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PGP TBM

No day at Masters’ Union is typical, as the schedule changes every day throughout the year. Usually, there are 2 to 3 classes a day, lasting 120 minutes each, Monday through Thursday. Students also have assignments and group projects, career counselling sessions and extracurricular activities, which keep them busy over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Masters' Union offers more than 87 electives, giving you the chance to construct a tailor-made PGP programme that fits your personal and career goals. We have new-age, core and industry concentrations. You are free to pursue a generalist path towards management or specialise in particular areas by choosing industry concentrations. However, regardless of the path you decide to take during your elective terms, everybody graduates with the same PGP TBM certificate with an opportunity to choose industry concentrations.

The final grades for most courses will be determined by a mix of class participation, quizzes, simulations, group assignments, projects and exams. Masters' Union grades the exams on a Standard Normal Curve, also called a Z-Curve, with a mean of 3.0. There are no forced-to-fails. To graduate, participants must maintain a mean grade of 2.1 in both the core and electives courses.

No. Masters' Union adheres to a strict non-disclosure policy. Your grades will never be shared with recruiters, classmates, or anyone outside of the Union's community. During on-campus interviews, recruiters are not permitted to ask about your grades, and you are not permitted to volunteer them either. This policy allows you the freedom to challenge yourself and enhance the breadth of your knowledge by picking electives in unfamiliar subject areas without worrying about the grades impacting your job prospects.

The PGP-TBM at Masters’ Union, with its unique 16-month format, encapsulates the best global practices in management education through an accelerated pedagogical approach. Designed to be a fast-paced academic experience, it includes 12 months of rigorous academic training in core areas and industry concentrations with a three-month period of internship and industry immersion, with opportunities to network and seek mentorship. Being in this state of constant engagement gives an opportunity for you to learn how to set priorities and make choices about learning, socialising and personal time from the very beginning of the programme, making you an expert at decision-making, which is one of the most valued qualities in a business leader.

Admissions

You do not need work experience necessarily, to be admitted. Work experience obtained after graduation is preferred, however, applicants in the final year of graduation who demonstrate maturity and leadership through their personal experiences are encouraged to apply.

As a candidate with less than 2 years of experience, you will not compete for jobs with senior folks. Companies offer jobs relevant to different experience bands, and you, at best, compete in a narrow experience band of, say, 0-2 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5-8 yrs, 8+ years and so on. An organisation may offer different roles based on your skills and past experience.

There is no age limit for entry. However, the program is most suitable for those who are at an early stage in their career with an experience range of zero to five years. If you have more work experience, we encourage you to get in touch with the admissions team for consultation with one of our Masters, who will evaluate your profile and advise you accordingly.

We value diversity at every level. We welcome applications from people with a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, including the arts, law, medicine, military, non-profit, etc. As with all candidates, we will be looking for you to demonstrate your potential as a leader, and we will consider your professional experience and past performance when assessing your application.

There is no typical profile at the Union. We have an extremely diverse student body in terms of age, professional experience, education and culture.

Yes. While the vast majority of our participants have undergraduate and/or advanced degrees, this is not compulsory for admission. Candidates who do not hold an undergraduate degree, but who have an excellent career record and GMAT score are also welcome to apply.

Union does not have a minimum GPA requirement as the GPA system is not a globally used grading methodology. We primarily look at the courses taken and the grades received in each course, in addition to the overall academic performance.

Unsuccessful applicants may reapply for the next intake. Please exercise your own judgement in deciding if you have any significant changes in your new profile since your first application which will make a difference with the Admissions Committee. All re-applicants are requested to submit a new online application unless otherwise indicated.

In the large majority of cases, no. You should apply for the intake in which you intend to enrol. In truly exceptional circumstances, the Admissions Committee may grant a deferral. All requests should be made in writing and will be reviewed on a case -to- case basis.

To be included in a specific round, applications must be completed and submitted by midnight IST on the day of the deadline. A complete application includes the online form, valid test scores, English test scores (if applicable), all supporting documents, letters of recommendation, essays and payment of the application fees. For more details please visit Supporting Documentation, under Application Checklist.

Each round is equally competitive as the ratio of acceptance is the same for all rounds. When choosing which round to apply in, the most important consideration is to dedicate enough time and thought to your application so that it accurately represents your strengths and talents. However, we encourage you to apply in Round 1 if scholarships are a priority.

Application

You can find out whether the online components of your application have been received by visiting the Dashboard of the online application centre. This page will indicate the status of your application. An email notification will also be sent to you within one week of submitting your application. We will inform you as to whether your file is complete or if any components of your application are missing. It is therefore important that you check your email account regularly after submitting your application.

