Top Universities offering Distance MBA

By | February 6, 2018

In today’s career driven world, industry relevance and career progression are on top of everybody’s minds. As such an experienced working professional or even a fresh graduate prefers to strive for a qualification of higher education, one of the most preferred being MBA education. MBA is now being perceived as a must-have qualification in order to boost one’s career. Having said that, it is not possible for every MBA aspirant to pursue full-time (regular) MBA programs. The two obvious reasons are time (fixed hours classroom sessions) and high cost. These are the situations where Distance MBA is certainly a viable option.


Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education (SMU-DE), the distance education arm of SMU, was set up in 2001. Today it is a leading provider of professional Distance Learning Programs in India. The university offers courses such as MBA, MCA, BCA and BBA. All these programs are recognized and approved by UGC. SMU DE is the winner of several awards, including ‘Most preferred distance education university among students’, awarded by ASSOCHAM INDIA.

Sikkim Manipal University (smude) Distance MBA program

  • Eligibility – Graduate or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university. Work experience is preferred.
  • Entrance Test SMU-DDE Management Aptitude Test (SMAT) OR MAT/CAT/GMAT. A minimum score of 40% is required and the score must not be more than one year old at the time of admission.
  • Course Duration – A minimum of two years (4 semesters) and a maximum of four years.
  • Course Fees – The total fees are Rs. 80,000/- which could be paid one time (annually) or per semester, i.e. Rs. 20,000/-
  • Specialization streams offered – Marketing Management , Information Systems Management, Human Resource Management, Finance Management
  • Learning Methodology – Self-Learning Materials (SLMs) being the core, these are supplemented by SMU-DE’s online portal EduNxt and the SMU-DE Learning Mobile App, providing ease of access, and flexibility of time and place.
  • Placement – A number of working professionals from leading corporates such as TCS, Infosys, HCL, Airtel have been successful in achieving their career goals through this program.

ICFAI FLP (Flexible Learning Program) Tripura University

The ICFAI University, Tripura was established in 2004 through an Act of State Legislature (Tripura Act 8 of 2004). The University has been approved by UGC. The Distance Education Council (DEC) has approved the programs of this university.

ICFAI University Distance MBA Program

  • Eligibility – Graduation in any discipline with a minimum of 45% marks
  • Entrance TestNone
  • Course Duration – A minimum of 5 semesters and a maximum of five years.
  • Course Fees – The total fee for the course is Rs.65,000/- The fee can also be paid in installments i.e. initial payment of Rs.10,000/- and 16 Installments @ Rs.3950/- each.
  • Specialization streams offered – Finance, Investment Management, Strategic Finance, Risk Management, Global Markets, Marketing ,Healthcare Management,Hospital Administration, Pharma Management, Telecom Management, Retail Management, Operations, HR, IT& Systems, Innovation Management,International Business
  • Learning Methodology –The university follows a hub and spoke model
  • Placement – A number of studentshave been placed with ICICI Bank, IBM, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Vodafone among other corporates.


The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, in New Delhi. It is the largest open university in the world, and has been approved by both AICTE and UGC. The distance MBA program offered by IGNOU is one of the most sought after MBA programs in India.

Distance MBA Program

  • Eligibility – Graduate in any discipline. A minimum 50 % marks for general category, while a minimum of 45% marks for reserved category is required. 3 years managerial or supervisory work experience after graduation is also required.
  • Entrance TestOPENMAT Management Aptitude Test
  • Course Duration – A minimum of 2.5 years and a maximum of 8 years.
  • Course Fees – The total fee is Rs. 31,500/- The fee per course is Rs. 1500
  • Specialization streams offered – Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Operations Management, Marketing Management, Financial Markets Practice
  • Learning Methodology –The means of learning materials provided are printed study materials, audio and visual media aids, counselling sessions and interactive radio counselling.
  • Placement –Companies like Wipro, Infosys, IBM, ICICI Prudential and Axis Bank do campus hiring in a job-mela organized by IGNOU at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi.

Amity University

Amity University has been established by an act of State Legislature and recognized by UGC through the Act of State Legislature.Amity Distance MBA program is ranked No.1 in Asia by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Ranking.

Distance MBA Program

  • Eligibility – A 3- year or 4- year degree program. A minimum of 40 % marks is required. Sufficient knowledge and understanding of English language is a must.
  • Entrance TestNone
  • Course Duration –The course is a two-year (4 semesters) program.
  • Course Fees – The fees for the following categories of students are as follows –

General – One time fees  – Rs. 141800/-

Defence Officers/Other Ranks – One time fees – Rs. 120800/-

JC Officers – One time fees – Rs. 99800/-

  • Specialization streams offered – Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Finance & Accounting, Human Resource Management, International Business, Information Technology, Marketing & Sales, Retail Management, Insurance Management, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Management, Operations Management, Hospitality Management, Banking Services
  • Learning Methodology –The university has a user-friendly LMS and Learning Platform. The institute also provides 24×7 academic and technical student support.

Annamalai University

The Annamalai University has been accredited with ‘A’ grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It has been approved by UGC. All the programs of study offered by the Directorate of Distance Education have the approval of the Distance Education Council, New Delhi.

Distance MBA Program

  • Eligibility – Any Degree or an equivalent examination
  • Entrance TestNone
  • Course Duration –A minimum duration of two years and a maximum of seven years
  • Course Fees – The total fees are Rs.39,700/-
  • Specialization streams offered – Financial Management, Marketing Management, HR  Management, e-Business, International Business, General Management
  • Learning Methodology –The university is well equipped with computer and other infrastructure, adequate teaching faculty and administrative set-up of its own, study centres, computer training centres, etc., to serve its students’ clientele in their best interest at their door steps.

The above information would help one evaluate which university is best suited for one’s academic and work profile. Students should give a careful thought to the choice of institute for distance MBA program and thus carve their dreams into reality.

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