The Post Graduate Programme in Software Enterprise Management (PGSEM) leading to a Post Graduate Diploma in Software Enterprise Management is an executive general management education programme that targets software professionals.
The PGSEM endeavors to provide the most current executive general management education to middle and senior professionals of the software and information technology industry who seek to pursue a career in management. The programme aims to transform professionals with strong technical knowledge to business leaders with equally strong management knowledge and a global perspective.
Several distinctive features of the programme are designed to meet the special needs of the participants of this programme, while maintaining the credit requirements and rigor of the regular program. The programme has been designed such that a participant can graduate with the diploma at the end of two and a half academic years, while continuing to work at his/her regular place of employment. Each academic year is subdivided into four quarters of eleven weeks each. The regular course load in a quarter is three courses of three credits each. Each three-credit course consists of 30 hours of classroom contact. Participants normally have 9 hours of classroom contact per week, with classes scheduled on Friday mornings and Saturdays. In special cases, students are allowed to increase their load by taking courses they have missed/failed in earlier quarters, or by undertaking projects in addition to regular classes.
The modular design of the programme allows participants to tailor (within certain parameters) the sequence of courses. After completion of the first year, participants have the flexibility to be away from the programme for one or more quarters if necessitated by work-related assignments. This would, however, lead to a situation where a participant will take longer than three academic years to complete the programme. Each participant is required to complete the stipulated credits of the programme within a maximum of six academic years.
The PGSEM has been structured around ten broad themes. Each theme consists of a set of core courses, which every participant is expected to take as part of the requirements of the diploma, and some electives. The core courses are distributed in the four quarters of the first year. Participants are expected to take electives for the remaining credits during the next six quarters. In addition to the core and elective courses, participants are required to do a compulsory 3-credit individual project on any industry of interest in order to gain domain experience. They can also do an additional 3-credit project course.
Participants of the PGSEM, with the approval of their employers, can avail of exchange opportunities with the universities with which IIMB has exchange arrangements. In addition, participants can take courses in top universities when they are posted outside the country, and have the credits transferred to the PGSEM.