MBA admission criteria

Start a life changing journey: apply to the IMD MBA program.

MBA admission criteria

Start a life changing journey: apply to the IMD MBA program.

Do you have what it takes?

Our admissions process is highly personalized. We take the time to really get to know you and make sure you have the opportunity to get to know us and our alumni.

Strong applicants are smart, with solid previous experience and achievements, and have the drive to pursue the journey to the end and contribute to the enriching class experience.

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.

Take a look at our Participants to find out more about the kind of people you will be sharing your journey with.

Academic ability
Career progression
Leadership potential
International outlook

Key requirements

Throughout the admissions process, we are looking for a holistic overview of your academic ability, career progression, achievements, leadership capacity, international outlook, integrity, drive, initiative and interpersonal skills. We want to know what you will contribute to the learning experience of your classmates and to the future of business and society.

  • Bachelor’s Degree: or the equivalent.
  • Work Experience: we require a minimum of two years, full-time, post graduate experience, in which you can demonstrate your career progress. The typical range in the class is three to eight years.
  • Two 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.
  • *GMAT/GRE: the average GMAT score in the class is typically around 680. While your unique experience and achievements can help balance out a weaker score, we recommend that you aim for above a 630 (for an equivalent GRE score, see the GRE Comparison Tool). Please ensure you list IMD as a receiver of your score.
  • *TOEFL/IELTS: the entire program is taught in English. If English is not your native language and you have not previously studied in English, then you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTs score. There is no minimum requirement. Ideally, we recommend 105+ on the TOEFL (IBT) or an IELTS score of 7.5. Our TOEFL IBT Code is – C301. Contact us if you have doubts about the suitability of your score.

Once you meet these criteria, you are ready to continue with our admission process.  

Preparing your application
How long does it take to study for the GMAT?

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Take the GMAT mini quiz

Try out 4 Verbal Reasoning and 4 Quantitative Reasoning Questions and see you estimated GMAT score.

Assess your chances

Login or create an account, complete our short questionnaire, and our Admissions team will review your profile and provide you with personalized feedback.