Distance Learning Mba in Kerala in 2020

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Why should one opt for a Distance MBA from Kerala?

Kerala is one of the major states of the country and is perhaps one of those states that give a lot of importance to higher education. Boasting a very high literacy rate, it is home to various prominent universities such as the Central University of Kerala, University of Calicut, Mahatma Gandhi University, University of Kerala, Cochin University of Science and Technology, etc.

Kerala also hosts premier institutes such as the IIM, Kozhikode, NIT Calicut, IISER – Tiruvanthapuram and the IIST (Indian Institute of Space Technology)– Trivandrum.

Institute Degree/Diploma Duration
IGNOU, Cochin MBA 2.6 Years
Indian Institute of Knowledge Management MBA 2 years
Institute of Distance Education, University of Kerala MBA 2 years
Indian Institute of Business Management and Studies MBA and PG Diploma 10 Months to 24 Months
Mastermind Institute of Management PG Diploma 1 years
Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education, Amity University MBA 2 years
Wisdom School of Management PG Diploma 2 years
Sikkim Manipal University DDE MBA 2 years
School of Management and Business Studies MBA 2 years

Universities offering Distance MBA in Kerala

Institute of Distance Education of the University of Kerala, one of the state-run universities, offers various distance education courses including the Distance MBA.

Similarly, The School of Distance Education, Mahatma Gandhi University, is one of the venerable institutions of the state for distance education courses.

It must also be noted that Kerala has a very high number of study centers in the state of the distance education institutes such as the SMU (Sikkim Manipal University), NMIMS, IGNOU, etc.


The University of Kerala is approved by both the UGC – Distance Education Council and is also accredited by the NAAC with a B++ grade.

Similarly, Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam is also accredited by the NAAC with a B+ grade. It is recognized by the UGC – DEC (Distance Education Council). It is a member of the AIU, and is also recognized by the bar council of India.

The state also has institutes such as the Indian Institute of Knowledge Management (IIKM, Calicut), SMU-DE study centers, which are affiliated to approved universities, and provide study centers for the distance courses.

Eligibility Criteria of Distance MBA Institutes in Kerala

The common eligibility criteria for admission into the distance programs is as follows-

  • The candidate should have cleared class 12th from a recognized board.
  • He/she should have scored an aggregate of at least 50% in the bachelor’s program.
  • Some Institutes also prefer prior work experience.

NOTE- Institutes also offer relaxation of up to 5-10% for candidates belonging to Backward classes (SC/ST).

The candidate applying for the Distance MBA course in the Institute of Distance Education, University of Kerala need to be a graduate from any of the recognized universities (Minimum 3 years course) with a minimum aggregate of 50%.

Mahatma Gandhi University also requires graduation in any discipline from a recognized university.

Fee Structure of Institutes offering Distance MBA

Below mentioned is the fee structure of the Institutes offering Distance MBA in Kerala-

Institute Duration Fee (Rs) Installment Option
Institute of Distance Education, University of Kerala ­­­2 years Rs 30,000 YES
Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education, Amity University 2 years Rs 1,51,800 YES
Indian Institute of Business Management and Studies 10 Months to 24 Months Rs 32,000 YES
Wisdom School of Management 1 year Rs 18.700 NO
Mastermind Institute of Management 2 years Rs 51,000 N/A

The total fees at the University of Kerala for the Distance MBA course is Rs.30, 000 which can be paid in installments. The examination fee, and admission fee has to be paid separately. The fees can be paid via Demand Draft at any of the branches of SBI in favor of the university.

Mahatma Gandhi University, on the other hand, is relatively inexpensive with fees of only Rs.6, 500 per semester and Rs.1000 for the examination fees.

Specializations Offered

The University of Kerala offers the classic MBA course and also offers specializations in Human Resource, Finance Management, and Marketing which are highly sought after.

Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) offers the general Distance MBA with no specialization, while other institutions in the state provide various choices in specialization for they offer courses from well-known universities such as IGNOU, SMU – DE, etc.

Admission Process

Applicants of the MGU Distance MBA course must contact the nearest study center and obtain the prospectus for a fee of Rs.500 only. The student then needs to register himself online using the secret key provided along with the prospectus. The applicant then needs to print the filled-in form and submit the form to the coordinator of the study center along with the demand draft of the admission fee.

The admission in the University of Kerala follows similar lines –  the student is required to obtain the prospectus and application by paying an amount of Rs.250. The student may also apply online.


India Today ranks MGU at 28th in their survey of Indian colleges, and MGU remains to be one of the major universities offering Distance courses in India. Similarly, University of Kerala is also highly ranked in the state.


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