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Online MBA: How is it different from regular MBA by Arks Srinivas (Alumnus, IIM-Calcutta)

Online MBA: How is it different from regular MBA by Arks Srinivas (Alumnus, IIM-Calcutta)

Edited By Ujjwal Kirti | Updated on Feb 06, 2023 06:09 AM IST | #IIM Calcutta

How is an online MBA different from regular MBA - As we know, after the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of online programmes increased. In this Careers Connect series from with AMA and experts we have been discussing Online MBA till now. In this article we are going to talk about How online MBA is different from regular MBA? What are the key factors that are considered before selecting an online MBA or regular MBA.

Online MBA: How is it different from regular MBA by Arks Srinivas (Alumnus, IIM-Calcutta)
Online MBA: How is it different from regular MBA by Arks Srinivas (Alumnus, IIM-Calcutta)

Careers360 brings this session with Arks Srinivas, Alumnus IIM Calcutta. He did his engineering in Electronics and Communication from Osmania University. He has about 22 years of experience working in the educational industry in various organizations like TIME, Career Launcher and also started his own Business School as well as a test prep company. Know more about MBA Specializations from Arks Srinivas.

Why should one need to pursue an MBA?

Before digging up the topic of which MBA is better. It is important to understand why you should do an MBA. Students who completed their bachelor’s degree can check the important points mentioned below regarding why MBA is important.

  • MBA degree helps to make sector independent career

  • Students will get financial rewarding right from the start after pursuing MBA’

  • The major factor is that MBA ensures fast paced career growth along with the building of strong professional network

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How is an online MBA different from regular MBA?

There are some important differentiating key factors that will help you to understand the differences between online MBA and regular MBA. Those key factors are:

  • Mode of Delivery

  • Intake Process

  • Course Pedagogy

  • Peer Learning and exposure

  • Faculty Interaction

  • Assessment Criterion

  • Placement and Industry recognition

Benefits of pursuing online MBA

As the online MBA is accessible to a larger number of students as compared to regular MBA due to the limited number of seats intake in top management colleges. Check some of the important benefits of pursuing online MBA here.

  • Accessibility and Flexibility: Accessibility to pursue MBA degree on any device along with that working professionals can pursue without disrupting the professional work.

  • Affordability: Online MBA are very cost-effective (can be done at one-third the cost of regular MBA) along with the promise of better ROI as compared to regular MBA

  • Diversity: As the mode of learning is online, the student cohort is across different geographies

  • Opportunities: Online MBA enhances the global placement opportunities and allow peer network across the globe

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Who should do an online MBA?

Students who are in doubt whether they should choose online MBA or regular MBA. While going through the important points mentioned below, you can make a choice of your own regarding which format is good and resourceful.

Online MBA Vs Regular MBA: Decision making criteria

Pursue online MBA if

Pursue regular MBA if

one should wants learning along with their earning

a student want a structured learning environment that includes developing the soft skills and benefit from in-person discussions

someone wants to earn degree from international university affordably

one wants to build a strong professional network

a student want to upskill in the existing career path

the student is in the beginning of the career or someone wants to switch the industry

someone have access to reliable technology to support online learning

you want to leverage the campus facilities

Students must keep these points in mind while making their decision either they want to pursue MBA in online mode or regular mode.

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Questions related to IIM Calcutta

Have a question related to IIM Calcutta ?

Hi there

Among the best Asian business schools, IIM Calcutta stands out due to its emphasis on balancing academic rigour and relevance and retaining plurality and variety in form, substance, and technique. Some of the best academics India has produced in recent years have called it home. IIM C, however, does not provide a Bcom programme.

Dear aspirant,

As you have secured 94 percentile in cat 2021 and considering you are from sc category so let me tell you that the cut offs depends on various factors like number of candidates appearing in the examination, number of vacant seats in college, previous years cut offs and difficulty level of the paper.

So accordingly the dynamics gets changed every year so you have the chances to get into this college as per the previous year trends.

For more information you can check out the link given below-


Hope you are doing well!

The fees for IIM kolkata for MBA is around Rs 23 lakh for its complete course and the fees for MBA executive is Rs 27 lakh for its complete course.

The placement of the college is very good.Almost 90 percent of the students get placed.The highest package offered is Rs 87.36 LPA and the average CTC is 28.75 LPA.

You can also visit this link for more information:

Hope it helps.

All the best for your future.

Hey aspirant

These institutions, I believe, do not offer traditional master's programmes. You can choose between a diploma and a five-year integrated course.

Another option would be to look into some other good colleges where you could pursue your master's degree in mass communication. My friend earned an MA in Mass. Co. from Lovely Professional University and did well by being campus placed by ANI.

So look into some reputable institutions such as Lady Sri Ram College in New Delhi, Loyola College in Chennai, and Lovely Professional University.

I hope my response was useful!!!!


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