NGO, Government, Not-for-profit and educational institutions)

This scholarship is designed to assist public service candidates, especially those in leadership positions:

  • to stimulate the transfer of management know-how to their institutions
  • heighten the awareness of other GEMBA participants to the non-profit world
  • complete their expertise with best managerial practice

INSEAD GEMBA Alumni Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurs

INSEAD and its GEMBA alumni are offering a Social Entrepreneurs Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurs who address pressing social problems with innovative and sustainable business solutions.

Scholarship application guide:

These scholarships are granted under various criteria, to students who demonstrate a financial need. Scholarships will be awarded by a committee composed of INSEAD GEMBA faculty and admission staff. No appeal process is offered.

If for some reason you do not join the original GEMBA class for which you have been admitted and you start your INSEAD GEMBA with a future class, your scholarship application(s) will not be transferred automatically. You will have to re-apply for scholarships offered that year and compete against the new cohort.

The EMBA Scholarship Committee can withdraw the scholarship award if your company offers you sponsorship for more than 50% of the tuition fees.

For all INSEAD scholarships we require applicants to provide accurate details about their financial situation. Please fill in the financial information form included in the scholarship application form.


You can submit your application up to one week prior to the start of the programme. It will be reviewed within 2 to 3 weeks. Awards are limited, we encourage early applications.

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