Be a Data-Driven Manager

PG Program in Management Executive (PGPM-Ex)

Why PGPM - Executive

India’s first data driven management program

The only program in the country that focuses on Data-Driven Management skills.

4 Industry-Relevant Specializations

Specialization options include Analytics, Product Management, Digital Marketing and Supply chain & Operations

International Collaboration

Dual Certification from Great Lakes & Stuart School of Business, IIT Chicago.

Scholarship options

Scholarship options for budding Entrepreneurs and women returning to work after a break.

6 Top Reasons to Join PGPM-Ex

PGPM-Ex is India's first data-driven management program that is based on the 3 pillars of data-driven decision making, specializations, and people effectiveness. It is a unique 12-month executive MBA program that makes candidates future-ready by enabling them to make decisions based on data and insights rather than experience and intuition.


PGPM-Ex program is designed specifically for working professionals like you to pursue the program along with your professional commitments. The program structure provides you with unmatched flexibility to learn at your own pace and start where you left off.

Career Enhancement Sessions

The program works on your all-round development by supporting career development activities through workshops where you can identify your strengths, a career path that suits you, and the right competencies to learn. Interactions with industry practitioners through career enhancement programs also help you gain exposure and experience in transitioning your careers.

World Class Faculty

You gain from the decades of experience and expertise brought to the table by Great Lakes faculty in their chosen domains. Our faculty comes from leading international and national schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Kellogg, University of Chicago, IIMs, and IITs.

Industry Exposure

Current industry knowledge and insights from industry leaders in knowledge sharing sessions and guest lectures allow you to stay ahead in the industry. These industry experts also mentor you during the application-oriented capstone project and career enhancement sessions.

Industry-Relevant Specializations

Apart from the general management modules organized as Foundation and Intermediate modules, the course offers specializations in Marketing, Supply Chain and Operations, Analytics, and Product Management. Each of the specializations exposes you to real-life business problems and the approach required to develop solutions.

Capstone Project

The capstone project is a mandatory application-oriented industry project undertaken by all candidates to develop the acumen to solve real-life business problems in collaboration with their mentors. Industry experts and Great Lakes faculty mentor you through the entire duration of the capstone project.

A Unique Learning Experience Awaits You.

The PGPM-Ex uses a combination of learning methods that include classroom teaching, self-learning through videos and reading materials, team-based problem solving, and sessions with industry experts. Classes are conducted on weekends and assisted by online webinars, discussions, and assignments. Unlike other executive MBA programs, candidates can continue to access the course content online even after they have graduated.

Capstone Project

The Capstone project allows you to apply your learning to real industry projects and add it to your portfolio for potential employers to see as a tangible body of work.

Industry Exposure

Interactive sessions with thought leaders from the industry help our candidates gain perspective and exposure to industry norms.

Competency Modules

In addition to general management modules, candidates also have to complete a competency module where they develop their skillset in a particular industry-relevant competency. Candidates can also take up additional competencies to gain knowledge in additional or complimentary areas as well.

Career Enhancement Module

A combination of workshops, reading material and team work helps candidates learn several non-academic aspects critical to a successful career including self-awareness, interviewing skills and career counselling where they identify their skills and areas of development.

Program Structure

The Program has about 400 learning hours organized in a modular architecture that enables the learner to take charge of the learning objectives, timing, and outcomes. The program comprises of a General Management module, Specializations, and Career Enhancement module.

General Management Foundation Module

  • Microeconomics
  • Marketing 1
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Data Analysis for Decision Making 1
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business Finance 1
  • Operations
  • Managing People & Teams
  • Strategic Management
  • Legal aspects of business (contracts, taxes and transfer pricing)

General Management Intermediate Module

  • Macroeconomics
  • Marketing 2
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Data Analysis for Decision Making 2
  • Leadership and Negotiation
  • Business Finance 2
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business and Market Research Methods
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship


  • Brand Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Consumer Behaviour
Operations & Supply Chain
  • Project Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Inventory Management
  • Network Optimization
  • Services Management
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Data Mining
  • Predictive Modeling
Product Management
  • Product Development Process
  • Business Model Design
  • UX Design
  • Metrics
  • Pricing and Financial Planning
  • Technology and Documentation for PMs

Career Enhancement Support

  • Career Counselling and Self Effectiveness
  • Industry Guest Speaker Sessions
  • Peer networking

Learn from the Best

The faculty pool of the program consists of leading academicians in the area of management along with experienced industry practitioners from leading organizations.

