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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 students to find out more about the kind of people you will be sharing your journey with.

Academic ability
Career progression
Leadership potential
International outlook
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Admissions & finance chat

Thinking about applying or have questions along the way?

Schedule a chat with a dedicated Admissions advisor . These informal discussions with members of our Recruitment and Admissions team are a great opportunity to learn more about our admissions process and receive support by asking all your questions to find the best path forward.

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.
  • One recommender: choose someone from a business-related source who knows you well, has worked directly with you and who is able to highlight your professional achievements, interpersonal skills, teamwork and leadership, using our form.
  • *GRE/GMAT (classic or focus edition): we recommend that you aim for above a 630, or 585 in the focus edition and 320 for GRE.
  • GMAT waiver – will be considered for applicants with a CFA level 2, CPA, CA, PhD, working in quantitative or analytical fields or applicants with a BA/MA in a quantitative field.
  • English: the entire program is taught in English. If English is not your native language we will assess your proficiency during the assessment day.

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