PGDM in Social Enterprise Management

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The Post Graduate Diploma in Social Enterprise Management (PGDSEM) is a full- time, autonomous, industry- based program lasting 1 to 2 years.

Admission to the course is based on performance in any of the relevant entrance examinations carried out by different universities, such as CAT, GMAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA, SNAP besides other State- level examinations. The final selection is based on the test score, academic credentials, and performance in the round of interview (video interview for outstation candidates). The average tuition fee charged in India for this course ranges between INR 1 to 15 Lacs.

Successful postgraduates of the course are offered lucrative employment opportunities in popular firms across India and beyond, such as Unilever, McDonalds, Apple, Lenovo, Proctor and Gamble etc. They are hired in capacities such as Social Media Support, Social Enterprise Manager, among others.

The average annual starting salary offered to such postgraduates lies generally between INR 2 to 8 Lacs, increasing with experience in the field.

PGD in Social Enterprise Management: Course Highlights

Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration 1 year/ 2 years
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university
Admission Process Based on counselling after clearing Entrance Tests CAT, GMAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA etc. of different colleges
Course Fee INR 1 to 15 Lacs p.a.
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 8 Lacs p.a.
Top Recruiting Companies Unilever, McDonalds, Apple, Lenovo, Proctor and Gamble etc.

PGD in Social Enterprise Management: What is it About?
The program is designed to cater to the changing and growing social sector needs. It aims to make the social work practice sustainable and effective by utilizing social entrepreneurship as a means. It imparts training to enrolled students on various areas of management and their relevance to the social sector. It enables aspiring social entrepreneurs to face challenging situations with strategic thinking and practical application of skills.

The course curriculum incorporates training of leading practices, current issues and emerging trends in not-for-profit and social enterprises, and has been designed for individuals who are passionate about social innovation and social justice, enabling them to develop innovative solutions that can have social impact. The course is particularly relevant to policy-makers, senior managers, and chief executives of social economy, community, public and/ or third sector organisations. It also applies to those seeking to apply business and management principles to help a wider range of organisations – governments, businesses and social ventures – thereby creating economic and social value concurrently.

The program is designed to support individuals, founders/ trustees, staff of NGOs, CSR professionals and volunteers including home makers, retired persons and professionals through exploring on an advanced level the practical aspects of management. Successful postgraduates aspiring to start their own social organizations are benefited to a great extent from pursuing this course.

PGD in Social Enterprise Management: Course Objectives

The course has been designed with the following primary aims:

  • To introduce NGO founders, staff, trustees and HR professionals in the corporate sector to concepts of social entrepreneurship
  • To orient socially conscious individuals towards opportunities and needs in the social sector and social entrepreneurship as a means to make social work practice sustainable & effective
  • To enhance the skill-sets of participants in terms of better decision making, analytical skills, and facilitating their application in various challenging situations.

Societies, in a growing way, are searching for innovative and efficient ways to provide socially important goods and services in health, education, social services, environment and community development. With the huge emergence and growth of cross- sector partnerships, there is a growing realization that there is a way to combine the very best of the not-for-profit, philanthropic world with the very best of the for-profit, enterprising world. This hybrid is the way of the future for both profit and non- profit organizations. In the face of this new reality, an increasing number of forward-looking non-profits/ NGOs are beginning to appreciate the increased revenue, focus and effectiveness that can come from adopting the ‘for profit’ business approaches. Increasingly, they are reinventing themselves as social entrepreneurs, combining ‘the passion of a social mission’ with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination.

PGD in Social Enterprise Management: Who Should Opt?

 The program is primarily aimed at and is beneficial to:

  • executives, trustees and board members of public & charitable trusts, foundations, co-operative societies and community- based organisations seeking guidance to strengthen an already established organisation.
  • Voluntary social service providers who wish to offer highly accessible and practical organization development programmes in their areas.
  • Executives / Managers from business organisations working in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Officials in public services, health officers and community workers.
  • Volunteers in the social sector who wish to professionalize their inputs.
  • Social work professionals who wish to upgrade their knowledge.
  • Graduates /Post Graduates from any discipline with interest in the social sector.

The course is also suited for individuals interested in working in the social sector and in building careers in Development Management. The curriculum is designed to build perspectives, knowledge and skills unique to the development sector. Upon completion of this program, students would work in Indian and International NGOs, Foundations, Aid Agencies, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Social Enterprises or become Social Entrepreneurs.

Top Institutes Offering PGDM in Social Enterprise Management

Compiled here is a list of the top institutes in India offering the course along with their respective locations, eligibility conditions, admission processes, and fees charged by each.

Name of Institute City  Average Fees
CSIM Chennai INR 2.5 Lacs (course)
SIES College of Management Studies (SIESCOMS) Mumbai INR 12,000 (course)
IIM Bangalore INR 14 Lacs (course)
NMIMS Mumbai INR 62,000 (course)
ISDM Delhi INR 4 Lacs (course)

Eligibility for PGDM in Social Enterprise Management

Graduates (10+2+3 or equivalent)/ Post Graduates in any discipline with a minimum aggregate score of 50%, wishing to further their career in the field of Social Enterprise Management would be eligible for this program. Work experience of at least 3 years in a supply chain management role is required. Students would be selected on the basis of their performance in the Program Aptitude Test, along with assessment of background and motivation which would be assessed from the application form submitted.

Graduates from any discipline (Arts, Commerce, Science, Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine, Architecture, Computer Science and Business Administration) may apply. Students who are appearing for the final year exams are also welcome to apply. The admission process requires the submission of the attested copies of their degree certificates/ final year mark sheets and are subject to successful completion of the degree prior to the commencement of the program.

