Master in Business Administration Programme

The two year, full time, residential Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) programme leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed to help in imbibing a holistic approach towards solving business and management problems. The programme participants are envisaged to develop analytical and creative thinking abilities and build leadership skills for managing and leading in a dynamic and innovative global environment.

Rich Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The PGPM curriculum comprises of a blend of core and elective courses, assorted from different functional as well as cross functional areas. The Institute offers ample opportunities for all round development of an individual through a pedagogy structured towards active experiential learning and participant oriented case methodology. It includes a number of seminars and a capstone course designed by industry experts and eminent academicians from India and abroad. The Institute regularly updates its curriculum to reflect cutting edge changes in the business environment and the requirements of the society at large.

Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Learning

The Institute actively participates in research activities relevant to the industry through in-house faculty members and collaborative research with similar organizations. One of the most important elements of current research is to focus on issues related to regional development and the impact of business activities on the natural environment. The Institute actively contributes to research in economically, socially and ecologically sustainable management systems. Participants are encouraged to engage, in addition to the industry and academia, in local area and community activities to understand the issues faced by the community, and to facilitate information exchange and participatory learning. The curriculum emphasizing collaborative and interdisciplinary learning encourages all-round development of participants through self-reflection, and participation in extra-curricular activities in sports, literature and fine arts.


The Institute follows judicious blend of class room teaching, case analysis, simulation, modeling, scenario building, industry analysis etc. as pedagogy. Active participation in the learning process allows the budding managers to acquire knowledge, attitude, skills and a mindset to handle varied and complex business problems successfully.

Enabling Networks

IIM Shillong alum actively engage with participants of the programme through Industry interactions and field visits and other collaborative activities that introduce them to the world of work.

Industry Connect

In addition to the class room and experiential learning, IIM Shillong believed that a comprehensive learning process must include interactions with people who are behind the successes of corporates, businesses and social organizations. Classroom learning and learning from the experience of these people complement each other.

Creating Impact

IIM Shillong aims to produce individuals with a ‘Global outlook with local experience’ by providing a mix of learning methodology comprising of class-room teaching, field studies and industry exposure.

Structure of the programme

The two-year full time Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), leading to the degree of Master of Business Management (MBA) is fully residential. The structure of this programme primarily aims at providing individuals with ample opportunities to learn time tested management principles as well as current best practices. It also provides an exposure to evolve next generation practices through active interaction with industry on a continuous basis.

The structure of the programme is blended with core courses and elective courses spread over six terms in two years. The first year of the MBA programme has core courses, while the second year focuses on elective courses across different areas. Each academic year is divided into three terms of approximately three months each. Participants undergo a two-month compulsory internship with some corporate/organization after the completion of their first year of study. The second year comprises of elective courses designed to enhance participants’ knowledge across the areas of their choice. In addition to the normal individual course project assignments, participants are encouraged to undertake a comprehensive individual research project spanning across two terms in the form of Course of Independent Study (CIS). These courses are capped by a capstone course which helps participants to appreciate and develop a general management perspective of organizations. In addition to these, there are other programs/courses to enable participants to broaden their horizons as they prepare to become thought leaders for an economically and ecologically sustainable society.

Orientation Program

This is the first program that the participants undergo at the Institute. The idea is to make the participants familiar and comfortable in the Institute, and to familiarize them with the pedagogy followed across various courses.

Remedial Programs

This focuses on providing fundamental inputs on courses taken from multiple disciplines with the objective of bringing all participants, independent of their academic background, to a uniform level.

Foundation Course

The Institute believes in the sustainable development paradigm. The week-long Foundation Course on Sustainability provides the participant an opportunity to understand themselves better and their responsibilities as future leader in a larger community – the society. The prime objective of this course is to enable unfreezing of mental models so that the participants are able to view the domain and practice of management on a larger canvas of life, living and aesthetics.

Core Courses

The main objective of these courses is to develop a fundamental and conceptual understanding of different facets of business management. These courses are derived from diverse disciplines. They provide the basic theoretical, analytical and qualitative skills for identifying, analyzing and solving problems of business in particular and of the society in general. They also help the participants in developing an integrated view of organizational and managerial functioning, and in understanding the interdependencies that inherently exist amongst the different organizational subsystems. The participants also become aware of the business and social environment which influences the decisions made in an organization. These courses serve as a building block for further enquiry into similar and related areas of management.

