Top Best Distance Education MBA in India

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Introduction to Distance Education MBA

If you are a working professional who wants to take his/her career to the next level and interested to pursue an MBA degree course but lacking time for attending the regular classes because of a full time job.

Or if you are a fresh graduate who had joined a job but also wants to continue his higher studies.

Or if you are a housewife who wants to continue her studies but have no time to go to college to attend the lectures.

If you cannot able to attend the regular classes in a college, than a distance education MBA is the right program for you in case you want to make a career in the field of business management.

An MBA is one of the most demanded post graduate degree program in India. Each year more than 5,00,000 students complete an MBA degree program and each passing year this number is increasing.

An MBA degree completed from a reputed university can open up several doors for once career.

Out of the tens of the specializations available, you can pick a specialization of your choice.

If you are confused, which university you can join to pursue an MBA degree program? Or interested to know the best distance education MBA in India then continue reading this article.

In this article we are mentioning the best universities in India that are offering a distance education MBA or PGDM course.

Top 10 Distance Education Universities in India for MBA/PGDM

1. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

IGNOU Distance Education

In India when one thinks about distance education, the first name that comes to his/her mind is IGNOU. IGNOU considered as world’s largest university in terms of number of students enrolled.

IGNOU offers a variety of distance education courses to its students. Amongst them MBA is one of the most popular distance education course Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offered.

Duration to complete the MBA program offered by IGNOU: Minimum 2.5 years and Maximum 8 years. And to join IGNOU course there is no age bar.

In order to be eligible for the course, candidate should be a graduate with at least minimum 50% marks for general category and 45% for reserved category with 3 years managerial/supervisory/professional experience.

You can also join the course in case you have a professional degree with at least 50% marks. You also have to clear the OPENMAT exam conducted by IGNOU.

Apart from the general MBA program mentioned here, IGNOU also offered a specialized MBA program called Master of Business Administration (MPB) (Banking & Finance).

To be eligible for this course, candidate should be a member of the IIB (Indian Institute of Bankers). In order to get admission in MBA Banking & Finance, there are also few special requirements that needs to be meet. For complete details regarding this course. Please read: IGNOU MBA Banking & Finance Programme.

2. Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL)

SCDL Pune Distance Education

Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL) is a Pune based award winning one of the largest autonomous distance learning institute in India. Started in the year 2001, SCDL offers Post Graduate Diploma, Diploma and Certificate programs.

SCDL’s 2 years PGDBA (MBA) is amongst the most popular management program in India. You can choose within the six available specializations i.e Finance, HR, Operations, Marketing, Management Accounting and Customer Relationship Management.

Dual (additional) Specialization option is also available for the PGDBA program, in case if you wish to choose two specializations.

Apart from the PGDBA program, SCDL also offers two years PG diploma courses in the field of Banking and Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Customer Relationship Management, IT Management, Insurance Management, Retail Management, Supply Chain Management and Export and Import Management.

In order to be eligible for these courses candidate should be a graduate in any discipline, from a recognized University.

3. Institute of Management Studies (IMT) Ghaziabad

IMT Ghaziabad Distance Education

IMT is amongst the top business schools in India. IMT under its center for distance learning (IMT CDL) offers distance education courses.

IMT CDL is offering a wide variety of distance learning courses in the field of management and information technology. IMT CDL offered courses are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

But being an Institution and not a university, IMT CDL can only offers a PGDM (MBA) which is a 2 years post graduate program in the field of management.

Apart from its 2 years PGDM program, IMT also offers a 1 year Executive PGDM program which specializations in the field of Marketing Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems and Operations Management and it also offers a 1 year PG diploma in the field of business administration.

For its distance learning management courses IMT has won many awards. Some of them are:

  • In the survey conducted by ZEE BUSINESS on INDIA’S BEST DISTANCE LEARNING B-SCHOOLS in the year 2012, IMT ranked #1.
  • At the 8th ASSOCHAM Education Summit National Excellence Awards 2015, IMT recognized as ‘Best Institute in Distance/Open Learning’.
  • By Competition Success Review in 2016, IMT got the “CSR Top Distance Learning Institute of India Award”
  • By 24th Business School Affaire & Dewang Mehta National Education Awards in 2016, IMT got the “Award for Excellence in Distance Education”

4. ICFAI University

icfai university distance education

ICFAI University is one of the renowned names in distance education in India. ICFAI since 3 decades is offering higher education in India and due to its quality of education had won many awards.

ICFAI is offering many post graduate, degree, diploma courses as well as certificate programs in the field of business management.

It’s most popular distance education MBA degree program is divided into five modules under it the third module consists of electives. Candidate has to select one elective out of the available 16 electives.

The available electives are mentioned below:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Retail Management
  • Pharma Management
  • Hospital Administration
  • Investment Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • International Business
  • Telecom Management
  • IT & Systems
  • Global Markets
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Finance

The MBA program is completely based on self-study and examination model. ICFAI also offers to its students a convenient examination schedule.

5. Sikkim Manipal University

SMU DE

Another top rated degree program in India is Sikkim Manipal University’s distance education MBA course.