Prof. Easwar Krishna Iyer

Associate Professor

Dr. Jones Mathew


Dr. V P Singh


Prof. R. S. Veeravalli

Co-Director, Global Energy Executive MBA (GEMBA)

Dr. Preeti Goyal


Dr. Poornima Gupta

Associate Professor

Raghavan Iyer

Visiting Faculty

Kushal Banerjee

Visiting Faculty

Piyush Sharma

Visiting Faculty

Shrinath V

Visiting Faculty

Samrat Kakkar

Visiting Faculty

Sujit Kumar

Visiting Faculty


Hands-On Learning from Analytics Practitioners

Get invaluable inputs from the who's who of the industry:

Suresh Krishnaswamy

Director Consulting

M Ramakrishnan

Associate Director, Absolutdata

Jayatu Chaudhury

Vice President, American Express

Sanjay Ojha

Managing Director, Accenture

Sundar Varadarajan

Senior Vice President, Hexaware

V Subramaniam

Vice President, Accenture

Venkat Vishwanathan

Chairman, Latent View Analytics

Sanjoy Roy Chawdhury

Vice President, Evalueserve India

Vineet Baid

Director, Jabong

Titir Pal

Director, Absolutdata

Lakshmi Narayanan

Chief Executive Officer, Cognizant Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd.


Corporate Partners

The PG Program in Management is conceived and delivered in collaboration with an impressive array of Corporate Partners, who contribute to making this program industry-oriented through practical instruction, real-world case studies and expert mentorship.


Capstone - The Cornerstone

The Capstone Project is an application-oriented industry project where candidates are mentored and evaluated by Great Lakes faculty and Industry Experts. It allows them to apply their learning to real life projects and add it to their portfolio as a tangible 'body of work' for potential employers to see. It is a growth enabler that instills both confidence and conviction in our candidates.

Develop a new product to watch and protect kids below two years of age

Domain: Product Management
The parents are facing pain while upbringing their kids as they are always worried what their kid might be doing if they are not around. The child is prone to accident, and he/she can get to some danger which they won't want to happen.
The major products available today in the Indian market are CCTV cameras which need to be monitored continuously and doesn't serve well the purpose of alarming the parents about the kid's movement and also no device can provide the health statistics.
This objective of this project is to build a product which helps track baby movements and helps in preventing accidents enabling parents to focus on their work and not be worried about the well-being of the child.

Supply Chain Benchmarking study using financial data for automobile sector

Domain: Operations (Supply Chain)
The complexity of the automotive supply chain may be gauged from the fact that a typical vehicle comprises approximately 20,000 components with about 1000 sub-assemblies or modules. Customer demand for various specific configurations and features add to the high level of response needed from automobile supply chains. The order lead time required by a customer is averaged at 4-6 weeks in the automobile industry, and there is a definite correlation between implementation of Supply Chain Management (SCM) practices and quality and conformance of design.
Supply chain operations within an organization should constantly be reviewed to identify where improvements can be made or deficiencies eliminated. One method to help do this is to perform a series of benchmarking tests on their supply chain processes. Benchmarking or goal setting allows a company to assess the opportunities they may have for improving many areas in their supply chain including productivity, inventory accuracy, shipping accuracy, storage density, and bin-to-bin time.
The objective of this study is to conduct Supply Chain Benchmarking study for two-wheeler companies and to identify target metrics to measure and improve continuously.

Estimating the length of a supply chain for an FMCG company

Domain: Operations (Supply Chain)
The FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) products are being consumed very fast in the market. The major issue lies with the manufacturing date and the expiry date written on the product. The rate of use of the FMCG products offered by different companies is the main concern here so that no product should occupy the shelf life for a longer duration. Therefore it is very much essential to calculate the length of the supply chain of the products of FMCG domain.
The objectives of the study are to estimate the length of a supply chain for packed goods, to compare the supply chain lengths of the large firm vis-à-vis small firm and to compare the time taken in a supply chain for fast moving products vis-à-vis slow moving products for FMCG companies in both organized and unorganized retail sectors. By following this study, a firm can identify areas of opportunity for improvement in its external supply chain.

