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Management education draws heavily from scientific methods of fact-finding in controlled environments. In reality, business is often done in environments in which judgments are made with messy, incomplete, and incoherent data. The scientific method of teaching and learning alone is not sufficient for preparing future managers. There is a dire need for an alternative form of management education.

In line with the vision to innovate and excel in business education, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode is introducing an innovative Post Graduate Programme in Liberal Studies & Management (PGP-LSM). It is a two-year full-time Masters level program designed to integrate and equip participants to pursue careers in managerial roles in marketing, human resource management, media, social enterprise, hospitality, healthcare or in other people facing roles. These are the roles that require a holistic perspective and ‘Diversity of thoughts’ which PGP-LSM aims to develop.

PGP-LSM is a unique offering, with the primary objective to prepare future managers by enabling them to acquire emotional, cultural, and creative intelligence.


Admission requirements for International Candidates*

a) Educational Qualification:
Graduate degree or equivalent in any discipline with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. (AIU equivalency certificates must be presented during registration if your degree was obtained at a foreign university).
b) A candidate should have a valid test as on the closing date of submission in any of the following tests:
   i) GMAT: Overall score of 560, not older than three years. We only accept the current version of the GMAT exam (the GMAT Exam-Focus edition will not be accepted).
   ii) GRE: 60th percentile in all sections or overall 320, whichever is minimum, not older than three years
   iii) CAT: 80th percentile (only test scores from CAT 2023 will be accepted)*
* for validity of scores please check (

* IIMK PGP code for GMAT is D3Z-SQ-80 and for GRE is 4748-Indian Institute of Management. Use these codes to have your score sent directly to IIMK. Your official score report from Pearson / GMAC (for the GMAT) or ETS (for the GRE) will be used for verification.
c) English Eligibility Criteria should be one of the following:
   i) TOEFL/IELTS: More than 70th percentile/percentage.
   ii) A degree from an Institute in an English-speaking country (India, UK, Canada, US, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand)
   iii) A certificate from the last degree-granting Institute that the student has demonstrated proficiency in English as a foreign language. You can upload this certificate along with other documents in the application form.
Click here to download the format of the certificate
d)For Indian Nationals & Foreign Nationals
i) Indian Nationals

In order to qualify as an International Candidate for the purpose of applying to PGP/PGP Finance/PGP-LSM 2024-26, a candidate should have been residing outside India for a period of not less than 18 months as on January 1, 2024, and be outside India on the CAT 2023 examination date. The Indian nationals who are living, working, or studying abroad should produce a certificate from the Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of the country where the candidate is currently based, stating that the candidate has been resident in that country continuously for a period of not less than 18 months as on January 1, 2024.
This certificate needs to be produced along with the admission application.

ii) Foreign Nationals
Foreign nationals need to have a valid passport/travel document from a country other than India. Foreign nationals who are present in India at the time of the Common Admission Test (CAT) are required to take the same.


Program Fees

The fee is 30,000 USD for the programme.

First Year: 15,000 USD
Second Year: 15,000 USD



Admission/Selection Process

a) There will be two cycles of admission for each academic year.
The submission of applications for the cycles are:
  Application Cycle 1 : 1st September 2023 to 30th November 2023

  Application Cycle 2 : 15th December 2023 to 17th March 2024
b) The application fee is INR 750 (Approximately 10 USD ). This fee is waived for all those who have Study-in-India registration.
c) The applicants need to attend a virtual interview.
d) Final selection will be based on the average interview marks awarded by a panel of experts consisting of two or more IIM Kozhikode faculty members.
e) The admission office shall intimate the successful candidates within one month from the last date of the application (That is December 30, 2023 or April 17, 2024 for the respective cycles).
f) The candidates need to confirm their candidature by paying 3000 USD  within one month of the receipt of the offer.


PGP-LSM is a two year six term programme that provides in-depth coverage in terms of lessons from liberal studies and core management principles in the first year followed by advanced courses and electives in the second year.

It also has a module on International and Rural immersion that the participants need to engage with in term IV (second year). Master’s thesis in term VI (second year) is another unique feature of the course.



