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Essay Questions for 2019-2020 (Class of 2023)

Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for INSEAD's MBA program. 

Deadline for complete application Interview decision notification Final decision notification

ROUND 1 11 September 2020 16 October 2020 20 November 2020
ROUND 2 06 November 2020 11 December 2020 22 January 2021
ROUND 3 08 January 2021 12 February 2021 19 March 2021

Job Description Essays

Job Description 1: Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved. (200 words maximum)

Job Description 2: What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (200 words maximum)

Job Description 3: Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (300 words maximum)

Job Description 4: Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with an MBA from INSEAD. (100 words maximum)

Optional: If you are currently not working or if you plan to leave your current employer more than 2 months before the programme starts, please explain your activities and occupations between leaving your job and the start of the programme.

Motivation Essays

Motivation 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 (approximately 500 words).

Motivation 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(approximately 400 words).

Motivation Essay #3: 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? (approximately 300 words)

Motivation Essay #4: Tell us about an experience where you were significantly impacted by cultural diversity, in a positive or negative way.  (approximately 300 words)

For more information, see INSEAD's admissions website.

Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.  Photo by Marc Vanderchijs.