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IIM Kozhikode: LSM Programs


Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode is launching a new Post Graduate Programme in Liberal Studies & Management (PGP-LSM) to advance in business education through innovation. This two-year full-time Master’s program aims to integrate and equip participants for managerial careers in fields such as marketing, human resources, media, social enterprise, hospitality, healthcare, and other people-oriented roles. PGP-LSM focuses on fostering a holistic perspective and cultivating ‘Diversity of thoughts’ among its students.

Discover an unparalleled opportunity at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), where excellence meets innovation in management education. Among the esteemed MBA programs offered at IIMK, the Post Graduate Program in Liberal Studies & Management (PGP-LSM) stands out as a pinnacle of academic rigor and career advancement. This unique program not only promises top-tier placements but also boasts a curriculum designed to equip students with interdisciplinary skills essential for today’s dynamic business landscape. Join us as we delve into what makes the PGP-LSM program at IIMK a transformative journey worth exploring.

PGP-LSM is a distinctive program designed to prepare future managers by enhancing their emotional, cultural, and creative intelligence.

About PGP- LSM Program

The PGP-LSM program offered by the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode represents a unique approach within MBA education. This innovative two-year full-time Master’s program aims to integrate liberal studies with management education, preparing participants for diverse managerial roles in sectors such as marketing, human resources, media, social enterprise, hospitality, healthcare, and other people-facing industries. The program emphasizes the development of a holistic perspective and promotes ‘Diversity of thoughts’ among students, equipping them with emotional, cultural, and creative intelligence essential for effective leadership in contemporary business environments.

IIM K: PGP (MBA-LSM) Eligibility Criteria

Admission criteria for International Candidates

a) Educational Qualification:

Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any field with a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA. (During registration, AIU equivalency certificates are required for degrees obtained from foreign universities).

b) An applicant must possess a valid score in one of the following tests as of the submission deadline:

i) GMAT: A minimum overall score of 560, dated within the last three years. Only scores from the latest version of the GMAT exam are accepted (scores from the GMAT Exam-Focus edition are not acceptable).
ii) GRE: At least the 60th percentile in all sections or a minimum overall score of 320, whichever is lower, dated within the last three years.
iii) CAT: An 80th percentile score (only scores from CAT 2023 will be considered).

c) The English language eligibility criteria must meet one of the following requirements:

i) TOEFL/IELTS: Score above the 70th percentile/percentage.
ii) Completion of a degree from an institution in an English-speaking country (India, UK, Canada, US, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand).
iii) A certificate from the last degree-granting institution confirming the applicant’s proficiency in English as a foreign language. This certificate can be uploaded along with other application documents.

Admission Criteria for Indian & Foreign Nationals

i) Indian Citizens

To be classified as an International Candidate for applying to PGP/PGP Finance/PGP-LSM 2024-26, an applicant must have resided outside India for at least 18 months by January 1, 2024, and must be outside India on the CAT 2023 examination date. Indian citizens residing, working, or studying abroad must submit a certificate from the Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of their current country of residence confirming continuous residency for at least 18 months by January 1, 2024. This certificate must be included with the admission application.

ii) Non- Indian Citizens

Non-Indian citizens must possess a valid passport/travel document from a country other than India. If non-Indian citizens are in India during the Common Admission Test (CAT), they are obligated to participate in the test.


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Admission Process

a) There will be two admission cycles annually with the following application periods:
Application Cycle 1: September 1, 2023, to November 30, 2023
Application Cycle 2: December 15, 2023, to March 17, 2024

b) The application fee is INR 750 (approximately 10 USD). This fee is waived for applicants registered under Study-in-India.

c) Applicants are required to participate in a virtual interview.

d) Final selection will be based on the average interview scores given by a panel of experts comprising two or more faculty members from IIM Kozhikode.

e) The admission office will notify successful candidates within one month from the respective cycle’s application deadline (December 30, 2023, or April 17, 2024).

f) Candidates must confirm their acceptance by paying 3000 USD within one month of receiving the offer.

Courses Offered

The two-year, six-term PGP-LSM programme offers extensive instruction in liberal studies and fundamental management concepts in the first year, with advanced coursework and electives offered in the second year.

In term IV (second year), learners are required to participate in a module on international and rural immersion. Term VI (second year) master’s thesis is an additional special aspect of the course.


  • Spreadsheet Analysis
  • Impactful Presentations using Power Point
  • Executive Grooming
  • Basic Mathematics and Statistics
  • Pedagogy (Cases, Simulations and Written Analysis)
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Elective Course List

An example of suggested electives is provided below. The availability of specialised faculty members and student interest may need modifications to this course list.

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When selecting electives, students will be able to select from one of the following three major clusters:

  1. Medical care, lodging, and travel
  2. Non-governmental organisations and social enterprises
  3. Interaction, Motion Pictures, and Amusement

Scholarships Provided

For every ten students, IIMK has established two scholarships offering a 25% fee waiver and one scholarship granting a 50% fee waiver. As a result, 50% of the fees for three PGP programme participants—one in PGP LSM and one in PGP Finance—would be waived. A 25% fee remission would also be available to six PGP programme participants—two in PGP LSM and two in PGP Finance.

The standards used to create the scholarship ranking list.

50% of the total score on the GMAT and CAT
30% of the candidates were chosen for the programme based on how well they performed in in-person interviews with the IIMK panel.

Candidates with minimal resources will receive 20% of the total weight.

Scholarship applications and processing

The candidates will receive their offer letter from the admissions office and their scholarship application from the IR office. The completed scholarship application must be sent in with the payment for the reserved seat.
After all programme admissions are closed, the scholarship selection procedure will be finished in 15 days.

Qualifications for and distribution of Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are only accepted from foreign nationals; NRI candidates enrolled under the supernumerary quota are not eligible.
The scholarships will be awarded in the form of fee waivers of 25% and 50%, respectively.

According to Institute policies, a student is not permitted to receive more than one scholarship or stipend in a single academic year. Should the student receive any additional funding during that same year, they must return any funds received from the Institute or any other relevant organisation.


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