If you encounter technical difficulties when completing your application form, please contact the admissions team.

We only accept applications submitted electronically. This allows us to process your application more quickly. It also allows you to stay informed of the status of your application throughout the process by checking it online.

Due to the large number of applications we receive for each intake and the confidentiality of the deliberations of the Admissions Committee, we are unable to provide individual detailed feedback on rejected applications.

If you choose to delay the submission of your application until the following round of the same intake, your application form details will be saved automatically.

Interview and decision

Yes. All applications are evaluated by the Admissions committee and a short-list of interviewees is compiled. At this stage, only those selected for interview continue with the selection process which includes a panel interview and a case analysis.

You will be informed if you have been selected for an interview within 15 days of receiving acknowledgement of completed application. We follow a rolling process of admissions.

You will be informed of your final decision approximately a week after your interview.

You will be advised by e-mail of your final admissions decision.

Financing and scholarships

If you are offered a place on the PGP TBM programme, you will be notified of a specific date by which you must confirm acceptance and pay the non-refundable admissions fee deposit along with a refundable security deposit. Approximately one month before you begin your programme you will also need to pay the balance programme fee. For more information visit Fees and Expenses.

Each year, Masters' Union awards scholarships to participants. For the inaugural cohort, the Masters are offering 60 full scholarships. In addition, we encourage you to explore all sources of financing which may be available to you.There are a variety of international and national scholarship programmes, as well as attractive loans available through external sources. For more details visit our External Funding section on the admissions page.

Scholarships are granted according to various criteria depending on the sources. All the scholarships offered by us, across the eight categories, are 'Merit-based'. To view their detailed descriptions and eligibility criteria, please visit the scholarships section under our admissions page.

Candidates will apply for scholarships at the application stage. Round 1 candidates qualify to apply for Full scholarships, so if scholarships are a priority to you, you should apply in Round 1. Awards will be based on the quality of the admission application.

Deadlines for scholarship applications can be found on our Scholarship Application Guide. Full scholarships are available exclusively in Round 1.

Yes, you may be awarded up to two Masters' Union scholarships. However, we encourage you to limit the number of scholarship applications to a maximum of five.

Scholarship decisions are announced along with admissions decisions.

Throughout the period that the online scholarship application is open, you can modify or withdraw your scholarship applications as you please. In addition, you can track the status of your application with the help of your personal link on the application dashboard.

Career Development

You can find a list of companies recruiting at Masters' Union in the Partner companies section, which is available online. The majority of these companies are regular recruiters on campus or companies with which Masters' Union Career Development Centers have established relationships.

Salary and benefits packages vary widely across industries, companies and regions.

Naturally, some career changes can be made more easily than others and are influenced by previous professional experiences, knowledge of the market, languages, etc. For those who are interested in making a career switch to banking specifically, it is recommended that you secure a summer internship with a financial institution or investment bank. For other sector or functional moves, graduates need to identify these career goals early on and work in conjunction with The Career Development staff to prepare for these transitions.

Some recruiters see an intrinsic value in hiring international graduates and are used to securing work permits for employees. For other recruiters, it depends on whether the skills you have are in demand in that specific geography (language abilities, experience in certain markets, etc.) to justify the extra burden of obtaining working papers. The delay in obtaining a work visa can vary considerably and is impacted by both the applicant’s own nationality and the country in which the applicant wishes to work. There are some countries for which working papers may be more easily obtained for Masters' Union graduates.

You will only have student status once you have started the PGP TBM Programme. CDC does occasionally receive pre-internships from recruiters and these are posted on relevant platforms.

Companies recruiting at Masters' Union prefer that you wait and go through the process when on-campus. By that time, you will have more information through company presentations, speaking with employees who work at these companies or in the industry, and through your classmates who may be able to give you additional insights.

Become a Master

A Master is an individual who is or has been a distinguished authority or global expert in his/her area of occupation, and has made positive and significant contributions to the world of business and society. A Master is typically a top industry practitioner, an eminent businessman, a veteran public leader or politician, a renowned civil servant, a public institution head, a global technologist, a civil society changemaker, members of the armed forces, or a distinguished academic.

A Master imparts knowledge and learning to the students at Masters’ Unions, drawing from their rich and diverse leadership experience, in order to prepare effective business professionals and entrepreneurs for the workplace of the future.

A Master engages with the students either by teaching a credit course(s) or by anchoring sector specific module(s) in their domain of expertise (as per the program design), or by providing year-long mentorship, guidance and career opportunities to the Masters’ Union students. In some cases, a Master may be engaged both as a teacher and a mentor.

