Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM] (International Business) Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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PGDM in International Business is a 2 year diploma course with each year divided into two semesters making it a total of four semesters. Candidate with a minimum score of 50% (Relaxable for reserved category students) marks at UG level in any stream can make an application for admission to the course. Candidate must have obtained an Under Graduate (UG) degree from a recognized central or state/private/deemed university.

The course admissions are based on both Common Entrance Test (CET) (like CAT, GMAT, XAT etc) as well as a merit-based mechanism that is the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate at Undergraduate  level. Certain colleges/universities  conduct their own exam apart from the common exams for selecting candidates for admission however, preference is given to the score of common entrance exams (CAT, XAT, GMAT etc.) when it comes grant of admission.

Some of the popular colleges/universities that are offering the course are:

The fee for the course ranges from INR 60,000 to 7 Lacs across various colleges and universities across the country. The variation in fee is based on the location and nature of university (that is government, state/private/deemed etc.).

The course is structured to provide specialization in terms of skills and knowledge to the students in the field of International business so, as to make them ready for the challenges in the practical domain.

A fresh Postgraduate in the domain of International Business can look for job opportunities with Import-export firms, Commodity boards, Trade Unions, International Logistic supply chains etc. A new entrant in the job market can expect a starting salary in the range of INR 20,000 to 25,000. 

PGDM in International Business: Course Highlights

Course Level  Post Graduate Diploma
Duration of the Course 2 years
Examination Type Semester
Eligibility Minimum score of 50% (Relaxable for reserved category students) marks at UG level in any stream.
Admission Process Entrance exam based (In some cases)/Merit-based
Course Fee INR 60,000 to 6-7 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 20,000 to 25,000
Top Recruiting Companies Import-export firms, Commodity boards, Trade Unions, International Logistic supply chains etc.
Job Positions Business Manager, Relationship Manager, Supply head, Export Head etc.

PGDM in International Business: What is it about?

PGDM in the field of International Business is a domain specific course that focuses on the development of specialization in relation to the International Business and its related aspects among the students.

The course is designed in a manner such that a PG level student is able to grasp the basic nuances of International business, along with the theories and principles associated with it. The course along with its academic aspects provides a practical overview to the students in regards to the manner in which International business environment works and how transactions are done in a professional manner.

Thus, the core aspects of the PGDM in International Business course is to produce business leaders who have the capability and skills to meet the needs of business and job markets as well as the skills and abilities to take on entrepreneurial activities.

PGDM in International Business: Top Institutes 

Quite a good number of colleges across the country offer the course to candidates who have passed their UG examination from a recognized state or central University. Students can take admission in the course through Common Entrance Test conducted by certain exam conducting authorities such as IIMs and XLRI as well as separate exams conducted by respective colleges/Universities (like LPU) that are offering this course.

For your reference, we have tabled down a list of various colleges/universities that are offering this course in India.

Institute City Average Fee
Asian Business School Noida INR 3,38,000
Apeejay School of Management Delhi INR 373,500
BIMTECH Greater Noida INR 4,25,000
International Management Institute Delhi INR 7,70,500
Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad INR 3, 75,000
Balaji Institute of International Business Pune INR 3,34,250
Asia-Pacific Institute of Management Delhi INR 4,47,500
GL Bajaj group of Institutes Mathura INR 1,59, 200
Lovely Professional University Jalandhar INR 2,00,000

PGDM in International Business: Eligibility

Candidate must have passed the UG examination in any stream from a recognized state/private/deemed or central University with at least 50% (45% to 50% for reserved category candidates) of the marks. In case they have scored less than 50% at UG level than they have to go through a Common Entrance Test based mechanism for admission.

  • He/She shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subject/Subjects at UG level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admissions.
  • Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility criteria’s various colleges and institutes may have their own additional criteria’s (like one-year work experience) which the students would have to satisfy in order to take admission.
  • In case of reserved category students, they would have to present their reservation certificates issued by the competent authorities in order to avail the benefits applicable to them.
  • Most of the Institutes grant admissions through Merit-based/Common Entrance Test (CET) (like CAT, MAT, XAT, GMAT etc). To get admissions in these institutes candidates would have to qualify the respective entrance exam by securing minimum qualifying marks.

The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.

