Distance Learning Mba in Mumbai in 2021

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Why should one opt for a Distance MBA from Mumbai?

Mumbai, perhaps owing to its metropolitan nature and widespread industrialization has become an excellent hub for education. Mumbai, also called miniature India, is a large bustling city, having a large number of colleges, including IIT Bombay, St Xaviers College, University of Mumbai, NMIMS, KJ Somaiya Institute of Engineering among others.

The city has a number of renowned distance institutes offering management courses including Distance MBA. Mumbai University’s Institute of Distance & Open Learning is one of the renowned distance education institutes in India.

Most of the institutes offer an MBA but some offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), which is equivalent to an MBA.

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

Institute Degree/Diploma Duration
Institute of Distance & Open Learning, Mumbai University Diploma 2 years
IGNOU, Mulund (West) Degree and Diploma 2 years
Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education, Panvel MBA 2 years
Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research Diploma 2 years
International Institute of Management and Engineering Diploma 2 years


One of the major colleges offering Correspondence MBA in Mumbai in Mumbai is the University of Mumbai offering postgraduate Diploma and MBA courses. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) is also one of the popular universities offering MBA courses in the city.

Further, We school – Welingkar’s Institute of Management – is also one of the major colleges offering distance education courses.

Other institutes such as IGNOU also have their centers in the city, offering the students a wide range of courses.


  • The school of Distance Learning, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management, has all of its courses approved by the DEC (Distance Education Council) and is a deemed to be university accredited by NAAC with the ‘A’ grade.
  • UGC NAAC has also accredited the University of Mumbai, Distance education and open learning with 5 stars and all its curricular content are well approved.
  • Welingkar’s Institute of Management is also approved by the DEC.

Eligibility Criteria

NMIMS Distance Learning requires its students to be a graduate from any of the recognized universities (3 or 4 years courses) with a minimum of 50% aggregate. Students with work experience are preferred.

Welingkar Institute requires its student to be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university approved by IGNOU/ UGC/ AIU/ AACSB/ AMBA/ EQUIS.

The University of Mumbai requires its student to be a graduate with a minimum of 2 years of work experience and an Indian resident. Though, it has some relaxation for defense personnel.

Fee Structure

The Fee at the University of Mumbai for Distance learning is quite affordable. The fee for the first year is Rs 12,000 and Rs 3,660 for the second year.

The approximate total fee at Welingkar Institute of Management for Postgraduate diploma courses is around Rs 60,000 without the PCP program and Rs 63,600 with the PCP program.

The fee for courses at NMIMS is around Rs 35,000. The fees can be paid online or paid by Demand Draft, for example: the fee at NMIMS has to be paid favoring “SVKM’s NMIMS” payable at Mumbai only.

The fee at the University Of Mumbai, can be paid through Debit/ Credit cards, or through Bank Challans Bank of Maharashtra only.

Currently, almost all the distance education institutes accept payment through net/banking or Debit/Credit card in their respective websites. Though for some institutes fee can also be paid at the authorized centre or admission office.

Specialization Offered

Distance MBA in HR

Human Resource (HR) is one of the most popular distance education MBA specialization offered by top institutes. It is a demanding profession with high career growth and lucrative salary packages. Institutes usually offer 2 year MBA or Diploma in HR.  The scope of HR is not only upright in India but also abroad.

Some of the job roles for HR graduates are-

  • HR Manager
  • Staffing Recruiter
  • Compensation Managers
  • Technical Recruiters

Distance MBA in Finance

For those interested in the numbers, Distance MBA in Finance can be an ideal choice. This specialization deals in corporate valuation, financial statements, taxation, budget planning and more. The duration of the course is from 11 months to 2 years, depending on the institute. Some rewarding career prospects can be Chief Financial Officers, Financial Analysts, Investments Bankers, and Cash Managers.

NMIMS offers various courses, including both 1-year and 2-years courses specializing in Human Resource, Supply Chain Management, International Trade Management, Banking and Finance, Finance Management, etc.

Welingkar’s Institute, on the other hand, offers course specialization in Health Management, Supply Chain Management, International Business, E-commerce, Retail Management, Agri-business, and other routine specializations.

Similarly, University Of Mumbai offers PGDM courses only in Financial Management and Operations Management.

Admission Process

Admission to the University of Mumbai, Distance Learning is through an online process (more details available on the university website). The students then need to produce attested copies of required documents for acceptance.

NMIMS also follows an online admission process; the students have to fill in the admission form, and will be allotted an enrolment number. The students then have to pay the admission processing fees and produce the required documents at the information center, and then pay the course fees on approval.

Other institutions usually follow a walk-in process. In this, candidates have to fill in the application form online and upload the required documents on the institute’s website. Post verification, they have to pay the course fee. Once the payment is successful, they are admitted into the program.


NMIMS provides its students with impressive resources including case studies, and eBooks to aid the students’ job profile.

Furthermore, the main University has a 100% placement record and has links with renowned colleges, adding to the reputation of the degree from the college.

Similarly, Welingkar Institute also provides placement support, and regular college has good placements, with an average pay package of about Rs 7 lakhs.

