Executive-Friendly Program | High Impact Format |

IIT Kanpur eMasters Degree Program

e-Masters in Business Leadership
in the Digital Age

Prepare to leverage technology in a digitally disrupted and constantly evolving global business landscape

  • No GATE Score
  • Support for placement and facilitation of incubation at Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre, IIT Kanpur
  • Earn Masters Degree
    without leaving your job
  • Top Faculty from Economic Sciences Department

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Key Highlights of IIT Kanpur Masters in Business Leadership

  • SelectionBased on academic and professional background and test, interview where necessary. No GATE required.
  • High Impact Format Weekend-only Live interactive sessions coupled with self-paced learning.
  • Executive Friendly Schedule Learn while you earn, with the flexibility to complete the program between 1 to 3 years.
  • Career Advancement and Networking Support for placement and facilitation of incubation at IIT Kanpur's Incubation Centre.
  • IIT Kanpur Alumni Status Become an IIT Kanpur alumni with access to all the alumni privileges.
  • Credits Transfer Waiver of upto 60 credits for higher education (MTech/PhD) at IIT Kanpur.

Admission Process

  • Application
    Register with Mobile Number
    Submit Details
    Remit Application Fee
    Upload Documents
  • Selection
    Application Review
    Selection Test
  • Admission

Class Start - January 2024

* Selection test differs for every programme

e-Masters Degree in Business Leadership Overview

Unlock, a world of strategic leadership with IIT Kanpur's esteemed Masters in Business Leadership program. Designed to empower aspiring professionals with a comprehensive understanding of modern business dynamics, this program is a transformative journey toward excellence.

Our Masters in Business Leadership program is tailored to equip individuals with the skills and insights necessary to navigate the complexities of the corporate landscape. With a curriculum meticulously curated to encompass a broad spectrum of business facets, from strategic management to organizational behavior, participants gain a holistic grasp of the intricacies involved in effective leadership. Earning a masters degree in Business Leadership from IIT Kanpur is a testament to your commitment to professional growth and proficiency. The program offers a blend of academic rigor and practical applicability, ensuring graduates are well-versed in theories and adept at their practical implementation.

One of the program's highlights is the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members with industry experience and academic expertise. Their insights, interactive sessions, and case studies foster an engaging learning environment that nurtures critical thinking and decision-making skills. The Masters in Business Leadership program at IIT Kanpur is not just a qualification; it's a transformational experience that propels participants towards leadership excellence. Graduates emerge with the ability to tackle real-world challenges, drive innovation, and shape the future of businesses in a rapidly evolving world.

In conclusion, IIT Kanpur's Masters in Business Leadership program is your gateway to honing leadership prowess and achieving professional distinction. Elevate your career trajectory, foster strategic thinking, and embrace a future of transformative leadership with this distinguished program.

Graduation Ceremony at IIT Kanpur Campus


  • Leverage technology to thrive in a dynamic business environment
  • Get an eMasters Degree from IIT Kanpur
  • Become a part of IIT Kanpur's alumni network
  • Learn from a leading research faculty group
  • Receive mentorship and career support from the IIT Kanpur placement cell
  • Incubation support for promising startup initiatives
  • Opportunity to forge a meaningful network with diverse professionals


Learn from distinguished faculty members who blend extensive industry expertise with academic excellence in Business Leadership.

  • Ajay Kumar
    Ph.D., University of Minnesota, USA
    Former Defence Secretary of India
    Distinguished Visiting Faculty, IIT Kanpur

    Research Expertise: Public Policy, Defence Industry, Start-up Ecosystem
  • Ram Sewak Sharma
    Ph.D., IIT Delhi
    Chief Executive Officer, National Health Authority
    Former Chairman, TRAI
    Former Director-General, UIDAI
    Distinguished Visiting Faculty, IIT Kanpur

    Research Expertise: Public Policy, Public Health, Network & Broadcasting
  • Bikramaditya Datta
    Ph.D., Columbia University, USA
    Assistant Professor, Department of Economic Sciences, IIT Kanpur

    Research Expertise: Economic Dynamics, Finance, AppliedProbability
  • Vimal Kumar
    Ph.D., University of California, Irvine - USA
    Professor and Head, Department of Economic Sciences, IIT Kanpur

    Research Expertise: Game Theory, Political Economics, Power System Economics

e-Masters in Business Leadership Curriculum

Embark on a transformative journey with IIT Kanpur's e-Masters in Business Leadership. Our meticulously designed curriculum, crafted by subject matter experts, merges theoretical depth with practical application, enabling you to master essential leadership skills through real-world scenarios and strategic insights.


The eMasters on Business Leadership in the Digital Age encompasses a comprehensive curriculum thoughtfully divided into three crucial components: 3 Core Modules, 10 Technology-oriented Modules, and a Capstone Project. The modules have been meticulously curated to provide participants with appropriate exposure to the changing technological landscape for businesses and empower them to stay ahead of the curve and capitalize on the opportunities in the digital realm.

