The INSEAD MBA is intensive, rigorous and challenging. You must have a sound academic foundation: a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognised college or university (although in exceptional circumstances, we may waive this requirement for otherwise outstanding candidates with substantial professional experience). While many of our applicants have advanced degrees, this is not compulsory. In looking at your academic background, we consider the competitiveness of the academic institution you attended and your academic performance. All applicants must take the GMAT, which provides a uniform and standardised way of evaluating candidates and it is in your interest to prepare thoroughly. While we do not have a minimum GMAT score required for admission, we advise candidates to aim for a score at or above the 70th-75th percentile for both the quantitative and verbal sections of the test. Please keep in mind, however, that the GMAT is just one of several admission criteria. A high score does not guarantee admission, and a below average score does not eliminate a candidate.