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MBA Marketing

 Course Level
Full Time

10 Months
 Start month

 Tuition fee

77000 EUR
77000 EUR

Application fee

International 250 EUR
National 250 EUR
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)105
TOEFL-PBT (min)620
GRE (avg)325
GMAT (avg)702

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About this course

INSEAD and its faculty have been widely recognized as leaders in marketing. To us marketing is more than a function or a discipline; marketing is a way of looking at the world through the eyes of customers to see opportunities for sustainable profitable growth for a business in an ever-changing environment. We are an innovative, multi-disciplinary, research-based group of faculty that develops and tests new theories that we then apply to educate the next generation of leaders with the help of our world-class teaching materials and classroom experiences.

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Eligibility Criteria

Academic foundation: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised college or university (although in exceptional circumstances, we may waive this requirement for outstanding candidates with substantial professional experience). Many of our applicants have advanced degrees but this is not compulsory. To assess your academic background, we consider the competitiveness of the institution you attended and your academic performance.

GMAT: all applicants are required to take a GMAT test as it provides us with a standardised way of evaluating candidates. While we do not have a minimum score required for admission, we advise candidates to aim for a score at or above the 70th-75th percentile for both the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT. Please keep in mind, however, that standardised tests are just one of several admission criteria. A high score does not guarantee admission, and a below average score does not eliminate a candidate.

In countries where the GMAT test is not offered, we will accept a GRE test instead. Similarly, a GRE test is acceptable for prospective students looking to follow the Dual Degree path. A score above 85% for the quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE is highly recommended.

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Course Modules

Core Courses

Managing Customer Value – P2

Marketing is the business function in charge of creating and shaping the demand-side of a business to generate its topline. Most marketing issues involve the desire of a business to sell more. Lower prices, more product features and services, more promotion, or a harder sales push can create more sales. But often these actions fail to generate sustainable profitable growth because they are used to compensate for a product’s inferior customer value or can be easily copied by competitors.

Managing Customer Value introduces a structured approach that focuses on customers and not on products to meet the challenge of creating customer value to drive sustainable profitable growth. The basic premise is that a target customer must see and get value to exhibit the desired behavior. This is true for start-up companies or large MNCs, as well as in domains like politics - getting people’s vote, NGOs - getting people to support a cause, or charities - getting people’s donations of time or money. It will also help you in case-based job interviews.

There are three building blocks. At the base is a deep analysis of customer problems and behavior and the market that customers form to identify attractive opportunities and provide customer insight to develop offers that meet customer problems precisely and better than competing offers. Next, priorities must be set by carefully choosing target customers and positioning strategy. These two choices drive the effectiveness of the resulting action plan to actually create customer and company value by connecting offers and customers and charging a price for offers. Finally, the action plan has to be implemented by allocating resources, i.e., time, people and money, to actions and controlled by monitoring outcomes to improve insight, strategy and actions and stay ahead of competition.

The course will teach you how to (1) identify and assess growth opportunities through market and customer analyses; (2) develop a marketing strategy and an integrated set of marketing actions to implement that strategy for a product or a service and win in the market place; and (3) evaluate business results and customer value to improve analysis, strategy, actions and returns.

Elective Courses

Market Driving Strategies

Course overview

  • This course examines different Marketing-led strategies to develop and grow a business. It is a unique opportunity for participants to apply concept and tools from various core courses and sharpen their managerial intuition by developing and implementing a growth strategy for a business in a competitive market environment, using the MARKSTRAT simulation.

Course format

  • Discussions and lectures complement MARKSTRAT
    Evaluation based on MARKSTRAT performance, presentations & reflection reports

Target audience

  • General managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, marketing managers

Customer Insight

Course objective

  • Practical insights on how to understand & influence people, in marketing contexts & beyond.

Course overview

  • We will explore cutting-edge concepts from behavioural science (mostly psychology & behavioural economics) key to understanding, predicting & shaping, preferences & behaviour.

Course format

  • A brief & intense experience (four 3-hour meetings over a period of a few days) with a very applied focus. Classes are interactive, & cover numerous examples.

Target audience

  • Marketers, consultants, general managers, entrepreneurs, & anyone interested in better understanding people;
    The course is appropriate for those interested in B2C, B2B, or services, though many of the examples will be B2C.

