IMD MBA Program Admissions

Our admissions process is highly personalized and is tailored according to your individual profile. We take the time to really get to know you and ensure that you have the chance to get to know us and our alumni. We want to see candidates who understand the magnitude of change and opportunity the business world is facing. You will need to convince us that you have a vision of what lies ahead and of your desire and capacity to play a part in shaping the future of our world.

80% of our applicants are between 28-32 years old and the majority have worked outside their home country and speak several languages (you need at least one language in addition to English). Strong applicants are smart, with strong previous experience and achievements, and have the drive to pursue the journey to the end and contribute to the enriching class experience.  

Your admissions journey

Choose from one of 4 application deadlines:
February 1  ¦  May 1  ¦  August 1  ¦  October 1 (last deadline for Europeans only)

Please note that we are currently making updates to the application form and process for our 2020 intake. The revised form will be available in early December with a new essay question: Describe a situation in which you failed as a leader. What did you learn from it? 


Online Application Form Preview

Please note that changes are currently being made to our application form for the 2020 intake. A pdf preview version will be made available in early December.

Further insights

Your recommenders: choose people from business-related sources who know you well, have worked directly with you and who are able to highlight your professional achievements, interpersonal skills, teamwork and leadership, using our form.

Visa implications: If you are a citizen of a country that requires a long visa process, we recommend you apply for one of the first deadlines.

What we look for: Your academic ability, career progression, achievements, leadership capacity, international outlook, integrity, drive, initiative and interpersonal skills.

Assessment day versus Fast track: The assessment day offers a more in-depth opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to get a final feel for your fit with the program. While typically held on campus, we do also offer options in other countries.

Fast track option: Depending on your overall profile and the quality of your application, you will be given the option of an online interview.

Explore our Tuition and Fees to help you budget for this important investment.