All about Distance MBA in India: Specializations, top colleges, fee, and admission

With the transition of education to online mode, Distance MBA has become a craze among management aspirants. Here is everything you must know about MBA via distance learning.

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NEW DELHI: Distance MBA, today is in demand due to the transition of traditional education to online. MBA in distance learning is a two-year programme designed to develop and enhance the managerial skills needed to excel in a competitive corporate world. Distance MBA programmes can be pursued by graduates from any discipline and working professionals without risking their careers.

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Not all MBA aspirants get the opportunity to pursue the MBA degree due to various reasons like full-time job commitments, financial constraints, locational disadvantages, poor academic record, or percentile/ score in MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc. For such aspirants, Distance MBA is a wonderful opportunity to achieve their career goals.

Specializations in Distance MBA

Though the number of specializations offered in distance MBA learning is limited as compared to a full-time MBA, there are still many choices that can direct your career. Some of the Distance MBA specializations are as follows:

  • MBA in Aviation Business Management

  • MBA in Banking and Finance

  • MBA in Biotechnology Management

  • MBA in Corporate Governance

  • MBA in Entrepreneurship

  • MBA in Financial Markets

  • MBA in Hospital and Healthcare Management (MBAHHM)

  • MBA in Hospitality Management (MBAHM)

  • MBA in Insurance

  • MBA in Information Technology Management

  • MBA in Management Accounting and Finance

  • MBA in Network Infrastructure Management

  • MBA in Retail Management

  • MBA in Textile Management

  • MBA in Services Management

  • MBA in Marketing/ Finance/ HR/ Productions and Operations Management

  • MBA in Telecom Management

Distance MBA in India: Top Colleges/ Universities and their fee structure

Distance MBA fees vary as per the institute. Some of top Distance MBA colleges and their fee structure is tabulated below:

Top Private Distance MBA Colleges in India

Institutes/Universities

Fee Structure

Institutes/Universities

Fee Structure

Directorate of Distance Education, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara

Rs 50,600 (including exam fee-Rs 1,250 per semester)

Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education, Noida

Rs 1,51,800



Jagannath University, Jaipur


Rs 58,000 (including exam fee-Rs 1,000 per semester)

Carreograph Institute of Management Studies, Kolkata


Rs 64,800

CCE UPES Dehradun


Rs 1,35,000

Institute of Distance and Online Learning, Chandigarh University

Rs 52,800



Venkateshwara Open University, Papum Pare

Rs 85,000


Global Open University, Dimapur

Rs 26,125

Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management

Rs 61,000

Institute of Management Technology, Centre for Distance Learning, Ghaziabad

Rs 88,000



SVKM’s NMIMS University, Mumbai

Rs 1,44,000 (Pro)

Rs.120,000

(Prime)




Top Government Distance MBA colleges in India

Institutes/Universities

Fee Structure

Institutes/Universities

Fee Structure

IGNOU Delhi

Rs 37,800

BRAOU Hyderabad

Rs 20,150


Annamalai University


Rs 57,050

School of Distance Education, Andhra University

Rs 35,000 (Rs 50,000 for MBA- Hospital Administration)

YCMOU Nashik

Rs 32,700

Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai

Rs 24,800


Centre for Distance Education, Anna University, Chennai

Rs 18,650 (for the first semester)

Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University, Guwahati

Rs 50,835



Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University, Bhopal

Rs 16560 (Annual fee)

KSOU Mysore

Rs 35,000


The minimum duration of the distance MBA programme is two years. The maximum duration is four years within which the enrolled students must complete the distance MBA degree.

Distance MBA in India: Admission process

Admission to the distance MBA programme is granted on the basis of a candidate’s performance in graduation and entrance examinations (in some institutes or universities). To get admission to the distance MBA programme, the candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria before filling up the MBA application form. Here are the steps to be followed for admission in MBA in distance learning mode:

  • Candidates need to fill the application form within the stipulated period of time once it is available on the respective institute’s website.

  • Fill the distance MBA application form only after reading the eligibility criteria. Submit the documents asked in the instructions.

  • Pay the requisite amount of the application fee (or the course fee) for final admission.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview (if any) or will be given direct admission.

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