Do you have what it takes?

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.

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.

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

If you are unable to take your GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS, due to the COVID-19 virus, please get in touch with your regional representative so that we can work with you to find the best solution. Take a look at our Admissions COVID page for latest news on test centers.


Academic ability
Academic ability
Career Progression
Career Progression
Leadership potential
Leadership potential
International outlook
International outlook
Participant Profiles
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Did I have what was needed to apply to a top MBA program? IMD’s Assess your Chances form gave me the extra confidence I needed to apply to a program that I knew would challenge me.

Julio Ortiz

MBA 2020, Colombian

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: your degree should come from an accredited school

Work Experience: we require a minimum of three years, full-time, post graduate experience, so that you can demonstrate your career progress. The typical range in the class is four to nine 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.

Second Language: aside from English, we look for knowledge of a second language, which can also be your native language, as a part of your international outlook.

Once you meet these criteria, you are ready to continue with our Admissions Process.  


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