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SPJIMR's PGPDM prepares leaders for the social development sector.

PGPDM is 12 month modular program, for professionals working in or intending to work for the social development sector including NGOs, Foundations, CSR function of corporate organisations, and Social Enterprises.

What makes PGPDM stand out?

Innovation at


Innovative courses such as Impact Assessment, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Design Thinking


Experiential learning through simulation, filmmaking, etc.


Facilitated by a programme head or senior faculty member

PGPDM is 12 month modular program for :

  • Development practitioners, who aspire to play significant roles in their organization
  • Professionals, implementing social projects or activities through CSR initiatives, either directly or through partner NGOs
  • Professionals in funding organizations, to mobilise and ensure appropriate utilisation of their funds
  • Government employees working in the arena of social welfare, rural development, and sustainability
  • Non-development professionals who intend to work in the development sectors


The programme's architecture is built to train future leaders in the skills required to excel in the
VUCA (volatile,uncertain,complex and ambiguous) world.

Term I: "Learning the Building Blocks of Management"

  1. Development Economics
  2. Fundamentals in Finance
  3. Fundamentals in Marketing
  4. Information Technology for the Social Sector
  5. Quantitative Methods
  6. Qualitative Research
  7. Strategic People Management
  8. Understanding Strategy Development
  9. Management of Change

Term II: "Becoming well versed with Social Sector"

  1. Understanding Society
  2. Understanding the Government
  3. Introduction to SDGs
  4. Legal Aspects and Governance
  5. Theory of Change
  6. Behaviour Change Communication
  7. Building a Social Brand
  8. Basics of Programme Development
  9. Basics of Project Management
  10. Monitoring and Evaluation
  11. Management of Volunteers
  12. Field Visit
  13. Science of Spirituality (Workshop)

Term III: A. "Becoming a Skilled Professional"

  1. Design Thinking: Innovative problem-solving for the social sector
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Transformational Leadership
  4. Fund Raising and Resource Mobilisation
  5. Social Media and Digital Marketing
  6. Negotiation Skills (Workshop)

Term III: B. "Gaining Proficiency"

  1. Project (Over Terms II & III)
  2. Manthan (Over Terms I/ II/ III)
  3. Elective 1
  4. Elective 2

Electives: Any Two

  1. Social Branding and Communication
  2. Social Entrepreneurship
  3. Impact Assessment
  4. Development Management Research
  5. CSR and Sustainability
  6. Risk Management in Development Sector
  7. Advocacy and Networking
  8. Public Policy


SPJIMR participants will be trained by some of the renowned faculty who will help them become the
best version of themselves and be responsible future leaders.





A candidate applying for PGPDM should:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) from a recognised university
  • Have minimum two years of relevant work experience
  • Should have basic proficiency in computers and be comfortable with English, as it us our medium of instruction.

Programme Fee

Subsidised fees to enable learning by dedicated social change leaders

For Corporates and International NGOs:

  • Full payment Rs. 3,00,000 + GST as applicable Qualifies for Lump Sum concession (5%) + Early Bird
  • Term-wise payment : Rs. 1,00,000 + GST as applicable x 3 Terms

For NGOs / CSOs / NPOs:

  • Full payment Rs. 1,50,000 : Qualifies for Lump Sum concession (5%) + Early Bird
  • Term-wise payment: Rs. 50,000 + GST as applicable x 3 Terms