10 Best Distance Education MBA Universities in India

Pursuing a full time business degree is not always possible, especially if you are already working or do not have the monetary backing; for these students distance MBA proves to be a savior. With all the technology that is available, distance MBA is no more like what it was years before. It has transformed over time, and had also incorporated

These are the top 10 distance business schools throughout India –

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Indira Gandhi National Open University is a distance learning university run by the Central Government of India. IGNOU is the largest university in the world with more than 3 million students. IGNOU was founded with the mission to impart education by distance and open education to the disadvantaged sections of the society. Over the years, this has spread like wildfire and many students and professionals are opting for IGNOU for their education needs. This university offers plethora of courses including an MBA degree. To enroll yourself for the MBA degree, you would have to sit for an entrance exam.

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies NMIMS (NGA-SCE)

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS Global Access – School for Continuing Education) is a private university located in Mumbai. They offer post graduate diploma programs and certificate programs through distance learning mode. These courses are approved by the joint committee of UGC-AICTE-DEC. It has been ranked in the top 10 schools that offer distance learning for management studies.

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL):

SCDL is one of the largest autonomous distance learning educational institutes in India. They are also spread across 48 countries worldwide, including 0 US, UK, Middle East, Russia, Germany, Singapore etc. They offer post-graduate diploma and certificate programs in various fields that are covered under business studies. They have incorporated various online learning techniques into their distance learning courses.


ICFAI is one of the few institutes that offer an MBA degree not a diploma course. They have incorporated case studies in their teaching methodology, which has been influenced by Harvard. They are also affiliated to many international bodies like the European Case Clearing House, Certified International Investment Analyst and many more.

Annamalai University

This University is one of the best universities and distance learning centers in south India. They offer a plethora of courses including an MBA degree. This course is specifically made for executives and managers who are working – and to equip them with skills in business management.

Bharathidasan University

The distance learning center was made specifically to cater to the students who could not enter the regular college for higher studies. They offer diploma and professional programs in the distance learning mode, while keeping the same syllabus as the regular program; so that the value of the program remains the same. Pursuing an MBA from Bharathidasan University also includes various additional facilities like library, placement cell, accommodation, internet etc.

Amity University

Amity Directorate of Distance and online education has been providing world class distance education to plethora of students and also working professionals. They students who pass out from this college are offered degrees not diplomas. Plus anyone who passes the eligibility criteria can get admission to this course. The degree is recognized by UGC and DC.

Alagappa University

This University offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in management and other disciplines. They are also offering distance learning education in other South –East Asian Countries like Singapore, Malaysia and various Middle-East countries like Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai. They offer job-oriented programs that are up to date with the current market trends.

IMT-CDL Ghaziabad

IMT’s center of distance learning is one of the best in the country. They offer various management degrees like two year PG diploma, one year PG diploma and executive MBA. These courses are available in a variety of specialization like Financial Management, Operations, and HR etc. and are UGC recognized.

Sikkim Manipal Institute (SMU)

Sikkim Manipal Institute has received the best university in distance learning by Assocham India in 2014. They also offer 100% placement support. The duration of their MBA program is for 2 years for which the eligibility criterion is an entrance exam and a graduation degree. SMU offers 11 specializations for their business course.

Welingkar School of Management (WeSchool)

WeSchool was established keeping their prime focus on business studies. It is a part of Shikshana Prasaraka Mandali, which has 43 prominent institutes across country. Their strategy is to training students fulfilling the needs of the industry and student community. They not only offer a full time MBA course but also various part time diplomas and certificates.

Since the time of technology has entered into our lives, pursuing distance learning has definitely become more exciting. If you cannot afford or opt for a full time course – The above institutes and universities prove to be a savior. They offer good educational qualification at a fraction of the cost.

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