Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) Distance Education MBA Admissions 2019, Fee Structure, Eligibility

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Sikkim Manipal University Distance MBA

Sikkim Manipal University is one of the well-established universities, in the country, and was established in the year 1991. The university was set up through a unique partnership between the Sikkim Government and Manipal Pai Education.

The 2-year Distance MBA program offered by SMU-DE ensures that the educational needs of students are fulfilled without attending regular classes. The program structured in a way with updated syllabi and industry equipped with practical scenarios to make the students market apt.

Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education (SMU-DE), the distance education branch of the university was established in 2001 to cater the higher education needs of the students and working professionals.

The institute since its inception has enrolled over 5,00,000 students. The strength for 2016-17 was 10,185 students.

The key features of this program are mentioned below-

  • Course material designed by industry experts
  • Self Learning Material
  • Easy payment options
  • Dedicated placement cell
  • 24 x 7 Learning
  • Student support services & diligent grievance redressal system
  • SMU-DE App

Admission Procedure for Distance MBA from Sikkim Manipal University

The admission process into the Distance MBA program offered by SMU-DE is pretty simple. Kindly follow the below-mentioned steps for the application and admission process.

STEP:1- Visit the official site of Sikkim Manipal Distance Education and fill out the request form (shown below) and click on “submit” button.

STEP:2- Once the details are filled out, an SMU counselor will contact you and ask basic details for a better understanding.

STEP:3- Once done, the application form will be emailed to you. Fill out the application form with personal, educational details.

STEP:4- Attach the necessary documents, pay the application fee and submit the form.

STEP:5- The institute will scrutinize your application and inform you about the status.

The fee for the course after admission to the course may be paid online via Credit/Debit card.

Sikkim Manipal University Distance MBA Fee Structure

Sikkim Manipal University charges Rs 20, 000/- per semester for the Distance MBA course. This is inclusive of the cost of Examination fee of Rs 5,000.

Course SMU-DE Distance MBA
Fee (Lumpsum) Rs 73,000
Semester wise Rs 80,000

EMI Facility

The university has a tie-up with Bajaj Finserv for providing no-cost EMI’s to its students. Kindly contact your counselor for more details.

  • The facility of EMI is available only at the time of admission. Once the candidate is enrolled or has paid the initial fee, he/she cannot avail this facility,
  • Those candidates who are provided a scholarship under any of the 3 schemes

Sikkim Manipal University Scholarships

The institute offers 3 scholarships to its students-

Gyandeep Scholarship

Scholarship for students pursuing Postgraduate programs through Distance mode-

  • All undergraduate alumni of SMU-DE are eligible
  • Maximum 20% waiver of the fee for PG students
  • 4000 scholarships

Vidyadeep Scholarship

Scholarship for all students who want to pursue education through SMU-DE

  • Maximum 15% waiver of the fee
  • 5,0000 scholarships

Scholarship for students belonging to North East Region

  • Scholarship worth Rs 2 crore for 2000 students
  • Fee waiver up to 50% for Google’s Digital Marketing Certificate Program for 500 students

SMU Distance MBA Eligibility Criteria

The admission into the MBA course is solely dependent on your graduation degree. The candidate should have at least 3 graduation degree from a recognized university. The university website does not state any minimum marks criteria.

It is to be noted that earlier the admission was based on SMAT (SMU Management Aptitude Test) which is no longer functional.

Specializations Offered

The university through its MBA course strives to provide its students with the necessary skills in management and enhance the student’s analytical ability. The university offers 4 specializations for the Distance MBA course.


Below mentioned is the criterion along with subjects/topics which will be covered in the course of study.

Specialization Subjects/Topics
Marketing Management



  • Sales Distributions & Supply Chain Management
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Retail Management
  • Marketing Research
  • E-Marketing
  • International Marketing
  • Advertising management & Sales Promotion
  • Sales Distribution & Chain Supply Management
Information Systems Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Database Management Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Business Intelligence & Tools
  • E-commerce
  • Java & Web Design
  • Technology Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
Human Resource Management
  • Manpower Planning and Resourcing
  • HR Audit
  • Employee Relations Management
  • Management & Organization Development
  • Compensation Benefits
  • Change Management
  • Performance Management & Appraisal
  • Talent Management & Employee Retention
Finance Management


  • Treasury Management
  • Merchant Banking & Financial Services
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Security Analysis & Portfolio Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Taxation Management
  • Internal Audit & Control

SMU Important Dates

Events July January
From To From To
Period of Admission June August December February
Study Material Distribution June September December March
Contact Programmes September December March June
Submission of Assignment September November March May
Evaluation of Assignment November December May June
Examination December January Jun July
Result Declaration February March August September

SMU Approval

The university is approved by the UGC, and the Distance Education Council (DEC) to conduct its programs. The university is also an ISO 9001:2008 institution.

Although the university is approved to start courses without prior approval by the AICTE, it has provided that the institution may conduct its inspection and render advice, in the near future.

SMU Ranking

SMU is one of the topmost institutions in the country for distance education. Below are the various awards and accolades presented to SMU-DE-

  • Won Silver Award in the “Digital Learning Transformation” category by Learning Award Academy 2018
  • Awarded Best University in Open & Distance Learning, ASSOCHAM 2014
  • CSR Award for Best distance learning Institute in 2013
  • Silicon India Award 2012
  • E-Maharashtra Award 2012
  • Asia’s Best B-school under the distance education category in 2011
  • Business World Award 2011
  • CSR Award 2011

It is also a member of the International Council for Open & Distance Education (ICDE).

Contact Details

For any admission related queries as well as other queries related to the courses, the student might contact:

Directorate of Distance Education Sikkim Manipal University
SMIT Campus, Majitar, Ragpo, East Sikkim, India- 737136

Telephone – 18002667777
E-mail: [email protected]

SMU Placement Support

The University is well equipped to provide the students with job prospects and holds many Placements – drives in its institutions (over 600 have already been held). Currently, over 9000 students have been placed through job opportunities and SMU Alumni network.

The Institute also organizes job fares from time to time in various cities. Top recruitment companies are part of these job fares.

A few prominent companies that have recruited from the placement drives are as follows:

Airtel Vodafone Excide Life Insurance
Amazon HDFC Fidelity
Accenture HCL Techmahindra
American Express Janalakshmi Jet Airways
IBM Ambuja Group Kotak Mahindra
Flipkart Concentrix Motilal Oswal
Lenskart UrbanClap Sodexo
Justdial Capgemini

SMU Distance MBA Study Centers

As per the Supreme Court Judgment dated 26th June 2015, all SMU Study Centres have been closed down.

Therefore, the institute does not have any centre located in any state of the country. The institute will not be responsible for any communication between the student and any “unofficial franchise/study centre”. If found, kindly report to the university.


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