Communication & Digital Strategy

Course overview

  • This course offers a balanced overview of advertising strategy and execution utilizing both classic and contemporary advertising, with a specific focus on digital and social media. The course is designed to hone critical thinking skills by analyzing, developing, implementing, and evaluating digital and social strategies as an integral part of overall marketing strategy. More specifically, the course aims at helping participants to:
  • Understand the rapidly changing advertising and media landscape, with a focus on new media channels
    Examine how consumers respond to advertising and social media, interact with each other in social networks, and virally spread information via word-of-mouth
    Build a social media strategy as an integral part of an overall marketing strategy
    Learn to use tools and metrics for tracking and evaluating social media campaign effectiveness and ROI

Distribution Channels & Sales Force


  • This course is designed for students interested in understanding distribution channels and helping organizations leverage distribution channels for value creation, market differentiation and competitive advantage. Distribution channels refer to the collective set of organizations that effectively transmit products/services from the point(s) of conception to the point(s) of consumption and beyond.
    Historically, channels, the 4th P in marketing mix, has been the least glamorous of the marketing mix variables. The reality today is radically different. Product proliferation, media fragmentation, intermediary power, e-commerce, m-commerce, etc., among other things have conspired to place a premium on effective channel design and management. The success of Apple, Wal-Mart, Dairy Farm, Unilever, Cisco, Sygenta, Hyundai, Amazon, Li & Fung, etc., reveals that careful attention to distribution can have tremendous payoffs.
  • The organization of this course reflects this newfound interest in channels. The course will cover channel issues that are internal to a firm (e.g., salesforce management, account management, sales-marketing-organization interface, etc.) and external to the firm (retailing, wholesaling, trade relationships, channel conflict, channel coordination, etc.). The contexts used to explore these issues will be a mix of B2B and B2C settings across developed and developing economies.


  • An understanding of interactions within as well as between institutions in a channel and their implications for effective delivery of value to the end consumer.
    A set of analytical frameworks, concepts and tools for critical thinking about channel design, channel coordination and overall channel performance.
  • We will examine the issues involved in managing the intra and inter-organizational interactions in a distribution channel primarily through case studies. The contexts examined in the course will range from traditional packaged goods to durable goods, financial services, pharmaceuticals, high technology and leisure/entertainment.

Target audience

  • Students interested in marketing, general management and consulting. It will also be useful for entrepreneurs in the development of their go-to-market strategy.

Strategic Market Intelligence


  • Customer intelligence is an essential part of any business (established company or start-up) that wants to offer products or services that are focused and well targeted. The last decade has seen an explosion in the quantity and quality of information available to managers and only business decisions that are based on good intelligence and good research can minimise risk and allow you to pursue lucrative growth opportunities in the future. By making customer intelligence part and parcel of the business process and conducting research throughout the lifecycle of a product or service, customer intelligence will bring the following benefits:
  • It helps you to outperform your competitors
  • It helps you to identify and better understand your target market and your target customers
  • It will provide you with valuable insights when launching your own business
  • It helps you to better communicate
  • It keeps you relevant and future-oriented
  • It keeps you focused
  • It takes out the guess work out of customer services
  • It improves your decision-making capabilities
  • It helps you to create better customer experiences
  • It creates benchmarks and helps you measure your progress
  • It helps you to innovate with impact

This course is aimed at the manager (or the growing group of specialized consultants) who is the ultimate user of customer intelligence & research and the one responsible for making decisions within an organization regarding activities such as identifying the optimal value proposition, positioning strategy, segmentation, pricing strategy or advertising. This course is also for all the entrepreneurs that would like to build their own business. Every business plan and marketing strategy has to start with the customer. You have to understand what customers want and not just what they need. But in 90% of the cases that information is missing and I had many discussions with MBAs, eMBA, Alumni about setting up the appropriate research to collect the information to create successful businesses.

This course will provide fundamental understanding of market and customer intelligence methods employed by better managed firms and will help managers recognize the role of systematic information gathering and analysis in providing business direction and sound decision guidance from a strategic and tactical perspective. We will also discuss innovative techniques that will change the way how companies collect and analyze relevant data in the future – i.e. real business examples related to social media listening & analytics, mobile focus groups and ethnographies, eye-tracking and neuromarketing, behavioural economic models, or sensor-based data collection.

