INSEAD Deadlines, Essays for September 2016 Intake

INSEAD deadlines, essays

Here are the application deadlines for the INSEAD MBA Program’s Class of July 2017.

Round 1

Application due: September 16, 2015

Decision notification: November 27, 2015

Round 2

Application due: October 14, 2015

Decision notification: December 18, 2015

Round 3

Application due: January 13, 2016

Decision notification: March 18, 2016

Round 4

Application due: February 24, 2016

Decision notification: April 29, 2016

Essay Questions

Essay 1: Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (600 words max.)

Essay 2: Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (400 words max.)

Essay 3: Tell us about an experience where you were significantly impacted by cultural diversity, in a positive or negative way. (300 words max.)

Essay 4: Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (300 words max.)

Essay 5 (Optional): Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (300 words max.)

Applicants should note that although the essay questions remain the same, there are some changes to the functionality of the form itself.  All essay questions are now embedded in the form so that essays no longer need to be uploaded separately. 

INSEAD has slightly adjusted the format so that candidates don’t miss important pieces such as the goals, which were sometimes not answered, according to the school.  Also, candidates are now required to upload a CV. 


The MBA application form for the September 2016 intake of INSEAD’s MBA is now live. Competition for each round is equal regardless of the intake or round you apply for, INSEAD notes. The program has added a fourth round of admissions to better manage the influx of incoming applications and to provide additional flexibility to applicants.

To be included in a specific round, applications must be complete and submitted by 23:59pm Central European Time on the day of the deadline.


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