Great Lakes, Chennai – One Year Full Time MBA (Post Graduate Program in Management/PGPM)

One Year MBA /Post-Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

  • Name of the B-School: Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
  • Name of the course: Post Graduate Program in Management

Course overview

  • Course Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Format: Full Time Residential
  • Location: Chennai, Gurugram


Great Lakes has received the prestigious AMBA (Association of MBAs), UK accreditation for its flagship one year fast track MBA program – PGPM and SAQS (South Asian Quality Assurance System)


Great Lakes programs are consistently ranked among the top 5 Management programs in the country. The PGPM is ranked 3rd by Outlook (2018) and 4th by Business world (2017).

  • 18th by NIRF Top B-Schools in India in 2019
  • 1st by Analytics India Magazine in Top 10 Analytics education Institutions in 2018.
  • 3rd by Outlook in One Year MBA programs in India in 2018
  • 7th by Business Today Magazine in 2018

What is One Year MBA at Great Lakes?

What is One Year MBA at Great Lakes

As per Great Lakes, full-time Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) is uniquely designed to deliver customer-centricity, meritocracy and corporate ethics in one year. It facilitates students’ understanding of the interaction between the various functional areas of a business system and offers specializations in the areas of Marketing, Finance, Strategy, IT/Operations & Analytics thereby appreciating the need for developing cross-functional perspectives in business. The program has been designed by the Academic Advisory Council, which comprises the best in the world of management academia. This, in turn, has been streamlined with inputs from the Institute’s illustrious Business Advisory Council, to keep it in sync with the needs of an ever-changing marketplace. The program is designed to make the students business-ready and capable of responding to complex business requirements that arise in a changing global business environment. Throughout the course of study, the emphasis is on skill development, team-work inclusivity principles and value-based management hence creating “Business Ready Managers.

Program Highlights

  • One year fast-track MBA program in Management 
  • Diverse and experienced peer group
  • Dynamic and industry requirement driven curriculum
  • Guest lectures from eminent thought leaders and industry stalwarts
  • Empirical study under the Great Lakes research center
  • Applied-learning through Live Projects
  • First program in the country to offer Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning as a specialization
  • Specializations offered in Marketing, Finance, Operations, Artificial Intelligence and Analytics
  • AICTE Approved Program
  • Offered by both Chennai & Gurgaon Campuses

Class Profile

  • Average total work experience: 3 Years 3 months
  • International work experience: 1 Year 11 months
  • Average Age as 25 Years
  • 50+ industries represented
  • 400+ Future Business Leaders
  • 14 (10.14%) have obtained their degree(s) from outside their home country
  • 32 (23.19%) have a higher qualification (Professional, Masters) than bachelors
  • 119 (86.23%) are engineers
  • 38 (27.54%) have graduated from IIT/NITs
  • Men/ Women Ratio : 72:28


As per the B-School, eligibility criteria and other requirements are as follows:

Valid CAT* / GMAT / XAT+ / CMAT score

For PGPM 2021, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept scores of GMAT taken after 1st January 2017, CAT taken in 2018/2019, XAT taken in 2019/2020 or CMAT taken in 2019

A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution

A minimum work experience of two years by March 31, 2020

Candidates with less than 24 months of work experience by March 31, 2020 can apply to the Great Lakes PGDM Program

*Great Lakes uses CAT scores only for screening applications for admissions and IIMs have no role in the conduct of Great Lakes academic programs

+Great Lakes is not an associate institute of XLRI and uses XAT scores only for screening applicants for admission. XLRI has no role to play in the conduct of any of Great Lakes programs.

Dates and deadlines 2019

Issue of application
starts from
4th July, 2018
Last date of submission
for First Cycle
30th November, 2018
Last date of submission
for Second Cycle
31st January, 2019


Placements Data (Approx)

The average CTC of the batch stood at 13.1 Lakhs p.a. and the highest domestic CTC offered was 29 Lakhs p.a.

Dates and deadlines 2019

Issue of application
starts from
4th July, 2018
Last date of submission
for First Cycle
30th November, 2018
Last date of submission
for Second Cycle
31st January, 2019

Admission Process

According to the B-School, the admission process is based on multiple facets of an applicant, including but not limited to the test scores. We, at Great Lakes, value real-world experience and the ability to take charge, very highly, as we aim to build a community of empathetic business leaders and trendsetters.


  • Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria can apply to Great Lakes Institute of Management by completing an online form
  • Candidates can choose to apply by any of the following methods:
  • Visit the website and fill in the online application form after making a payment of INR 2,000. Candidates have the option of either applying to Great Lakes, Chennai and Great Lakes, Gurgaon campuses separately or for both the campuses through the common application form by selecting the appropriate option in the registration form
  • Make a payment of INR 2,000 at IMS centers and procure a coded number key for applying online
  • Purchase the application form from the Great Lakes Offices in Chennai
  • The eventual application process is online for all candidates
  • Candidates have to provide the official email-id of the recommender. The recommendation letter will be collected from the final selected students’ recommenders and it must be submitted online


As per Great Lakes, essays are an integral part of application process and help them understand you better; who you are, what motivates you, what are your career aspirations and how you will fit in to the Great Lakes community.

As a part of the Application process they have 2 essays:

Why should you be part of PGPM Class of 2020 and how do you think you can enrich the experience of the Great Lakes Community? (Required)

The first essay is compulsory and delves into what you would bring to the Class as an individual. They receive large number of applications from promising candidates every year and while selecting the candidates, it is important for us to understand how you will add value to the class and enrich the experience of your peers.

Is there anything else about you that is not covered in the application that you would like to share with us? (Optional)

While optional, this question gives you a chance to talk about things you would like the admissions committee to know about you and not captured in the rest of the form. Please avoid repeating information already shared in other parts of the application.

Fee & Financing

(in INR)
International Student 
(in US$)
Tuition & Academic Fee101000020000
Program Fee57600011500
Total Fees158600031500
(in INR)
International Student 
(in US$)
Accommodation (Single AC room)2280005000
OTHERSIndian Student
(in INR)
International Student 
(in US$)
Caution Deposit (Refundable)10000300
Alumni Subscription5000100

Course Structure

Term 1

  • Marketing Management – I
  • Statistical Methods for Decision Making
  • Business Communication
  • Macro Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Empirical Study
  • Karma-Yoga

Term 2

  • Market Research
  • Financial Management – I
  • Micro Economics
  • Intelligently Interacting with Others
  • IT for Managers
  • Operations Management
  • Managerial Accounting

Term 3

  • Strategic Management
  • Financial Management – II
  • Marketing Management – II
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Management Information Systems
  • Business Analytics
  • Human Resource Management

List Of Electives


  • Services Marketing
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Sales and Distribution Management
  • Brand Management
  • Marketing Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics for Marketing (PAM)***
  • Customer Relationship Management 
  • Brand Management
  • Marketing Analytics***
  • Consumer Insights
  • Consumer Focused Product Planning***
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Markstrat Simulation
  • Digital Marketing
  • New Product Development
  • Sales and Distribution Management


  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Managing Personal Investments
  • Options Futures and Derivatives
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Financial Modelling
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Mergers Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring
  • Investment Banking
  • Trading Strategies
  • Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring
  • Financial Risk Analytics***

OB/HR/Strategy & General Management

  • Economics of Strategy
  • Strategy Execution
  • Design Thinking and Innovation
  • International Business Strategy
  • Business Strategy Simulation (Board Room)
  • Management Consulting

Analytics, AI & ML

  • Deep Learning – AI
  • Data Visualization and BI***
  • Predictive Analytics for Marketing (PAM) ***
  • Supply Chain Operations & Analytics ***
  • Deep Learning – AI
  • Marketing Analytics ***
  • Multivariate Machine Learning Algorithms
  • Data Visualization and BI ***
  • Consumer Focused Product Planning***
  • Financial Risk Analytics***
  • Web & Social Media Analytics
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Business Applications for AI

OPS / Information Technology

  • Project Management
  • Strategic Sourcing & Corporate Quality
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Data Visualization and BI ***
  • Supply Chain Operations & Analytics ***
  • Strategic Operations Planning
  • Business Enterprise for Performance Excellence / Lean Six Sigma
  • E-tailing and Retail Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Consulting
  • International SCM
  • Data Visualization and BI ***
  • Services Operations Management

*** Cross listed with the respective discipline

Placement 2019

As per the B-School, the campus placement process for the PGPM Class of 2019, witnessed an excellent season with over 97% of the students already placed as on 9 Jan 2018. The placement season saw participation from major recruiters like Accenture, Aditya Birla Capital, ADP, Amazon, Barclays, Cognizant, Capgemini, Deloitte, EY, Gartner, HCL, Honeywell, HSBC, Infosys, ITC Infotech, L&T Infotech, Mentis, MuSigma, TCS, Virtusa, ZS Associates to name a few. The average CTC of the batch stood at 13.1 Lakhs p.a. and the highest domestic CTC offered was 29 Lakhs p.a. offered by a multinational consulting firm. The process is set to wrap up on a high with the remaining students awaiting to interview with top companies over the next few weeks.

