Top 10 Online/Distance Learning Courses In India – College, Fees, Eligibility, Duration
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Top 10 Distance Learning Courses in India

Though Distance Education was prevailing in our education system for more than 50 years this decade saw the rise in distance education courses. The main reason for the sharp rise in distance education was the IT revolution in India and access to the Internet to the remotest corner of India.

Distance Universities worked on the infrastructure of their distance education and shifted their system to online mode. This online education was the main reason that distance education saw a sharp rise and got recognition in the job market.

The pandemic caused due to COVID-19 bought the exponential rise in distance education in the world, including. Online mode of education was the only way for the students to continue higher education. Students latched on to distance education instead of wasting their academic year.

So, many graduation courses and post-graduation courses saw a sharp hike in the courses. Also, many certificates and Diplomas were some of the top pursued courses. Let’s Explore the top pursued course in India: 

Distance/Online MBA Course

This the most pursued course in the online and distance mode. MBA is the course that enhances the profile of students and shapes their career towards managerial positions. With so many specializations, Distance MBA is mostly pursued by the working professionals to get a substantial hike in their salary and positions.

Eligibility: Any Graduate with a recognized university.

Fee:  Starting From 50K to Up to 2 Lac

Top College Providing Distance/Online MBA:

MBA CollegesCourse (Duration)Total Fees*
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Global Access School for Continuing Education (NGA-SCE)PGD-Business Management

Retail Management

PGD-Marketing Management (2 yrs)

PGD-Financial Management (2 yrs)

PGD-Human Resource Management (2 yrs)

PGD-International Trade Management (2 yrs)

PGD-Banking And Finance (2 yrs)

PGD-Supply Chain Management (2 yrs)

Rs 62,000
Institute of Management Technology, Centre for Distance LearningPGDP (2 yrs)Rs 1 lakh
PGD–Business Administration (1 yr)

PGD–Human Resource Management (1 yr)

PGD–Marketing Management (1 yr)

PGD–Financial Management (1 yr)

PGD–Material and Supply Chain Management (1 yr)

Rs 60,000
Symbiosis Center for Distance LearningPGD-Business Administration (2 yrs), Specialisations – Finance; Marketing; Operations; HR; Customer Relationship Management; Management Accounting (Dual specialisation option available)

PGD-International Business (2 yrs)

PGD Banking and Finance (2 yrs)

Rs 30,000-36,000
PGD Human Resource Management (1 yr)

PGD Insurance Management (1 yr)

PGD Retail Management (1 yr)

PGD Customer Relationship Management (1 yr)

PGD Supply Chain Management (1 yr)

PGD Export and Import Management (1 yr)

Rs 18,000-22,000
PGD-Information Technology (2 yrs)Rs 30,000-37,000

(maximum duration is 8 yrs)

Rs 31,500
PGDM (1 yr)

PGD-HRM (1 yr)

PGD-Financial Management (1 yr)

PGD-Operations Management (1 yr)

PGD-Marketing Management (1 yr)

PGD-Financial Markets Practice(1 yr)

Rs 1,500 per course
Prin LN Welingkar Institute of ManagementPGDM (2 yrs), Specialisation in Marketing Management; Finance Management; Human Resource Management; Retail Management Operations Management; Supply Chain Management; Business Administration; E-Business; International Business; Banking, Investment and Insurance (Dual specialisation option available)Rs 61,000 without Personal Contact Program (PCP) fees and Rs 64,600 along with PCP fees
Amity University, (Distance Learning)MBARs 1.27 lakh
Master of Financial Management (2 yrs)Rs 1.13 lakh
PGD-Business Management (1 yr)

PGD-Material Management (1 yr)

PGD-Marketing Management (1 yr)

PGD-Financial Management (1 yr)

PGD-Information Technology (1 yr)

PGD-Export Management (1 yr)

PGD-Production Operation Management (1 yr)

PGD-Insurance Management (1 yr)

PGD-NGO Management (1 yr)

PGD-Retail Management (1 yr)

PGD-Logistics & Supply Chain Management (1 yr)

PGD-Human Resource Management (1 yr)

Rs 64,700
Diploma in Advertising & Brand Management ( 6 months)Rs 18,600
PGD-Financial Analysis (2 yrs) (IU Tripura)Rs 55,000
Diploma in Investment Management (1 yr) (IU Tripura)

Diploma in Derivatives & Risk Management (1 yr) (IU Tripura)

Diploma in Global Financial Markets (1 yr) (IU Tripura)

Diploma in Talent Management (1 yr) (IU Tripura)

Diploma in Innovation Management (1 yr) (IU Tripura)

Diploma in Retail Management (1 yr)

Diploma in International Business (1 yr) (IU Tripura)

Rs 18,500
MIT School of Distance EducationPGD Business Administration (2 Years)Rs 55,000
PGD Energy Management (1 Year)Rs 35,000
Suresh Gyan Vihar UniversityMBA in Marketing Management

MBA in Hospital Management

MBA in Operation and Production Management

MBA in International Marketing

Rs 98, 500
LPU Distance EducationMBARs 54,000

Distance BBA Course

This the undergraduate course and the pass-out students of 10+2 pursue this course. The Distance Learning BBA course set up the basics of business administration. The course serves as the building block for the students who want to make their career in the management sector of industries. This is the most undergraduate course pursued in India.

