Frequently Asked Questions

About Program

In a rapidly changing world, working professionals must continually upgrade their knowledge and keep up with the latest developments in diverse fields to be effective and remain relevant. To meet such needs of the industry professionals, online certification programs worldwide have exploded in the last decade. They have matured into formal degree-granting programs in many Universities in the USA and Europe. It has, therefore, become imperative for practicing professionals to have access to a complete ecosystem of knowledge. The eMasters program of IIT Kanpur has been designed to fulfill this requirement. Moreover, given the high reputation of IIT Kanpur in its teaching and evaluation standards, these formal degree courses, with their intended high quality and standard, will help professionals in vertical career growth and improve employment potential during a later movement.

eMasters is a new post-graduate level program at IIT Kanpur. It is an entirely online program, with all lectures, discussions, quizzes, and assignments available through an award-winning digital learning platform. The faculty will deliver the course content of IIT Kanpur. The program offers several flexible tracks, with multi-disciplinary modules, to facilitate learning for the professional. All modules are intellectually stimulating and State-of-the-Art — the hallmark of IIT Kanpur.

eMasters is not equivalent to an MTech program, nor is it an online version of MTech. Unlike MTech, eMasters does not have a thesis component, and the structure and nature of the courses may differ from those of MTech. It can be considered a work-integrated program since professional experience in the relevant areas is considered for admission into the program.

The program is ideal for working professionals who want to stay agile, effective and relevant in a fast-changing technology-dominated world. The candidate should have a bachelor's degree (4 years program) or a masters degree in appropriate discipline with at least 55% marks or 5.5/10 CPI + 2 years of work experience (an applicant need not be employed to be eligible). Candidates with relevant experience will be preferred.

IIT Kanpur is consistently ranked amongst the top 5 engineering institutes in India over the past several decades. Ranks at 4 and 5 in the Engineering and Overall categories by the NIRF in 2021.

IIT Kanpur is among the top 100 universities of the world in terms of citations per faculty. It bagged 93rd position in QS World University Ranking 2022 and India’s 4th best University in terms of the Employer Reputation judged by 2021 ranking survey.

IIT Kanpur was ranked third among engineering colleges by India Today in 2021.

IIT Kanpur has a strong network of 45000 illustrious alumni spanning across the globe.

  1. Academic outcomes: Build relevant expertise to stay agile, effective and relevant in a fast-changing technology-dominated world.
  2. IIT Kanpur Degree: Get a degree from IIT Kanpur, a globally acclaimed education and research university in science, engineering, management, and humanities.
  3. IIT Kanpur Alumni Status: Become a part of a global alumni network with 45000+ illustrious members.
  4. Placement Support: Receive mentorship and career support through IIT Kanpur placement cell.
  5. Incubation Support: Incubation support for promising startup initiatives by IIT Kanpur.

Each academic year is divided into four quarters. Each quarter is of 10 weeks duration. It will comprise 8 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of the examination period. There will be a break of 2 weeks between any two subsequent quarters.

The IIT Kanpur faculty will deliver the Program. They may take support from their teaching assistants in the delivery of their respective modules.

  • Placement Support: Receive mentorship and career support through IIT Kanpur placement cell.
  • Incubation Support: Incubation support for promising startup initiatives by IIT Kanpur.
  • IIT Kanpur Alumni Status: Become a part of IIT Kanpur's alumni network with over 45000 members spanning across the globe.
  • Peer Networking: Join the elite community of professionals from top companies, world-class practitioners, and researchers and find complementing synergies of common interests.
  • Building Deep Expertise: Build deep expertise in the domain of your interest with multi-disciplinary modules, lectures, discussions, quizzes, and assignments leveraging IIT Kanpur’s excellent track record and extensive experience in teaching and research.

No, one need not quit the job to pursue the eMasters Program by IIT Kanpur. The program is designed in an executive-friendly manner which allows the participants to continue with their regular full-time job while pursuing the program. All the live interactive led sessions for the program will be held during the weekends to ensure it does not impact your weekday work schedule.

Yes, IIT Kanpur will award the eMasters degree to the participants who have successfully completed the program requirements.

Yes, after completing the program, you will become a part of IIT Kanpur's alumni network with over 45000 members spanning across the globe.

Your peer group will consist of professionals from top companies, world-class practitioners, academicians, and researchers.

No. A participant is allowed to take only one program at a time. Therefore, you need to specify the program of your choice at the time of your application.