Students were offered various coveted roles in Analytics, BFSI, IT/ITES, Consulting, E-commerce, Technology Consulting, FMCG and Product. IT/ITES (37%) was the largest recruiting sector followed by Tech Consulting (23%), Business Consulting (22%) and BFSI (5%). In terms of the functional areas, Technology Consulting (33%) attracted the largest set of offers followed by Analytics (15%) and Sales & Marketing (14%).

Key Highlights

  • Participation of diverse set of companies across Analytics, BFSI, IT/ITES, Consulting, E-commerce, FMCG and others
  • Significant increase in offers for Strategy Consulting, Product Management, Digital and Analytics roles
  • Offers by 15 new recruiters including AbInbev, Arvind Lifestyles, Bristlecone, Capgemini, Gartner, Honeywell, India Cements, Kals Group, United Health Group, Zolo Stays to name a few
  • TCS, Deloitte US & India, Accenture and HCL made the maximum offers on campus
  • Maximum profiles offered in Technology Consulting (33%) followed by Analytics (15%), Sales & Marketing (14%), Business & Strategy Consulting (11%), Finance (9%), Digital (8%), Operations (5%) and Project/Product Management (5%)
  • Highest Domestic CTC offered was INR 29 Lakhs per annum by a leading multinational company
  • Average CTC offered to the Class of 2019 was INR 13.1 Lakhs


AnalyticsFractal Analytics, Gain Insights, i2Decisions, Musigma, Tiger Analytics
BFSIAditya Birla Capital, Barclays, CAMS Online, HSBC, WeInvest
ConsultingAccenture Strategy, Bristlecone, Cartesian Consulting, Deloitte India, Deloitte USI, EY, ZS Associates
E-CommerceAmazon, Moglix, NinjaCart, Zolo Stays
IT/ITESAccenture, Brillio, Capgemini, Cognizant, HCL Technologies, Hexaware, Honeywell, Infosys, ITC Infotech, L & T Infotech, Mindtree, Quest Global, Virtusa, TCS
ProductADP, Bizongo, Mentis
OthersAbInbev, Arvind Lifestyle, Gartner, India Cements, KALS Group, United Health Group

Others include FMCG, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail & Research.

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Past Year Data

Great Lakes was founded in 2004 by Padma Shri Dr. Bala V. Balachandran with a vision of becoming the leading Management Institution in India providing Quality Education at an affordable cost and Human Capital for Emerging Economies. Led by exceptional academic faculty, steered by an outstanding advisory council and buoyed by the international collaborations, Great Lakes has, within a short span of 10 years emerged as a top-ranked business school, ranked 7th under Executive Programs by Business Today, 9th among 1 year MBA program by Outlook India, and 5th among private B-schools by Careers 360 in 2015. In 2014, Great Lakes was accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA, UK) for its PGPM and PGXPM programs and became the youngest B-school in India to receive this prestigious international accreditation. In 2015, Great Lakes received SAQS international accreditation. Great Lakes has 45+ full time faculty and 130+ visiting faculty including over 25 international faculty from top global schools like Kellogg, Stanford, Yale, etc. Great Lakes has a 27 acres LEED Platinum rated green campus in Chennai and a second campus in Delhi-NCR.

Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM)

The Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) offered at Great Lakes, Chennai is designed to deliver a complete general management education in an accelerated one year format. The PGPM is internationally accredited by AMBA, UK and is also consistently ranked in the top 10 One year/ Executive MBA programs (7th by Business Today, 9th by Outlook) in India. With mentoring from world class faculty from India and abroad, perspectives from industry thought leaders and rich peer learning, the PGPM prepares students to be Business Ready from Day 1.

• Globally benchmarked curriculum
• 25+ international visiting faculty & 45+ renowned full time faculty
• 150+ industry speakers on campus in 2014-15
• Karma-Yoga: Experiential Leadership Program
• Mentored Empirical Study & Live Projects
• PGPM is AICTE approved and AMBA, UK & SAQS Accredited
• PGPM 2015 Avg. CTC of 12.02 Lakhs p.a.

1 Year PGPM is also offered by Great Lakes, Gurgaon.

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Eligibility Criteria
• All applicants are required to appear for GMAT/ CAT/ XAT/ CMAT before applying.
• GMAT scores taken in and after Jan-2013, CAT scores of the year 2014/ 2015, XAT scores of the year 2015/ 2016 or CMAT Scores of the year 2015/ 2016 will be considered for PGPM 2016-17 admissions.
• Candidates should have bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or institute.
• Candidates should have minimum full time work experience of 2 years by 31st March, 2016.

Key Dates
• Application Submission Date: 31 January, 2016
• Personal Interview Dates : 13 & 14 & 20 & 21-February-2016 (Saturday & Sunday)
• Offer Date: 28 February, 2016

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