Master Degree Programmes

A diverse international portfolio of top-ranked programmes covering every aspect of business
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Our full-time MBA programme curriculum develops successful, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for organisations and communities.

The 2017/2018 year saw continued high performance by INSEAD master programmes, with a #2 global MBA ranking from the Financial Times and total revenues of €114.5 million – exceeding €100 million for the second time in school history.

 

The administrative team also has a new leader. Katy Montgomery, former INSEAD Global Director of Career Development, assumed the role of Associate Dean of Degree Programmes on 1 September 2018 and became the third woman on the school’s Executive Committee.

 

In 2017/2018 the INSEAD faculty and board approved the launch of the first new INSEAD degree since 2013. The new Master in Management (MiM) is a one-year, pre-experience programme that will expand our impact and reach in a growing market. We are currently designing a rich international curriculum and expect to welcome our first class of 80 to 100 students in August 2020. We look forward to a younger group of future business leaders joining INSEAD and further enriching our unique educational experience.

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The new MBA curriculum was rolled out smoothly and successfully throughout the year with high satisfaction levels among students. In particular, we trialled the Period 0, or 'P0' online module, which had its first full run in August 2018 with more than 80% of the incoming MBA class participating.

 

This innovation, designed in collaboration with the online learning team from Executive Education, helps students prepare for the rigours of the programme before they arrive on campus. It includes an optional multidisciplinary course, based on BlaBlaCar, a start-up conceived at INSEAD and taking the world by storm.

 

In September, we also introduced the Personal Leadership Development Programme (PLDP), which runs in parallel with the academic curriculum. The sessions include individual and group coaching to prepare students for leadership challenges by enhancing self-awareness, team effectiveness and communication skills. We will evolve and enrich the PLDP, which is truly breaking new ground in MBA education.

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As well as being pioneers of the new curriculum, the 2018 MBA intakes will be remembered for their record numbers. We saw the most ever Spanish and Brazilian students join INSEAD in January 2018 and a record-equalling 34% of women start in September. This impressive group of female students is also notable for its diverse range of nationalities, hailing from countries that include Armenia, Cameroon, Iran, Slovenia, Syria, Togo, Uganda, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.

 

In July 2018, 503 students were transformed into INSEAD alumni. We held our third graduation ceremony at the Château de Fontainebleau – complete with caps, gowns and green hoods affixed with salamander pins. It was every bit as successful as our previous Château graduations, especially due to live streaming for those unable to attend in person. In December 2017, 536 proud students each received their INSEAD degree. The graduation ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore was another elegant event.

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Executive Master Degree Programmes

 

The two INSEAD Executive MBA programmes continue to attract impressive, senior-level talent from around the world. They offer a truly global educational experience with 'Key Management Challenge' courses currently delivered in China, Brazil and the US, as well as on our Europe, Asia and Middle East Campuses.

 

In this year of iW50, we focused on the growth of female participants, resulting in a record 45% women in the Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) class. The incoming Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) class also recorded all-time highs for female participation in each of its three sections, with 37% in Europe, 30% in Asia and 20% in the Middle East.

 

We are particularly pleased that applications for the TIEMBA remained buoyant in 2017/2018. The programme remains very high in the rankings, garnering the #3 spot globally in the Financial Times.

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In July 2018, the joint GEMBA and TIEMBA elective module in Fontainebleau welcomed Executive Master of Finance (EMFin) students for the first time. The combined classroom experience enhances all three programmes. Indeed, this feature, along with the new EMFin curriculum and name, have proved to be very attractive with a record 42 participants due to graduate in February 2019.

 

Meanwhile, INSEAD’s most distinctive programme, the Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change (EMCCC) is going from strength to strength. Its application of psychodynamic methods to business practice strikes a chord with a wide range of talented participants from all ages and backgrounds. We are particularly pleased the three 'waves' of 36 students that joined us this year average 50% female.