  • Spreadsheet Analysis
  • Impactful Presentations using Power Point
  • Executive Grooming
  • Basic Mathematics and Statistics
  • Pedagogy (Cases, Simulations and Written Analysis)
  • Term 1 Term II Term III
    Economics for Management Operations and Supply Chain Management Leadership
    Marketing Management Business Communication Strategic Management
    Legal Environment of Business Statistical Thinking and Analysis Economic History of Modern India
    Organisational Behaviour Readings in Literature Management of Corporate Accountability
    Accounting for Managers Sociology for Management Critical Reading and Writing
    Social Psychology Macro Economics Qualitative Inquiry
    History and Evolution of Management Thought Finance Management Social Transformation in India
      Gandhian Leadership  
    Term IV Term V Term VI
    Design Thinking and Innovation Social Innovation and Rural Immersion Integrative Simulation
    Discovering Self Management of Service Business Business Plan Project/ Social Development project
    Political Science and Management Digital Innovation and Business Transformation Dissertation and Viva Voce
    Electives Application of Linguistics International Immersion

The following is an indicative list of proposed electives. This course list may be modified based on student interest and specialist faculty availability.

1 Theories of Design
2 Consumer behaviour
3 Digital Humanities
4 Literary Imagination
5 Public Health Management
6 Sustainability
7 Personal selling
8 Globalisation and Culture
9 Responsible Leadership
10 Intellectual Property Rights
11 Data Visualization using Tableau
12 Visual Thinking
13 Aesthetics, Creativity & Innovation
14 Discourse Analysis
15 Health Management & Administration
16 Cultural Studies
17 Film & Media Studies
18 Public Policy
19 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
20 Environment, Society and Governance
21 Business and Government
22 Public Private Partnerships
23 Ecosystem Management

Students will be able to choose one of the three major clusters while choosing electives:
1. Health, Hospitality and Tourism
2. Social Enterprises and Non-Government entities
3. Communication, Films and Entertainment

*Course title and contents are subject to change depending on curriculum and customization needs.


Prof. Abhilash S Nair
Professor & Chairperson(International Relations)
0495-2809 498,
Maju Jacob
Chief - International Relations& Placements
International Relations
+91 495 2809 666
Sheena V R
Assistant Administrative Officer
International Relations
0495-2809 263,
Anju Augustine
Business Executive
International Relations
+91 495 2809 463
Ayillya V
Admin Associate
International Relations
+91 495 2809 263

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode,
IIMK Campus P. O.,
Kozhikode 673 570, Kerala, India


(0495) 2809 263/666


Admissions Office
Call: +91 495 2809 219

IIMK has instituted one scholarship awarding a 50% and two scholarships awarding a 25% fee waiver as scholarships for every 10 students. Accordingly, three participants in the PGP program, one in PGP LSM and one in PGP Finance would be eligible for a waiver of 50% of their fees. Similarly, six participants in the PGP program, two in PGP LSM and two in PGP Finance would be eligible for a 25% waiver of fees.

The criteria for preparing the scholarship rank list.

  1. 50% weight for GMAT/CAT overall score performance
  2. 30% for the performance in personal interviews conducted by the IIMK panel for selection to the program.
  3. 20% weightage to be given to candidates coming with limited means.

Application and processing of scholarships

  1. Admission office will issue the offer letter and IR office will issue the scholarship application to the candidates. The scholarship application is to be filled and submitted along with the seat confirmation payment.
  2. The selection process for the scholarship will be completed within 15 days after closing the admissions to all the programmes.

Eligibility and disbursement of Scholarship

  1. Only foreign nationals are eligible for applying to this scholarship (NRI candidates admitted through the supernumerary quota are not eligible for this scholarship)
  2. The scholarships will be issued as a fee waiver of 50% and 25% as applicable
  3. As per Institute rules, a student cannot avail more than one scholarship/stipend during the same academic year and if he/she is awarded with any other scholarship/stipend over and above the IIMK scholarship in the same academic year, he/she is required to refund the scholarship awarded by the Institute/or other respective agency.
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