Analyzing the Outsourcing Trends in the Indian Industry using financial data

Domain: Operations
Outsourcing (also sometimes referred to as "contracting out") is a business practice used by companies to reduce costs or improve efficiency by shifting tasks, operations, jobs or processes to an external contracted third party for a significant period. The functions that are contracted out can be performed by the third party either onsite or offsite of the business. This practice is also known as "offshoring," which involves outsourcing to a third party in a country other than the one in which the outsourcing company is based, to save on labor costs. In addition to cost savings, a company may also employ an outsourcing strategy in order to focus on its core business competencies.
The objective of this project is to study the outsourcing trends in automobile industry using financial data to understand cost saving, risk mitigation, etc.

Develop the marketing strategy for rural markets for newly conceived Mahindra & Mahindra Vehicle

Domain: Marketing
India's rural market is not a single, homogenous market that is looking for "cheap" products. Rural India is not necessarily characterized by poverty — not only are there pockets of significance, but each market has different segments and preferences. Mahindra and Mahindra has recently conceived a new product (based on a completely new platform of a Quadricycle) which combines the advantages of a personal vehicle (seating up to 5 passengers) while also carrying a load of about 20 bags of cement or thereabouts. The product has a high ground clearance and is fitted with a locally sourced frugal diesel engine (BS-III compliant) that gives a maximum speed of 55 kph at about 28 km pl of fuel.
The objective of the project is to conduct need-gap analysis for rural individual transport segment in India and develop a marketing plan for new M&M vehicle including the marketing mix (price, promotion, placement, positioning) by studying the consumer behavior to identify the decisions and attributes driving the purchases.

Develop a product to elevate customer's supermarket experience by helping retailers digitize their operations using latest technology

Domain: Product Management
The Indian retail industry has emerged as one of the most dynamic and fast-paced industries due to the entry of several new players. It accounts for over 10 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and around 8 percent of the employment. India is the world's fifth-largest global destination in the retail space. India's retail market is expected to nearly double to US$ 1 trillion by 2020 from US$ 600 billion in 2015, driven by income growth, urbanization, and attitudinal shifts. While the sector growth is promising, retailers are still facing problems in imparting great shopping experience to customers. The use of technology is only limited to POS systems.
The objective of this project is to develop a technology product for retailers to enhance customer shopping experience with in-store assistance, relevant recommendations and drive better profits by simplified inventory management, better utilization of shelf space, etc.

Meet the future industry leaders

This is how the class of PGPM-Ex 2017 looks like.

The class comprises of professionals working with some of the leading organizations across different domains. Most of our candidates are from the technology sector, followed by BFSI, consulting, manufacturing, and others.

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The PGP- management candidates come with a wide range of work experience from 4 to 10+ years. The class consists of CXOs, CEOs, Vice Presidents, Business Unit Heads, mid-level managers, and young professionals bringing in their unique experiences to the fore.

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Industry-sector distribution

Candidates come from leading organizations working in different roles and industries. While most candidates are from the technology sector; BFSI, Consulting, and Manufacturing sectors also contribute significantly to the batch composition.

Industry-sector distribution

Educational Background

The education backgrounds of PGPM-Ex candidates is also kept into mind during selection. The focus has been to ensure diversity across various degrees and disciplines of education. While 33% of the class had received their education in Sciences, Commerce and other disciplines,50% of the class is composed of Bachelors in Engineering and about 17% have their Masters degree (M.Tech, MBA, MCA, MS),

Educational Background

Our candidates have been associated with leading Indian and global organizations. Some of these are:


Testimonials from our Alumni

At Great Learning, we take immense pride in our students making successful transitions to managerial and leadership roles. Here are a few success stories of our students.

Sandeep Naryan Kulkarni
Project Manager - Cognizant Technology

"I chose Great Lakes because of the brand name. I have pursued a similar program in the past but it didn’t really add any value to my career. The faculty at Great Lakes was extremely knowledgeable and explained the concepts really well."

Arun Vasu Sriranga
Associate- Cognizant

"The flexibility and the quality of the program are the two things that stand out for me. The program delivery model(blended) and schedule of the program made me choose Great Lakes over others and I was assured that the quality of education is on par with other premier institutes."

