Distance learning management courses through IIMs

A few IIMs offer various executive management courses through their distance education programmes. Prospective candidates for these distant learning management courses must be employed and have suitable work experience. Get the details of the IIMs offering this opportunity, the programmes on offer, duration, eligibility and admission procedure.

When you think of MBA the first thing that probably comes to mind is the prestigious IIMs (Indian Institute of Management); the finest Business Schools of India. Getting an MBA degree from an IIM is a smart move, as it can help you jump a few rungs up the career ladder.

Currently, there are 20 IIMs in India, spread across the length and breadth of the country. IIMs offer full-time MBA programmes, but getting admission into these elite B-schools is really tough. The stringent admission procedures allow only the brightest of brains to walk through the doors of the IIM campuses.

Although IIMs do not directly offer distance education programmes, they do offer specially designed programmes for working professionals, created in partnership with Hughes Global Education and NIIT Imperia. So, here is a low down on some of the management courses offered through the IIMs via distance learning mode.

Executive Management distance learning courses

Executive Management courses in distance learning mode, in association with Hughes Global Education & NIIT Imperia, are offered at the following IIMs –

  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Indore
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Lucknow

Distance learning course offered by IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Ahmedabad has introduced an ePost Graduate Programme (ePGP) through distance learning. The course is designed for working professionals and can be completed in as long as three years. It offers a lot of convenience and flexibility to the candidates.

Distance learning courses offered by IIM Calcutta

IIM Calcutta offers an array of distance learning programmes, for professionals. The programmes are designed for general as well as functional management courses –

  • EPHRM - Executive Programme in Human Resource Management
  • EPIB - Executive Programme in International
  • EPLOI - Executive Programme on Leading Organizations and Innovations
  • EPSM - Executive Programme in Sales & Marketing
  • EPYP - Executive Programme for Young Professionals
  • GMPAP - General Management Programme for Accounting Professionals
  • PLAM - Programme on Leading & Managing

IIM Indore distance education programmes

IIM Indore offers management courses in the following fields –
  • PGP-MX (Post Graduate Diploma in Management for Executives in Mumbai)
  • PGCPF – (Post Graduate Certificate Program in Finance)
  • PGCPIB (Post Graduate Certificate Program in Investment Banking)

Distance education courses offered by IIM-Kozhikode

IIM Kozhikode also has a wide-range of management programmes offered through their distance learning mode –
  • EEPF - Executive Education Programmes in Finance
  • EEPM - Executive Education Programme in Marketing
  • EEPOM - Executive Education Programme in Operations Management
  • EEPSM - Executive Education Programme in Strategic Management
  • EMEP - Executive Management Education Programme
  • EPGDM - Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management
  • EPGP - Executive Post Graduate Program in Management

Distance learning through IIM-Lucknow

IIM Lucknow offers an Advanced Programme in Sales and Marketing (APSM) through disatnce learning.

Eligibility for the IIM distance education programmes

IIMs offer distance learning executive MBA programmes for professionals working at different levels – junior-level, mid-level and senior-level. The eligibility for the distance learning courses offered by the IIMs varies, for different programmes.

Eligibility for junior-level executives

Junior-level executives must have a minimum of one year of work experience. Additionally, they should either be employed or running their own enterprise (self-employed).

Eligibility for mid-level & senior-level executives

Candidates opting for programmes designed for the mid-level or the senior-level executives must have at least 10 years of work experience. But, there may be some relaxation offered in the eligibility criterion based on the level of 'think process' involved to complete the course.

Note: Those interested in joining the distance learning programmes should get in touch with the respective institute to check the latest eligibility criteria and other relevant details.

Fee details for courses under IIM distance learning programme

The fee and the duration of the courses vary from course to course although, on an average, the fee can range anywhere between 1 lakh – 5 lakhs. A note of caution – please check the exact fee structure, before enrolling for a course.

Do business courses through distance learning add value

A nagging question that often bothers prospective candidates of distance education programmes is about their worthiness? Distance learning programmes are generally not given the same credence as full-time/classroom programmes. They are somehow considered inferior to regular classroom programmes. Let me assure you, that this is a fallacy.

The distance learning programmes offered by the IIMs are specially designed, to meet the professional needs of the working executives. The courses on offer are compact yet well-defined. The programmes encapsulate every aspect relevant to businesses and industries. The study packages are ideal for professionals unable to enrol in regular classroom programmes. Candidates can expect to pick up knowledge essential for their career progression. They can sharpen their business acumen and professional skills.

However, the courses offered under the various distance education modes are not identical to the full-time courses conducted in the IIMs. Therefore, to take advantage of the distance learning courses, choose the programme carefully.

About the distance learning programme

All the courses under the distance learning programme being offered by the IIMs are handled by Hughes Education & NIIT Imperia. The coaches of these institutes deliver lessons via satellite learning mode.

Admission procedure for distance MBA courses

The admission process involves the education partners of the IIMs, namely Hughes Global Education and NIIT Imperia. They complete the admission formalities. Brief details of the admission process are described below.

Admssion through Hughes Global Education

Candidates can apply for distance learning programmes, offered by the IIMs, through their education partner Hughes Global Education by visiting their website (www.hugheseducation.com). The site provides details of the various programmes, duration, fee structure etc. Candidates are required to provide their information, which is akin to opening an account. Once the requisite details are submitted online, the institute gets in touch with the candidate through their counselling executive, who walks them through the process.

Admission through NIIT Imperi

Applications for the distance learning, IIM MBA programme, through NIIT Imperia are submitted using the Common Application Form ( http://www.niitimperia.com/enrollment-process). Next, the candidates have to appear and qualify an Aptitude Test. The final selection of candidates to the programmes is based on the results of the test and the weight of the application.


The information compiled in this article is gathered from the net. Prospective candidates are advised to contact Hughes Global Education & NIIT Imperia for clarifications and further information at the following numbers –
NIIT Imperia – 1800-200-8976
Hughes Global Education – 783-888-4925 & 783-888-4952.


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