Difference Between MBA And PGDM


We have seen many people are in a dilemma when it comes to understanding the difference between MBA and PGDM. The ambiguous offerings by some of the B Schools lead to further confusion.

To help you understand the difference, what is the significance of both and how do they impact your career, we bring to you this article. So, do read the difference between MBA and PGDM and be well informed.

 Why few offer the MBAs and the rest offer PGDM?

As per the law in India, only a University can offer degrees such as the MBA, BBA, B.Tech or B.E. Any educational institution which is not affiliated to a University cannot offer a degree. So institutes like IIMs, XLRI, NITIE, MDI, etc. which are autonomous bodies and run independently, cannot offer an MBA degree. Hence, offer the PGDM / PGP.


PGDM expands to Post Graduate Diploma in Management, while PGP is Post Graduate Program Diploma. And all the confusion starts when you see the term Diploma. Yes, you read it right – this is a Diploma and not exactly a degree in technical terms.

Postgraduate courses are called PGDM because autonomous institutes cannot offer an MBA degree even if they decide to provide the course. Even IIMs, XLRI’s doesn’t offer MBA degrees, they only give PGP Diploma.

Despite offering PGDM/PGP, autonomous colleges have their advantages

Design their curriculum

Autonomous institutes may design their curriculum to be taught and upgrade it regularly instead of following an outdated University syllabus. The  Reason why the university syllabus is outdated at times is that it changes once in 3 or 5 years. Which certainly is a deterrent in the management arena, where the industry and technology are rapidly changing.

While one may say that PGDM courses are more Industry relevant, up to date as compared to MBA courses, some of the University MBA Programmes have earned huge brand values in India.

Such MBA programs that have earned reputed brand images are led by Delhi University’s MBA program offered by FMS Delhi. It is today among the top 4 colleges in India.  The MBA degree offered by Symbiosis University and Narsee Monjee University often follows this.

 MBA/ PGDM how does it impact your career? 

1. Indian Context 

In purely an Indian context, there is NO DIFFERENCE when it comes to how the industry treats PGDM and MBA graduates. If you see, 9 out of the top 10 B Schools in India offer PGDM / PGP and not an MBA. This is the testimony to the fact that there is no difference between the two in India.

Career growth is the same in both, and to be true career growth is dependent on an individual’s performance and not on the name PGDM or MBA.

Starting packages are dependent on the college’s name and brand, not whether it offers MBA or PGDM and that is why you see most of the top B Schools in India offer PGDM/PGP and only a couple of colleges offering MBA degree compete with them.

2. Global Context

Let us divide the analysis in the Global context in two parts: Jobs’ perspective and Higher Education (like a Ph.D. or double MBA) perspective. 

From the job perspective, there is no difference even in the global arena, especially if you are coming from a reputed B School of India. What matters more is the brand perception of the institute, alumni base and how the respective industry treats your institute. Name of degree, MBA or PGDM doesn’t matter. 

However, when we talk from the perspective of Higher Education; yes there is a difference and having an MBA degree helps you a bit more as compared to having a Diploma (PGDM / PGP).

Though, the difference is minuscule of just a point or two when it comes to the evaluation of your application form for higher education as MBA gets you marked against Masters Degree while PGDM/PGP gets you marked against Masters-Diploma. 


if you are not looking for higher studies, then whether you have an MBA or PGDM doesn’t matter. What matters is you are coming from which college, its industry perception and similar aspects.

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