INCAE Business School

Costa Rica

INCAE has consistently been ranked as the best business school in Latin America.This rating is due to a number of features that make it unique in its class. One reason is that 93% of the classes are taught by a Ph.D. professors from the top universities in the world (such as Oxford, MIT, Yale, Michigan, etc), and work full-time at INCAE’s MBA programs (an average of one professor for every four students).

At INCAE a participant-focused teaching method is used to encourage a comprehensive learning experience through discussion, group work, simulations and self-training activities. Students are provided extensive training in case resolution and decision making through the Case Study Method, which encourages and promotes self-knowledge, allowing the participants to evaluate their own skills. Through analysis and discussion of actual business situations and challenges, students strengthen their ability to sculpt and scrutinize an argument. With constant practice defending their claims INCAE graduates will master a fundamental skill: persuasive speaking.


INCAE Business School holds four prestigious global accreditations, providing its graduates all the benefits of a globally recognized degree, which is an important jumpstart for any international career: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), The European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). It received the prestigious “Triple Crown” of international accreditations and is now one of the 88 business school in the world to hold this prestigious recognition.

INCAE presents the MBA students with the possibility of exchange programs and dual degrees with universities around the globe NYU - Stern, University of Michigan, University of Victoria, Cornell University, HHL Leipzig, ESADE, Copenhagen Business School, Hitotsubashi, Yale School of Management, University of St. Gallen, UCSD, among others.

Program Title: MBA

Type of Programme: Full Time MBA

MBA duration: 15 months

Application Deadlines: Rolling admissions *Early admissions can receive additional benefits

Accreditations: AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB, SACS

#1 Business School in Latin America & #11 in the Americas (Financial Times 2018)
#1 Full-Time MBA in Latin America with 4 Palms of Excellence.  (Eduniversal 2018)
#2 Full Time MBA in Latin America and Top 100 in the world (QS Global MBA Rankings: Latin America 2018)
#1 Global MBA in Latin America (Financial Times 2019)
# 5 Global MBA in the world in percentage of salary increase (Financial Times 2019)
#15 Global MBA in the world in career progress (Financial Times 2019)
#6 Global MBA in the world in international experience (Financial Times 2019)

Starting Dates:
MBA Latin American Leadership - 2 intakes: March and September
MBA Global Perspective - 1 intake: September

Dual Degree opportunities:
1. Yale School of Management - New Haven, Connecticut (candidates must apply during admissions process)
2. HHL - Leipzig, Germany
3. Florida International University - Miami, Florida (available to recent graduates)
4. ZLC-MIT - Zaragoza, Spain
5. WHU - Vallendar, Germany
6. University of St. Gallen (candidates must apply during admissions process)
7. UCSD - San Diego, California (candidates must apply during admissions process)
8. The Ford School, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan


Exchange program opportunities:

Rice University - Houston, Texas
The University of Minnesota - St. Paul, Minnesota
Duke University - Durham, North Carolina
Emory University - Atlanta, Georgia
The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill – Kenan-Flagler, North Carolina
Northwestern University (Kellogg) - Evanston, Illinois
New York University (NYU - Stern) - Manhattan, NY
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vanderbilt University - Nashville, Tennessee
University of Victoria - British Columbia, Canada
Cornell University - Ithaca, New York
University of Texas - Austin, Texas

HHL Leipzig Graduate School - Leipzig, Germany
WHU - Vallendar, Germany
Instituto de Empresa - Madrid, Spain
RSM-Erasmus University - Rotterdam, The Netherlands
KEDGE Business School - Bordeaux, France
ESCP - Paris, France
ESADE - Barcelona, Spain
Toulouse Business School - France
Koç University - Istambul, Turkey
Université Catholique of Louvain - Belgium
Copenhagen Business School - Denmark
Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH)
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi - Italy

Cheng Chi National University - Taiwan
NUCB - Nagoya, Japan
Hitotsubashi - Tokyo, Japan


MBA Latin American Leadership
This program shapes successful leaders capable of applying the best business techniques in a global scenario where emerging markets have a significant role in the world’s growth.
INCAE’s Latin American approach is an excellent choice for those looking to work on an emerging market or developing a competitive advantage on these countries, as it provides the necessary expertise on their particularities.
This MBA develops the ability to positively impact the organizations and communities where they work and achieve the integration between two worlds: developed countries and emerging nations.


MBA Global Perspective
During this program students will be part of the Global Network Week which gives them the opportunity to pursue intensive studies at another school around the world in top universities in every continent like: Yale (EEUU), Hitotsubashi (Japan) Indian Institute Of Management (Bangalore), Renming (China), FGV (Brasil) and a study trip to Silicon Valley were students have the possibility to discuss cases with highly recognized executives from global companies like Microsoft, HP, Google, among others.

Number of accepted participants enrolled in 2018: 320

Number of nationalities: 18

Men: 61%

Women: 39%

Average Age: 28

Students’ background:
Accounting and Finance  13%
Administration  19%
Agroindustry  6%
Arts & Literature  2%
Commerce  4%
Engineering  43%
Healthcare  4%
Law  3%
Operations and Logistic  1%
Publicity and marketing  5%
Telecommunications  2%

Minimum years of relevant work experience required: 2 years

Test: GMAT, GRE or PAEP (spanish)

References: 3

University Degree: equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree

Essays: 3

Official interview: 1 (by invitation only)

English test: TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS/Duolingo *only for MBA Global Perspective candidates


Application fees: USD$150

Total Academic Investment for Latin Americans:
This includes: Registration Fee, Tuition and Academic Materials for the entire program (15 months).
MBA Latin American Leadership: USD$45,663
MBA Global Perspective: USD$52,873
*Academic fees will vary for non Latin Americans

Estimate for accommodation/living costs:
Estimates are based on single accomodation, options are available for families with and without children.
MBA Latin American Leadership: USD$9,337
MBA Global Perspective: USD$10,427


For general inquiries:

Cecilia Laing
Admissions Manager Senior
Teléfono: +(57) 1 478 1452
+(57) 1 476 6518

Miguel Huapaya
Admissions Coordinator
Teléfono: +(51) 421 9962 anexo 101

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