As part of the core curriculum, IIM Shillong also includes a Community Immersion Module. This module is envisaged to provide contextual intelligence to the participants. The purpose of this module is to build an ability among the participants to apply knowledge and acquired managerial skills hands-on to different situations and environments. This module envisages participant groups to engage with the community to understand individuals, groups, cultures, etiquettes, etc. within a regional area and suggest enhancement and development of community through managerial interventions.

In addition, this part of the curriculum includes interventions to enhance the horizon of participants’ outlook within and beyond the well-defined domains of management through compulsory book readings and reviews. Also included are workshops in management communication to train the participants in the nuances of communication within organizations and businesses.


To ensure overall development of necessary skills among the participants and prepare them for real life assignments, it is compulsory for the participants to undergo an on-the-job training programme, irrespective of whether participants have past working experiences or not. The internship in the participating corporates/organizations is scheduled at the end of the first three terms in the first year and is approximately of eight weeks duration.

Elective Courses

The elective courses are offered in the second year to the participants with the opportunity to concentrate on their areas of interest. The endeavor is that the participants graduating from IIM Shillong be equipped with substantial knowledge in those domains.

Course of Independent Study

This provides participants with an option to explore a given topic of their interest in depth. The topic might involve several fields of study to find a solution to a managerial problem, and might be, but not necessarily, inter-disciplinary in nature. A participant undertaking CIS is expected to gain valuable experience in problem definition, in research, in collecting and collating relevant data, and in undertaking required analysis for drawing actionable conclusions. CIS thus offers an opportunity for an experience well beyond the regular course work.

Study Abroad Program

To further enrich the experience of the participants, the curriculum is supplemented by visits to foreign universities with a view to enabling understanding of business management from different cultural perspectives. This enables the participants to refine their outlook from diverse angles and also provide them an opportunity to interact with students from different nationalities. Visits to industries in those countries are also a part of the Programme. This is an optional module, and is normally organized during the month of January so that they do not clash with the regular sessions of the Institute.

Podium Series

The ‘Podium’ series is designed to bring the experiences of people who are behind the successes of corporates, businesses and social organizations to enrich the overall learning of the participants. In the previous years, Podium witnessed the visit of eminent personalities from various business backgrounds like Financial Institutions, Brand Consulting, IT Consulting, Banking, overseas B-Schools, Hospitality, Public Relations, Energy, etc., sharing their perspectives and experiences.

Core Courses

The core courses are mainly covered in the first year of study, with a few covered in the second year:

SNo. Subjects
1 Data and Business Modelling
2 Financial Reporting and Analysis
3 Managerial Economics
4 Marketing Management
5 Operations Management
6 Self and Group Dynamics
7 Statistics for Decision Making
SNo. Subjects
1 Designing and Managing Information Systems
2 Foundations in Financial Management and Financial Markets
3 Macro Economics
4 Marketing Strategy
5 Operations Research
6 Research Design for Management
7 Team Building and Leadership
SNo. Subjects
1 Business Ethics
2 Business Law
3 Business Research Methods
4 Corporate Finance
5 Development of Human Capital
6 Managerial Accounting
7 Strategic Management
8 Sustainability and Business

In addition to the above, there are certain courses/activities spanning terms I to III:

SNo. Subjects
1 Community Immersion
2 Book review
3 Workshop on Managerial Communication

Elective Courses

The elective courses allow the participants to take up and delve deeper into those from their areas of interest. Following are the elective courses offered during the current year (Academic Year 2020-21):

