HOW TO CHOOSE A DISTANCE MBA
A distance MBA from a good business school and in a proper specialization can play well in long-term and can give you an upper hand in the fierce competition. However choosing educational courses has always been a hectic and complicated process.
Worry not, in this article you will get solutions to most of the questions you have regarding the distance MBA program. This article would give you a better vision and would help you in making a sound decision.
Choosing right distance MBA program majorly consists of two factors.
1) Choosing a right college
2) Choosing the right course or specialization.
Choosing the right college:
Given below are the key factors that you have to keep in mind before choosing a college.
- Affiliation and recognition
This will play a major role in determining the value of the degree. A degree from a college with an affiliated & recognized university would obviously give you head start.
One should also make sure that that the college is recognized by governing bodies like University Grant Commission (UGC), AICTE, NAAC for regular degree courses and Distance Education Council (DEC) for distance programs.
MBA degree would be of no use if it doesn’t get you placed well. It is more important for the students who apply for distant learning and are financially weak. So in your research, you should try to gather the placement stats of the college which would include previous years placement record, companies and packages.
A good faculty is what makes a good student. After all, a teacher is the one who plays a key role in shaping a student’s career.
For a distant program make sure of the following factors-
1) Accreditation of faculty
2) Learning methodology
3) Study Material and other online learning tools
4) Availability of faculty
If you are looking for a distant program, then the whole purpose of it is the flexibility. You should focus on getting into colleges where Exam schedules are flexible. Date and the mode of exam can be chosen as per your suitability.
- Virtual lessons/tutorials and study materials
In today’s world of fast internet and smart phones, virtual lessons come handy. Virtual lessons are the embodiment of a classroom lesson and have the potential to provide the same knowledge as the on-campus course.
An ideal distance learning program offers you interactive tasks, videos, quiz and student support services. This also gives you the flexibility to manage time your way.
You should also look for the study material and resources a college/course provides online as this will be the major source of your self-study.
Fee structure plays an important role, especially when the college fee is higher. Working professionals and financially feeble students mostly choose distance courses. Therefore one must choose such courses which provide elevated returns in form of placements.
List of top Business schools providing Distance MBA
- Institute of management studies (IMT) Ghaziabad.
IMT was awarded with the “Award for Excellence in Distance Education” at National Education Awards 2017 ceremony
IMT was established in 1980 and stands among the best management/PGDM institutes in India. IMT provides AICTE approved programs including PGDM part time.
Applicants must have a 3 years bachelor’s degree or equivalent with 50% aggregate marks in any-discipline. The candidate would need to be registered with CAT to apply for IMT. One can apply in the final year of his/her Bachelor’s also.
- Symbiosis center for Distance learning.
Symbiosis center for Distance learning is now UGC approved.
Eligibility: one must be a bachelor’s degree holder in any discipline from a recognized university. One can also apply in the final year of his/her undergraduate study.
Full Fee for the program is around Rs. 36,000.
This is another autonomous award-winning institute for distance learning. It offers Post graduate diploma, Diploma and certificate courses.
- Indira Gandhi National Open University
IGNOU which was established in 1985 is the world’s largest university if we talk in terms of a number of students enrolled. IGNOU is UGC approved and it lands in a good rank among the list of best institutes of distance learning. IGNOU offers an MBA courses with a time period if 2.5 years. There is no age bar.
- Sikkim Manipal University
SMU was established in year 1992 and is UGC and AICTE approved. One needs to have a 3 years bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum aggregate of 50% to apply. One can also apply in the final year of his/her undergraduate study. The university accepts MAT and CAT scores for the admission into MBA program.
SMU’S distance MBA program is a 2-year degree program divided into 4 semesters.
Specializations provided are:
1) Marketing Management
2) Information Systems Management
3) Human Resource Management
4) Finance Management
- ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
Established in 1929 Annamalai University is UGC approved.
Eligibility criteria: One need to have a 3 years bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum aggregate of 50% to apply or can also apply in the final year of his/her bachelor’s. The total fee for the course is around Rs 25,800.
It is one is one of the most popular universities in India and is famous for its distance learning program. It offers MBA and 5 specializations under MBA.
2) MBA E-Business
3) MBA International Business
4) MBA Human Resource Management
5) MBA Marketing Management
6) MBA Financial Management
Choosing the right course or specialization
Business schools in India provide a lot of options for specializing such as Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Operation Management.
The growth rate in the demand for jobs for the MBA graduates is ever growing. With the current growth rate being 10-13% in the number of jobs.
Well, choosing the right course majorly depends on you. You have to carefully take a look at the curriculum and career opportunities of different specializations. Carefully dig out the facts and stats about the streams and see what interests you.
One can find jobs in Banking and Finance sector, Management Consulting, Investment Banking, Data analytics. Job titles may include Health service manager, Marketing manager, HR Manager, Risk and Insurance Manager.
This process might take a while so don’t hesitate to spend a good amount of thought and time on it. Think thoroughly before making this decision as this will form the basis of your career foundation.