PGDM in International Business: Admission Process

The procedure for admission to this course involves a Merit-based scheme (in case you have scored above 50% marks at UG level) and common entrance test based admission process (as seen across various Universities and colleges in the country). .

  • Students who have passed their UG level examinations with a minimum of 50% marks (45% to 50% for reserved category students) can make application in colleges offering the course.
  • Those having less than 50% marks at UG level would have to go through a common entrance test based mechanism for admission into the course.
  • Students have to qualify these exams (for which they should be eligible to appear) in order to get admission in the course.
  • After the conduct of the test, a merit list of finally qualified candidates is prepared and candidates are invited for counseling cum admission process by the respective university or college.
  • After dmission process final allotment of seats to the candidate takes place and the candidate is asked to deposit the fee for the course and register for the respective academic year.

Admission process would mostly be same across all the B-schools and universities that are offering this course.

PGDM in International Business: Syllabus and Course description

The syllabus of the course is divided into 4 semesters spread over a span of two years with each year comprising of two semesters. The syllabus of the course is divided into various subjects related to the domain that students are taught during the course of their post-graduation diploma. The syllabus covers all the aspects related to the International Business so as to provide a holistic understanding of the subject to the management students.

The details regarding the syllabus of the course are mentioned below for the reference to the candidates.

Semester I Semester II
Principles of Management Strategic management
Financial Accounting Cost Accounting
Fundamentals of Computers Integrative Management
Human Resource Management Innovation In management
Marketing Management Networking and Interview skills
Managerial Economics Viva-Voce
Practical -
Semester III Semester IV
World Class Manufacturing Standards Internet Marketing
International Business Environment Global supply chain management
Foreign Exchange Management E-Commerce
International Finance Outsourced Manufacturing
International Marketing Import-Export Management
Project Project

PGDM in International Business: Who Should Opt for?

  • Students who have interest in International business and administration should opt for the course.
  • Those who have a career in the domain of management in mind.
  • Those who are looking for Entrepreneurial ventures in the domain.
  • Those aiming at public sector jobs after graduation can also opt for the course.

PGDM in International Business: Career Prospects

PGDM in International Business postgraduate student has plenty of options to choose from in terms of his/her career. One can choose to work with companies such as Import-Export firms, Logistic supply chains, International Financial management firms, Commodity boards etc.

To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where PGDM postgraduates can look for in terms of their career.

Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM] (International Business) annual salary
Job profile Job Description Average Salary for Fresher’s
Business Manager Work of a Business manager involves developing of ways and methods to prosper the business of growth of the firm. INR 2.4-2.52 Lacs
International Relations Incharge IR Incharge is encrusted with the duty of maintaining cordial relation of a firm with its International clients. INR 3-3.5 Lacs
Import-Export Manager The job involves managing of various Import-Export related transactions of the company. INR 2.8-3 Lacs
Auditor The job involves auditing and updating of company’s financial accounts at regular intervals. INR 3-3.15 Lacs
Planning and Development Expert This job involves planning and management of various activities so as to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the firm. INR 3-3.2 Lacs

Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM] (International Business) : 16 answered questions

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Ques. Which stream should my sister opt for in BIMTECH Noida for MBA international business or insurance?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 17 Sept 21

Ans. First, you should ask her which steam is more of her interest, international business or insurance management. Both programs come with many benefits. So, help her figure out her interest and let her choose according to that.  BIMTECH, Greater Noida is one of the best colleges in the country for management. A PGDM in International Business (PGDM-IB) from BIMTECH will make her proficient in handling international affairs, conducting business across every boundary. She will learn new ways of doing business and more. When it’s about pursuing PGDM in Insurance Business Management (PGDM-IBM) she will learn insights on finance management, be capable enough to plan and control the financial resources of any industry, and will handle more of such responsibilities. BIMTECH offers good placement opportunities for all its programs. According to the recent placement highlights the average and highest CTC offered at the institute was 8 LPA and 16 LPA.  Considering these factors help her make the right choice.Read more
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Ques. How good is FORE School of management for PGDM-International business with a focus operation and HR?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 19 Jul 21