 

In 2017/2018, we embarked on a major study on how EMCCC participants view the programme. We found that the words 'Consulting' and 'Coaching' in the title can be misleading. After much consideration, we have decided to rename the programme Executive Master in Change (EMC), with the tagline 'Transforming Self and Organisations'. The next wave of incoming students in 2019 will be the first to graduate with the new degree title.

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Coming Soon: Master in Management

 

In 2017/2018 the INSEAD faculty and board approved the launch of the first new INSEAD degree since 2013. The new Master in Management (MiM) is a one-year, pre-experience programme that will expand our impact and reach in a growing market. We are currently designing a rich international curriculum and expect to welcome our first class of 80 to 100 students in August 2020. We look forward to a younger group of future business leaders joining INSEAD and further enriching our unique educational experience.

Class Statistics

Key figures for Master Degree Programmes students who joined us in academic year 2017/2018
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MBA – MBA’18D & MBA’19J

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1,033
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29
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33%
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89
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6
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709
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Global Executive MBA – GEMBA’19

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235
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38
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30%
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60
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14
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Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA – TIEMBA’20

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45
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35
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Women
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44%
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18
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12
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Executive Master in Coaching and Consulting for Change – EMCCC’18 (Waves 26, 27 & 28)

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106
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44
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Women
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55%
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45
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19
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Master in Finance – MFin’19D

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43
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33
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Women
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28%
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28
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9

Doctoral Programme

The small, intimate doctoral programme with big impact – for the school and business education worldwide
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81
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20
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42%
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Our purpose is not simply to provide the very best training for tomorrow’s business professors, but to enrich INSEAD’s vibrant research community.

With just 13 graduates and 16 new entrants in 2018, the PhD in Management is the most selective of all INSEAD programmes. The growing reputation of our doctoral programme over the past three decades has helped attract top faculty to INSEAD and place our own graduates in the world’s leading institutions. In 2018, our students were recruited by Stanford, Bocconi, HEC Paris, University of Washington Foster Business School, University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and Singapore Management University, to name a few.

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We are particularly proud of the fact that 42% of our academic year 2017/2018 PhD students are female, which means that we are helping redress gender imbalance, a longstanding issue for academia.

 

Another cause for celebration is the number of our students and alumni involved in researching strategically important areas, such as business and society. For instance, 2018 graduate, Bhavani Shanker Uppari, was a finalist in two prestigious competitions for his work on rechargeable, subsidised lightbulbs in the world’s poorest communities – a far safer alternative than flame-based sources like kerosene lamps and candles.

 

In another example, current student Isabelle Solal MBA’08J, a former corporate lawyer and INSEAD MBA graduate, is investigating the effect of gender on investment decisions and evaluations in financial markets.

 

Our other doctoral candidates are researching topics as diverse as reducing food waste in commercial kitchens, providing contraceptive services in developing countries and blockchain technology applications to source goods more responsibly.

 

In 2017/2018, the number of INSEAD PhD alumni crossed the 200 threshold for the first time. As they pursue their careers in academia, all 211 are taking the school’s research reputation and message of business as a force for good out into the world. In 2019, we look forward to the programme’s 30th anniversary celebration, where we will recognise our alumni contributions and showcase their success.

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Career Development Centre

Our team of agile experts responds to a rapidly changing world of talent and prepares newly minted INSEAD alumni to join an increasingly global workforce
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The Centre forges transformative partnerships with students and alumni to accompany them on their career journeys, helping them find the right fit and secure new jobs where they will flourish. 

The changes in the job market continued apace in 2017/2018, as technological innovation and movement in the global political landscape showed no signs of slowing. Fortunately, helping navigate change is what our Career Development Centre does best. Our success is evidenced by a 32% rise in student satisfaction rates this year and in the career paths our alumni take.

 

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In 2017/2018, we rolled out the new 'Careers Core' as part of our reengineered MBA curriculum. The courses continue to evolve and introduce innovative features such as online polling and social media to stimulate lively class discussions and engage students in careers electives. Meanwhile, personal coaching launched a few years ago remains a resounding success with a 99% engagement rate and a 100% increase in the number of sessions over the last two years.

