Frequently Asked Questions

Development Management is an amalgamation of the principles of social work, public policy, corporate social responsibility, NGO management, and social development that prepares managers and leaders for the social sector, so they can build world-class and efficiently managed Social Purpose organisations.

ISDM offers a Post Graduate Program in Development Management (PGP DM), an initiative designed by leading academics and practitioners from both the development and management sectors. The year-long program blends ideas of development with concepts of management, combines in-class sessions with a two-week field component on “Realizing India” and promotes collaborative group work.

The Development Management program prepares leaders and managers to take on various roles in development sector organisations, start their own for-impact organisations and in time, take on senior leadership and management responsibilities in the sector.

ISDM students would be able to work in social sector organisations in a variety of different areas, especially in organisational roles. Some examples of roles they could take up are as follows:

  • Program Operations and Management
  • Communications and Engagement
  • Fund Raising (Retail, Corporate, Multilateral sources, HNI’s etc.)
  • Strategy & Data-based Decision Making
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Government Relations and Advocacy
  • Strategic Partnerships and Alliances
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • EA to CEO
  • Co-Founders

Students at ISDM have access to a range of unique and diverse career opportunities in the for-profit and not-for-profit space; with regional, national and international organisations, in thematic areas ranging from health and education to water, sanitation and gender, and in research and advocacy. ISDM's collaborations and partnerships with a wide range of such organisations ensure that students are placed to make a meaningful contribution to the development sector.

260+ alumni are successfully working in leading development organisations. With a 100% placement track record till date, ISDM has been able to place students with an average package of 6LPA, and a highest package of 16LPA in the social sector.

The 49-week PGP DM is divided into 8 Terms of an average of six weeks each.

29 Courses (each course will be 10 sessions of two hours spread over the term) offered over the year fall into three clusters:

  1. Understanding Society and Development
  2. Design of Interventions for Social Impact
  3. Curated Development Management Courses

    In addition, two modules are run throughout the year in both the formal classroom sessions and workshop mode:

  4. Personal Mastery for Development Leadership
  5. Writing in the Discipline

The admission process starts in the month of November every year.

The admission process is highly automated and consists of four easy steps for prospective students:

  1. Submit your application
  2. Online assessment
  3. Personal interview
  4. Offer roll out
Admission close for PGP-DM