Top 10 Distance Learning MBA Courses: Scene 2018

By Shatavisha Chakravorty

The last couple of decades have seen the business sector in the country growing. The growth has been exponential in nature and it is not too far-fetched to say that a major chunk of the Western business world is driven by India's intellectual manpower. In such a situation, the easiest path to success is through the MBA degree.

We know that not everyone can get this highly rewarding degree the old-school way. There might be innumerable reasons for the same. While some people feel the lack of urge to study any further immediately after their graduation, there are others who are unable to do so because of family reasons or simply because they do not have the monetary means to do so. In such cases, the best resort for them would be to opt for a distance education program.


Now there are hundreds of institutions across the country that offer a distance education program in MBA. Making a choice about which institute to go for is no child's play and people often end up spending months on the same.

Hence, to make things easier for you, here is a carefully correlated list of 10 colleges that have been formulated after much consideration, taking into mind the pros and cons of each of the colleges from an unbiased perspective. Read on to know more.

1. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi

Having an enrolment of over 4 million students, this institution is run by the central government of India. It is the largest open university in the world and has consistently been the top in the country. The students who have pursued their MBA from this institute are now well settled in some of the top MNCs in the global level.

What sets this institution to be a notch higher than others is the fact that the course structure here is highly affordable and thus, this institution is successful in its motto of making education affordable to all.

2. Symbiosis Center For Distance Learning (SCDL), Pune

2. Symbiosis Center For Distance Learning (SCDL), Pune

One of the first colleges in the country to introduce the concept of online classrooms, SCDL has a highly equipped digital mentoring system wherein students can interact with the tutors effortlessly via online chat sessions.

The entire process is so well managed at the digital level that students can have a near life-like experience while sitting at the comfort of their homes.

3. Institute Of Management Studies, Ghaziabad

The hallmark of this college is the fact that its distance learning MBA course is fully analytics-driven and the learning management system is very concise. This ensures that the time a student invests in this program is well utilised.

Unlike other distance learning MBA courses, this college ensures that the students in the program are subjected to periodic tests, quizzes and comprehensive exams and that they do not lag behind their peers who are pursuing their MBA full-time.

4. ICFAI University, Hyderabad

The specialty of the distance learning course in this institute is its carefully designed case studies that are linked to each learning unit and are followed by workbooks for ongoing self-assessments.

The reason why students of this institute fare so well when it comes to getting jobs is because of the fact that the course material has meticulously designed bullet points which are great for ready reviews and are of particular aid when it comes to seeking a job.

5. Sikkim Manipal University, Sikkim

With a program semester fee of a mere Rs 20,000, the course even has the option of easy fee payment with a number of EMI options. This reinforces the fact that money can never come in the way of education and that if someone is willing to pursue an MBA, there is nothing that can stop him or her from doing so.

Another highlight of this course, which is one of the reasons why the course is amongst the top 10 in the country, is the fact that is offers exceptional flexibility with regard to scheduling exams.

6. Narsee Monjee Institute Of Management Studies, Bangalore

With a wide array of management courses on offer, this institute has 200+ highly dedicated faculty members who have the industry experience needed to guide the students in the correct direction.

The institute's partnership with SAS gives the candidates who pursue their MBA in the distance learning program here an upper edge over that of their peers.

7. Annamalai University, Chidambaram

What sets this university apart from that of others is the fact that a lot of effort is invested in the preparation of the course content for its MBA course that is created keeping in mind the distance learning methodology.

In fact, there is a dedicated in-house academics department which is responsible for the same. This is one of the reasons why this institute is credited with the largest distance largest enrolment in the country.

8. Amity University, Jaipur

With a highly effective mentor-mentee program, this institute's distance MBA program is amongst the best in the industry because of the systematic and structured PCP that is introduced in all its programs.

The student career services are also something that is focused on and that is why a 24X7 student helpline is established. Alumni of this institute are well placed in life.

9. Lovely Professional University, Phagwara

With over 145 placement drives conducted for students of the institute's distance learning program, the college ranks very high in terms of placements. It has over a lakh of e-connect students to its credit and over 17,000 of them have participated in university events.

Unlike other distance learning MBA programs, the ones offered by Lovely Professional University allow students to choose the specialisation that they would want to pursue.

10. Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute Of Management Development And Research, Bangalore

Located in Mumbai, this is one distance learning program that has maintained its position as one of the top 10 programs for quite some time now. It is the up-to-date curriculum of the university that has ensured this.

The student base for this program is also highly cosmopolitan in nature, which ensures that a holistic approach to MBA is provided.

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