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This mix of high-tech and high-touch is becoming a trademark of our Career Development Centre. It improves student career prospects when they leave INSEAD by enhancing their experiences while they are still here.

 

Indeed, the outcomes for the MBA’17D and ’18J classes were very positive, with 91% reporting at least one job offer within three months of graduation. Consulting remains the most popular destination, with 36% of 2017/2018 graduates going into consulting and another 16% returning to the sector – increasingly to focus on technology and business transformation, as well as more traditional areas such as strategy. We also saw a growing appetite among students for start-up and scale-up ventures. Across all sectors, it is particularly interesting to note the emergence of new job titles for which INSEAD graduates seem supremely fitted, such as 'chief of staff', 'international growth consultant' and 'change manager'.

 

Many individual success stories of the year rested on the efforts of the Employer Engagement staff, who have built a diverse range of experiential opportunities for students as well as continuing to cultivate recruiters. This year, the team accompanied 391 participants on 46 career treks across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas – often co-organised with student clubs. They also worked with the Digital@INSEAD team to support the Summer Start-up Tour, which gave small groups of students inside access to the entrepreneurship ecosystems of major tech hubs.

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Another new initiative was the Singapore and Paris Talent Networking Forum, pioneered previously in Dubai, and held for the first time in March 2018. Across the two cities, 752 students – including several GEMBA and EMFin participants – met 310 executives and HR representatives from 140 companies. This added to the INSEAD total of hosting 328 recruiters on our three campuses this year, some of them returning to visit us several times.

 

Executive Degree Student and Alumni

 

The presence of Executive Degree participants at our March Talent Networking Forum highlights a further ongoing evolution at the Career Development Centre. Executive students, who have already achieved a high degree of professional success, have diverse needs and aspirations that require a tailored approach to career development.

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Throughout 2017/2018, we provided GEMBA students with 15 online webinars, 580 hours of career coaching and numerous online resources, education panels and opportunities to cultivate executive search firms. These activities are designed to meet both individual career goals, regardless of whether or not the participants’ ambitions lie within their existing organisations or elsewhere.

 

A similarly diverse – but otherwise very different – group that we now serve is the INSEAD alumni population. This year, we launched the Alumni Extra resources platform, which provides recorded online webinars and alumni experience videos. This platform complements the CareerGlobe job board and premium access on MBA-Exchange that already benefit alumni. It is a challenging task to support more than 57,000 alumni worldwide, but the Career Development Centre had 1,424 individual interactions in 2017/2018, including online career workshops and 319 coaching sessions, a 60% increase over the previous year. 

 

The Centre also designed and delivered career-themed events in two reunions and two alumni forums and plans to be even more visible at these and other events moving forward.

Employment Statistics

MBA'17D and MBA'18J employment statistics
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MBA'17D and '18J in numbers

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91%
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65
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US $110K
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49%
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59%
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51%
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26%
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Employment Sectors

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Consulting
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52%
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Top Employers of MBA'17D and MBA'18J Graduates

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McKinsey & Company
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131
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Boston Consulting Group
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78
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Bain & Company
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65
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Amazon
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36
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Strategy&
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31
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A.T.Kearney
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23
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Accenture
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23
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L.E.K. Consulting
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16
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Roland Berger
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10
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Goldman Sachs
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8
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OC&C Strategy Consultants
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8
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Restaurant Brands International
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7
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Morgan Stanley
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6
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Apple
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5
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Credit Suisse
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5
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EY-Parthenon
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5
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Microsoft
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5
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Oliver Wyman
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5
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Samsung
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5
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Agoda
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4
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Booz Allen Hamilton
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4
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Danaher
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4
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Deloitte
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4
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Delta Partners
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4
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Google
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4
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GSK
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4
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The Kraft Heinz Company
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4
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Nissan
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4
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Uber
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4
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Wayfair
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4

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Annual Report Description
We are pleased to provide downloadable versions of Our Year in Review 2017/2018. These downloads include a single page format ('Print'), a booklet format ('Screen') and pullouts of our Finances and Special Features chapters. All downloads are provided as a PDF file.