Management education draws heavily from scientific methods of fact-finding in controlled environments. In reality, business is often done in environments in which judgments are made with messy, 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.

In line with the vision to innovate and excel in business education, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode is introducing an innovative Post Graduate Programme in Liberal Studies & Management (PGP-LSM). It is a two-year full-time Masters level program 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 PGP-LSM aims to develop.

PGP-LSM is a unique offering, with the primary objective to prepare future managers by enabling them to acquire emotional, cultural, and creative intelligence.


Admission requirements for International Candidates*

a) Educational Qualification:
Graduate degree or equivalent in any discipline with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
b) A candidate should have a valid test as on the closing date of submission in any of the following tests:
   i) GMAT: 60th percentile in all sections or overall 600, whichever is minimum, not older than three years
   ii) GRE: 60th percentile in all sections or overall 320, whichever is minimum, not older than three years
   iii) CAT: 80th percentile (only valid CAT scores will be accepted)*
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c) English Eligibility Criteria should be one of the following:
   i) TOEFL/IELTS: More than 70th percentile/percentage.
   ii) A degree from an Institute in an English speaking country (India, UK, Canada, US, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand)
   iii) A certificate from the last degree-granting Institute that the student has demonstrated proficiency in English as a foreign language. You can upload this certificate along with other documents in the application form.
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d)For Indian Nationals & Foreign Nationals
i) Indian Nationals

In order to qualify as an International Candidate for the purpose of applying to PGP/PGP Finance/PGP-LSM 2022-24, a candidate should have been (or is expected to be) residing outside India for a period of not less than 18 months as on December 31, 2021, and be outside India on the CAT 2021 examination date. The Indian nationals who are living, working, studying abroad should produce a certificate from the Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of the country where the candidate is currently based, stating that the candidate has been resident in that country continuously for a period of not less than 18 months as on December 31, 2021.
This certificate needs to be produced along with the admission application.

ii) Foreign Nationals
Foreign nationals need to have a valid passport/travel document from a country other than India. Foreign nationals who are present in India at the time of Common Admission Test (CAT) are required to take the same.


Program Fees

The fee is 30,000 USD for the programme.

First Year: 15,000 USD
Second Year: 15,000 USD



Admission/Selection Process

a) There will be two cycles of admission for each academic year.
The submission of applications for the cycles are:
   i) From July 15, 2021 to November 30, 2021
   ii) From December 15, 2021 to March 15, 2022.
b) The application fee is INR 750 (Approximately 10 USD ). This fee is waived for all those who have Study-in-India registration.
c) The applicants need to attend a virtual interview.
d) Final selection will be based on the average interview marks awarded by a panel of experts consisting of two or more IIM Kozhikode faculty members.
e) The admission office shall intimate the successful candidates within one month from the last date of the application (That is December 30,2021 or April 15,2022 for the respective cycles).
f) The candidates need to confirm their candidature by paying 3000 USD  within one month of the receipt of the offer.


PGP-LSM is a two year six term 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 also has a module on International and Rural immersion that the participants need to engage with in term IV (second year). Master’s thesis in term VI (second year) is another unique feature of the course.



  • Spreadsheet Analysis
  • Impactful Presentations using Power Point
  • Executive Grooming
  • Basic Mathematics and Statistics
  • Pedagogy (Cases, Simulations and Written Analysis)
  • Term 1 Term II Term III
    Economics for Management Operations and Supply Chain Management Leadership
    Marketing Management Business Communication Strategic Management
    Legal Environment of Business Statistical Thinking and Analysis Economic History of Modern India
    Organisational Behaviour Readings in Literature Management of Corporate Accountability
    Accounting for Managers Sociology for Management Critical Reading and Writing
    Social Psychology Macro Economics Qualitative Inquiry
    History and Evolution of Management Thought Finance Management Social Transformation in India
      Gandhian Leadership  
    Term IV Term V Term VI
    Design Thinking and Innovation Social Innovation and Rural Immersion Integrative Simulation
    Discovering Self Management of Service Business Business Plan Project/ Social Development project
    Political Science and Management Digital Innovation and Business Transformation Dissertation and Viva Voce
    Electives Application of Linguistics International Immersion

The following is an indicative list of proposed electives. This course list may be modified based on student interest and specialist faculty availability.

1 Theories of Design
2 Consumer behaviour
3 Digital Humanities
4 Literary Imagination
5 Public Health Management
6 Sustainability
7 Personal selling
8 Globalisation and Culture
9 Responsible Leadership
10 Intellectual Property Rights
11 Data Visualization using Tableau
12 Visual Thinking
13 Aesthetics, Creativity & Innovation
14 Discourse Analysis
15 Health Management & Administration
16 Cultural Studies
17 Film & Media Studies
18 Public Policy
19 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
20 Environment, Society and Governance
21 Business and Government
22 Public Private Partnerships
23 Ecosystem Management

Students will be able to choose one of the three major clusters while choosing electives:
1. Health, Hospitality and Tourism
2. Social Enterprises and Non-Government entities
3. Communication, Films and Entertainment

*Course title and contents are subject to change depending on curriculum and customization needs.


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IIMK Campus P. O., Kozhikode, Kerala, India
PIN - 673 570
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IIMK Campus P. O, Kozhikode, Kerala, India,
PIN - 673 570


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