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SPJIMR's PGPDM prepares leaders for the social sector

PGPDM is a 12- month modular programme, for professionals working in or intending to work for the social sector including NGOs, foundations, CSR functions of corporate/ for-profit organisations, social policy or welfare departments of governments, and social enterprises.

What makes PGPDM stand out?


The program has the locational advantage of being situated in the financial capital with a large-scale presence of social sector, public policy, and corporate CSR actors. With over 250 plant species plus a campus lake, the 45 acres of campus in Andheri is an urban oasis, providing a very conducive location for the learning and reflection for the social change agents.


The delivery structure of the programme blends the efficiency of online learning with the proven advantages of in-person classrooms. The programme is modular and enables participants to continue working at their current organisations. Delivered over six contact periods of two weeks each, the first, third, and last contacts are residential and held on SPJIMR's Mumbai campus.


With 22 cohorts over 12 years, the program has impacted 295 organisations across 23 states of India, with PGPDM alumni serving as founders, heads, trustees, and directors of NGOs, and as social entrepreneurs, CSR managers, programme officers, and social sector consultants.

Pedagogical innovations

The programme emphasises interactive pedagogy with a focus on real-life problem-solving and case studies from the social sector. Blending theory and practice, the programme requires participants to do application exercises, field-based assignments, and projects during the off-contact period to test and ensure the relevance of knowledge acquired in classroom settings to participants' work environment.

Who can benefit?

  • Development practitioners who aspire to play significant roles in their organisation
  • Professionals implementing social projects or activities through CSR initiatives directly or through partner NGOs
  • Professionals in funding organisations who raise resources, fund social initiatives and are keen to ensure appropriate utilisation of their funds
  • Government employees working in the arena of social policies and welfare, rural development, urban poverty, and sustainability
  • Non-development professionals who intend to work in the development sector

Program architecture

Twelve months,
Three terms

Six contacts of
about two weeks each

First, third, and last
contact on-campus
and remaining three online


Thirty two top class faculty members—including core and adjunct faculty from SPJIMR and some visiting faculty from outside—teach in this programme. These faculty members have studied in and or worked with top institutions/universities across the world such as Oxford, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Brandeis, Michigan, Tulane, UC Berkley, London Business School, Aix-Marseille and IITs (Bombay, Delhi), IIMs (Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Lucknow), BITS Pilani, SPJIMR, Jamnalal Bajaj IMS, BIT Mesra, TISS, IRMA, Nirmala Niketan and other institutions of repute from India. They bring in the classroom appropriate blend of theory and practice on one hand and management and development knowledge on another.


A candidate applying for the PGPDM

  • Should be a graduate (in any discipline) from a recognised university
  • Should have a minimum of two years of relevant work experience
  • Should have basic proficiency in computers and comfortable with English as it is a medium of instruction

The program is subsidized since it is part of the social commitment of the institute and, therefore, affordable and feasible for working people.

I. Participants sponsored by corporates /international NGOs & high-income candidates:
Rs.3,00,000 (Three Lakh only) + GST as applicable.

Payment terms: In advance – 2 options
a) Full payment Rs.3,00,000 + GST as applicable
b) Term-wise payment : Rs. 1,00,000 + GST as applicable x 3 Terms

II. Participants from NGOs or those who are self-sponsored:
Rs. 1,50,000 (One Lakh Fifty Thousand only) + GST as applicable.

Payment terms: In advance – 3 options
a) Full payment Rs.1,50,000+ GST as applicable
b) Term-wise payment: Rs. 50,000 + GST as applicable x 3 Terms
c) Equal Monthly Instalments (EMI) – Rs. 16,100 per month for 11 months. First, EMI payment will have to be made for the confirmation of admission & and for the remaining 10 EMIs, Post Dated Cheques will have to be submitted on the day of reporting.

Scholarships are available for low-income deserving candidates.