Ans. According to some of my friends at FORE School of Management, PGDM-IB is a decent option for students interested in an MBA, providing several opportunities in the selection of specializations and placement. The points below give a brief overview of the course, specific to the stream of International Business (IB). In PGDM IB, there are few papers different from the core PGDM program, which are mostly included in the later semesters. Some of the relevant subjects that are included in the program are International Business Policies, Culture, and Socio-economic issues, Laws & Regulations & WTO, Export-Import Procedures, Logistics, Global Supply Chain Management, Data Security, International HR, etc. The placement process of PGDM IB is totally similar to that of the core PGDM program. For students in PGDM IB, the first mandatory specialization in International Business. For the second specialization, students can choose any one among the others like finance, marketing, strategy, IT, etc. Categories PGDM IB at FORE School of Management Course Fee 15.98 lakh Highest CTC 31 LPA Average CTC 18 LPA Recruiting Companies Signify, Nestle, Asian Paints, Allen Solly, etc. These are some of the most important aspects of the PGDM in International Business offered by the FORE School of Management, which provides decent placements to students.Read more
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Ques. Which is better, a PGDM from LBSIM or a PGDM IB from FORE?

● Top Answer By Komal Chawla on 05 Jul 21

Ans. Among the above two institutes, PGDM in International Business at FORE is definitely a better option, considering the placement statistics of recent years. The points below give a brief overview of the key highlights of the FORE School of Management, along with its major advantages over LBSIM. FORE School of Management offered an average package of 10.7 LPA in PGDM IB. On the other hand, the average package in PGDM at LBSIM is 8.5 LPA, which is quite lesser than that of FORE. The International Business stream in PGDM at FORE has an outstanding syllabus, in which they teach quite a number of subjects different from the conventional core subjects. The placement process of both FORE and LBSIM is almost the same. Most companies allow only those students in their placement drives that have at least one of the specializations mentioned in their required profile. For example, a marketing company will allow only those students who have marketing as one of their specializations. For students of the 2018-20 batch in FORE, the first specialization will be International Business. You have the liberty to choose any one of marketing, finance, strategy, IT, etc as your other specializations. Therefore, the FORE School of Business offers an excellent PGDM International Business program, which has decent placement and ample opportunities for students.Read more
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Ques. Which course should I pursue, a PGDM from Jaipuria or a PGDM in international business from BIMTECH?

● Top Answer By Bhawna Vedwal on 16 Jun 21

Ans. PGDM IB from BIMTECH would be the better option than PGDM from Jaipuria. It is similar to the PGDM flagship course. Even if the course is same in terms of curriculum, you will get a chance to compete with students of PGDM. But additionally, you will also learn a second language. There will be the liberty to choose from various fields like marketing, finance, and operations. Also, Birla, as a brand is very prestigious when compared to Jaipuria that can provide many opportunities. It also provides better exposure to many corporate industries due to its locational advantage. The faculty of the institute is great and well-experienced. Here are the recent placement highlights of BIMTECH. Highest CTC 23 LPA Total no of recruiters 42 Major recruiters SBI, Yes Bank, TVS, Marico, etc. Hence, choosing Birla will be better.Read more
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Ques. What are best MBA college for International Business?

● Top Answer By Ranjana Patraaaaaaaaaaaa on 12 May 21

Ans. The MBA in International Business (IB) course curriculum teaches students about the procedures and documentation involved in export and import, methods of approaching customers in foreign countries, currency conversation and fluctuation, raising capital from the international market, and distribution market. An MBA in IB is a two-year program that can be completed full-time, part-time, or via distance education. It is provided by various institutions both within and outside the country. Career opportunities after IB -  With the rapid growth of the international business, the demand for individuals with an understanding of global markets has increased. Students can work in both the private and public sectors. This specialization offers the opportunity to work in a global market. Students can work in international market departments, international placement offices, import and export departments, global shipping companies, the global tourism sector, international consultancy firms, and international logistics and courier companies. Students can also work in a financial institution, banking sector, securities firms, hospitality & travel and tourism industry. The colleges that offer MBA (IB) in India include - Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Amity International Business School, Noida, University of Delhi, Aligarh Muslim University, Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune, Banaras Hindu University, IIFT New Delhi and SIIB Pune. Most companies at IIFT offer core IB profiles, whereas companies visiting SIIB offer a more diverse range of profiles during placements. Both are excellent Institutes for IB studies.Read more
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