Other colleges also provide placement training and support for its students, and the degree from these universities generally makes the students highly employable.

Top institute offering Distance MBA in Mumbai-


NMIMS Global Access School for Continuing Education is a distance education branch of NMIMS University. It offers a number of diploma, postgraduate diploma, certificate, and executive programs in the management field.

The flagship program of this premium distance education institute is the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA). It is a 2 years course divided in 4 semesters. The admission process is online and to get admitted, the candidate needs to have at least 50% in his/her bachelor’s degree.

For those, who have less than 50% need to have at least 2 years of work experience.

The fee for this course is Rs 76,000 if paid in a lump sum. The course is offered in 9 specializations. Some of them are mentioned below-

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHR)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade Management (PGDITM)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management (PGDSCM)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM)

Suresh Gyan Vihar University

Suresh Gyan Vihar University Distance Education Council (SGVU-DEC) was established in 2012. The institute offers Distance MBA in over 20 specializations. It is a 2 years course which must be completed within 4 years.

For admission into the course, the candidates need to have at least 50% in the bachelor’s degree along with 2 years of work experience. The fee for the course is around Rs 74,400 if paid through installments (Rs 62,200 in lump sum).

Below mentioned are the top Distance MBA specializations-

Business Leadership Digital Marketing
Entrepreneurship Finance Management
Mass Communication Risk Management
Operations and Production Management Strategic Management
Marketing Management International Marketing

Annamalai University

Annamalai University Directorate of Distance Education (AU-DDE) is one of the most popular and largest distance education universities in India. It offers more than 200 courses through disciplines like management, science, fashion design, hotel management etc.

The university offers a 2-year Distance MBA program which can be pursued in bilingual language i.e English or Tamil. Admission can be applied through online, study centres and by post. The fee structure is very reasonable, it is around Rs 25,000. There is also some scholarship facility.

Specializations in which this course are offered are-

  • MBA in E-Business
  • MBA in International Business
  • MBA in Human Resource Management
  • MBA in Marketing Management
  • MBA in Finance Management
  • MBA in Hospital Management
  • MBA in Information Systems

BITS Pilani

BITS Pilani Distance Education is a premier distance education institute which provides correspondence courses for working individuals. It offers the Distance MBA program in 5 specializations including finance, hospital, consultancy, manufacturing and quality management.

The course has 4 semesters which are spread across 2 years. For admission, the candidate needs to be a working individual with a bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline along with 2 years of experience. The fee is around Rs 50,000 (Per semester).

Other than the MBA course, the institute offers the following courses-

  • Bachelors in Technology (B.Tech)
  • Masters in Technology (M.Tech)
  • Master in Science (M.Sc)
  • Postgraduate program in Big Data Engineering
  • Postgraduate program in Internet of Things

LPU Distance Education

LPU Directorate of Distance Education (LPU-DDE) started the Distance MBA program in the year 2015. It is a 2-year course which is must be completed within 5 years. The course is offered in 7 specializations. The fee for the Distance MBA program is Rs 12,500 (Per semester.)

For admission into this course, the candidate just needs to a graduate from a recognized university. No entrance test score or work experience is required.

Below are the specializations in which the course is offered-

  • MBA in Finance
  • MBA in Marketing
  • MBA in Human Resource
  • MBA in Operations Management
  • MBA in International Business
  • MBA in Information Technology
  • MBA in Retail Management

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  •   posted   on 1/10/18

    I am a fresh graduate can i take admission or any work ex is required?

    •   posted   on 1/10/18

      It depends on the institute to institute. Most of the institutes do not require work experience by institutes like IGNOU or BITS PILANI require 3 and 2 years of work experience respectively.

  •   posted   on 2/10/18

    What's the difference between part-time and distance mba?

    •   posted   on 3/10/18

      In part-time MBA the students actually have to attend the classes on weekends on the campus. Under distance MBA candidates do not have any in-person interaction with the faculty or other students.

  •   posted   on 4/10/18

    Do I need to go to the college or university for classes or assignments?

    •   posted   on 5/10/18

      No, you won’t have to go to the college regularly barring some special occasions like assignment submission, project work etc.

  •   posted   on 5/10/18

    What kind of benefits/facilities will I get in distance education courses?

    •   posted   on 6/10/18

      Some of the benefits/facilities are mentioned below- - You can work at your own pace - No classroom lectures, so you have a geographical flexibility - The average fee is 1/10th of regular MBA fee - You don’t have to quit your job

  •   posted   on 7/10/18

    What is the teaching methodology?

    •   posted   on 9/10/18

      As such, no faculty assistance is provided. Though, some of the institutes arrange doubt-clearance classes for students once in a while.

  •   posted   on 8/10/18

    How is the exam conducted online or offline?

    •   posted   on 11/10/18

      The exam is conducted through offline mode only. All of the institutes have their examination centres spread across various cities. You will be provided with an admit card before the exam with your centres mentioned.

  •   posted   on 11/10/18

    I am 36 years old can I pursue Distance MBA?

    •   posted   on 14/10/18

      Yes, you can take admission in any of the distance education institute if you qualify the academic qualification of that particular institute. There is no age bar in distance education.

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