SNo. Subjects
1 Cyber Warfare, Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Crime
2 Digital Disruptions by Blockchain Technology for Businesses
3 Data Analytics using Python for Managers
4 Business Intelligence and Analytics
5 Enterprise Architecture
6 Marketing of IT
7 Big Data Essentials
8 Predictive Analytics for Business Forecasting
9 Developing Macros for Applications
10 Data Science Strategy for Enterprises
11 Social Media and Web Analytics
12 Business Continuity Planning
SNo. Subjects
1 Investment Banking and Business Valuation
2 Financial Reporting under IFRS
3 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
4 Fixed Income Securities
5 Financial Services and FinTech
6 Corporate Banking
7 Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy
8 Project and Structured Finance
9 Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
10 Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructurings
11 Behavioral Finance and Value Investing
12 Financial Derivatives
13 Wealth Management
14 International Financial Management
15 Integrated Credit Risk Management
16 Regulation of Business and Financial Market
SNo. Subjects
1 Macroeconomic and Public Policy for Business
2 Current Scenario of the Indian Economy
SNo. Subjects
1 Strategic Management: An Approach from Indian Mythology
2 Management Consultancy
3 Business Modeling for Consultants
4 International Business
5 Navigating Entrepreneurship
Sl No. Subjects
1 Management: Past, Present and Future
2 Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives and Practices
3 Wisdom Leadership: East-West Perspectives
4 Management and Liberal Arts
Sl No. Subjects
1 Philosophy of Sustainability
2 Performance Assessment and Management
3 Talent Management
4 Consulting for Organizational Diagnosis and Pathologies
5 Business and Societal Transformation
6 HR Analytics
7 Compensation and Rewards Management
8 Work and Organizational Justice
9 Employer Branding
10 Negotiation
11 Contemporary Techniques in Training and Development
12 Civilizational Gleanings for Futuristic Leadership
13 Power and Politics in Organizations
SNo. Subjects
1 Consumer Behavior
2 Industrial Marketing
3 Advanced Selling Skills and Management
4 Integrated Marketing Communications
5 Sales and Distribution Management
6 Digital Marketing and E-Commerce
7 Retail Management
8 Brand Management
9 Advanced Management Science
10 Product Management
11 Rural Marketing
12 Sports, Entertainment and Media Marketing
Sl No. Subjects
1 Advance Quantitative Modelling for Management
2 Benchmarking: Measuring and Managing Performance
3 Business Forecasting
4 Business Strategy Modeling
5 Logistics Management
6 Managing Supply Chain Risk: Theory and Practices
7 Pricing Analytics and Revenue Management
8 Project Management
9 Purchasing and Sourcing Management
10 Service Operations Management
11 Six Sigma and Lean Thinking
12 Strategic Inventory Management
13 Strategic Supply Chain Management
SNo. Subjects
1 General Commercial Knowledge

The elective courses to be offered in Academic Year 2021-22 might be different from the above, as the list is continuously revised based on the contemporary challenges and requirements.

During the academic year students are engaged in a host of activities outside of their course work. It includes student club activities, industry interactions, work internships and participation in cross University and Campus events.

Due to COVID-19 scenario, there will be changes in the Academic Calendar.

  • The registration process of PGP (2020-22) is currently scheduled for third week of July 2020. The detailed calendar will be put up in due course.
  • The term IV for PGP (2019-21) is tentatively scheduled to start in first week of July 2020. A revised version of the following calendar, as was communicated earlier, will be available soon.

PGP Calendar

Introduction to the program starts with participants of the new batch being introduced to each other and to the pedagogy and schedule that will be followed.

Month & Date Event
March 30 to May 31, 2020 Summer Internship
June 02, 2020 Registration* and Commencement of Term IV
July 20 to 31, 2020 Summer Internship Final Presentation
September 4, 2020 Last Teaching Day of Term IV
September 07 to 12, 2020 End Term Exam of Term IV
September 14, 2020 Registration* and Commencement of Term V
October 01 to 07, 2020 CIS First Interim Presentation
October 20, 2020 Declaration of Term – IV Result
November 27, 2020 Last Teaching Day of Term V
November 30 to December 05, 2020 End Term Exam of Term V
December 07, 2020 Registration* and Commencement of Term VI
December 14 to 18, 2020 CIS Second Interim Presentation
December 28, 2020 to January 15, 2021 Winter Break
January 18, 2021 Resume Term VI
January 21 to 28, 2021 CIS Final Presentation
January 24, 2021 Declaration of Term – V Result
March 05, 2021 Last Teaching Day of Term VI
March 08 – 13, 2021 End Term Exam of Term VI
First Week of April, 2021 12th Convocation
* All registrations start at 9:00 am

To apply for admission to the Master in Business Administration (MBA) a candidate must qualify the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institute of Managements. The details of the CAT can be found at

Overseas candidates may apply to the program quoting valid GMAT scores too.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) (It may also referred to as Persons with Disability (PWD) category)], awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. For details refer

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