Distance Learning Mba in Delhi in 2024

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Why should one opt for a Distance MBA from Delhi?

Delhi is the capital of India and is also known as the national capital for education. With prestigious institutes like the Delhi University, IIT Delhi, AIIMS Delhi, IGNOU, Jawaharlal University and Jamia Millia Islamia University the city is definitely one of the best places in Asia for education.

Below is a list of Top Distance MBA Institutes in Delhi-

Institute Degree/Diploma Duration
Indian School of Business Management and Administration, Connaught Palace PGPM 2 Years
Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning, Swami Nagar PGDM 2 Years
Suresh Gyan Vihar University (SGVUDDE) MBA 2 Years
IGNOU, Saket MBA 2.5 Years
Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education, Saket MBA 2 Years
Sam Higginbottom University, Darya Ganj MBA 2 years
Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Dwarka MBA 2 Years
Sikkim Manipal University DDE (SMUDDE) MBA 2 Years

Distance Education Universities in Delhi

New Delhi is home to one of the world’s biggest Open University in terms of student enrollment; Indira Gandhi National Open University. It offers correspondence courses in over 200 courses and has study centers throughout India.

Courses offered by Delhi University Distance education are highly sought after and popular. Among the private universities, Amity School of Distance Learning, Amity University offers a number of distance education UG, PG and certificate courses.

IIT Delhi also offers distance management courses for working professionals. Similarly, there are various other universities and a large number of colleges spread throughout Delhi, offering Distance MBA courses.


Below is a list of top distance education institute in Delhi affiliated to UGC (University Grants Commission)-

  • Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education, Amity University
  • Sam Higginbottom University
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth University
  • Delhi Degree College
  • Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Maharishi Dayanand University
  • Arya Bhatta Degree College
  • Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning

IGNOU Distance Education was established by an act of parliament 1985 and is the standard for distance education. IGNOU offers to approve other colleges and is perhaps the best distance education university in India.

Amity University is approved and recognized by the UGC, AICTE and the Distance Education Council (DEC).

Jamia Millia Islamia University is also recognized by the DEC, and offers quality correspondence courses in management, though not an MBA course.

Eligibility Criteria

IGNOU requires its students to be a graduate from any recognized university with a minimum aggregate of 50% or a professional degree with a minimum of 50% marks.

Delhi University requires its students to be a graduate (minimum 3 years course) with a minimum of 50% marks, and have at least 3 years full-time work experience.

Amity University applicants are to have a graduate degree from a recognized university (of minimum 3 years, Diploma is not acceptable), and the general schooling certifications.

Fee Structure

Distance MBA Fee structure can range from Rs 12,000 to Rs 1,50,000.

Below is a list of the fee structure of various institutes offering distance MBA

Institute FEE (Rs) Installment
IGNOU 31,500 NO
Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education 1,51,800 YES
Bharati Vidyapeeth University 48,500 YES
Suresh Gyan Vihar University 74,400 YES
Sam Higginbottom University 66,000 NO
Indian School of Business Management and Administration 49,900 NO

The Fee at IGNOU is Rs. 58,000 for the Distance MBA course. The MBA course has 21 courses in all, and the fee is Rs 1500 per course.

The fee at Amity University for the Distance MBA course with online support is fairly high at around Rs 1,51,800 for the whole course. Though if the candidate decides to pay in lump sum, he/she is provided a discount of Rs 10,000, therefore, the fee will be Rs 1,41,800.


Specializations Offered

  • Human Resource
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Markets Practice
Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education
  • Hospitality Management
  • Petroleum and Gas Management
  • Retail Management
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance Management
  • International Business
  • HR
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship and Leadership
  • Global Finance
Bharati Vidyapeeth University
  • Marketing Management
  • HR
  • Finance
  • Production
  • International Business
Suresh Gyan Vihar University MBA in 22 specializations-
  • Banking Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • HR
  • Digital Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Foreign Trade and Global Business Management
  • Investment Banking and Wealth Management

Colleges in the city such as SMU-DE Study center, CIMT Noida, International Institute of Management and Technical Studies (IIMT) affiliated to other universities also offer the popular specializations in HR, Finance management, etc.

Admission Procedure

The admission procedure of most of the Distance MBA colleges is almost the same. The common process has been explained below-

STEP-1: Fill the Application form online with Personal, education and communication details.
Obtain the prospectus from the college website or the nearest study center and submit it there itself.

STEP-2: Once the application form is filled, upload the necessary documents. Depending on the institute, candidates can also be asked to submit the documents at the study center of college/institute.

STEP-3: Once the document confirmation is done pay the required fee through online or offline mode.


Ranking of Distance MBA programs in Delhi

  • IGNOU is constantly ranked at No. 1 position for distance learning education universities in India, and is the standard university for Distance MBA.
  • Delhi University is also ranked in the top 10 universities for distance education, (although it doesn’t offer the classic MBA course, it offers other management courses).
  • Amity University is ranked at No. 7 in the list of best distance learning institutes, while is ranked at No.1 for its Distance MBA course.

