What is the Difference Between MBA and PGDM?

By | April 29, 2016

Differences between MBA and PGDMWhat to Choose? MBA or PGDM! Confused? Know the differences between MBA and PGDM.

Don’t worry we are here to help you, basically MBA and PGDM both are management course. And duration of both the courses are for 2 years.

Let me tell me you the exact differences, but firstly lets understand what is MBA and what is PGDM?

MBA :-

MBA (Masters of Business Administration) is a two year full time Management Programme. Affiliated to a university of of State, Central or Deemed University. Universities directly affiliated from UGC (University Grant Commission). MBA program don’t need AICTE approval because it is not a technical course.


PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) programme is a 2 year full time management program. Directly approved by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education). The technicality of the programe lie in the Content and Deliveries of the Programme by the respective approved Institutes. The Inclination of the PGDM programme in making understand the Corporate Culture. And needs of the Corporate world makes it a Practical Programme.

MBA and PGDM Differences

MBA and PGDM Programmes both are the management programmes having few basic differences:

 Particulars                           MBA                                   PGDM
Approvals MBA is the programme being offered by the universities and the universities is directly approved by UGC PGDM programme is offered by different colleges being recognized by AICTE . PGDM course is a technical course
Course structure MBA follows tradition course structure and programme structure being offered by different the different state/central universities PGDM the programme structure is being designed by the colleges offering AICTE approved programme, keeping the corporate requirement in mind.
Teaching Technique In MBA more emphasis is laid on the course content, mean more of the theoretical knowledge is given to students In PGDM the programme being Autonomous more emphasis is done on practical knowledge than theoretical knowledge.
Focus MBA helps is developing Technical skills and Corporate Business Knowledge PGDM helps in preparing for a senior Management Jobprofile by making understand the corporate Needs
Flexibility MBA program once designed by the University has to be followed by the affiliated Colleges. And the programme structure rarely changes In PGDM the programme is Flexible and depending upon the Corporate market situation the Institute changes its Course Content
Fees structure MBA programme fees is Minimum and Affordable. Except few Universities and colleges like Amity, Symbiosis, ICFAI, etc Fees structure for the PGDM programme is muchhigher in comparison of MBA programme as the inputcost are higher.
Course Deliveries Emphasis is more on the Theoretical Part Emphasis lied more on the  Practicals than Theory.


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What is the Difference Between MBA and PGDM?
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