07 Feb 2020 14:56 IST

In a first, IIM Kozhikode offers MBA in Liberal Studies and Management

‘Aim is to equip managers with the skills to deal with human beings with equal effectiveness’

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K) has introduced an MBA in Liberal Studies and Management (MBA-LSM). It is the first time that an IIM is interlinking liberal studies and management. Applications will be accepted online latest by March 31, 2020.

MBA-LSM is a two-year 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 has a module on international and rural immersion. IIM Kozhikode will provide assistance for internship and final placements.

Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM Kozhikode said: “Management education draws heavily from scientific methods of fact-finding in controlled environments. In reality, business is often done in environments in which judgements are made with 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. MBA-LSM is an initiative of IIM Kozhikode to equip the future managers with the earnestness to deal with human beings with equal effectiveness.”


Applicants must hold a recognised bachelor’s degree/post-graduate in any discipline with minimum 50 per cent marks or an equivalent CGPA. One should possess a ‘valid’ score in CAT 2019 /GRE/ GMAT. SC/ST/PWD candidates are allowed a relaxation of five per cent in the minimum mandated marks. IIM Kozhikode will adopt a three-stage selection process: stage-I (online application), stage-II (shortlisting of the candidates), stage-III (writing ability test and personal interview).

Prof Anandakuttan Unnithan, Dean (Academic Affairs and Development), IIM-K, said: “This two-year full-time MBA programme is 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 MBA-LSM will be specifically aiming to develop.”

Prof Deepa Sethi, Chairperson, MBA-LSM, said: “The need to create an emotionally strong, creative and culture-sensitive workforce in this era of artificial intelligence has motivated us to delve into an MBA in Liberal Studies and Management.”