Participants must compulsorily complete all three Core Modules. However, in the case of Technology-oriented modules, they can opt for 8 of 10 available modules tailored to their specific interests. The pinnacle of the program is the Capstone Project - applying newfound knowledge and skills in solving complex business problems and presenting the same in a project format.

To get the degree, a participant must complete 12 modules (3 Core + 8 Technology-oriented + 1 Capstone)

  • Pricing, Market, and Strategies

    Business Data Analytics

    Geopolitics, Economic Growth, and Emerging Market Opportunities

  • Platforms and Monopolies in Digital World

    Security and Privacy in a Digital World

    Digital Governance and Digital Public Infrastructure

    FinTech, Healthtech, and other techs: Evolution & Regulatory Approaches

    Development of Global Electronics Industry Ecosystem: Challenges and Opportunities

    Innovations, Incubations, and Startups

    Cleantech (for Sustainability and Climate Change)

    Financial Management

    Defense Industry & Technologies: Opportunities & Challenges in Atmanirbharta

    Telecom Sector in India – from POTS (Plain Old Telephones) to 5G and beyond

Detailed Curriculum

Immersive Learning Format

  • Live Interactive Sessions & Guest Lectures
  • Case study-based Learning
  • Projects
  • Periodic Assessments
  • Online Examination
  • Campus Visits
  • Online LIVE and self-paced sessions are delivered through AI-powered iPearl.ai
  • Weekly/ Bi-weekly live interaction as per the faculty availability
  • Apply learnings through projects while working in teams and establish a peer network
  • Final module-level exams will be conducted online
  • Opportunity to meet experts and experience the IITK campus during campus visits


  • Eligibility criteria: Bachelor’s degree (3/4 years program) or Master’s degree in (Engineering, Science, Economics, MBA etc) with at least 55% marks or 5.5/10 CPI.
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience (You need not be currently employed to be eligible).

Masters Degree in Business Leadership: Fees

Application fee ₹1500 (to be paid during application submission)

Fee structure for candidates opting to complete the program in 1 year.

Details Amount
Registration Fee
To be paid within 1 week of selection
Admission Fee
To be paid to complete enrollment
Module Fee
To be paid at the beginning of every quarter based on no. of modules selected
(Total 12 Modules)
₹45,000 per module
Quarter Fee*
To be paid at the beginning of every quarter
₹15,000 per quarter
Total Fee ₹8,00,000

*For every additional quarter, fees of Rs 15,000 will be applicable.
For Example

Candidates opting to complete the program in 5 quarters need to pay an additional fee of ₹15,000

Candidates opting to complete the program in 11 quarters need to pay an additional fee of ₹1,05,000

All other fees remain the same.

Fees paid are non-refundable(after a certain time period) and non-transferable.

Frequently Asked Questions

The core modules include

Pricing and Market

  • Pricing Fundamentals
  • Economic Value to the Customers and the Role of Costs
  • Understanding and measuring Willingness to pay.
  • Pricing a new product
  • Multi-product pricing
  • Segmentation and Product Line Pricing
  • Pricing and Law

Business Data Analytics

  • Data Exploration
  • Probability and Randomness
  • Decision-Making under Uncertainty
  • Regression Analysis
  • Time Series and Forecasting
  • Causal Analysis
  • Optimization and Simulation
  • Communicating with Data

Geopolitics, Economic Growth, and Emerging Market Opportunities

  • Introduction to Geopolitics
  • Economic Growth, Geo-politics, and their Interdependence
  • India’s regional security scenario
  • Defence Policy and first ever Defence Reforms 2020
  • Atmanirbharta in Defence- why so essential and reforms in the defense and aerospace industry
  • Industries with integrated emerging markets- Aeronautics, Space, Undersea
  • Dynamics of Multipolar World

Technology Oriented Modules

Platforms and Monopolies in the Digital World

  • What is a platform – open vs. closed platforms? CoWIN vs. all other private platforms
  • Network Effects and Monopolies in the platform economy
  • Unethical Practices of Platforms –Copy, Acquire and Kill
  • Market distortions created by platforms and regulatory approaches around the globe
  • Alternatives to the platforms – democratizing the digital economy. India’s unique approach
  • Challenges of networks vis platforms. What will work?
  • Regulations of platforms – ex-ante or ex-post? Light or heavy?
  • Aggregators and their impacts – on service providers/producers and employment

Security and Privacy in a digital world

  • Importance of security in a digital world. Why cyber-attacks take place
  • Government of India’s Cyber Security framework and institutional structure – MeitY, NSCS, Cert-IN, NCIIPC, etc
  • Software design, testing, and certification
  • Encryption and other techniques to harden the systems – Principles and practices
  • Privacy – the concept, its interpretation, and evolution of privacy as a fundamental right - Puttaswamy Case
  • Privacy in a digital world. Privacy-enhancing Technologies (PETs). Consent, data monetization, and breaches, SPAMS
  • Non-personal and open data – policies and practice. Privacy by design: concepts and their implementation.
  • History and contours of India’s data protection legislation. The regulatory landscape around privacy – international experiences.