A minimum of 2 years of experience with any social sector organization (NGOs, Social Enterprises, Government Departments, CSR / Environment / Sustainability departments) is needed in the capacity of either a full- time staff/ volunteer. Also considered equivalent is a minimum of 2 years of full time corporate/ administrative/ business work experience.

PGDM in Social Enterprise Management: Admission Process

Selection to the course is based on performance in a relevant entrance exams conducted by the concerned university. The general process includes:

Pre- screening of candidates is based on their:

  • Academic Profile (20%),
  • Performance in CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT/ATMA or NSE Online Test (50%)
  • Performance in Personal Interview (30%)
  • Entrance Test: The question paper for the exam is in QMR- format, designed to test the candidate’s aptitude and logical reasoning. These examinations are generally conducted in the month of April. Major exams held for admission to the course in India are CAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP.

Online objective- type tests are usually held from in June, but are not mandatory for students who have already qualified CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT/ATMA. The online test consists of the following parameters of assessment:

  • Verbal Ability (30%),
  • Data Interpretation and logical reasoning (30%),
  • Quantitative Aptitude (30%),
  • General Knowledge on Financial Markets (10%)

The online objective test is of a 2- hour duration with negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.

Lateral Entry:

There are a few colleges in India which offer the option of lateral entry to students directly on the basis of their Bachelor’s degree.


PGDM in Social Enterprise Management involves 1 to 2 years of course work divided in into 2 to 4 semesters and project work.

PGDM in Social Enterprise Management: Syllabus and Course Description

Courses offered in the discipline in recent academic years are:

  • Production and Inventory Control
  • Project Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Strategy
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Quantitative Applications in Finance
  • Optimization Models for Industry
  • Strategic Services Management
  • Revenue Management & Dynamic Pricing
  • O.R. in Marketing
  • Content
  • Understanding supply chain framework and challenges/issues involved in supply chain
  • Supply chain performance
  • Bull whip effect in supply chain
  • Demand forecasting
  • Managing inventories
  • Network Design
  • Supply chain contracts
  • Best practices in supply chain and implementation issues

A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here.

Semester I (July – Nov)

  • India's development experience
  • Contemporary Issues in Social work

        a) Poverty b) Health

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Laws related to social organizations
  • Social Research
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Public Policy and Advocacy

Semester 2 (Dec to Apr)

  • Fund-raising and Management of financial accounts in non-profits
  • Contemporary Issues in Social work 

        a) Education b) Environment

  • Governance & Accountability
  • Social Audit
  • Managing people in a non-profit
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Volunteering

PGDM in Social Enterprise Management: Career Prospects 

Career options for successful postgraduates of the course include managing non-government or not-for-profit organizations, working in the field of corporate social responsibility, or in government, particularly in roles that work with community or not-for-profit organizations such as:

  • Social and Community Welfare
  • Environment Advocacy
  • Arts and Culture
  • Fundraising
  • Education
  • International Aid and Development
  • Professional Associations and Unions

With the gradual mushrooming of start-ups in the country over the past few years, it is becoming increasingly important for founders to learn entrepreneurial skills for the industry. As impact- investing is growing in India, so is the demand for skilled postgraduates of social entrepreneurship.

Social entrepreneurship, which is an important specialisation for running CSR initiatives in corporate firms and activities at NGOs, is also popular among MBA aspirants.

The course includes modules like social development and introduction to social entrepreneurship, legal framework for social enterprises, managing and organising social enterprise, understanding global cultures and management of international social development projects, fundraising, corporate social responsibility, social impact assessment and policy valuation.

NGOs, impact investing firms, corporate and government organisations and microfinance institutions recruit successful postgraduates of social entrepreneurship. Industries that offer lucrative career opportunities in the area are listed below:

  • Consumer Goods
  • FMCG
  • HealthCare
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • IT
  • Telecommunications
  • 3PL
  • Consulting services.

Popular firms such as Mckinsey, Tata Motors, Taj Hotels, Tata Power, Leonard Cheshire Disability International, Swadhar Fin Access, International Resources for Fair Trade, Tech Mahindra , Ambuja Foundation, among others, hire such postgraduates for a variety of related positions.

Listed here are some of the popular job positions offered to successful postgraduates of the discipline with the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered.

Annul Salary Graph
Job Position Job Description Average Annual Salary
Social Enterprise Development Manager Responsible for leading the development, management and promotion of new social enterprise companies and its related projects in line with the vision and mission of the company. INR 6 to 6.5 Lakh
Social Media Executive/ Social Media Marketing Executive Responsible for managing social media marketing campaigns and day-to-day activities including developing relevant content topics to reach the company's target customers, creating, curating, and managing all published content (images, video and written). INR 4.50 to 5.3 Lakh
Associate Consultant EPM - Enterprise Performance Management Responsible for managing a small team of analysts, developers, testers or engineers and drive delivery of a small module within a project (Delivery/ Maintenance/ Testing), serve as an entry- level specialist with expertise in a particular technology/ industry/ domain/ process/ application/ product, overseeing functional/ technical track of a project. INR 7.0 to 7.88 Lakh
Social Media Support Responsible for building and executing social media strategy through competitive and audience research, generating and sharing content daily to build meaningful connections. INR 3.12 to 4 Lakh
Customer Support  Responsible for resolving customer complaints via phone, email, mail, or social media, using telephones to reach out to customers and verify account information, greeting customers and ascertaining problems or reasons for calling, assisting with placement of orders, refunds, or exchanges. INR 2.66 to 3.33 Lakh


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