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INCAE Business School

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Contact Information

Walter Kissling Gam
La Garita
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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School Data

Annual Tuition: $56,200

INCAE’s mission is to teach MBAs the skills to tackle challenging situations and pinpoint opportunities in their communities.

The B-school has two campuses – the main campus in Alajuela, Costa Rica and another in Nicaragua. Alajuela is home to many industries like technology, pharmaceuticals, textiles, agriculture, and tourism, and top companies in the area like Intel, Bridgestone, and Grupo Constenla. The Juan Santamaría International Airport, the main gateway into the country, is in Alajuela, as well as the Poás Volcano and many coffee plantations.

The 15-month program is taught primarily in Spanish, with a few electives in English.
INCAE recognizes that in the real world, effective teamwork is crucial, so much of the coursework is collaborative. The goal is for MBAs to hone in on a specific interest area in either Sustainability, Marketing, Operations & Technology, Finance & Economics or Entrepreneurship.

The staple of the program is the Management Consulting Project where students identify and tackle an in-company issue for an organization in either Latin America, the United States or Europe. This experience is also a great opportunity to connect MBAs and potential employers.

Regional exchanges are optional and encouraged so that MBAS can gain experience working in other regions, broadening their vision of the world and helping them to establish global contacts. Post-grad, INCAE MBAs can tap into the network of 16,000 alumni as a tool in their networking process.

Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2013): NR

BusinessWeek (2012): NR

Forbes (2013): NR

Financial Times (2013): 90 (Global)

The Economist (2013): NR

Tuition & Fees: $64,900 (Non-Latin American) $54,600 (Latin American)

Admissions Requirements: 

  • Resume, showing at least two years of relevant experience
  • Three letters of recommendation (in pdf format).
  • Four passport-size photographs
  • A copy of passport or citizen’s identification card
  • Certified copy of college diploma
  • Certified college transcript together with relevant evaluation scale
  • Medical Certificate

Full-Time Enrollment: 148

International: 69%

Female: 43%

Mean Age: 26.5

Work Experience: 4.5 years

Class of 2013: 

Median Base Salary: $41,527

Median Signing Bonus: $9,116

Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: N/A

Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 18.25%

Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Six Months Later: 39.85%

Where The Class of 2013 Went To Work:

Industry Financial Services/Investment Banking: 28%

Consumer Products & Services: 12%

Industrial Products & Services: 6%

Construction: 4%

Non Profit: 4%

Real Estate: 4%

Travel & Transportation: 4%

Computer/Technology/Internet/Dot.com: 3%

Government: 3%

Management Consulting: 3%

Retail: 3%