Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Public Policy and Management (PGDM-PPM)

18-Month Full Time Residential Programme

At a time when the forces of technology and globalisation are pushing societies to redefine their paradigms in all areas of critical concern, the field of public policy and governance has gained utmost importance. Keeping this in view, the Post Graduate Diploma in Management - Public Policy and Management (PGDM-PPM) was launched by MDI Gurgaon in 2006, making us one of the earliest schools to offer a management programme in the field of public policy. The programme seeks to enhance the sensibilities and capabilities of the participants to better manage public policy and systems as well as to make them understand the global trends and practices in these areas to allow exploration of innovative options and choices.

Programme Learning Goals

  • Responsible citizen consciousness
  • Global perspective
  • Critical and innovative thinking
  • Strategic leadership orientation
  • Evidence-based citizen-centric policy analysis

Programme Highlights

  • The 18-month diploma programme in Public Policy and Management offers a unique integration of management concepts, tools and techniques with the requirements of public policy formulation, analysis and implementation, including the design and execution of delivery systems.
  • Two-week international immersion/national workshop with international faculty.
  • One-week rural immersion programme
  • 15-month course work at MDI Gurgaon (offline subject to Covid-19 protocols) followed by three months of on-job policy paper dissertation

Target Audience

  • Candidates with minimum five years' post qualification experience in government organisations and departments /consultancyfirms/multilateral agencies/ NGOs/ CSOs/ public and private sector organizations working in Middle and Senior Level Management.
  • Candidates looking to make a career in providing solutions to the government and policy making bodies, or in engaging with government bodies on behalf of the private sector, or in joining think-tanks and policy making organizations, besides many others.


•    Lectures and sessions by MDI Gurgaon faculty and public policy practitioners
•    Experiential learning components
•    Interdisciplinary approach and learning
•    Thrust on strategic thinking, global mindset, sensitivity and innovation
•    Leveraging personal and collective experience through reflection and dialogue
•    Integration of global trends with local realities
•    First-hand experience of a global way of working through the foreign study component
•    In-depth understanding and testing of ideas through an application-oriented policy paper/dissertation
•    Collaborative working through tapping the large network of MDI Gurgaon

MDI Gurgaon follows a continuous evaluation system. A participant earns a letter grade in each course with an associated grade point. The credit weightage average of these grades in the programme is Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).


  • Director’s Gold Medal on obtaining highest CGPA
  • The School of Public Policy and Governance Gold Medal for ’Out-standing Performance’ on obtaining second highest CGPA


The curriculum comprises core and elective courses. Core courses lay the foundation and cover all aspects of Management and are mandatory. Electives are chosen based on the candidate’s areas of interest. An indica-tive list of Core and Elective courses is given below:

Core Courses:

  • Workshop on Understanding Self
  • Microeconomics
  • Accounting Budgeting and Control
  • Workshop on Effective Leadership Communication
  • Workshop on Cases on Public Policy in India
  • Public Management and Governance
  • Understanding Human Resource Management
  • Policy Paper Writing Workshop
  • Ethics in Public Services
  • Macro-Economic Environment
  • Qualitative Methods in Policy Research
  • Fundamentals of Public Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods in Policy Research
  • Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility
  • Managing Change in Public Organisations
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Managing Public Private Partnership
  • Corporate Finance and Financial Markets
  • Global Governance & Sustainable Development
  • Marketing Management
  • Global Perspectives & Negotiation Skill (Workshop)
  • Institutions & Development
  • Civil Society Organisations and Governance
  • Information Technology & E-Governance
  • Public Finance and Policy
  • Regulations Policy and Practice in Financial Sector


  • Leadership Competencies for Change and Development
  • Social Exclusive, Poverty and Regional Development
  • Governance & Management of Natural Resources
  • Advanced Policy Modelling
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Cyber Security in Government
  • Energy Policies & Sustainable Development
  • Influencing Citizen Behaviour through Campaign Management
  • Infrastructure Economics and Financing
  • Innovation in Public Service Delivery
  • Microfinance & Digital Finance: Customers, Models & Policy

Academic Schedule

  • The curriculum comprises four components: the coursework, an international module/national workshop, a rural immersion and a dissertation/policy paper.
  • This is a residential programme that requires participants to compulsorily stay at the MDI Gurgaon campus during the period of their coursework.
  • The coursework is covered over the first 15 months of the programme and is spread over seven terms of approximately 10 weeks each. Participants complete 36 courses carrying 108 credits and 1,080 contact-hours over this period.
  • On successful completion of the courses, the participants undergo a rural immersion experience. Additionally, they have to choose between undertaking an international immersion and a national workshop.
  • The final component of the programme is a dissertation/policy paper during the last three months of the 18-month period.