Top Distance MBA Colleges in Delhi


Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is a central open learning university located at Maidan Garhi in Delhi. IGNOU is the first open university in India to be accredited with the highest A++ grade by NAAC. The university houses 21 academic schools and 20 institutions overseas. It has a network of 67 regional centres and approximately 2000 Learner Support centres spread across India.  IGNOU launched a series of 24-hour educational channels called ‘Gyan Darshan’ in the year 2000. In 2010, UNESCO declared IGNOU as the largest institution of higher learning in the world.

The university offers undergraduate, post graduate, diploma, advanced diplomas, PG diplomas and certificate courses in various disciplines. The School of Management Studies (SOMS) at IGNOU offers two distance MBA programs- MBA general and MBA Banking and Finance (MBF). The MBF program is collaboratively offered with the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF).

Below are mentioned are the management courses offered by IGNOU-

  • MBA (General)
  • MBA in Banking and Finance
  • Diploma in Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource (PGDHR)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PHDHR)

The fee for the 2-year MBA course is Rs 58,000 for the whole course. For admission into the course, the candidate needs to at least have a graduation with 50% (45% for reserved categories).

Program structure (MBA):

The program is divided into four semesters. The program consists of 28 courses in total- 20 core courses, 7 specialisations and 1 project. The specialisations include Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Operations Management, Marketing Management and Services Management.

Eligibility (MBA):

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum of 50% from a recognised university (including CA/Cost Accountancy/Company Secretaryship)
  • The candidate should have cleared the OPENMAT entrance test conducted by the university

Program structure (MBA Banking and Finance):

The program is divided into four semesters. The program consists of 28 courses in total- 20 core courses, 7 specialisations and 1 project.

Eligibility (MBA Banking and Finance):

  • Undergraduate degree from a recognised university
  • The candidate should have passed the CAIIB examination conducted by Indian Institute of Bankers, Mumbai and received the requisite qualification from the institute
  • The candidate should have a minimum work experience of two years in the banking or financial sector

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL)

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) is a renowned distance education providing institute in India. It is set up and managed by the Symbiosis International University.

It does not offer a distance MBA program but a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), which is equivalent to distance MBA.

The duration of its PGDM program is 2 years and it must be completed within 4 years. The fee for the course ranges from Rs 30,000- Rs 40,000 depending on the chosen specialization. It offers more than 14 specializations. Some of the popular ones have been mentioned below-

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Banking & Finance
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Retail Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Business

For admission, the candidate needs should have a graduation degree.

Amity directorate of Distance and Online Education

Amity Online or Amity University-DDE is the distance education branch of the university. Their Distance MBA course is one of the most popular distance course in Delhi-NCR. All the courses are approved by the Distance Education Council (DEC).

The institute offers a 2-year distance MBA program in over 14 specializations.  To be eligible for the course, the candidate only needs to have a graduation degree in any field. The fee for the distance MBA course is given below-

Category Fee (Rs)
  Lump sum Installment
General 1,41,800 1,51,800
Defence Personnel 1,20,800 1,29,300
JC Officers 99,800 1,06,800

Sikkim Manipal University

Sikkim Manipal University Directorate of Distance Education (SKU-DE) is an offshoot of Sikkim Manipal University. It offers a 2 year Distance MBA program. Other than that, it also offers BBA, BCA, B.Sc (IT), MCA and M.Sc (IT) through distance mode.

The fee for the distance MBA program is Rs 80,000 for the whole course. It also offers EMI and scholarship facilities. For admission, candidates just need a graduation degree in any field.

Below mentioned are the specialization in which the course is offered-

  • MBA in Marketing Management
  • MBA in Information Systems Management
  • MBA in Human Resource Management
  • MBA in Finance Management

ICFAI University

ICFAI Directorate of Distance Education offers a number UG, PG, Diploma and PG diploma courses in the field of management. One of its flagship programs is the Distance MBA course. The duration of the course is 2 years and must be completed within 4 years.

The fee for the ICFAI Distance MBA program is around Rs 60,000. They also have the option of EMI’s for the ease of payment. To be eligible for the course, the candidate needs to be a graduate. No additional entrance test is required.

Below mentioned are some of the courses offered through distance mode-

  • MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Postgraduate diploma in Financial Analyst
  • BBA
  • Diploma in Retail Management
  • Diploma in International Business

Jamia Millia Islamia

Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) is a central university located at Okhla in New Delhi. It figured in the 13th position in the NIRF 2021 rankings. The university consists of 9 faculties and 30 centres which includes the Centre for Distance and Online Education (CDOE).

The CDOE offers 20 programs in the correspondence mode. The university has established 29 Learner Support Centres across India. It offers one distance MBA program with an emphasis on Finance, Marketing and Human Resources. NIRF also ranked JMI in the 34th position among other management institutions.