Strategies for the Bottom of the Pyramid

All industries have a “bottom of the pyramid.” For some industries, this segment may be the world poorest citizens who are typically engaged in subsistence agriculture, while in others it may be those which are too remote to access traditional channels of distribution. This course considers a broad definition of the pyramid, but will spend a good deal of time on the segment typically characterized by a low willingness to pay. For this segment, strategies that reduce production and delivery costs will often be required. In addition, some firms targeting this segment have discovered that new products and services fight for a relatively small wallet. Strategies that seek to increase wallet size often are required to make this segment viable. Strategies addressing wallet sizes and long-run sustainability are discussed. Applications are explored across “for profit” and “not for profit” organizations.

The course relies on lectures and exercises. There are no pre-readings for the course. The course is organized as a “how to” discussion. Suppose you have a pen, a computer, and a phone. Your boss walks in and asks you to prepare a “global strategic plan” for the bottom of the pyramid for your particular industry. What do you do? This program gives a step-by-step answer to this question. It is a practical approach to dealing with this segment and the challenges it presents. The course is then graded based on a final written examination.

Target audience
Participants anticipating a career in emerging markets, NGOs, or agencies reaching the bottom of the pyramid are encouraged to enroll. The course will focus on this subject as if it were a vocation, not a theoretical topic. It will equip you with tools that can be applied throughout your career.

Brand Management

Brands are among the most valuable assets of a company. In several industries a strong brand can drive up to 50% of a purchase-decision. This is even truer in a digital age where the digital revolution has upended how consumers engage with brands. Too often however, marketing decisions regarding product policy, pricing, advertising or distribution are made in isolation without taking into account their impact on brand equity. In this course, we will examine strategy from a branding perspective, and address the most important issues involved in building strong brands and in maximizing the value of existing brands.


  • Understanding when and why branding creates customer and firm value
  • Brand Metrics: Learn to measure brand image, brand equity and brand value
  • Creating a strong brand identity: How to integrate marketing strategy (segmentation & positioning), brand elements (name, logo), the 4Ps and secondary associations (e.g., celebrity endorsers)
  • Maximising the value of existing brands: Strategies for brand revitalization, brand extensions, “cult brands”, role of private labels and global branding
  • Keeping a brand relevant in today’s world


  • Primarily cases (mostly INSEAD cases specifically developed for this course) in diverse areas (luxury, fashion, beverages and spirits, telecom, low-income consumers, emerging markets, entertainment)
  • Three case write ups (in groups) or a group project
  • Class participation

Target audience

General managers and brand managers, consultants (branding, communication), entrepreneurs, analysts operating in branded industries

Business-to-Business Marketing

What makes B2B marketing different?

Customers are organizations as well as people working for them
They have technical, economical, logistical and psychological needs
Decision making process is complex, considering high risks and large transactions
Strategies often include competitive alliances, joint ventures and licensing
Strategic choice spans across all functions: technology, development, manufacturing and finance
Mobilizing cross functional resources requires negotiation and leadership
Street smarts, creativity and risk management are key success factors
Most learning is achieved through personal experience


Application of strategic marketing concepts in the business marketing environment
Value proposition and its dynamics in an industrial, B2B, context
Competitive interaction dynamics and strategic paths
What makes market segmentation “Strategic”
Targeting and positioning when products are only parts of value propositions
Strategic Account Management
Joint ventures, licensing alliances and negotiation
Conflict in industrial channels of distribution
Brand equity in and its measurement in industrial markets


Course debates, lecture-discussion
INDUSTRAT simulation. Lectures and cases (www.industrat.com)
The course is largely based on experience through working in competing teams
The course is compressed into 2-3 weeks in order to provide the continuity and focus in experiential learning

Target audience
All students who will work for or advise firms selling to organizations

Biopharmaceutical Marketing Strategy

Marketing in the biopharmaceutical industry is challenging

Biopharmaceuticals address fundamental human needs: preventing/curing disease and prolonging life
The industry must satisfy multiple customers: physicians, patients and third-party payers (public and private insurers)
All marketing mix elements are heavily regulated


Characteristics of the biopharmaceutical industry
Managing market access
The health care system environment; access to medicines in self-pay markets; market access in third party payer markets
Biopharmaceutical brand management
The biopharmaceutical brand plan, patient flow strategies, customer prioritization, shaping customer behavior, developing and delivering effective messages, biopharmaceutical communication channels, personalized medicine, generics and biosimilars