Sanath Hosur Ramesh
Project Manager- Software AG

"For an engineering graduate like me, Economics was all Greek and latin. The topic needed a very good introduction. The faculty was able to convey the concepts in a way which I could understand and relate to with relevant examples and case studies. The study materials complemented to what was discussed in the class. It was a great experience."

Sushant Sharma
Lead Engineer - Target

"The faculty is great. They present the concepts in a very easy manner and the sessions are highly interactive. They use live examples and case-studies that help understand the concepts in a much easier manner."


A visual insight into the world of Executive Management

Here are a few class videos from the recent sessions.

How Google is Profiling Us
The Sherlock Holmes Theory
Human Mind is Open to Manipulation
The Secret of getting your dream-job.

Admission Details for the PGPM-Ex

Following are the eligibility criteria and selection process for the PGPM-Ex


  • The program is designed for working professionals with at least 3 years of full-time post-qualification work experience.
  • Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation or equivalent.
  • Candidates who have completed their Post-Graduation or Masters Program can also apply.

Selection Process

Interested candidates need to apply by filling up an Online Application Form. The Admissions Committee and the faculty panel will review all the applications and shortlist candidates based on their profiles. These candidates will be invited for an interview and an offer will be made to the selected applicants.
*Admissions will be closed once the requisite number of candidates have been admitted into the program.

Admission Details for the PGPM-Ex

Following are the payment details for the program:


  • Gurgaon
  • Bangalore
  • Hyderabad
  • Mumbai

Rs.3,95,000 + GST

Includes cafeteria, tuition fee, and learning material.

For information on easy payments and scholarship options, please contact our admissions office at +91 9599963671.




Candidates can pay the program fee through Cheque, DD, Net Banking, Credit Cards or Debit Cards. Cash payments are not accepted. We issue receipts for all fee payments made towards the programs.

Financial aid

Selected students can contact the Admissions Office for assistance in applying for loans after receiving the offer of admission. Our lending partners include HDFC Credila and Avanse.


Mark the Dates

Here are the Application Deadlines for the program

Upcoming Application Deadline: To be announced

Batch commencement dates


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Frequently Asked Questions

Here's a list of the commonly asked questions about the program.

What are the eligibility criteria for this Program?

The PGPM-Ex is intended for working professionals aspiring for growth in managerial careers. Eligibility includes having a Bachelor's degree with 50% aggregate score and a minimum of 4 years of work experience. There is no upper limit on the amount of prior work experience.

What is the Program structure for PGPM-Ex?
PGPM-Ex comprises of three components(Foundation, Intermediate and Competency modules) and involves a total of around 500 hours of learning spread across classroom learning, online webinars and self study. Candidates would need to dedicate about 3-5 hours on a weekly basis which would include online classes over some weekends for 2-3 hours and the Remaining time for self study and course work such as assignments etc. Contact sessions shall happen at the Great Lakes learning centre in Gurgaon, Bangalore & Hyderabad one weekend every month (~9 hours each day) while webinars will be scheduled Saturday or Sunday.
What is the Program calendar for PGPM-Ex?
PGPM-Ex Batches commence twice a year, in January and July months.
What is unique about the curriculum in PGPM-Ex?

PGPM-Ex program is based on the learnings and achievements of Great Lakes PGPM program, which is now ranked within the top 10 in the country. PGPM-Ex is designed specifically for working professionals keeping in mind their learning needs and career requirements. Some of the salient features that distinguish the PGPM-Ex program include:

