MBA Rural Management

In keeping with the increasing demand for development professionals, who can hit the ground running in a variety of sectors.

MBA in Rural Management is committed to develop a cadre of trained professional managers, who can manage rural development organizations and programs, both in the public and the private sectors. The in-take capacity of the program is 30.

IIHMR University, Jaipur ranked 65 in Management Category as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2020 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India

Course Duration

2 Yrs

Course Fee

5.25 L

Eligibility Criteria

Fees Structure


The primary objective of the coursework is to facilitate integrative learning, so that graduates can walk into their professional roles with ease and play a vital role both at the operational and strategic levels.. Furthermore, the course allows the students to specialize in domains such as: Financial Inclusion, Health Education, Livelihood Enhancement Skills, Entrepreneurship and Natural Resource Management.

  • Critical thinking, active engagement with multiple stakeholders, and lateral thinking that allows students to think practically and strategically.
  • Foundational managerial skills associated with development praxis, ideally for all sectors (government, civil society, and private sector); and more specifically, skills which are relevant for the specialization that students choose.
  • Strong fieldwork and organizational skills based on off campus learning experiences, so that once they graduate, students can hit the ground running.
Key Thrust Areas
  • Rural-Urban linkages and interdependencies
  • Livelihood, Skills and Enterprises
  • Water & Sanitation and Nutrition
  • Agri Business and Value Chains
  • Child Centered Development: Rights and Protection

The course is designed to cater to the needs of a rapidly transforming India, where developmental challenges are not limit to rural areas infact, the rural-urban continuum has made it virtually impossible to, speak for rural or urban spaces in isolation. This program aims at preparing professionals for a challenging career in sectors like public, private, NGOs, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), national and multinational organizations, that are committed to erase rural-urban inequities by promoting "urban" infrastructure and amenities that emphasize a growing confluence of cities and the countryside. Hence, the program outcomes (POs) for MBA-Rural Management two years’ full-time course are as follows:

  • Impart strong conceptual and an analytical framework on rural development issues in the students.
  • Opportunity to work in rural enterprises in form of policy makers, managers, analysts, and consultants for hands on training on operational and program efficiency
  • Increasing demands of national and international development organizations
  • Commitment to work in rural areas as it requires resilience, perseverance, emotional, social intelligence and courage of conviction.

Program Structure

MBA Rural Management is a two year program. All the introductory and core courses are common to all the streams.The second year is for specialized courses relevant to that stream. The course design is as under.

Introductory Courses

The Introductory Courses are non-credit courses

  • Essentials of Computers and Information Technology
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Human Process Lab

Core Courses

Term 1 and Term 2

  • Principles of Management
  • Rural and Rurban Society
  • Gender and Development
  • Basic Services and Entitlements
  • Organizational Behaviors
  • Essentials of Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Legal Environment
  • Financial Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Public Governance and Systems Management
  • Rural Marketing
  • Managerial Analysis and Communication
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Understanding a Development Organization

Field Work Segment 1

Experiencing rural realities: Two weeks of Immersion.

Field Work Segment 2

Summer Training with an organization for two months.

Core Courses


  • Production and Operations Management
  • Rural Finance and Banking
  • ICT in Rural Development
  • Strategic Management
  • Project Management
  • Data Management and Analysis

Term-4 and 5 Applied Sectoral Understanding

Natural Resources Management

  • Understanding Water Systems: Aquifers, Rivers and Ponds
  • Watershed Management and PIM
  • Participatory Ground Water Management
  • Rural Health and WASH
  • Regenerating Grasslands and Pastures
  • Research Methods
  • Field Learning/ Practice (6 weeks)

Livelihoods, Skills and Enterprises

  • Farm Based Livelihoods: Dryland Farming, NPM & Value Chains
  • Forest Based Livelihoods
  • Off Farm Livelihoods: Pastoralism & Livestock Management
  • Non-farm Livelihoods: Skills Enterprises and Markets
  • SHGs, FPOs and Livelihoods
  • Livelihood Entitlements and Advocacy
  • Field Learning/ Practice (6 weeks)

Unique Features of MBA-Rural Management>

  • Focus on Field/Applied Learning and Practice (More that 40% of total course)
  • Pedagogy: A blend of Academic rigor and Practitioner / Industry Interface

Each student is required to submit a dissertation involving personal research in his/her area of interest. The dissertation includes a critical review of literature pertaining to the specific area of interest, data collection and analysis on the selected problem. The dissertation must be completed in the second year to qualify for the degree.



  • Name of Scholarship: Shri P D Agarwal Scholarship
  • Total Number of Scholarships Available: 15 Scholarships
  • Eligibility Criteria: The scholarship will be awarded to students based on meeting any one of the following eligibility criteria:
  • 50% or above aggregate marks in any other bachelor’s degree
  • 50 percentile or above in CAT/XAT/MAT/CMAT/NMAT
  • Amount of Scholarship: Rs. 1,00,000 each student


  • Under freeship, 100% fee waiver will be offered to students belonging to SC/ST/OBC and Economically Weaker section (EWS)
  • Total Number of Freeship available: 1 seat for SC/ST/OBC and 1 seat for EWS
  • Eligibility Criteria: Freeship will be awarded to students based on combined merit (including all rounds of GD PI) prepared at the time of admission.
  • Amount of Freeship: Rs. 5.25 lacs

Selection Procedure

The eligible candidates will be invited for the Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Final selection of the candidate is based on his/her performance in the qualifying examination, score in CAT/ XAT/ NMAT/ MAT/ CMAT/ ATMA/ GMAT/ IIHMR-U MAT, Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI) as under:



Qualification (Graduation Marks)


Group discussion


Personal interview


Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities


Work Experience




Maximum Marks


* More weightage will be given to national level entrance tests i.e. CAT/ XAT/ NMAT/ MAT/ CMAT/ ATMA/ GMAT/GPAT over IIHMR-U MAT at the sole discretion of the Admission committee

Candidates are required to bring their original documents at the time of GD/PI.

Education Loan Assistance

All major banks provide bank loan for this course. Students who wish to apply for the bank loan may formally take admission in the university by paying their first installment. The student may share the bank and branch where he/she wish to apply for education loan, the admission department will help the aspiring students understand the loan procedure and the required documents as per the bank will be provided upon request.

Submission of Application


Candidates aspiring for admission to MBA Hospital and Health Management program may Apply Online or download the application form


Duly completed application forms with all supporting documents may be sent by post along with a demand draft of Rs. 1,000/- drawn in favor of “IIHMR University”, payable at Jaipur and all the documents in support of eligibility.

An application will be considered only when it is received with all documents and the application fee. The application fee is non-refundable.

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