A graduate business school with locations in France, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and San Francisco

What is INSEAD?

INSEAD is a graduate business school with locations in France, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and San Francisco. Known as the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires, INSEAD is one of the world’s top graduate business schools. It offers a variety of programs, which includes a number of Master’s, Ph.D., and executive education programs.

The school is currently home to 165 faculty members and more than 1,300 students enrolled in the Master’s and Ph.D. programs. Also, more than 11,000 students take part in its executive education programs every year.


INSEAD was founded in France in 1957 by a professor at Harvard Business School named Georges Doriot, along with his two students, Claude Janssen and Olivier Giscard d’Estaing. It became the first business school established outside of the United States. The school was originally located in the Château de Fontainebleau before eventually relocating to its current campus in 1967.

Academic Programs at INSEAD

1. Master’s Programs

INSEAD offers a number of Master’s programs, which consist of MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Management, Executive Master in Change, Executive Master in Finance, and Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA. In particular, the school’s MBA program is an accelerated program where students can obtain an MBA in ten months.

2. Doctoral Program

The school also offers a Ph.D. in Management, which is a five-year program designed to equip students with the skills to pursue academia. A maximum of eighteen students are accepted each year, and the intake of students runs simultaneously in France and Singapore.

3. Executive Education

Various programs comprise INSEAD’s executive education segment, such as leadership, finance, general management, corporate governance, digital transformation and strategy, and more.

4. Business Foundations Certificate Program

INSEAD’s Business Foundations Certificate Program was created in collaboration with Sorbonne Université. The program is specifically tailored for recent graduates with a Master’s or Ph.D. in law, sciences, medicine, humanities, or engineering. It aims to equip students with the skills needed to transition to a career in business or entrepreneurship.

5. Other Programs

INSEAD also offers a variety of other programs besides the ones listed above. There are also online programs, executive coaching, and customized programs for organizations. They include courses in financial analysis, supply chain management, advanced strategy for directors, and much more.

Research and Initiatives at INSEAD

INSEAD is also involved with publishing business cases, with over 2,000 cases published in more than 100 schools around the world. In addition, the school does research in different academic areas, which include marketing, decision sciences, organizational behavior, and more. The research and learning hub at INSEAD also allows students and faculty members to borrow books and use research facilities.

There are also many institutes and initiatives where faculty members conduct research to establish an impact on the world. They include the Gender Initiative, Emerging Markets Institute, Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, and more.

MBA Program: Application Process

For the MBA program, students must go through an extensive application process. The application process includes an online application video where the school will decide its first selection of applicants who will move onto the interviewing stage. There will be interviews with alumni of the MBA program.

After the interview, applications will be re-evaluated by the Admission Office before the applications are passed to the Admission Committee, which is made up of alumni and faculty members. The committee will then decide which applicants to accept.

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