Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA Admission Fees Eligibility 2024-2025

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Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA 2024Symbiosis (SCDL) is a leading distance learning autonomous institute in India located in Pune (Main Office), Bangalore, Nasik & Noida. The institute is known for its distance learning MBA (PGDBA) program.

Since the Symbiosis Centre For Distance Learning (SCDL) is not a university, it only offers diploma courses. The Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) offered by SCDL is considered to be equivalent to an MBA program and it is quite popular among working professionals too.

Apart from its popular PGDBA (Distance Learning MBA) program, the institute also runs various Postgraduate, Diploma & Certificate programs under distance education mode.

In this article, you'll find information about Symbiosis distance learning MBA which includes SCDL MBA admission procedure, fee structure, eligibility criteria, and various other frequently asked questions will also be answered here.

You'll also get to know about various MBA specialization that Symbiosis offers with its distance learning MBA program.

So without wasting any more time, let's dive into the SCDL PGDBA program.

Symbiosis Pune Distance Learning MBA (PGDBA)

Symbiosis is a top-notch distance education institute in India started in 2001 and offers a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) which is specially designed for people who want to excel in their professional life.

It is a 2 years distance learning program that is divided into 4 semesters.

The curriculum of the course is designed by industry professionals and prominent academicians and it is based on real business case studies.

The details of the Distance Learning MBA program offered by SCDL are as follows.

Who Can Join?: Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university.
  • International/SAARC students having a graduation degree from a recognized/accredited University/ Institution can also apply.
  • Graduation Final year students who are awaiting their results can also apply. Although these students need to complete their bachelor's degree within the given time period of SCDL.

Duration of SCDL MBA (PGDBA) Program

The total duration of the SCDL PGDBA program is 2 years. Although the registration is valid for 4 academic years.

What Specializations are Available

There is a total of 4 semesters in the distance education MBA program offered by Symbiosis. The first two semesters focus on core modules. In the 3rd semester, students can choose their specialization. students can choose two electives, from list specializations.

There is a total of 6 specializations available to choose from. The name of the available specializations are as follows
  1. Finance
  2. Marketing
  3. Human Resource
  4. Management Accounting
  5. Operations
  6. Customer Relationship Management

Dual Specialization

Students can also opt for dual-specialization to acquire multi-disciplinary skillset. To be able to opt for dual-specialization, the student needs to complete all the subjects in the first year (first 2 semesters)

Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA/PGDBA Course Structure

Semester 1
  • Principles and Practices of Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Management Accounting
  • Managerial Economics
  • Business Law
Semester 2 
  • Production / Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Management Information Systems
The third and fourth semesters will have the subjects based on the specialization selected by the student. If you want to know the complete course curriculum, check the SCDL prospectus.

Evaluation Methodology

  1. The students must submit an assignment on each course. The assignments usually comprise of objective-type questions. Each assignment counts for 30 marks.
  2. The examination carries 70 marks and it comprises of both objective type and subjective questions. The exams are organized at chosen exam centers across India.
  3. All PGDBA students must complete an assignment as well as a project on RMSQM (Research Methodology and Statistical Quantitative Methods. The assignment carries 30 marks and the project carries 70 marks.

Fee Structure

We've already written a long post about the fee structure of various courses offered by SCDL. you can check MBA Fee Structure.

We're also writing a brief fee structure of SCDL MBA below

There are two types of fees that students need to pay to SCDL for taking admission.

Application Fee:

For Indian Students: INR 1000
For International and SAARC Students: USD $100 or INR 7200

Program Fee:

Students have two options to pay their fees. They can either pay the full fee in advance or they can opt for the installment mode of payment.

The fee structure of Symbiosis distance learning MBA (PGDBA) is as follows.

Installment 1
Installment 2
One Time Payment Option
INR 46,000
Active Defence / Paramilitary / Police
INR 43,000
USD $2400
USD $1300
Installment  Payment Option
INR 31,000
INR 20,000
Active Defence / Paramilitary / Police
INR 30,000
INR 17,000
USD $1600
USD $1100
USD $900
USD $600

Students are required to pay the examination fee extra as per their attempts.