Under its distance education arm called as SMU-DE, Sikkim Manipal University offers its distance education courses.

SMU-DE was commenced in the year 2001 and today its one of the leading provider of professional education in India.

Below are some of the most popular distance education courses offered by SMU-DE:

  • MBA
  • MCA
  • B.Sc (IT)
  • M.Sc (IT)
  • BBA
  • BCA

SMU-DE’s famous distance education MBA program is a two year degree program which is divided into four semesters.

The minimum available duration to complete this course is two years and maximum four years.

Candidate can choose from 4 available specializations, i.e

  • Finance Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems Management

In order to be eligible for Sikkim Manipal University’s distance education programs, candidates should have a graduation degree from a recognized university. And along with that, for admission they also have to clear the entrance test conducted by the University.

6. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

NMIMS Distance Education

Established in 1981 by Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) ranked among the top 10 B-Schools in India for regular MBA courses. Through its NGA -SCE (NMIMS Global Access School for Continuing Education), NMIMS also offers PG Diploma, Diploma and Certificate program in management under its distance education mode. All the NMIMS courses are approved by Distance Education Bureau – UGC-DEB.

NMIMS Distance Education PGDM (MBA) is considered as one of the top ranked management program in India. The following 2 years PG diploma courses are currently offered by NMIMS under its distance education mode.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance Management

Admission applications are accepted by NMIMS throughout the year for its two batches i.e

  • Spring Batch – Register between 11th September to 10th March
  • Fall Batch – Register between 11th March to 10th September

In order to get the admission, candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university with 50% marks.

For its contribution to distance education in India, NMIMS has won many awards. Some of the awards it has won are mentioned below:

  • By Competition Success Review: Ranked as top distance learning institute in India for excellence in management education.
  • By DNA-Indus learning survey: Ranked 5th among the top B-Schools offering distance education in India.
  • By ZeeBusiness: Ranked 2nd among the top B-Schools offering distance education in India

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7. Annamalai University

annamalai university distance education

Annamalai University is the oldest and amongst the most popular universities in South India. Under its Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalai University offers more than 500 different courses

The Annamalai University DDE was commenced in the year 1979. Under the distance education mode,  Annamalai University DDE offers general MBA and five other specialized MBA programs .

The general MBA program is available under both English and Tamil Medium, while the remaining MBA programs are only available under English Medium.

The following MBA courses are offered by Annamalai University DDE:

  • General MBA
  • MBA E-Business
  • MBA International Business
  • MBA Financial Management
  • MBA Marketing Management
  • MBA Human Resource Management

In order to get admission in Annamalai Distance Education MBA programs candidates needs to pass a written Entrance Examination.

8. Amity University

amity university distance education

With over 1,00,000 students, Amity is one of the top ranked private university in India. Apart from its regular courses, through Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education, it also offers online learning. The distance education MBA course offered by AMITY University is considered as one of the top ranked management degree course in India.

The 2 year (4 semesters) program with 11 specialization areas is a complete online course. Candidates with a graduation degree with minimum 40% marks can join this course.

Below are the 11 available specializations:

  • Marketing & Sales
  • Retail Management
  • Finance & Accounting
  • International Business
  • Insurance Management
  • Information Technology
  • Hospitality Management
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship & Leadership
  • Petroleum & Natural Gas Management

9. Lovely Professional University

LPU University Distance EducationLovely Professional University is one of the top ranked private university in India. For its quality education, the university has won many awards

Located in Punjab Lovely Professional university offered both regular and distance education courses.

The university offers Degree and Diploma programs under its distance education mode.

In the field of business management, Lovely University’s distance education MBA program is amongst the top ranked degree courses.

The LPU’s distance education MBA program fee structure is quite affordable.

2 years is the minimum duration to complete the program and the maximum is 5 years.

Candidate should have a graduation degree from a recognized university in order to be eligible for the program.

7 specializations are offered by Lovely Professional University’s distance education MBA course.

From the available specializations, candidates can choose Core Specialization or Major-Minor Specializations namely:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Retail Management
  • International Business
  • Information Technology
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resource Management

10. Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management

weschool distance education

Established in the year 1977, Welingkar Institute of Management Development (WeSchool) is amongst the top B-School in India.

Apart from its normal full-time regular courses, Welingkar Institute of Management Development though its hybrid learning format also offers part-time courses namely post graduate diploma in management, diploma & certification courses.

All WeSchool offered distance learning courses are accredited by UGC-DEB (University Grants Commission)

PGDM program offered by WeSchool is one of the most popular distance learning management course in India.

The following specializations are offered under PGDM course:

  • E-Business
  • E-Commerce
  • Services Excellence
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Retail Management
  • Finance Management
  • Media and Advertising
  • International Business
  • Rural and Agribusiness
  • Marketing Management
  • Business Administration
  • IT Projects Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Banking, Investment & Insurance

So these are the best universities in India for distance education MBA. We are hoping you have liked our article. If you have any admission related query, feel free to connect using the below enquiry form.

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