Eligibility: 10+2 in any stream from a recognized board.

Starting from 50k up to 2 Lacs.

Top College Providing Distance/Online BBA:

BBA CollegesLocationFee(Annually)
Chandigarh UniversityChandigarhINR 26,900
Lingaya’s VidyapeethFaridabadINR 12,000
Shri Venkateshwara UniversityGajraulaINR 10,000
Graphic Era University (GEU)DehradunINR 10,000
SRM Institute Of Science And TechnologyChennaiINR 6,000
Jagannath UniversityJaipurINR 21,000
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)MumbaiINR 47,000
Amity UniversityNoidaINR 1.65,000
Indira Gandhi National Open UniversityDelhiINR 27,000
​INR 45,150

Distance M.Com Course

After completing B. Com many students start pursuing jobs straightaway. But the B. Com graduates seek to upgrade their degree so as to get to the higher posts and a better salary.

Distance M. Com helps the working professional to get the higher knowledge of accounting and finance along with their professional career. Let’s see the details of the course:

Eligibility: Graduate in B.Com from a recognized university.

Starting from 35k up to 60K

Top College Providing Distance/Online M.Com:

M.Com Colleges​Recognized ByAnnual Fees
GITAM UniversityUGC, NAACRs 3,500/- to Rs 60,000/-
Acharya Nagarjuna University-Centre for Distance Education, ANU)UGC, NAAC, AIURs 5,500/-
Sri Venkateswara UniversityNAAC, MHRDRs 2,750/-
ASSAYER Institute of Innovative EducationRs 12,000/-
Lovely Professional University, Distance EducationUGCRs 14,800/-
Netaji Subhas Open UniversityUGCRs 9,500/-
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)UGCRs 5,500/-
Fr. Agnel College of Arts & CommerceNAAC
Asutosh CollegeAICTE, DOEACC, UGC, NAACRs 3,000/-
Amazon Institute of Hotel ManagementUGC, MHRD
Tamil Nadu Open UniversityUGC, DEC, NCTE, RCIRs 3,000/-
AMI InformaticsDOE, ACC
Incline Institute of IT & Management

Distance/ Online B.Com Course

Students who have an interest in the commerce section pursue this course in the distance mode. The course of Distance B. Com is updated with the industry updates and it effectively trains the students for the industry. The main areas under focus are accounting and financial management. Students with the knowledge of B. Com have a requirement in literally every industry and company.

Eligibility: 10+2 pass out from a recognized board.

Starting from 35k up to 60K

Top College Providing Distance/Online B.Com:

B.Com Colleges/ UniversitiesLocationFee
Lovely Professional University (LPU)Phagwara, PunjabINR 9,650 Per Semester
Netaji Subhas Open UniversityKolkata
The University of Delhi, School of Open Learning (SOL)DelhiINR 3,530 Per Annum
University of MumbaiMumbai, MaharashtraINR 2,220 Per Annum
Tamil Nadu Open UniversityChennai, Tamil NaduINR 2,220 – INR 3,330 Per Annum
Andhra UniversityVisakhapatnam, Andhra PradeshINR 8,200 (total course fee)
Algappa UniversityKaraikudi, Tamil NaduINR 15,450 (total course fee)
Kurukshetra UniversityKurukshetra, Haryana
Dr B. R. Ambedkar Open UniversityAndhra PradeshINR 6,800 Per Annum

Distance/ Online MA (English) Course

MA in English is the most pursued course in the MA section. After completing the Bachelor in Arts degree, most of the students pursue MA English as the post-graduation course.

Distance MA in English opens up possibilities to the various high post such as lecturer, teacher and also opens up the possibilities to the doctoral degree in the same.

Eligibility: Graduation in any stream from a recognized university.

