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IMD Switzerland application essay tips

July 5, 2023

680

Avg. GMAT

29

Avg. Age

5 Yrs.

Avg. Exp.

90

Class Size

12 

Months Duration

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What is a good GMAT score for IMD MBA?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at IMD MBA is 680 for the last entering class. If you score above 690, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like INSEAD and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora goes up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 

 

Average Employment Salary after IMD MBA?

The average salary at IMD MBA for the last graduating class was $126,565. 91% of the class was employed with 3 months of graduation with majority of class going into consulting (12%), Finance (23%) and technology (17%) oriented functional roles. 

The school offers an MBA degree program for younger professionals, with a minimum of three years of work experience. More experienced professionals may prefer the EMBA program, which is designed for candidates with company support and at least 10 years of business experience.

 

Key Employers

91%

Employed within 3 months of graduation

126,565

Avg. Salary

 

12%

Consulting

23% 

Finance

17%

Technology

48% 

others

 

$105,000 

Tuition Fee

$39,245

Living Cost

144,245

Cost of Attendance

Tuition Fees & Scholarship at Cambridge

The Tuition fees for HEC Paris MBA is $105000 and an additional  $39,245 in living cost. 

IMD grants scholarships or loans to about half of its MBA students, and the maximum financial aid amount awarded per student is $85,000 (CHF 85,000). Approximately $1,000,000 (CHF 1,000,000) was awarded in scholarships in 2019. The school strongly advises all candidates to seek external financial-aid support.

 

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Quick Overview & Rankings

32

FT Rankings

NA

US News

25 

QS Top MBA

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Deadlines

IMD Application Essays

  • Why are you applying to the IMD MBA Program now? What is the professional objective that will guide your career choice after your MBA, and how will the IMD MBA contribute to the achievement of this objective? (500 words)
  • What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (250 words)
  • Leadership and ethics are inevitably intertwined in the business world. Describe a situation in which you have dealt with these issues and how they have influenced you. (250 words)
  • Imagine an entirely different life from the one you lead, and what it would be? (250 words)
  • What figure do you admire the most and why? (250 words)

IMD Recommendation Ques.

  • How long and in what capacity have you known the candidate? (No word limit)
  • If this is a work-related reference, in what position is/was the candidate employed and for how long? (No word limit)
  • What do you consider to be the candidate’s principal strengths/talents? (No word limit)
  • What do you consider to be the candidate’s weaknesses or areas that need improvement? (No word limit)

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

If you are not sure about what score to target then look at the average score of the schools you want and shoot above the average. 

Step 2

Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

Get your profile evaluated from a professional consultant and figure out what schools you can target based on your profile

Step 3

Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

FAQs about IMD MBA

Our online programs take place over either 5 or 8 weeks, dependent on the topic. You must meet the weekly deadlines for submission of assignments to successfully complete the program.

No special software is needed. You simply need a good broadband internet connection. You will receive a compatibility test link before the program starts to ensure you can access the materials.

These programs are designed for ambitious executives who want to get ahead in business. Participants usually have on average 6-10 years of experience managing projects of business units at a regional or country level.

If you successfully complete all the weekly assignments within the deadlines and the capstone project / summative assignment, you receive IMD certification. If you do not successfully complete your individual assignments, do not hand in your assignments on time or are not successful in your final evaluation/assessment you will not pass the program and will not receive certification.

The tuition for IMD’s MBA program is CHF 95,000 per year.

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