Duration: Minimum 2 years- Maximum 4 years

Fee: INR 25,000 p.a

Program Structure:

The program is divided into four semesters. The entire program consists of 32 courses. A detailed list of the courses is available in the program brochure.

Eligibility and Admission:

  • Undergraduate degree from any recognised university with a minimum of 50%
  • Candidates should clear the university’s entrance test

Institute of Management Technology

The Institute of Management Technology (IMT Ghaziabad) is a private business school located in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and falls under the Delhi-NCR region. The institute has a body that offers distance programs in Management called the IMT Centre for Distance Learning (IMT CDL).

All programs offered by IMT CDL are approved by AICTE. It offers PG Diploma and certificate programs in Management. IMT provides lessons to students through its Learning Management System called EduGenie. The centre offers a two year Post Graduate Diploma program in Management (PGDM) which is equivalent to MBA.

Duration: Two years


  • Semester 1- INR 28,500
  • Semester 2- INR 27,500
  • Semester 3- INR 27,500
  • Semester 4- INR 27,500

Program structure:

The program is divided into four semesters. The entire program consists of 15 core courses, 5 elective courses, 3 non-credit foundation courses and a project. It offers specialisations in five areas- Marketing, Finance, Human Resource, Operations, and Business Analytics. The list of courses can be viewed here- https://www.imtcdl.ac.in/programmes/two-year-pgdm/curriculum/.

Eligibility and Admission:

  • Undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university

Last Updated: 10-April-2023

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  •   posted   on 1/10/18

    Whats the difference btw mba and pgdm?

    •   posted   on 5/10/18

      The difference between the PGDM and MBA course is that MBA is a degree course and hence can only be provided by a college affiliated to a university. On the other hand, PGDM is a diploma course which can be offered by any autonomous institute irrespective of its recognition. Also, since PGDM is a diploma course, its syllabus is updated as per the latest industry trends and requirements.

  •   posted   on 2/10/18

    I am a b.tech graduate can I apply for IGNOU MBA?

    •   posted   on 6/10/18

      Yes, you can apply for the IGNOU MBA program if you qualify for the below-mentioned eligibility criteria- IGNOU offers a 2.5-years distance MBA program. For admission into its mba program, the candidate needs to have at least 50% (45% for SC/St candidates) in his/her graduation degree along with 3 years of work experience. Additionally, with this, the candidate also needs to clear IGNOU’s OPENMAT Entrance Test. For more information about IGNOU eligibility criteria click here and for OPENMATY details click here.

  •   posted   on 4/10/18

    I have a diploma can i get into mba?

    •   posted   on 8/10/18

      Most of the distance education institutes, require the candidate to have a bachelor’s degree in any/relevant discipline. Therefore, with just a diploma you will not be able to get admission into the Distance MBA programs of top institutes.

  •   posted   on 5/10/18

    Do i need to have bachelors degree in some relevant field only?

    •   posted   on 10/10/18

      Institutes like Amity Online, NMIMS, Sikkim Manipal University does not specifically require the candidate to have a management background. On the other hand, institute like BITS Pilani states that the candidate should have bachelor’s degree in the relevant discipline only. Also, some of the institutes require at least 50% in bachelors degree so take that too into consideration.

  •   posted   on 7/10/18

    I have done btech can i do mba?

    •   posted   on 12/10/18

      Yes, you can do a Distance MBA from most of the distance education institutes. Some institutes like BITS Pilani requires you to have a bachelors in relevant discipline if you want to pursue the Distance MBA from there.

  •   posted   on 8/10/18

    What is the job scope once i do Distance mba?

    •   posted   on 15/10/18

      Distance MBA is mostly pursued by working professional who want to enhance their concurrent skills and at the same time want to stay in the job. In this case, this degree is an added advantage and can enhance your curriculum vitae (CV). For UG graduate or non-working professionals, this might not be so handy if you are not pursuing anything on the side. Most of the distance education institutes do not have a placement cell but some do have like BITS Pilani and NMIMS.

  •   posted   on 10/10/18

    Is there any entrance i have give for admission?

    •   posted   on 15/10/18

      You do not have to give any entrance test for admission into the Distance MBA program for most of the institutes. Though, if you decide to pursue this course from IGNOU you have to clear the OPENMAT exam and for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) course from Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning (SCDL) you have to give their PGDBA Entrance Test.

  •   posted   on 11/10/18

    Which institute provides the cheapest MBA?

    •   posted   on 18/10/18

      The fee of Distance MBA is far cheaper than the Regular MBA. The average fee of distance MBA is approx 1/10th when compared to Regular MBA average fee. The range of distance education fee is around Rs 30,000 to Rs 1,50,000. The cheapest fee is of IGNOU which charges a total amount of around Rs 32,000 for the Distance MBA program. The maximum fee is charged by Amity University i.e Rs 1,52,000.

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