Digital Governance and Digital Public Infrastructure

  • What are Digital Governance and DPI?
  • History of Digital Governance pre-Aadhaar
  • BPR in Digital Governance
  • Aadhaar and its impact
  • Digital India and its components
  • Implementing large technology projects in Government/Public Sector
  • Digital Public Infrastructure and Innovations – Identity, Payments, Health,
  • Commerce
  • Digital literacy, Digital Inclusion, and Citizen empowerment

Fin-tech, Health-tech, and other techs: Evolution and Regulatory Approaches

  • UPI- The architecture and its evolution – scale, and challenges ahead
  • Regulatory framework of fintech.
  • Crypto Currencies and policy imperatives.
  • AI and ML – the Opportunities and Challenges for India
  • Ethical Issues in AI and ML
  • Impact of Fintech on Banking
  • Health-Tech and associated regulatory challenges.
  • ABDM and ONDC – the emerging architecture of India’s digital economy in various sectors.

Development of Global Electronics Industry Ecosystem: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Electronics hardware industry and Imperatives for India
  • Policy framework for promoting electronics manufacturing- NPE 2012 and PLI
  • Mobile manufacturing
  • Chip design and semiconductor fabrication in India
  • Standards, Testing, and Certification in Electronic Hardware
  • ITA and global trade in electronics and semiconductor
  • Case Study- Set Top Boxes in India

Innovation, Incubation, and start-ups

  • What is innovation? Examples in various sectors. How do you measure it?
  • India’s innovation strategy and challenges – Where are we?
  • Innovations around Digital Public Infrastructure – Why does it work?
  • Funding innovation – eco-system of VCs and other mechanisms
  • Product creation – how can we become a product nation?
  • IPR management and WIPO
  • Technology transfer vs. indigenous technology.
  • Innovations – markets and scalability.

Cleantech for Sustainability and Climate Change

  • Science and Economics of Climate Change
  • Climate Negotiations
  • Carbon Markets and Climate Finance
  • eWaste management
  • Energy Security
  • Adaption

Financial Management: A Tech-oriented Approach

  • Technology life cycle & Finance
  • Finance Fundamentals I [Accounting, Present Values, Capital Budgeting]
  • Finance Fundamentals II [Portfolio Optimization and Diversification, Real Options]
  • Finance Fundamentals III [Stock Markets and Macroeconomic Considerations]
  • Financial Issues in the Product Development Phase
  • Financial Issues in the Market Introduction and Growth Phase
  • Financial issues in the Maturity Phase
  • Financial Issues in the Decline Phase

Defense Industry and Technologies – Opportunities and Challenges in Atmanirbharta

  • Defense Industry ecosystem and Defense capital procurement, including trial and testing
  • Defense Industry Reforms- from technology dependence to Atmanirbharta
  • iDEX- the start-up revolution
  • Unmanning and AI in Defence
  • Space defense tech and Undersea defense tech
  • Cyber and Information Warfare
  • Grey Zone Warfare

Telecom Sector in India – from POTS (Plain Old Telephones) to 5G and beyond

  • Regulatory Framework in the Telecom Sector – History and its Evolution.
  • Spectrum management policies and their evolution.
  • Market structure and competition
  • Digital Infrastructure – voice and data
  • Technology evolution in the Telecom sector: from 2G to 5G.
  • India’s innovation in sharing of infrastructure in the telecom sector.
  • Net neutrality
  • Internet Governance
  • Convergence and need for a converged regulatory framework. Telecom and Broadcasting

Capstone Project

About IIT Kanpur

Established in 1959 by the Government of India, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) is a globally acclaimed university for world-class education and research in science, engineering, management and humanities. We aim to provide leadership in technological innovation for the growth of India.

  • Ranked 1st in Innovation, 4th in Engineering and 5th in Overall Category by NIRF 2023
  • Built on world-class academic research culture
  • Offers various undergraduate, post-graduate, integrated, and research programs in the field of engineering, science, management, and design

State-of-the-Art Digital Learning Platform

The eMasters Program by IIT Kanpur will be delivered on iPearl.ai, a State-of-the-Art digital learning platform powered by TalentSprint. iPearl.ai, highly rated for its user experience, is a direct-to-device platform that works seamlessly on any internet-connected device and provides a single sign-on experience for all your learning needs, including recorded videos, reading material, live interactive sessions, assignments, quizzes, discussion forums, virtual lounges and more.