With campuses in Europe, Asia, America, and the Middle East, INSEAD is a top choice for would-be MBA students who want an international learning experience.
INSEAD's MBA class hosts students of 88 different nationalities, 68% of whom are non-European. The INSEAD MBA is also ranked number one in the world by the Financial Times.
The 10-month full-time MBA program at INSEAD aims to equip students with the international outlook and versatile leadership skills needed to thrive in today's business world, offering exchange programs with other top schools like Wharton, Kellogg School of Management, and CEIBS.
When they graduate, INSEAD MBAs can also expect a variety of job opportunities and impressive compensation. So which companies hire INSEAD MBA graduates? And what's the average INSEAD MBA salary?
Most popular industries for INSEAD MBAs
INSEAD is a popular school for those aspiring to jobs in consulting and financial services.
Almost half of MBA grads—48%—land jobs in management consulting when they graduate, and a further 14% head into financial services roles.
Another growing sector for INSEAD grads is tech, with almost a quarter—23%—of the class of 2020 joining technology, media, and telecommunications firms.
A further 15% of graduates enter roles in corporate services, and 9% are recruited into company leadership programs. Tech companies are among the most likely to take INSEAD MBAs into leadership programs, with organizations including Microsoft, Amazon, Siemens, and Tencent all hiring grads.
4% of the class of 2020 went on to found their own company post-MBA.
INSEAD MBA: Most Popular Industries
Companies hiring INSEAD MBAs
For MBAs entering consulting, Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey & Company are the top three employers. Grads also joined consultancies including Strategy&, Accenture, Kearney, and Roland Berger.
In finance, grads are most likely to be hired by Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, or Partners Group.
In the burgeoning tech sector, INSEAD MBAs are most frequently hired by Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber, but also find work with Apple and Dell Technologies.
A small group of INSEAD MBAs also chose to join the healthcare sector in 2020. These grads joined organizations including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Philips.
46% of MBAs found their job through recruitment activities at INSEAD, and 25% went back to their pre-MBA employer.
Average INSEAD MBA salary
As a top-ranked MBA program, it should come as no surprise that INSEAD grads have impressive salary prospects.
The median base salary for MBA grads in 2020 was $103,800. When it comes to signing bonuses, INSEAD MBAs have equally good prospects. The median signing bonus was $25,000 in 2020, while the median performance bonus sat at $21,800.
Management consulting is the highest paying industry for INSEAD MBAs, offering a median salary of $107,000.
If you pursue a financial services role you can expect to earn an average of $99,600. Similarly, in tech, media, and telecommunications, INSEAD MBAs can earn $95,800.
INSEAD MBA: Average Graduate Salary By Region
INSEAD MBA career destinations
INSEAD MBA graduates have found work in over 60 countries across the globe.
Most remain in Europe, with the majority (38%) taking up roles in Northern and Western Europe, and a further 3% joining companies in Eastern Europe.
7% of INSEAD MBA graduates took positions in North America, 7% in South America, and 10% in Africa and the Middle East. After Europe, the Asia Pacific region was most popular among grads, with 25% finding jobs in the region—unsurprising given INSEAD’s Singapore campus.
INSEAD MBA success story
Johannes Anjris, Aarthi MC, Laura Rivera Ortiz, Trusha Chanda, Edward Tsim, (above) and Anna Miklas are among the growing number of INSEAD graduates who chose to launch a startup during their MBA.
The team’s company, Out of Office Spaces, connects remote workers with empty hotel spaces to help them work safely and productively. The idea was sparked by the pandemic, when Anna was struggling to study remotely, and on the verge of booking a hotel room to give herself some peace and quiet.
The idea took home the prize at INSEAD’s COVID-19 Innovation Competition, along with the title of BusinessBecause MBA Startup of 2021.
Since then, the Out of Office team has continued to grow the startup, with support and mentorship from INSEAD faculty.
“Now is a very exciting period,” says Anna. “We launched our operations in the UK early in September working with hotels in central London.”
Who is the INSEAD MBA for?
INSEAD provides excellent opportunities for MBAs looking to make an impact—particularly in tech, consulting, or finance. If you want to join a truly international business school with a far reach for prospective employment, INSEAD is for you.
Getting into the MBA at INSEAD means attending the best-ranked business school in Europe and Asia, known for its entrepreneurial flair. There are great employers all over the world taking on INSEAD MBA grads
If you are looking to move your career to Asia or Western Europe in particular, INSEAD is a great place to hone your skills, build lasting connections, and become a leader in the field of your choosing.
So, what does it take to get accepted into the INSEAD MBA? Find out in our INSEAD MBA Application Insider.
The data in this article is sourced from the INSEAD MBA class of 2020 careers report.