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50+ UGC Approved Online Degrees from India’s Top Universities

UGC Approved Online Degress from India's Top Universities

Starting in 2020, Indian Universities are able to offer fully online degrees.

Though this might be seen as a response to the pandemic (which has increased interest in online education and Class Central, as you can see below), India’s online degrees were made possible by regulations approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) back in 2018.

In India, the UGC is charged with “determining and maintaining standards of teaching, examination and research in universities”.

According to the UGC (Online Courses) Regulations, 2018, to be eligible to offer online degrees, a university must:

  • Have existed for at least five years.
  • Be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
  • Be a top-100 university in India, according to the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for at least two of the last three years.

SWAYAM

Before these regulations were introduced, students in India could complete up to 20% of their degree online via SWAYAM, India’s official MOOC platform. SWAYAM’s academic credit system is detailed in the framework introduced by UGC in mid-2016.

In December 2018, 3,800 students flocked to exam centers across India to sit their exams for courses they’d taken on SWAYAM. To learn more about SWAYAM and its credit system, check out Class Central’s comprehensive report.

India’s Online Degrees

Early this year, UGC published a list of 37 programs from 7 Indian universities that have been approved for online delivery. And just this month, IIT Madras, India’s top technical institute, announced an online BSc in Programming and Data Science.

The new programs range from certificates to master’s degrees. We researched each one to find details such as cost, duration, credits, and website.

Here’s a quick summary of the different type of programs:

Program Duration Mean Price
Certificate 6 months ₹28,000 (~$375)
Diploma 1 year ₹120,000 (~$1600)
Bachelor’s degree 3 years ₹165,000 (~$2200)
Master’s degree 2 years ₹160,000 (~$2150)

The duration specified is the minimum time to complete the program.

At Class Central, we are big fans of low-cost online degrees like Georgia Tech’s Online Master’s in Computer Science (OMSCS), which cost $7000.

But India’s new online degrees are priced lower than that. The most expensive ones, like IIT Madras’ BSc or Amity University’s MBA, cost half as much as Georgia Tech’s online degree. And the cheapest one, IGNOU’s Bachelor of Tourism, costs ₹10,200 or about $135.

Some of these prices are still unaffordable to a large segment of the Indian population, but on a global scale where many online degrees cost tens of thousands of dollars, these are extremely affordable.

Certain Indian universities like IITs and IIMs are also well known around the world. This makes me wonder if in the longer term, can India become an exporter of Higher Education?

You can find the list of all the online degrees available below categorized by the program: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s degree.

We will keep updating this article as new ones are announced. If you find something missing, let us know in the comments section.

Master’s Online Degrees (2 years)

Name Institution Price (INR) Credits
Master of Arts (Journalism & Mass Communication) Amity University 165,000 96
Master Of Business Administration Amity University 250,000 97
Master of Commerce (Financial Management) Amity University 125,000 97
Master of Computer Applications Amity University 165,000 170
MBA in Hospital Administration JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research 200,000 88
Master of Business Administration Bharati Vidyapeeth 85,000 102
Master of Business Administration Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth 106,400 102
M.A. in Translation Studies IGNOU 9,600 64
Master of Arts (Hindi) IGNOU 12,000 64
M.A. in Gandhi and Peace Studies IGNOU 9,000 64

Bachelor’s Online Degrees (3 years)

Name Institution Price (INR) Credits
BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science IIT Madras 242,000 116
Bachelor of Arts (Journalism & Mass Communication) Amity University 165,000 124
Bachelor Of Business Administration Amity University 165,000 125
Bachelor of Arts Amity University 120,000 124
Bachelor of Arts (Hindi Medium) Amity University 30,000 126
Bachelor of Commerce Amity University 120,000 124
Bachelor of Commerce (Hindi Medium) Amity University 30,000 126
Bachelor of Arts (Tourism Administration) Amity University 165,000 124
Bachelor of Computer Applications Amity University 165,000 148
Bachelor of Business Administration Bharati Vidyapeeth 75,000 128
Bachelor of Computer Applications Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research
Academy
114,920 120
Bachelor of Tourism IGNOU 10,200 96

Online Diploma (1 year)