Starting from 30k up to 60K

Top College Providing Distance/Online MA English:

MA Colleges/Universities
Admission Process
Average Fees*
​Miranda House College​New Delhi​Merit-Based​INR 29,060
​Hindu College​New Delhi​Merit-Based​INR 30,046
​St. Stephens College​New Delhi​Merit-Based​INR 40,000
​Lady Shri Ram College​New Delhi​Entrance Test+Merit​INR 35,952
​Fergusson College​Pune​Entrance Test​INR 14,765​

Distance Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication

This course has emerged on our list for the last 5 years only. As the youth is shifting from Engineering this course is getting a sharp hike in the admission rate. The course has the primary nature of skill development and job focused. With the growth of the digital platform, the Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication has surely expanded its employability rate.

Eligibility: 10+2 pass out in any stream from a recognized board.

Starting from 10k up to 1 Lacs.

Top College Providing Distance/Online Diploma Journalism & Mass Communication:

Mass Communication Colleges

Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication
​Symbiosis International University (SIU)
​Ranked #2 by Outlook and #1 by India Today
​ AJ Kidwai MCRC, JMI
​Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
​Ranked #1 by Outlook
Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi

​Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai
​Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi
​The University of Delhi
​Ranked #3 by India Today
​Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media, Bangalore
​Department of Communication, Hyderabad
​The University of Hyderabad
Department of Media Studies, Christ University
​Christ University
​Ranked #2 by India Today

Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
​Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU)
​Institute of Mass Communication & Media Technology
​Kurukshetra University
​Ranked #8 by India Today

Distance Digital Marketing Certification Course

The newest trend has said that this certification course has seen a rise of 200% in the students. The Digital Marketing industry is upward and rising so the students with the knowledge of Digital Marketing have an upgraded career. So, this course has seen an upward rise. There are many agencies that provide digital marketing such as NIT, Google, etc.

Eligibility: 10+2 pass out in any stream from a recognized board.

Fee: Starting from free up to 1 Lacs.

Top Institute Providing Digital Marketing Certification:


Distance BA Course

Distance BA or correspondence BA is the undergraduate that has various branches such as Languages, History, Political Science, Economics, etc. This is a 3-year course and students have the options to choose their subjects in which they want to major and minor.

Eligibility: 10+2 pass from a recognized university.

Starting from 5k to 50k.

Top College Providing Distance/Online BA (Bachelor Of Arts):

BA CollegesCityType of University
Indira Gandhi National Open UniversityNew DelhiNational Open University
Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra Open UniversityNashikState Open University
IMT Distance and Open Learning InstituteGhaziabadAutonomous Institute
Sikkim Manipal University (SMU DDE)GangtokDual Mode University
Symbiosis Centre for Distance LearningPuneAutonomous Institute
MP Bhoj (Open) UniversityBhopalState Open University
Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU)HyderabadState Open University
Netaji Subhas Open UniversityKolkataState Open University
University of Mumbai (IDOL)MumbaiDual Mode University
Maharshi Dayanand University (DDE)RohtakDual Mode University

Distance B.Ed Course

Many students pursue B.Ed  to make their career in the teaching lines. B.Ed is the mandatory degree for a student to be a teacher. This is a two-year course and distance B.Ed has the same value as of the regular B.Ed and it helps the students get their job as a teacher.

Eligibility: Graduate in any stream from a recognized university.

Fee: Starting from 30K up to 1 Lacs.

Top Institute Providing Distance B. Ed:

1.Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
2.Andhra University – School of Distance Education
3.Bangalore University – School of Distance Education
4.Jamia Millia Islamia – Centre for Distance and Open Learning
5.Bharathiar University – School of Distance Education
6.Himachal Pradesh University – International Centre for Distance Education & Open Learning
7.Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University
8.Sri Venkateswara University – Directorate of Distance Education
9.Kakatiya University – School of Distance and Continuing Education

Distance/ Online B.Sc Course

Students with an interest in science have pursued this course. Majorly there are two courses in Distance B.Sc in Chemistry Botany and Zoology and B.Sc in Physics Chemistry and Maths. This is a 3-year course that can be pursued by the students with the flexibility to finish in 6 years.

Eligibility: Students must 10+2 pass out from Science stream from a recognized board.

Starting from 6k to 25k.

Top College Providing Distance/Online B.Sc (Bachelor Of Science):

B.Sc CollegesLocationFees
Andhra UniversityVisakhapatnam13,000 – 14,000
Jaipur National UniversityJaipur61,000
Dr. BR Ambedkar Open UniversityHyderabad2,000 – 4,000
University of MadrasChennai10,000 – 37,000
Uttarakhand Open UniversityHaldwani62,000
Wisdom School of ManagementLucknow45,000
Nalanda Open UniversityBihar7,200
Netaji Subhas Open UniversityKolkata14,500
Bharathiar UniversityCoimbatore15,000 – 23,000

Distance M.Sc Course

This is the post-graduation course of Science. This course lays the groundwork for the students who want to go for the highest degree in this field. MSc in Chemistry and Math are the most pursued courses in Distance M.SC.  But in the recent few years M.SC IT has seen significant growth in admission numbers.

