About Post Graduate Programme in Development Management (PGPDM)

PGPDM is a 12-month modular programme offered by SPJIMR for professionals working in or intending to work in the social sector, including NGOs, foundations, corporate for-profit CSR functions, social policy or welfare departments of governments, and social enterprises specialising in Development Management. The programme is divided into three terms and is designed to address various aspects of the development sector. It enables participants with essential skills to take forward their initiatives in pursuing social justice.

The programme was launched in 2011 as Indian businesses attempted to meet their corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) attempted to improve the effectiveness of their interventions in order to secure grants and CSR funds successfully. After 12 years of learning and observing COVID-19’s recent impact on society, the programme has been redesigned to place a greater emphasis on wise innovation and change management for long-term development.

This is the only Development Management Programme in India that has been internationally accredited by AMBA & AACSB.


Competency Goals

PGPDM programme aims to enable development sector professionals to contextualise and apply management principles to the social sector for enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of social sector organisations. PGPDM is aligned with the following competency goals:

Students will be:

  • Socially sensitive leaders who can recognise and act on opportunities for social change.
  • Capable of leading social sector organisations with impact at scale
  • Innovative social change agents

Key highlights


The programme has the locational advantage of being situated in the financial capital with a large-scale presence of social sector, public policy, and corporate actors. With over 250 plant species and a lake, our 45-acre campus in Andheri is an urban oasis, providing a very conducive location for social change agents to learn and reflect.

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The delivery structure of the programme blends the efficiency of online learning with the proven advantages of in-person classroom sessions. For online contacts, sessions are held after lunch on weekdays and all day on weekends. PGPDM is a modular programme that enables participants to continue working at their current organisations. It is delivered over six contact periods of two weeks each, the first, third and last contacts are residential and held on SPJIMR’s Mumbai campus.

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With 23 cohorts in over 12 years – PGPDM has impacted 325 organisations across 23 states of India. PGPDM alumni are serving as founders, heads, trustees and directors of NGOs, social entrepreneurs, CSR managers, programme officers and consultants across social sector organisations.

Innovative Pedadogy

The programme emphasises on 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 environments.

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Geographic Diversity


Area of Expertise

Industry connect

PGPDM’s illustrative list of participating and sponsoring organisations includes:

Abhivyakti Foundation Narayana Superspeciality Hospital Aditya Birla Group Om Creations Trust
Alert India Piramal Foundation Alkem Laboratories Pratham Education Foundation
Ambuja Cement Foundation Praveenlatha Sansthan Foundation Americares India Foundation Purnata
ASHRAY-AKRUTI Quality Education Support Trust (QUEST) Association for Democratic Reforms Reliance Digital Retail
Basic Paradigm Shantilal Muttha Foundation CARE India Shri Ganesh Gramin Vikas Shiksha Sansthan
Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd St. Jude India Childcare Centre Claylab Education Foundation Sterlite Technologies Ltd
Cummins India Swades Foundation Deesha Group Tata Trusts
Dr. M. L. Dhawale Memorial Trust Tata Power E-Vidyaloka Education for All Network Foundation Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Excel Industries Ltd Tarun Bharat Sangh Hand in Hand The Askhay Patra Foundation
Habitat for Humanity India Urban Management Centre Haqdarshak Utkal Alumina International Ltd
Head Held High Foundation Verizon Data Service Pvt Ltd Hero MotoCorp Ltd Vodafone Idea Ltd
IDSP Foundation Vigyan Ashram Intelehealth  Vasudhaiva Shikshana Foundation
JSW Foundation Vivekanand Research & Training Institute Kotak Education Foundation Vichar Samiti
Lupin Human Welfare & Research Foundation Volunteers for Village Development Magic Bus India Foundation World Health Organization
Mauna Dhwani Foundation Mahindra & Mahindra UN Women Vowel of the People Association (VOPA)

Participant experiences

SPJIMR with its legacy of over 40 years in management education offers the participants a dynamic and immersive learning experience with customised application-oriented programme structure to accentuate their professional journey and help them make impact within their organisations and beyond.

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