Lectures & case studies
Guest speakers from the industry

Target audience

Students desiring to work for biopharmaceutical companies
Consultants to the biopharmaceutical industry, a heavy user of consulting services
Students interested in other sectors of the health care system such as diagnostics, medical devices, digital health apps, hospitals and health insurers

Value Creation Luxury and Fashion

The objective of this multidisciplinary course is to offer students with hands-on experience and understanding of effective business practices and strategies in the global luxury and fashion industries. Even though it does not ignore the importance of up-to-date industry knowledge and does provide such knowledge, it is mainly designed as a journey into the daily life of luxury and fashion leaders and entrepreneurs. Building on cutting-edge marketing, strategic and organizational insights on the role of status and style in creativity, leadership and consumption, the course is designed to provide and hone critical thinking and managerial skills related to planning and executing effective luxury and premium strategies. To reach these objectives, the course will build on a mix of case studies, role-playing simulations, practical exercises, a company visit, and hands-on project development.

Strategic Pricing


This marketing elective provides participants with the conceptual, analytical, and statistical tools as well as insights in consumer and competitive behaviour to design profit maximizing pricing strategies and set prices accordingly. It focuses on linking pricing to brand strategy, not to issues of capacity utilisation.

This course is organized along three dimensions:

Price determinants (willingness to pay, relevant costs, consumer psychology, competition strategy)
Price customization techniques (e.g., nonlinear pricing, bundling, promotional pricing)
Applications and industries (e.g., industrial and consumer goods, services)


Cases, lectures, exercises
Evaluation based on group project, exercises and class participation

Target audience
General managers, consultants, marketing and brand managers, corporate finance managers, entrepreneurs

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How to Apply

Documents Required

English language certification (Only required if English is not your native language)

We accept TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, and the Certificate of Proficiency in English test. For INSEAD purposes, scores are valid for two years. With the TOEFL, please arrange to have ETS send your test scores directly to INSEAD, code 0970. For PTE Academic, the relevant code for INSEAD is:22W-R2-00. As with the GMAT, a copy of your score report is sufficient for us to begin evaluating your file. Your original test score report will only be required later on during the evaluation process.

You can also demonstrate fluency in English by a degree from a university where all courses were taught exclusively in this language. If your university degree was exclusively taught in English but in a non-English speaking country, proof that the language of instruction was English must be sent with your application.

Entry language certification (If English is your native language)

For more details, please see the Languages section. If you are unable to supply certification at the time of your application, the deadline is 1st June for the September intake, and 1st November for the January intake.

Letters of Recommendation

Two professional recommendation letters are required, providing information about your leadership and management potential. As such, at least one recommendation should come from your workplace; your current supervisor or manager is usually a good choice. The other recommendation should be from someone who has had a chance to evaluate you in a professional setting, for example, a client, a former supervisor or a colleague from your community service or extracurricular activities. Academic recommendations are acceptable but they are less likely to address our main interest, which is to assess your ability to work with and manage others as well as your potential for senior management. If you feel it would add value to your application, you may also upload an optional third letter of recommendation as part of the supporting documents.

It is important to note that your recommenders can submit their online letters to us at their earliest convenience after receiving their links, and no later than 48 hours after the application deadline, to which you are applying.

Supporting documents
Your curriculum vitae can either be on a free format or follow the format of the INSEAD official CV e-book.
Please also attach scanned copies of your transcripts and diploma and any other documents you wish to share with the Admissions Team.

Official Transcripts
Your transcripts should indicate both diploma and grades achieved from each college or university that you have attended. We accept transcripts in English or French. All others must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Each transcript must bear the official seal and signature of the institution.

The transcripts need to reach the Admissions Office by the deadline. For us to start processing your application, the transcripts may be either uploaded with the application form (scanned copies) or sent to INSEAD via post by the applicant or by the academic institution directly.
The size of each of your attachments should not exceed 1 MB. If you have more documents to send, please divide your pages and upload two lighter documents instead of a single big one.

Should you be admitted to the MBA Programme, you will be asked to send your original transcripts and degree to the Admissions Office by post. Photocopies are only accepted if officially certified by a public or professional body (solicitor, embassy, town hall, etc.).

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