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Boulevard de Constance,
Fontainebleau, France 77305
Admissions Office:
+33 (0)1 6072 4190
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Annual Tuition: €73,500

International: 100%

Full-Time Enrollment: 523

Female: 30%

Male: 70%

Average GMAT: 708

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 620-780

Application Deadlines:
Round 1: September 21st, 2016
Round 2: November 30th, 2016
Round 3: January 25th, 2017
Round 4: March 1st, 2017

With two fully-integrated campuses in Europe and Asia and over 80 different nationalities in the classroom, INSEAD’s accelerated MBA program offers a deep and profound multicultural experience. The MBA program runs in parallel on the school’s campuses in France and Singapore. Students also have the opportunity to visit the campus in Abu Dhabi to take part in an elective course, as well as take advantage of the alliance with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an exchange opportunity with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

The MBA curriculum is designed to quickly and thoroughly prepare students for a career in international business. The first few study periods are based on a structured series of 14 core courses. These courses cover all of the key management disciplines, as well as focusing on the environment in which business takes place. The second half of the program can be customized. Choosing 11 electives from a portfolio of more than 70, students create a unique mix of topics to support individual educational and professional goals. MBA students can pursue a generalist path towards management or concentrate on a specific area, such as finance or entrepreneurship.

Throughout the core curriculum, students work in study groups of five to six. Once students begin their elective courses, groups are no longer predetermined.

Rankings Analysis:

INSEAD slipped one spot in the Poets&Quants’ 2012 ranking of the world’s best MBA programs outside the U.S. to rival European powerhouse London Business School. The self-proclaimed “business school for the world,” switched places with London, moving down from a ranking of first last year to claim second place.

INSEAD’s slippage is largely due to Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s significantly improved ranking for the London Business School which moved into its number one spot in 2012. INSEAD also fell a notch from sixth to seventh place in The Economist’s 2012 ranking among non-U.S. schools.

Even so, the school actually did much better in the BusinessWeek survey, which largely ranks schools on the basis of graduate and corporate recruiter satisfaction. INSEAD jumped three places to finish second in 2012 from fifth in 2010.

As a Class of 2012 grad told BusinessWeek: “INSEAD is not just a business school experience, it is a life experience. The intensity of the program both academically and socially forges a very strong bond between classmates, and the dual campus structure and numerous opportunities for travel only serve to reinforce that.”

Student Perspectives:

From INSEAD to Avon Cosmetics

INSEAD has the highest GMAT hurdle rate of any European business school, with an average GMAT score for its latest entering class of 704. That’s a wee bit better than London Business School’s 700 average and considerably better than the 661 average for HEC Paris, another of Europe’s best business schools.