See if you fall in one of the following two categories.
Category 1. You are in India working in a corporate setting for many years. The pay is good. The designation is ok, but not so great. You want an added qualification to spice up things and you always wanted to impress others with an IIM degree. The future prospects don’t really suck. You can’t leave your job.
If this describes you, then a part-time Executive MBA from IIM could help soothe your nerves to some extent. Read on.
Category 2. The description fits the bill for the first few statements as described in Scenario 1. What changes is when it comes to the future prospects, which do suck.
If you are in this situation, a superficial cosmetic surgery (for lack of a more appropriate analogy) won’t help your career. It needs a more transformative and invasive surgery that only a full-time course (like IIM Ahmedabad PGPX, IIM Bangalore EPGP, IIM Calcutta PGPeX, IIM Lucknow IPMX, IIM Indore EPGP) can offer.
If that describes you, this post won’t help. Our earlier article will be more relevant for you as it covers the shorter format full-time residential MBA at IIM. Read it here – best one year full-time MBA in India for Executives.
Now that we have addressed the two paths, let’s get back to our primary subject of this post – Par-time Executive MBA programs from IIM that allow you to gain an IIM alumni status without leaving your job.
In our post on the Best Executive MBA Programs in the world, we listed many good EMBA programs in USA, UK, Canada, Hong Kong. When it came to India, we listed ISB PGPMAX and INSEAD ILPSIE. But we didn’t talk about EMBA courses from IIM. Once you finish reading this article you’ll realise why. Here’s a short listing of IIM EMBA type options.
Under the bigger umbrella of Executive Education, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) offer a staggering range of courses.
Compared to the content and feature rich portals of new age bschools (like ISB), IIM’s websites are quite formal, barebones, cryptic and not too user friendly (there were some technical issues as well like pages not found, not loading etc).
As these executive management programs are essentially cash cows for the institutes that offer them, it’s strange to see how they are (not) being promoted.
It’s almost like some Dan Brown fan designed the pages and thought, “Global managers are expected to make decisions based on incomplete data. If these aspirants want an IIM brand, let them prove their aptitude by making sense of the random jigsaw pieces I’m gratuitously leaving on the table.”
Till fan-boy changes the web-pages (and his attitude), we hope the sections below will help you cut through the clutter and get straight to the course you are interested in. We’ll skip the highly specialised, topic-focused programs and concentrate on the general management courses offered by the top 3 IIMs.
Among the 80 odd executive education programs (EEPs) that you’ll find at IIMA, you won’t find anything that’s close to the regular Executive MBA format. Most are much shorter in length. Here are the ones to consider that have a broad-based curriculum.
General Management Programme (GMP): Total duration is 9 months, however the classes happen only on weekends (23 contact days). Offered in Dubai.
3-Tier Programme (3-TP): Consists of 3 executive programmes [Emerging Leaders’ Programme, Senior Leaders’ Programme, Top Management]. Duration 2-3 weeks per tier.
Transforming Small & Medium Enterprises: Aimed at entrepreneurs and those who come from a family business background or smaller companies. Duration 2 weeks.
Post Graduate Programme in Software Enterprise Management (PGSEM): With this program, IIM Bangalore has found a way to target the techies working in the top technology hub of India. Duration 2.5 years, with classes held on weekends (Fridays / Saturdays).
We tried going to their Long Duration Program Calendar to find out about other general management programs, but it generated a 404 (page not found) error. If they fix it, we might head back for a second look and update this section.
After the section on shorter Management Development Programs (MDP), you’ll find the section on Long Duration Management Program. This refers to their online, part-time certificate (as opposed to a regular degree or diploma) programs offered in partnership with Hughes HCIL and NIIT Imperia.
Unlike the on-campus executive courses from other IIMs, for this distance-learning course, you don’t need to leave your city. Classes are held in the evenings and weekends via satellite-based content delivery. There are close to 20 independent executive programs focussing on topics such as business management, sales & marketing, management of software development, international business, supply chain management, human resource management, business analytics etc.
Period: 1 year. There may be a 3-day workshop at the IIMC campus for some programs before the main program starts.
If you aren’t hung up on the IIM brand (or even if you are), there are many other colleges in India that offer Executive MBA type options. For the sake of brevity, we can’t cover them all in this article. So, check around to see what institutes like NMIMS, SP Jain, Symbiosis, and even some of the IITs (IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay) have to offer.
As you’d see, if you are looking for a traditional and general management focused Executive MBA from IIM (similar to the highly selective and rigorous ones offered by the international universities), you won’t have much to choose from. This is why the IIMs didn’t make it to our top EMBA programs in the world list.
While these courses make it easier to get the IIM brand on your resume and an alumni ID, don’t expect them to put your career on a fast-track. Unlike the full-time programs at IIM, executive MBA variations don’t have any placement assistance despite the steep fees they charge.
Don’t think you can pass them off on your CV or LinkedIn profile as a regular MBA by skipping the course name & details. Most serious employers will find out it’s a part-time course and if you’ve tried to paint the wrong picture (of being in the same elite club as the full-time IIM MBA grads), you’d just be shooting yourself in the foot.
But you still get to interact with the same top notch professors who teach freshers in the IIM 2-year MBA degrees (PGP to be technical correct). If you have the aptitude and the inclination, you’d be able to quickly learn about management theory in a short span of time.
Consider the pros and cons of part-time executive MBA type programs at IIM before joining.