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Executive MBA in India

The Executive MBA (EMBA) is a highly flexible program designed for top-level working executives – managers, business leaders and entrepreneurs. Executive MBA programs offered in India are extremely popular for senior professionals as these programs groom them to meet challenges emerging out of changing scenarios of global businesses.

Specific features

  • Typical applicant tool: Senior professionals looking to develop a more generalized approach towards management or a highly specialized understanding of their own fields of work, or perhaps seeking a change of domain
  • Regular MBA vs. EMBA:


Regular MBA

Executive MBA


1-2 years

1-3 years

Eligibility/Work Experience

0-5 years

5-10 years


Varies from school to school

Costlier than the regular MBA


Focus on fundamentals initially and a wide array of electives offered in later semesters

Mostly general management or specializations in any one field such as Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Hospitality Management, IT Systems, etc

Career opportunities

Career counseling and placement interviews are arranged on campus

Placements are generally not provided

Tests required

GMAT/GRE, CAT (mostly)

Some of them require GMAT







  • Part-time - a two or three-year course offered by schools such as IIM - Kozhikode, ISB, and IIM – Indore
  • Correspondence - This program of variable durations is offered by schools such as IIM - Kozhikode and IGNOU
  • Online - A few institutes such as IIM-Lucknow, XLRI, Symbiosis, and NIPM (National Institute of Personnel Management) offer this course where classes are conducted through virtual classrooms
  • Pedagogy: A mixture of-
      •  case studies
      • pre-course reading materials and projects
      • classroom sessions
      • online modules
      • interactions with industry experts
      • real-life simulations
      • capstone experiences
      • carry home assignments
      • conferences/seminars/guest lectures
      • international immersions (in top schools)
  • Focus: Group work to improve team-building, leadership, strategizing and communication skills

Admission Requirements

  • proven managerial and leadership experiences required -- 5-10 years of experience in the mid-managerial level 
  • An undergraduate degree or its equivalent
  • An upper or lower age limit is set for applicants in some schools
  • Documentation may include bachelor’s degree transcripts and certificate, transcripts of additional qualifications, business card, letters of recommendation, resume, proof of income, passport, and photograph
  • Some schools require candidates to get a formal approval from their employers to pursue the program and/or a guarantee that they will not leave the job while pursuing the program (for company sponsored candidates)
  • Performance in interview is a major criterion for selection

Top B-schools in India offering Executive MBA


Indian School of Business

Indian Institutes of Management



Post Graduate Programme in Management for Senior Executives (PGPMAX)

The International Immersion is a special feature of the PGPMAX that involves one or two visits to top schools such as Wharton, Kellogg, and others


Executive MBA program

Admission requirements

A bachelor’s degree, minimum ten years of full-time work experience, and a letter of consent from the current employer is required to pursue the program

 GMAT score

IIMA, IIMB and IIMC – minimum 5 years; IIML-minimum 6 years

GMAT score

Bachelor’s degree in the discipline with minimum 50% marks
about three years of work experience minimum, 
qualification in entrance test

Course duration

Course duration is 15 months
online modules, industrial visits, and simulations with classes held every sixth week for seven consecutive days, full time

One year full-time residential program

Course duration varies from one year to three years
Some study material is delivered through mail, some online modules are conducted over the weekends through NIIT centers using synchronous learning technology or through a website, and face-to-face interactions are organized at FHRAI (for the HR specialization)

Cost of education 
( approximate)

Admission and tuition fees cost INR 3,000,000 plus service tax at 12.36%

IIMA- 24 lacs
IIMB-  23 lacs
IIMC – 18 lacs
IIM L - 20 lacs

Cost varies from INR 1,80,000 to INR 2,58,826 depending on the specialization


EMBAs have become very popular in India owing to their increasing recognition by employers and convenience of approach. There is one executive MBA program to suit every professional’s need!

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