What is the difference between MBA and Executive MBA? I registered myself for the executive MBA offered by Andhra University in distance mode. Will I get an executive MBA certificate or MBA certificate?

Chandra Mouli

MBA in India is available as full-time programmes, part-time programmes, two-year programmes, one /one-and-a-half-year executive programmes and several specialisations. We have universities offering courses as MBA and executive MBA, and premier institutes like SP Jain Institute of Management and Research offering courses as Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Executive Management Programmes.

We also have universities like TASMAC that award degrees of universities abroad. But, the academic content delivered by all courses is almost the same. Any MBA programme aims at equipping the students with skills required to succeed in the corporate world. In a typical two-year course, the first year exposes the student to the different functional areas. And the second year allows the student to choose an area of specialisation. On the other hand, one-year programmes accelerate the curriculum taking advantage of the fact that students who enrol for these courses have prior work experience. Their experience would have already acquainted them with the several aspects of business administration, made them aware of their strengths, weaknesses and areas to improve. One-year executive MBAs or EMBAs are for professionals who need the degree to step ahead in their careers and wish to hone their skills. EMBA is usually offered in part-time mode, as the students would be continuing to work.

The success of any MBA programme depends on the students. This is the reason why most business schools try to constitute a class with students from various academic and professional backgrounds.

The interaction between the students on the projects and other activities they take up as teams, discussions and presentations offer them new perspectives and ideas. By the end of the course, the students get transformed into more competent and confident professionals.

And this is the purpose of an MBA programme. Whether it is MBA or EMBA, when the students have some work experience, the learning is more enriched, faster and easier.

In an executive MBA programme, some students have even five to ten years of experience. Most of them will be from middle or higher managerial roles. The contributions each of them makes to the learning process of the whole class are really significant and valuable. So, based on the work experience a person has, his credentials and aims, he can choose between opting for an MBA or EMBA.

Now that you have registered for EMBA in distance mode, make sure that you attend all the contact classes. Try to discuss on various academic topics with your classmates. Most of all, relate your course content and work. Apply what you learn to your work and use your work to grasp better, the content of your course. The degree awarded by the university will be Executive MBA.

Which colleges in Hyderabad and Pune offer MBA Finance? What are the job prospects after the completion of the course?

Shyam Ladda

There are a number of colleges offering MBA Finance in Pune and Hyderabad. Some of them are: Badruka College PG Centre, Hyderabad affiliated to Osmania University offers the course. The admission is based on the State-level entrance test (ICET) conducted by the university. For details, log on to http://badruka-mba.com or www.osmania.ac.in

UoH enrols students based on their performance at CAT, group discussion and personal interview. For details log on to www.uohyd.ernet.in

Dhruva College of Management, Hyderabad takes the students based on their performance at MAT, GD and PI. For details, log on to www.dhruvacollege.net In Pune, you can opt for colleges affiliated to University of Pune.

For details, log on to www.unipune.ernet.in

Symbiosis University, Pune offers the course. The admission is based on performance at SNAP, GD and PI. For details, log on to www.sibm.edu

T. Muralidharan

TMI Network

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