What is Distance MBA (MBA Distance Education)?

Distance MBA (MBA Distance Education) is a lucrative career option for those who cannot pursue a full-time MBA programme due to many circumstances like lack of money to afford the course, work schedule etc. Distance learning MBA is a flexible and affordable option that does not require candidates to attend the classes regularly.

MBA Distance Education programmes are recognized by UG/AICTE. Few universities and institutes in India offer MBA courses in distance mode. Nowadays most of the universities offering distance MBA courses have established placement cells so that candidates are placed in multinational companies, government jobs etc in profiles like Corporate Associate, Portfolio Manager, Finance Analyst, Credit Risk Manager, Executive, Senior Executive etc.

Distance MBA Eligibility & Entrance Exams

Any graduate candidates can apply for the Distance MBA programme. Candidates must have a minimum of three years of work experience.

Most of the institutes conduct their entrance exams while some do not have an entrance test. For eg; Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) accepts scores of management exams like CATXATMATATMA, etc. On the other hand, NMIMS Global Access School for Continuing Education offers admission based on the eligibility criteria (Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any recognised university with 50% marks in aggregate along with two years work experience).

IGNOU provides admission to candidates on the basis of IGNOU provides admission to candidates on the basis of IGNOU OPENMAT (conducted twice a year)

Distance MBA Courses

Pursuing distance MBA course, candidates will get Post Graduate degrees. This varies from one institute to another. For instance, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Global Access School for Continuing Education (NGA-SCE), IMT, Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning offers Post Graduate Diploma (PGD). Sikkim Manipal University Directorate of Distance Learning offers MBA and PGD degrees. IGNOU offers MBA, Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) and PGD degrees. Welingkar Institute of Management offers a PGDM degree.

Popular MBA Distance Education Colleges

  • Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA
  • IGNOU Distance MBA
  • ICFAI Distance MBA

Popular MBA Specializations

Distance MBA Scope, Top Companies & Salary

After pursuing a distance MBA, candidates find opportunities in public, private and government sectors.


Finance – Banks, Credit Rating Agencies, Insurance companies, Trading and Broking Firms etc.

Marketing – Sales and Marketing departments, advertising agencies, event management companies etc.

Human Resource Management (HRM) – Students are offered roles in HR departments of national and multinational companies, recruitment and training agencies, counselling and career development firms etc.

Operations Management –Production, Distribution and Logistics Departments etc.