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Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Executive) - PGDM (Executive)

MDI’s Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Executive) is a rigorous, demanding and relevant programme for the working executives who have no prior exposure to formal management education. It attracts participants from the corporate world in the National Capital Region. It is approved by AICTE, Government of India. It is also accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), UK.

The Programme is targeted at working executives and entrepreneurs who have not had an opportunity to get exposed to the latest managerial tools and techniques through formal in-class interaction. Apart from filling this gap, it also equips managers for assuming higher responsibilities and enables them to perform more efficiently and effectively in the context of the changed domestic and international business environment.

Programme Learning Goals (LGs):

LG1: Values Based Education

LG2: Global Management Perspective

LG3: Analytical and Integrative Thinking

LG4: Leadership Orientation

LG5: Functional Competency

Programme Structure


The two-year (spread over seven terms) Post Graduate Programme in Management (Executive) is a very rigorous academic programme. Each year is split into four terms (of 3-months each). Each term is of 12-weeks duration which includes two weeks for examinations (mid-term & end-term). The programme comprises of 21 months course work and 03 months of Dissertation Project Work.


The pedagogy is a balanced mix of lectures, group discussions, presentations, case analyses, simulation exercises, business games, field visits and project work. The primary emphasis would be on interactive and participative methods of learning. In line with the recent advances in training methodology, the programme also integrates the use of technology with the learning of basic principles in different functional areas of management. The participants get the opportunity of interacting with eminent academics, policy makers and industry leaders who delve into the current business and policy issues.

Course Work

The programme comprises of 36 courses of thirty contact hours each, of which eighteen are core courses and eighteen are elective courses. The core courses are compulsory for all students. Students are required to complete 18 elective courses out of a larger list. The students are free to take elective courses of their choice. The elective courses are offered in the following functional areas.

(a) Finance

(b) Operations Management

(c) Marketing

(d) Information Management

(e) HRM/ OB

(f) Strategy

The scheme of course work is as follows: In the first trimester (initial three terms) 15 core courses are offered, comprising of five core courses in each term; in the fourth term, there are three core courses and two electives. From the fifth term, only elective courses are offered. During the seventh term, students work on the compulsory dissertation / project.

For companies sponsoring more than 10 candidates, elective courses may be customized.


In order to do specialization in a functional area, a minimum of five electives must be taken from that area. Dual specialization is also permitted; in which case additional minimum four electives must be chosen in the minor area of specialization. Thus out of 18 elective courses, 09 must be from the two areas in which students wish to specialize. Remaining elective courses can be taken from any functional area or from the pool of stand-alone electives which may or may not have inter-linkages with other courses. If a student has not taken minimum required or more elective courses in any functional area, he will not be considered as having specialized in any functional area and will be given a General Management specialization. The elective courses offered in a term shall be announced towards the end of the previous term to enable pre-registration for courses as also to decide which electives will be offered and which shall not be offered on account of inadequate number of students wanting to enroll/opt for the same.

Dissertation/ Project Work

In addition to core and elective courses, each student is required to complete dissertation/ project work, equivalent to six credits. In this dissertation he/she will address a clearly defined live problem of an organization/ business. Normally this dissertation/ project work requires one-term equivalent effort and can be started earliest in the seventh term. A faculty member from MDI will have to be chosen to provide guidance for the project work. Students also have to choose one guide from the industry for their project work. The students submit copies of their typed dissertation report and will defend their work before a panel of examiners. The dissertation work is evaluated and the grade obtained is counted for the final CGPA.

National Immersion

Proposed from 2021-22 onwards.

Class Schedule

In the first trimester (initial three terms) the classes are held on four days every week – Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fourth term onwards (except core courses) classes are held throughout the week and for an individual the class schedule depends on the electives chosen by him/her. Classes are held in the evenings from 6.30 PM to 9.45 PM on weekdays, consisting of two sessions of 90 minutes each and from 10.00 AM to 1.15 PM and from 2.00 PM to 5.15 PM on Sundays, four sessions of 90 minutes duration; with a lunch break from 1.15 PM to 2.00 PM.


On successful completion of the requirements of the programme, a student is awarded Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (Executive), which has the approval of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India. It is also accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), UK.