At an institutional level, a Master may also choose to enter into strategic partnerships with the Masters Union School of Business, in an individual capacity or through the company(ies)/organization(s) they are associated with, in order to co-create a superior learning experience and open up opportunities for the students.

You can get involved with Masters’ Union in one or more of the following ways:

The CXO Shadow Program: As a CXO, one or two students get the unique opportunity to shadow you at your work environment, over a stretch of time, and observe what being an industry leader entails on a daily basis. The student(s) get to experience firsthand how the industry leadership makes critical business decisions and works towards realising the visions of their respective organizations.

Master Mentor: As a Master Mentor, you can stay engaged with a group(s) of students through a range of activities that enhance their educational experience, including but not limited to conducting masterclasses and storytelling sessions, sharing personal industry experience, providing professional guidance, knowledge, advice, career opportunities and resources to achieve specific goals underlying the student-mentor relationships at Masters’ Union.

Research Mentor at our Research Centers: As a Research Mentor at one of our state-of-the-art research centers, you mentor the young researchers and students of the Union to conduct cutting-edge research, while also identifying and crafting novel business applications using the research findings that emerge from them. Research Mentors also help students and researchers find solutions to real world business problems as they exist today, alongside suggesting creative ideas in the existing areas of management research. To know more about our Research Centers, please click here ( https://mastersunion.org/research)

Entrepreneur in Residence at the Startup School: As an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at our incubator, uniquely designed to facilitate new ventures from ideation all the way to fundraising, you guide a group(s) of students to develop, launch or scale successful entrepreneurial ideas and businesses, and provide immediate access to practical, real-world experience and perspectives. This is typically done through student interactions, masterclasses, brainstorming sessions, hands-on workshops, facilitating industry connections, fundraising activities, and several other ways. The broad idea is to sharpen and promote the entrepreneurial ideas and skills of the Masters’ Union students.

To apply, please click here ( https://mastersunion.org/become-a-master). You can also write to us on info@mastersunion.org and we will get in touch with you.

No, the role of a Master is not a full time commitment, and should not be considered full-time employment for any tax-related or legal purpose.

Each course/module at Masters’ Union typically runs anywhere between 5 to 20 hours over 6 week terms.

Classes can be scheduled as per your convenience during any of the terms, in accordance with the program design and the academic calendar.

You can deliver certain sessions of your course/module via the virtual medium, but we encourage the Masters to engage with its students in-person as much as possible.

Yes. You can design your own course/module in consultation/coordination with the concerned team at Masters Union, as per the program needs and design.

Yes, you shall be provided a full-time or part-time postgraduate teaching/research assistant who will help you craft and deliver the course.

There is no such requirement. Your selection and engagement as a Master is done on a case by case basis and boils down to the depth of your experience and passion for teaching. Please visit the ‘Our Masters’ ( https://mastersunion.org/masters) page to know more about the Masters who currently contribute to Masters’ Union.

No. There is no age barrier to become a Master.

Yes, you can keep your regular job while engaging as a Master. Your engagement with the Masters’ Union does not withhold you from engaging, directly or indirectly, in any other service or in any trade, business, vocation or occupation, either honorary or on remuneration.

An honorarium will be given for your time as per Masters’ Union’s generous compensation policy.

All travel, stay and logistics required for the purpose of fulfillment of the role of a Master shall be arranged by or at the expense of Masters’ Union, as per its policy.

Yes. You can choose to teach or engage pro bono. The exact engagement and scheduling will be finalized as per the program design and needs.

Yes. You can donate your earnings towards a charity.

You can expect a class size of upto 60 students.

In addition to the eternal satisfaction of being a teacher and mentor to the next generation of business professional and entrepreneurs, it goes without saying that:

- Our well-resourced campus will be open to you for your own professional use, events, talks, seminars etc.
- You get a chance to interact, collaborate, and work with other Masters from diverse fields in the Masters’ Union family, all of whom are or have been stalwarts in their professional lives
- You as a Master can also enroll in classes and courses led by upto 2 other Masters during an academic year
- Any one member of your immediate family gets an opportunity to study with a significant scholarship at the Masters Union

Of course! If you and the students have a fulfilling experience, we would love to have you continue to teach and engage with the future batches as well.

No, Masters’ Union is not affiliated to any university and does not require UGC approval. Masters’ Union is a completely independent education initiative run by its Founder Masters, and does not grant a degree or diploma, but a PGP-TBM certificate.

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