Distance MBA (MBA Distance Education)

Distance MBA (MBA Distance Education) is a lucrative career option for those who cannot pursue a full-time MBA programme due to many circumstances like lack of money to afford the course, work schedule etc. Distance learning MBA is a flexible and affordable option that does not require candidates to attend classes regularly.

UG/AICTE recognizes MBA Distance Education programmes. Few universities and institutes in India offer MBA courses in distance mode. Nowadays, most universities offering distance MBA courses have established placement cells so that candidates are placed in multinational companies, government jobs etc. in profiles like Corporate Associate, Portfolio Manager, Finance Analyst, Credit Risk Manager, Executive, Senior Executive etc.

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Distance MBA Eligibility & Entrance Exams

Any graduate candidates can apply for the Distance MBA programme. Candidates must have a minimum of three years of work experience.

Most of the institutes conduct their own entrance exams, while some do not have an entrance test. E.g., Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) accepts scores of management exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, ATMA, etc. On the other hand, NMIMS Global Access School for Continuing Education offers admission based on the eligibility criteria (Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any recognized university with 50%  marks in aggregate along with two years work experience).

IGNOU provides admission to candidates based on IGNOU OPENMAT (conducted twice a year).

Required Key Skills
Good communication skillsManagement skills
Leadership qualitiesAnalytical skills

Distance MBA Courses

Pursuing distance MBA course, candidates will get Post Graduate degree. This varies from institute to institute. For instance, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Global Access School for Continuing Education (NGA-SCE), IMT, Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning offers Post Graduate Diploma (PGD). Sikkim Manipal University Directorate of Distance Learning offers MBA and PGD degrees. IGNOU offers MBA, Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) and PGD degrees. Welingkar Institute of Management offers a PGDM degree.

Popular MBA Distance Education Colleges in India

1. Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA

2. Ignou Distance MBA

3. ICFAI Distance MBA

Popular MBA Specializations

Institute-wise, Distance MBA average fees and degrees offered are given below.

Distance MBA Colleges

Average Fees

Degrees offered

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Global Access School for Continuing Education (NGA-SCE)Rs 83,000PGD
Institute of Management Technology, Centre for Distance LearningRs 88,000PGDP/PGD
Symbiosis Center for Distance LearningRs 30,000 to Rs 37,000PGD
Sikkim Manipal University Directorate of Distance EducationRs 80,000MBA
Prin LN Welingkar Institute of ManagementRs 61,000PGDM
Amity University, (Distance Learning)Rs. 1,51,800MBA, Master of Financial Management and PGD
ICFAI UniversityRs 65,000 to Rs 75,000MBA/PGD
Suresh Gyan Vihar University Distance Education – Talentedge, JaipurRs 1,03,225MBA
Annamalai UniversityRs 57,050MBA

Distance MBA Specializations

Although the specialization varies from institute to institute, the core specializations include finance, accounting, marketing, retail, human re, global or international business etc. Following is the list of most popular Distance MBA specializations.

Know all about Distance MBA Specialisations 

Distance MBA Subjects

The programme is divided into four semesters. Distance MBA subjects/syllabus comprises core subjects and specializations. The first two semester focuses on core subject while in the third and fourth-semester candidates need to choose specializations. Candidates can refer to the table below to know the subjects taught in distance MBA.

Semester I

Principles and Practice of ManagementManagement Economics
Organizational BehaviourBusiness Law
Management Accounting

Semester II

Production/Operation ManagementFinancial Management
Human Re ManagementMarketing Management
Marketing ManagementManagement Information system

Semester III

Required Specialisation 1Required Specialisation 2
Required Specialisation 3Elective 1
Elective 2Elective 3

Semester IV

Required Specialisation 4Required Specialisation 5
ProjectElective 4
Elective 5Elective 6

Distance MBA Scope, Top Companies & Salary

After pursuing a distance MBA, candidates find opportunities in public, private and government sectors.


Finance – Banks, Credit Rating Agencies, Insurance companies, Trading and Broking Firms etc.

Marketing – Sales and Marketing departments, advertising agencies, event management companies etc.

Human Re Management (HRM) – Students are offered roles in HR departments of national and multinational companies, recruitment and training agencies, counselling and career development firms etc.

Operations Management –Production, Distribution and Logistics Departments etc.

