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MBA Strategy

 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

World B-School Ranking

About this course

The Strategy group consists of resident, associated as well as visiting faculty based either in Abu Dhabi (UEA), Fontainebleau (France) or Singapore, devoted to excellence in research and teaching.

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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 Course

Why are some companies consistently more successful than others? Why do some companies get ‘left behind’ when their environment changes, while others power ahead? What can senior managers and executives do to drive the performance and growth of their companies in the face of intense competition, uncertainty or even radical disruption in their industries? This course explores some of the challenges executives face in plotting a course for their companies. In addition, it equips participants with tools and skills required for developing strategies professionally:

  • Assessing a company’s sustainable competitive advantage,
  • Analysing industries and competitors,
  • Developing and implementing strategies at both business and corporate levels.

Participants develop the ability to choose and combine appropriate tools and concepts into professional end-to-end strategy workouts, as performed in the real business world.

Elective Courses

Strategy is at the heart of general management education. It explores how firms compete and what they need to do to be successful. Clear strategic thinking should inform the decisions of every general manager and is the basic competence of management consultants everywhere. For these reasons, strategy electives are a part of almost every MBA curriculum.

Our electives are designed to build Students' skills in formulating and implementing strategy. We build on the ideas in the Strategy core course to develop deeper knowledge on managing strategically. We focus on three areas of strategy:

  • Business Strategy: Identifying, occupying and defending the most profitable market positions
  • Corporate Strategy: Managing organizational scope through acquisitions, alliances and international expansion
  • Strategic Management: Aligning organization to develop and execute winning strategies

We offer a wide range of electives across campuses that seek to build these basic competences, allowing each participant to tailor the curriculum to their own interests and career goals. To get a proper grounding in strategy, we particularly encourage students to take at least one course from each of the three areas below.

  • Business Strategy
  • Blue Ocean Strategy
  • Blue Ocean Strategy Study Group
  • Industry and Competitive Analysis
  • Media and Internet – A and – B (projects)
  • Real Estate
  • Strategy & Impact
  • Strategy Lab
  • Technology & Innovation Strategy

Corporate & Global Strategy

  • Business in Middle East
  • China Strategy
  • Global Strategy
  • M&As, Alliances and Corporate Strategy
  • Strategies for Asia Pacific
  • Strategy and Regional Competitiveness

Strategy & Management

  • Strategic Business Advisor
  • Strategy, Structure and Incentives
  • Strategy Execution
  • The Art of Communication

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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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