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The regular courses are also very expensive and this might be a deterrent for students wishing to pursue an MBA but are unable to afford the expensive colleges. One need not lose hope as there are other ways to pursue an MBA from a good college/institution. We will focus on distance learning programs as one such method to pursue an MBA. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Scope of MBA in Distance Learning

Scope of MBA in Distance Learning
  • A degree in business administration is one of the
    most popular courses being pursued today. There
    are a large number of colleges and institutions
    which offer MBA degrees or PGDM programs.
  • The most coveted programs are the ones offered by
    top notch B-Schools like IIM, Symbiosis, etc.
    However not everyone qualifies for these courses
    and there are many who are unable to study full
    time for various reasons.
  • The regular courses are also very expensive and
    this might be a deterrent for students wishing to
    pursue an MBA but are unable to afford the
    expensive colleges.
  • One need not lose hope as there are other ways to
    pursue an MBA from a good college/institution. We
    will focus on distance learning programs as one
    such method to pursue an MBA.

Top Institutes which offer MBA through Distance
  • The Distance MBA program, the name itself suggest
    is studied via correspondence mode. The main
    reason you would pursue an MBA is to have an edge
    in the very competitive job market. In such a
    scenario if the degree has no relevance or value
    it is definitely valuable money and time lost. So
    the first criterion is to select a good
  • Fortunately, there are lot of good institutes and
    colleges which offer excellent correspondence

  • Some of the top institutes are
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University.
  • Yashwantrao C Maharashtra Open University.
  • Sikkim Manipal University.
  • Amity University - Centre of Distance Learning.
  • ICFAI University.
  • MIT School of Distance Education.
  • IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute.
  • Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning.
  • Dr B R Ambedkar Open University.
  • Annamalai University.
  • For more details and information on top Distance
    MBA colleges and list of DEC recognized colleges,
    please click here.

  • In India there are six types of institutes
    offering Distance Learning (DE) today, the
    prominent ones being National level and state
    level open universities. To give them due
    recognition and to bring them under a common
    roof, the UGC-DEB accreditation was introduced.
    So any course recognised or accredited by UGC-DEB
    is treated at par with regular MBA courses in
  • Another important institute for accreditation of
    Distance learning MBA programs is AICTE (All
    India Council for Technical Education). A
    thorough research is required and you should
    choose your college based on its accreditation
    and recognition especially if you are looking for
    an opportunity in career growth.

General Fees Structure
  • Most of the MBA courses are structured for two
    years and the fees range from Rs 30,000 to Rs 1,
    50,000 for the entire course. As you can see the
    cost of MBA through distance learning is
    significantly less. There are various payment
    options like EMI and part payments which lessen
    the financial burden on the student.

Eligibility Criteria
  • To be eligible for an MBA you must have
    completed 12 years of studies under 102 pattern
    followed by a three year graduate degree. Some
    universities like IGNOU also expect three years
    of work experience. Graduate equivalent diplomas
    are not accepted. Apart from this most institutes
    conduct an entrance test.

Entrance Exams for Distance MBA
  • Most institutes conduct an entrance examination
    and the performance of the student in these tests
    are considered along with the basic educational
    qualifications as mentioned above for admission.
  • Some universities like NMIMS, Amity University
    and etc do not conduct an admission test and
    eligibility is based purely on the educational
    qualifications of the student. Symbiosis Centre
    for Distance Learning and Sikkim Manipal
    University for Distance Education conduct
    entrance exams and students who have qualified
    any state or national level entrance test for MBA
    are exempt for taking the entrance test. IGNOU
    conducts OPENMAT management aptitude test.
  • IMT conducts an entrance exam but certain
    categories of students like working professional
    with two years work experience, students who
    have scored first class marks above 60,
    technical or legal professionals, and holders of
    PG diploma of IMT CDLs programme are exempted
    for the entrance tests.

General Course Structure and Duration for
Distance MBA
  • Students are provided study material by the
    institute/University. Contact classes are also
    conducted. Most of these classes are conducted on
    weekends so working professionals can also
    benefit from these classes. The Universities
    provide a list of places where contact classes
    are held in your city/town/village and you can
    choose the most convenient location to attend.
    Some Universities like Sikkim Manipal provide a
    dedicated student advisor who helps and guides
    the students during the entire course. Usually
    examinations are conducted twice a year and a
    certain weightage is given to the assignments.

  • Apart from undergraduates, correspondence
    courses are the most popular form of study for
    working individuals as it is usually taken up for
    enhancement in career and/or better prospects for
    future growth. In some cases the company itself
    sponsors the course to enhance knowledge and keep
    their employees updated with the latest in the
    industry. For working professionals the added
    boon of correspondence courses is the flexibility
    these courses offer in terms of completion of
    course, date of examination etc. For example an
    MBA from IGNOU can be completed any time from 2
    to 8 years.

  • So to sum up the advantages of MBA in Distance
  • Eligibility criteria Anyone with a graduate
    degree can apply. Admissions usually based on
    performance in an entrance test
  • Credibility A degree from an accredited college
    has same value in terms of knowledge and job
    opportunities as a regular degree
  • Flexibility Students can complete the course at
    their own pace and convenience which makes it
    feasible for busy professionals, housewives and
    other categories of students to study an MBA.
  • Cost factor Courses are less expensive and there
    is no compromise in terms of knowledge or job

  • The only disadvantage is that the salary packet
    will not be on par with the ones offered to
    graduates from top notch B-schools that is
    definitely incomparable but since the whole point
    of this article is to provide an alternative to
    the B-school and regular classes this comparison
    is actually not relevant here.
  • In conclusion we can say that a student aspiring
    for an MBA degree can definitely look at distance
    learning as one the options without compromising
    on knowledge, quality of education and a good
    opportunity for career enhancement and future
    growth in career path.
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