What is the difference between MBA & PGDM – [Explained]

Who gives the certificate? University Business School
Course duration 2 Years 2 Years
Syllabus Designed by University Designed by Business School
Exams & Results Conducted & published directly by the University Conducted & given directly by the business school
Student friendliness More student friendly as college has very less control on student’s academics As everything is in the hand’s of the Business Schools PGDM is very less student friendly
Job prospects Depending on the name of University Depends on the name of Business Schools, some Business Schools are really good over MBA colleges
Value in the Indian Market Depends on the University Reputation & Ranking Depends on the B School and it’s reputation in the market. Some B Schools are very reputed even a PGDM from them has a higher value.

Examples:- IMT Ghaziabad, SP Jain Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal, Xavier’s, LIBA etc

Global value Foreign countries prefer MBA over PGDM If the PGDM is done from a very popular Business School it can be globally accepted
Phd Possibility Yes No, student can do FPM which is same as Phd
Fees Can be less as it is University bound Higher than that of the MBA Colleges
Industry preference Private organizations treat MBA & PGDM as same; they instead prefer taking decision on Interview than over MBA or PGDM Since PGDM is flexible, more autonomy is there for colleges to teach the Industry requirement PGDM students has an edge over MBA students.
Selection Process University or State Specific Accepts only National level management exams such as CAT, XAT, MAT
Conclusion MBA or PGDM exclusively has no value; it all depends on the Name of the University and on the merit of the student. The oppurtunities are same for MBA & PGDM students.

Examples MBA from Symbiosis, MBA from Delhi University i.e from FMS Delhi, MBA from Narsee Monjee etc

There are many students who dream to study PGDM over MBA Programme. Out of the 100 Business Schools 70% offer PGDM there are really very less good MBA Colleges as compared to the the private business schools. Over the few decades B Schools have outperformed many University colleges interms of quality, placements, standards. Unless you are going through state counselling and getting a government seat it is advisable to do PGDM than MBA. End of the dat MBA / PGDM they are treated same, in PGDM the college takes full control on the student and makes him more corporate ready.

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8 comments on “What is the difference between MBA & PGDM – [Explained]

  1. nisha gupta says:

    I am really happy to say it’s an interesting post to read . I learn new information from your article , you are doing a great job . Keep it up

  2. Pratikshya says:

    I have mat composite score 616 n Percentile 75 suggest me if MBA or pgdm is gud for me n in which gud colleges i can enroll..

  3. ashlyn says:

    PGDM Course is Offer by autonomous colleges where you have great campus recruitment from top mnc i think joining in PGDM is better than MBA Check out this pgdm top colleges in india

  4. Mihir thakkar says:

    Which is the best course Post Graduate diploma in Financial management from welingkar or Master in FM degree from B grade college which is affilated with mumbai university

  5. ABHISHEK OJHA says:


    i am doing PGDEM (Post Graduate Diploma in Energy Management) from an AICTE accredited college.

    so, pls tel me about the career scope of it.

    whether it is useful or not ??

  6. Saifi Ali says:

    I am studying in MBA program from Distance Education, Is it good for my career?

  7. Prateek Bansal says:

    Can you please tell me which is better for making a good career., I am confused in both and I think I should opt for MBA.

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