Name Institution Price (INR) Credits
Diploma in Data Science IIT Madras 87,000 76
Diploma in Programming IIT Madras 87,000 76
Post Graduate Diploma In Journalism and Mass Communication Amity University 120,000 44
Post Graduate Diploma In Advertising And Brand Management Amity University 120,000 40
Post Graduate Diploma In Business Management Amity University 120,000 44
Post Graduate Diploma In Human Resource Management Amity University 120,000 44
Post Graduate Diploma In International Business Amity University 120,000 40
Post Graduate Diploma In Logistics And Supply Chain Management Amity University 120,000 44
Post Graduate Diploma In Marketing And Sales Management Amity University 165,000 44
Post Graduate Diploma In NGO Management Amity University 120,000 44
Post Graduate Diploma In Retail Management Amity University 120,000 44
Post Graduate Diploma In Travel And Tourism Management Amity University 120,000 40
Post Graduate Diploma In Finance And Accounting Amity University 120,000 44
Post Graduate Diploma In Public Accounting Amity University 30,000 40
PG Diploma in Bioinformatics JSS Academy 40,000 40
Diploma in Sanskrit Shanmugha Academy 13,670
Post Graduate Diploma in Gandhi and Peace Studies IGNOU 3,700 32
Diploma in Tourism Studies IGNOU 4,500 32

Online Certificate (6 months)

Name Institution Price (INR) Credits
Certificate Program in Digital Marketing Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth 28,000 20
Certificate Program in Hospital and Healthcare Management Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth 28,000 20
Post Graduate Certificate in Agriculture Policy IGNOU 3,600 16
Certificate in Tribal Studies IGNOU 900 16
Post Graduate Certificate in Gandhi and Peace Studies IGNOU 2,200 16
Certificate Programme In Peace Studies and Conflict Management IGNOU 3,500 16
Certificate Programme in Library and Information Science IGNOU 3,000 16
Certificate in Information Technology IGNOU 6,000 16
Certificate in Tourism Studies IGNOU 1,800 20
Certificate in Arabic Language IGNOU 1,800 20
Certificate in Russian Language IGNOU 2,500 20

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    AVIJIT SINHA

    What are the UCG recognised online uiversity and courses as on date ie July 2020 ?

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      Prasad

      As of now, UGC approved HEI’s ranked with in top 100 according to the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) and those with NAAC “A” Grade or with a valid minimum score of 3.26 on a 4-point scale. But most of these universities are not yet ready with IT infrastructure required for this offering. IGNOU, JSS Academy of Higher Education, Bharati Vidya Peeth, D Y Patil Vidya Peeth are few universties from the list launched online courses.

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    bharath

    Can i with b.com from amity university online get a MNC job / pursue professional courses ACCA,CFA /post graduation and can u point negatives of pursing this online degree. In my case i want backup option for CA.

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      Prasad

      Amity University is private University. It was established in 2005 by an Act of the State Legislature of Uttar Pradesh. The university is recognized by UGC under Section 22 of the UGC Act and accredited by the NAAC with grade ‘A+’.

      However the laws and regulation aorund the university establishments and course approvals are subject to change and there are lot of other options for B.Com from Public State Universities to consider which are much better and safer in long term.

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    JOSEPH

    Are these programmes available to students outside India?

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    Vidit Gupta

    Which is the best option if I want to pursue an MCA this year via online or distance mode.

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    Saima Afzal

    Are the exams of all online degrees conducted online?

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    anmol

    hey hello, i did my engineering and want to pursue master in arts in english so to be a english teacher in govt school. so should i go further or pgt requires graduation in same subject? please assist.

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    nmesoma

    are these fees to be paid monthly or yearly?

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    Monika

    What is the best option to complete graduation if one fails in the last semester. Can the credits be transferred after 5 years? Can one restart the degree course?

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    Amelia Naude

    HI

    Are your degrees, internationally approved. Do you have a degree in Higher Education.

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    Sebin

    Is ignou Online BTS same as distance education BTS from ignou.The syllabus is same and not semester based.Is the exam will be conducted online and is there any change in the pattern(Is it fully subjective or MCQ and case studies)

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