Degree Programmes

Across our programmes, students consistently cite the same reasons for choosing INSEAD for their master degrees.

The reasons most frequently given are: the diverse culture; the academic rigour; the worldclass faculty and research; the emphasis on leadership; the strong entrepreneurial spirit; the resources for professional development; the fast-tracked curriculum; the multi-campus structure, and the prevalent global mind-set. However, as the students reach graduation, the word they most often use to describe their INSEAD experience is “transformational”.

Evolving MBA Electives

Every year, our elective course selection evolves to reflect our participants’ interests and our faculty research as well as global trends in business. Students can choose from a wide selection of 75 elective courses in 10 different academic areas. They also have the opportunity to switch between the Fontainebleau and Singapore campuses, take electives at Wharton or Kellogg and go to the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi Module. Some adventurous students travel to other countries such as China and India for hands-on entrepreneurial experiences.

Rising in the Rankings

In 2015, INSEAD programmes placed high in the rankings from top journals and newspapers. Of note, Forbes listed our school as providing the “Top International MBA One-Year Program” and “Best Business School for Return on Investment” – pointing to the value of an accelerated MBA programme in today’s fast-moving global market. Also, multiple publications cited how many of our alumni have risen to the position of CEO and had “enduring success” as business leaders around the world.

Abu Dhabi Residential Period

Plans are in place for an MBA residential period in Abu Dhabi for the first time in January/February 2016. This opportunity will add to our MBA value proposition for our students. The new residential period builds on a three-trip Abu Dhabi Module that successfully ran in 2013, 2014 and 2015. This cross-campus exchange has been met with strong demand from students. About 70% of INSEAD MBA students study at more than one campus during their programme.

2015* Participants

1018

MBA

Seperator
180

Global Executive MBA

Seperator
37

Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA

Seperator
73

Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change

Seperator
24

Master in Finance

* Statistics based on the MBA classes ‘15J and ‘15D.

New MBA Electives 2014/15

Blue Ocean Strategy

Guoli Chen

Offering a systematic approach to reconstructing industry boundaries and creating uncontested market space.

Business 2050

Douglas Webber

Analysing the demographic, scientific, technological, economic, cultural and political trends likely to shape the world up to 2050.

Deans’ Innovation Projects

James Costantini, Gabriel Szulanski

Developing projects that reflect both student interests and the Deans’ priorities, with a Dean sponsoring each project.

Earnings Quality Analysis

Daniel Bens

Focusing on evaluating the quality of financial information contained in corporate earnings and other “hot topics”.

Creating Value in Health

Steve Chick

Exploring health care delivery and critical challenges facing the entire health sector, and also how to improve value and make changes.

Status and Style: Creativity, Leadership and Communication in Luxury and Fashion

David Dubois, Frédéric Godart

Providing hands-on experience of effective practices and business strategies in the luxury and fashion industries.

Strategy and Impact

Jasjit Singh

Investigating how business can be a force for good – with a focus on companies managing their social impact as an integral part of doing business.

Storytelling Workshop

Neil Bearden

Designed for students to practice, refine, explore and develop their own storytelling approaches.

Strategies for the Bottom of the Pyramid

Phil Parker

Offering a practical approach to dealing with the “bottom of the pyramid” and the challenges it presents.

The Challenges in/with China

Henri-Claude de Bettignies

Delving into China’s socioeconomic/ political situation to define strategies for management and handling the growing interdependence between China and the rest of the world.

Practical Wisdom in Business

Neil Bearden, Gianpiero Petriglieri

Exploring the “why” not the “what”, students will discover their fundamental assumptions about why they make certain decisions when interacting with people who think differently. The goal is a better understanding of decision-making and leadership.

Marlon Bowman

The INSEAD experience has refined me. My South African dream still remains in my soul but it is now paired with a global perspective, a sense of purpose and a deeper knowledge of who I am and who I want to be.

Marlon Bowman
MBA’15J

Alliances and Partnerships

THE INSEAD-Wharton Alliance

Launched in 2001, the Alliance between The Wharton School and INSEAD combines the resources and expertise of two world leaders in management education to benefit our MBA, EMBA and PhD students, and Executive Education participants.

The Alliance also supports faculty exchange, research and development and alumni activities. Through the INSEAD-Wharton Center for Global Research and Education, faculty from both schools build strong collaborations for research and the development of global programmes and curricula.

Partnership with Tsinghua University

Widely regarded as one of the best business schools in China, The School of Economics and Management (SEM) at the prestigious Tsinghua University partnered with INSEAD to create the Tsinghua INSEAD Executive MBA.

Tsinghua’s unique expertise, cultural heritage and place in Chinese society complement INSEAD’s extensive expertise in international management. The partnership also includes faculty exchanges, research collaboration and joint programmes in Executive Education.

INSEAD-Sorbonne Universités Partnership

INSEAD is proud to be a founding member of Sorbonne Universités, a research and higher education entity that strives to create a top level university. The Business Foundations Certificate Programme from INSEAD is intended for students looking for specific training in business management in order to complement their LLM level or Master training.

Kellogg School of Management Exchange

Through the INSEAD-Kellogg exchange, MBA students interested in building a career or networking in North America can gain experience at Kellogg School of Management, the business school of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Exchange with CEIBS

Through an exchange with China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), INSEAD students have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of China and cultivate career opportunities in this dynamic country.

2014/15 Rankings

Our MBA programme was ranked #4, moving up one place from 2014.*
Financial Times

INSEAD garnered recognition for “Top International One-Year MBA Program” and “Best Business School for Return on Investment”.
Forbes Magazine

Our MBA programme landed in “the Global Top 10” with especially high rankings in the categories of “personal development” and “the potential to network” – a tribute to our alumni.
The Economist

We ranked #4 for best school for networking but #1 for best social life.
Business Insider

Our school has the second most MBA graduates who are currently chief executives of an FT500 company.
FT500 CEO List

Three INSEAD alumni listed as “Best-Performing CEOs in the World”, a recognition that measures “enduring success” and “truly evaluates long-term performance”.
Harvard Business Review

INSEAD comes in #1 for producing the most CEOs at Europe’s biggest and most important companies.
Business Insider

* As of this printing, the Financial Times has ranked INSEAD’s MBA programme as #1 for 2016.

Master Programmes

MBA

Designed for early- to mid-career professionals, and featuring an accelerated 10-month curriculum, our MBA programme develops successful leaders and entrepreneurs.

MBA '15J and '15D

1018

Participants

78

Nationalities

29

Average Age

30%

Women

6

Years' average work experience

700

Average GMAT Scores

Global Executive MBA

Our Global Executive MBA programme is tailored for experienced professionals who wish to develop their leadership skills while they continue to advance their current careers.

GEMBA '15

180

Participants

55

Nationalities

37

Average Age

25%

Women

13

Years' average work experience

54%

Working outside home country

Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA

This dual degree combines INSEAD’s global perspective and Tsinghua University’s in-depth expertise of business in China to produce highly successful business leaders and entrepreneurs.

TIEMBA '17

37

Participants

13

Nationalities

37

Average Age

22%

Women

14

Years' average work experience

58%

Working outside home country

Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change

The INSEAD Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change takes participants deep into the basic drivers of human behaviour and the hidden dynamics of organisations.

EMCCC '16

73

Participants

28

Nationalities

43

Average Age

52%

Women

18

Years' average work experience

21

Professional sectors

Master in Finance

Blending cutting-edge theory and best practice, the programme is for professionals with work experience in financial-related roles who wish to deepen their understanding of the sector.

MFIN '17

24

Participants

13

Nationalities

31

Average Age

20%

Women

7

Years' average work experience