The fee can be paid online or through demand draft.

To make the payment using the demand draft, students need to make a demand draft in favor of "The Director, SCDL, Pune" payable at Pune.

How to apply: Admission Procedure

Step 1:

Purchase the prospectus and application form from SCDL Campuses, SCDL Associates, Selected  HDFC Banks, and through SCDL website for Rs 1000. You can also purchase the application from SCDL official website.
Step 2:

Submit the form with the required document at SCDL Campuses and SCDL Information Centers. You can also courier the same to SCDL Pune Campus.

Here are the documents you need to include with the application form and send a courier.
  • 2 latest passport size photos.
  • Photo Identity Proof (PAN Card, Passport, Driving License, Election Voter ID Card or Aadhar Card)
  • Xerox copy of Bachelor's Degree Certificates ( All year mark sheets/ Provisional certificate must be attested by a notarized notary or class one Gazetted officer)
  • Class XII certificate ( attested by a notary or class one gazetted officer)
Step 3:
Submit Full Fee or First Installment Payment along with the Registration Form in the form of a Demand Draft (if you submitting the application by hand) or via payment gateway (online).

If you're an international student seeking admission into Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA program, you may refer to the following post.
for more details refer SCDL website & prospectus.

Special Student Services at Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

  • Online Counselling: SCDL organizes online counseling sessions every now and then to help the students to clarify their doubts. 
  • E-Communication Centre: E-Communication Centre is the best way for the students to get answered to their queries. Within a span of 1 day, the students will receive the answers to the questions. Students need to send emails to the E-Communication center to get them answered.
  • Student Call Centres: Student Call Centre is a simple yet most practical idea.  It is a dedicated call center set up for students to get in touch with a counselor. The students will get the questions answered promptly on the telephone. The integrated voice response system ensures that the students are connected to their respective counselors. 
  • Walk-in Admissions: SCDL has got the most simplified admission procedure. The students need to walk-in SCDL centers with all the valid eligibility documents to get their admission. The admission process will be done in just 45 minutes and the student will get an admission confirmation letter immediately. 
Apart from the above services, SCDL also offers innovative student services like e-library, online live classes, message board, study material dispatch tracking, online faculty interaction, on-demand exam booking system, placement assistance, exam guidance, mentoring, etc.

List of Other Management Courses Offered By Symbiosis Pune

Apart from Distance Learning MBA, Symbiosis also offers 19 other different courses. These distance learning courses include various PG Diploma, Diploma & Certification courses. To know more about these courses you may visit our following post.

Below is the list of some industry-specific post-graduate diploma courses offered by SCDL.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in IT Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in International Business
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Insurance Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Retail Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Customer Relationship Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Export and Import Management

SCDL PGDBA Sample Certificate

Below is a sample certificate that SCDL provides to its students after completing the course.

SCDL PGDBA Sample Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Do students required to appear in an entrance test to get admission in Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA?

Answer: Yes, Students are required to appear in SCDL PGDBA entrance test for getting an admission.

Question: Is SCDL approved by UGC?

Answer: All universities and institutions offering distance education in India are required to get prior approval from UGC DEB to offer distance education courses in India. SCDL has the approval to offer these courses from UGC. Although we advise that you should check the UGC DEB website for the recent update on SCDL approval.

Question: Is PGDM or PGDBA is equavalant to MBA?

Answer: Syllabus wise both PGDM and MBA are almost the same. Both courses give you a similar kind of knowledge about business management. The major difference between the two is, a PGDM is a diploma course while MBA is a degree program. Both courses are equally accepted in the corporate world.

Question: Can I do a PHD after PGDM?

Answer: No, You can not do PHD after PGDM. You need an MBA degree for doing your PHD.

Question: What if a student opts out of course after 1 year?

Answer: A Diploma in Management is awarded to students who have completed the first year and are willing to opt-out of the program. The student must have passed all the courses in the first 2 semesters and completed all the assignments. The student must send an application to the SCDL center that they are discontinuing the program and request for the Diploma certificate. However, SCDL will not issue any refund of the fees paid.

To read a review about SCDL or know what Symbiosis Students Says about their Distance MBA Course you may visit the corresponding links.