Top Companies

Axis BankIBM
Hindustan UnileverHindustan Unilever
HDFC BankBosch Ltd
Tata SkyJindal Steel and Power


Job role & average salary *

Corporate AssociateRs 2, 67,451 to Rs 1,071,953
Portfolio ManagerRs 3,49,077 to Rs 3,031,68
Financial AnalystRs 2,06,686 to Rs 935,173
Credit Risk ManagerRs 4,95,851 to Rs 2,769,011
ExecutiveRs 1,43,624 to Rs 469,402
Senior ExecutiveRs 162,566 to Rs 605,959

*: Payscale

FAQs Regarding Distance MBA

Q: Which colleges are good for Distance MBA?

A: Listed below are the best colleges for Distance MBA.

  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Global Access School for Continuing Education (NGA-SCE)
  • Institute of Management Technology, Centre for Distance Learning
  • Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning
  • Sikkim Manipal University Directorate of Distance Education
  • Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management
  • ICFAI University
  • MIT School of Distance Education

Know more: Distance MBA colleges in India

Q: Which are the types of colleges authorized to offer distance MBA degrees?

A: The Ministry of HRD has identified four types of institutes, Government of India, for offering distance MBA in India – National Open University or IGNOU, State Open Universities, Distance Education Institutions (DEIs) at Institutions of National Importance (Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed to be Universities and State Private Universities), DEIs at stand-alone Institutions (Professional Associations, Government Institutions and Private institutions).

Q: Do IIMs provide distance MBA degrees?

A. No, IIMs do not provide distance MBA courses.

Q: What is the pedagogy for Distance MBA?

A: Most of the institutes offering Distance MBA programs opt for an online teaching mode or virtual classrooms. The professors deliver the lectures over an online live streaming medium. The students can attend the classes from their homes or offices. The books or study materials are generally sent to them by post or available online in PDFs or e-books. Regular assignments are also given to the students who are either evaluated regularly or during exams. Students have to appear at the test centre allotted to them in their city for term-wise or final exams and viva. The final degree is also handed over to them physically after the successful completion of the course.

Q: Can I opt for specializations in Distance MBA?

A: Yes, several B-schools or institutes offer specialized Distance MBA programs in Finance, Marketing, HR, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Media & Communication, Hospitality, Healthcare, Retail, among others.

Q: What is the fee structure of Distance MBA programs?

A: The average fee for the Distance MBA programs ranges from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh. However, this is an approximate amount, and the actual fee amount may vary according to the institute, program/specialization and other allied costs.

Q: What is the admission process for Distance MBA apart from cracking the entrance tests?

A: The final admission or selection process of the Distance MBA program varies from institute to institute. The common methods include assessing candidates’ profile, work experience, Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Some institutes may not conduct GD, PI rounds.

Q: What are the factors I should keep in mind while selecting the right Distance MBA institute?

A: Distance MBA, if not pursued from a reputed institute which Distance Education Bureau recognizes along with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or University Grants Commission (UGC), won’t hold value in the industry. Hence, while selecting the institute or program, Distance MBA aspirants should check the program approval and recognition status by one or all the authorities mentioned here.

Q: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing a Distance MBA?

A: Some of the advantages of pursuing a Distance MBA include the fact that working professionals can pursue the program from the convenience of their home without hampering their work schedule. The courses are also delivered in a modern and technologically enhanced manner, ensuring that the students can gather all the knowledge and information during the virtual classes or through the study materials and books. The fee is also much lower than the regular full-time MBA programs. Moreover, the duration of the Distance MBA program is also flexible as the institutes have a minimum and maximum duration window within which the students have to complete the program. As far as the disadvantages are concerned, the major disadvantage is a lack of industry exposure or opportunity of networking. Moreover, placement service is not provided at the end of the program. Another disadvantage is that it might be difficult for a student to maintain a work-study balance.

Q: Is it possible to interact with my professor or classmates during the class?

A: Yes, at this age of technological advancement, there is no dearth of communication modes. Hence, students can interact or raise their queries and clarify their doubts during the online classes, or even later, through telephone, messaging services, voice or video calls. The same applies to connect with fellow students.

Q: What are the placement or job opportunities after completing the Distance MBA?

A: The institutes offering Distance MBA programs do not provide placement support after course completion since they are working professionals and pursued the course without quitting their jobs. However, the Distance MBA aids them in climbing up the corporate ladder towards a higher managerial role. The students will also be eligible to switch roles or industries and aim for their dream careers.

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