  • Specializations: PGPM-Ex program enables candidates to skill themselves in industry relevant and career significant specializations such as Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain and Operations, Product Management, Analytics, etc that are relevant and meaningful in today's business environment.
  • World class faculty: The courses are taught by distinguished faculty from Great Lakes and senior executives from the industry.
  • Career development: PGPM-Ex program enables candidates to acquire skills that can accelerate their career progression. Candidates in the program get to benefit from career development initiatives such as career planning workshop, resume and interview bootcamps and interacting with industry guests. Candidates are also provided access to lateral opportunities that can help them achieve career transitions.
  • Learn while you work: The blended delivery model (classroom and online) of the program makes it convenient for working professionals to attend classroom sessions without having to quit their jobs and pace their learning through online sessions.
  • Flexibility: PGPM-Ex offers unparalleled flexibility for candidates in the program that it can be completed in one go or can be finished in a staggered manner.
How will PGPM-Ex help me progress in my career?
The PGPM-Ex equips you with the relevant competencies and skills to excel and transition into business / managerial careers. Some examples could be - Professionals who would like to transition or progress into business/techno-commercial roles such as Analytics, Product Management, Project Management etc - Professionals who would want to grow into managerial and leadership roles in current functions - Functional managers who would like to transition into leadership and general management roles and - Professionals who want to gain relevant competencies that will make them perform better and stand out in their current roles
Will the Program certificates be awarded by Great Lakes?
The certificates for PGPM-Ex will be awarded by Great Lakes Institute of Management and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Would Great Lakes faculty be teaching in this course?
The academic modules will be taught by senior Great Lakes faculty who teach on campus programs at Great Lakes. In addition to Great Lakes faculty, senior leadership from the industry would also participate in delivering certain topics/modules.
Where will the classes be held?

PGPM-Ex follows a blended learning approach wherein lecture delivery happens through classroom and online modes. Contact classes will be scheduled for one weekend every month and will be held at the Great Lakes Learning Centre in Gurgaon (Golf Course Road), Bangalore (HSR Layout), Hyderabad (Madhapur), and Mumbai (Powai).

Is PGPM-Ex accredited by UGC or AICTE?
The format of the program (one year blended executive program) does not lend itself to accreditation from AICTE/UGC. However, Great Lakes is an AICTE accredited institution and is one of the few colleges in India to receive accreditation from AMBA (Association of MBAs, UK).
What is the fee payment schedule for the Program?

The total Program fee of Rs.3.95 lacs + GST and can be paid at one go or according to the following payment schedule:

  • Payment of Rs.50,000 at the time of acceptance of admission
  • Payment of the remaining amount in 3 equal installments


Is accommodation also provided?
Any costs associated with accommodation are not included in the program fee. Program office can provide information regarding accommodation options to participants if needed.
What is the refund policy for the program?
Once an offer has been accepted and the fee has been paid, there shall be no refunds.
Would I have to spend extra on books, online learning material or license fee?
The entire learning content for the program is shared with all candidates through the LMS and is covered as a part of the course fee. However, candidates may choose to purchase any of the additional suggested reference books.
Would the content be available to me after completion of the course?
We believe that learning should continue and hence, all the learning material in terms of lectures and reading content would be available to the candidates until 1 year post completion of the program. Continued access beyond this period would include a nominal fee.
How will I be evaluated during the Program?
PGPM-Ex is designed to be a holistic and rigorous program and follows a continuous evaluation. All courses in the program get evaluated through graded discussions, quizzes, assignments and projects. The evaluations follow an application oriented design rather than being purely theoretical. The capstone project also forms a Crucial part of the overall evaluation of a candidate's performance in the program.
Does the program grant alumni status to all candidates?
Upon successful completion of the program, all PGPM-Ex candidates are considered as Great Lakes alumni and have the same alumni privileges as students from any of the full time programs. These privileges include access to alumni portal, job boards, meetups and networking sessions, Great Lakes events and conferences, etc.
Will there be placements at the completion of the Program?
Though the program does not conduct placement process, having acquired the relevant skills and knowledge required for various industry roles, we expect candidates to have career transitions or growth within their existing organizations and outside. Moreover, through the Career Enhancement Support module and activities, we will be providing career counseling, self-effectiveness and development workshops, industry speaker sessions and networking events that could further enable career transitions.
What is the admission process?
All interested candidates are required to apply to the Program through the online application form. The admissions committee shall review the applications and shortlist candidates for admission interviews. The admission interviews are conducted through telephonic or video conferencing by Great Lakes faculty. Post the interview process, the candidates may be offered admission to PGPM-Ex on the basis of their profile and interview assessment.
How can I apply for the Program?
If you are interested in the Program, you can apply through the online application form. If you need assistance from our team, write to us at or call us at 9599963671 and we shall guide you through the process.
Is there any financial aid provided?
Great Lakes PGPM-Ex Program has tie-ups with HDFC Credlia, Avanse Education (DHFL Group), MoneyTap, Credifiable, and Axis Bank for providing education loans.