Eligibility: B.Sc graduates in the relevant field from the recognized university.

Starting From 6K up to 35 K

Top College Providing Distance/Online M.Sc:

M.Sc Colleges/UniversityList of M.Sc Courses Offered (Tentative)
Graphic Era University
  • M.Sc IT
Jain University
  • M.Sc Psychology
MATS University
  • M.Sc Computer Science
  • M.Sc Chemistry
  • M.Sc Mathematics
  • M.Sc Botany
  • M.Sc Zoology
  • M.Sc Physics
  • M.Sc Chemistry
  • M.Sc Geography
Lovely Professional University
  • M.Sc IT
Amity University Gwalior
  • M.Sc IT
Jaipur National University
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Acharya Nagarjuna University
  • M.Sc Botany
  • M.Sc Chemistry
  • M.Sc Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • M.Sc Mathematics
  • M.Sc Microbiology
  • M.Sc Physics
  • M.Sc Statistics
  • M.Sc Zoology
SPMVV Tirupati
  • M.Sc Mathematics
  • M.Sc Zoology
Assam Don Bosco University
  • M.Sc IT
Gauhati University
  • M.Sc IT
  • M.Sc Economics
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Dibrugarh University
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Lalit Narayan Mithila University
  • M.Sc Zoology
  • M.Sc Physics
  • M.Sc Chemistry
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Nalanda Open University
  • M.Sc Disaster Management
  • M.Sc Botany
  • M.Sc Chemistry
  • M.Sc Environmental Science
  • M.Sc Geography
  • M.Sc Mathematics
  • M.Sc Physics
  • M.Sc Zoology
  • M.Sc Home Science
PT Sundarlal Sharma Open University
  • M.Sc Mathematics
CV Raman University
  • M.Sc Chemistry
  • M.Sc IT
  • M.Sc Mathematics
  • M.Sc Physics
  • M.Sc Computer Science
Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • M.Sc Counselling and Family Therapy
  • M.Sc Food Nutrition
  • M.Sc Mathematics
  • M.Sc Hospitality Administration
Chaudhary Devi Lal University
  • M.Sc Computer Science
Maharishi Dayanand University
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology
  • M.Sc Computer Science
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Himachal Pradesh University
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Kashmir University
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Karnataka State Open University
  • M.Sc Environmental Science
  • M.Sc Biochemistry
  • M.Sc Biotechnology
  • M.Sc Chemistry
  • M.Sc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
  • M.Sc Computer Science
  • M.Sc Geography
  • M.Sc IT
  • M.Sc Mathematics
  • M.Sc Microbiology
  • M.Sc Physics
  • M.Sc Psychology
Bangalore University
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Kuvempu University
  • M.Sc Botany
  • M.Sc Applied Chemistry
  • M.Sc Biotechnology
  • M.Sc Chemistry
  • M.Sc Environmental Science
  • M.Sc Mathematics
  • M.Sc Zoology
Mysore University
  • M.Sc IT
University of Kerala
  • M.Sc Computer Science
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Calicut University
  • M.Sc Mathematics
Shivaji University
  • M.Sc Mathematics
MP Bhoj Open University
  • M.Sc Zoology
  • M.Sc Information Technology
  • M.Sc Chemistry
  • M.Sc Mathematics
  • M.Sc Physics
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya
  • M.Sc CS
  • M.Sc Mathematics
MG Chitrakoot Vishwavidyalaya
  • M.Sc IT
  • M.Sc Maths
  • M.Sc Remote Sensing and GIS
Orissa State Open University
  • M.Sc Cyber Security
Punjabi University
  • M.Sc IT
Uttarakhand Open University
  • M.Sc Botany
  • M.Sc Chemistry
  • M.Sc Environmental Science
  • M.Sc Geography
  • M.Sc Mathematics
  • M.Sc Physics

Distance Learning Courses In India(FAQs)

⭐ Which course is best for distance education In India?

There is no best course for distance education. The course is best according to the interest and need of yours. But when seen in respect to the highest number of admission Distance MBA has the highest number of admissions.

⭐ Is distance education valid in India?

Yes, Distance Education is valid in India. For a course to be valid the course must be approved by UGC-DEB.

⭐ Is distance education degree valid?

Yes, distance education degrees are valid and equally accepted in job markets.

⭐ Which university is better for distance education?

Some of the best distance education universities are NMIMS, IMT CDL, Chandigarh University etc.

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