Program/Specialization Minimum Seats Maximum Seats
Cyber Security 50 100
Communication Systems 50 100
Derivative Markets and Risk Management 100 300
Power Sector Regulation, Economics and Management 25 50

Some of the students graduating from the eMasters may subsequently wish to join other programs like MTech or Ph.D. at IIT Kanpur after going through the regular admission process and fulfilling the eligibility requirements as specified by the respective programs. If admitted, a student with a eMasters degree may request for a waiver of up to 60 credits of coursework during MTech/PhD programs and a waiver of two semesters of residential requirements at the IIT Kanpur. The academic authorities will approve the credit transfer as per the prevailing PG Manual.

Program participants get several career advancement and networking opportunities. Apart from an illustrious peer group of professionals, practitioners, and researchers, the program participants get access to a 45000+ strong IIT Kanpur’s global alumni network. Plus, they can access the IIT Kanpur placement cell and incubation cell.

Yes, the participants will receive mentorship and career support through the IIT Kanpur placement cell.

Yes, incubation support is provided for promising startup initiatives by IIT Kanpur.

You need to complete 12 modules under the eMasters Program. You will have the flexibility to choose a number of modules (minimum 0 and maximum 3) in each quarter.

Participants can complete their eMasters degree in minimum 4 quarters (1 year) and maximum 12 quarters (3 years) depending on the number of modules they choose in each quarter. A maximum of 3 modules can be chosen and completed in each quarter.

Program Delivery

Each module will consist of synchronous and asynchronous learning components. Asynchronous learning including recorded videos, reading material, etc will be shared during the weekdays; whereas synchronous learning via live interactive sessions will be conducted during weekends.

All live interactive sessions will be held during the weekends. The exact schedule for the live interactive sessions for each module will be announced closer to the start of the module.

Final exams for each module will be conducted at select examination centers across India. In case the exams are conducted online, then these will be proctored remotely. Exact details about the final exams will be shared closer to the start of the respective modules.

The final exams will be conducted in at least 10 major cities across India. These would include New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Guwahati. Additional centers may be added subject to the number of participants from a particular region.

Campus Visit

The campus visit is a crucial part of this program. It facilitates an in-class experience of face-to-face sessions. Participants not only get an opportunity to meet the faculty members and network amongst themselves; they also get a chance to immerse themselves in the rich academic environment of the institution. They can avail the library facilities during their stay and also use the study areas and social spaces open to the entire community on the campus.

Campus Visits are optional in nature.

During the campus visits, participants will be provided with accommodation at IIT Kanpur.

The campus visit fee will be based on actuals.

Participants can visit IIT Kanpur other than the scheduled visits subject to confirmation from the respective Program department or Program faculty.

Program Fee

The application fee for each program is ₹ 1,500 (INR One Thousand and Five Hundred Only)

Yes, you will get receipts for all the payments made towards the eMasters Program. Please note that the payment process is powered by the IIT Kanpur’s edTech partner, talentsprint.com.

You will have to pay ₹ 40,000 (INR Forty Thousand Only) within 1 (one) week of your selection in order to block your seat in the eMasters Program. The balance fee can be paid as per the schedule available on the program page.

The January 2022 batch will be eligible for an exclusive scholarship of Rs 2,00,000. This scholarship will be adjusted against the fee payable from the 4th Quarter onwards.

Yes. For more details, please write to us at emasters@iitk.ac.in

Yes, the Quarterly Registration Fee is ₹ 15,000 (INR Fifteen Thousand Only) irrespective of the number of modules chosen in a particular quarter.

No, the application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Yes, the program registration fee is refundable subject to a deduction of ₹ 10,000 (INR Ten Thousand Only) in case a participant withdraws from the program. The last date for withdrawal is November 30, 2021 post which there will be no refund of any fee paid towards this program.

Please refer to the fee schedule or write to us at emasters@iitk.ac.in to know these details.

The total fee for a eMasters Degree can vary from ₹ 8,00,000 to ₹ 9,20,000 depending on the duration in which you complete the program. Sample calculation is given below:

Details Scenario 1:
eMasters in 1 Year
Scenario 2:
eMasters in 2 Years
Scenario 3:
eMasters in 3 Years
Program
Registration Fee
₹ 2,00,000 ₹ 2,00,000 ₹ 2,00,000
Total Module Fee
for 12 modules
(@ ₹ 45,000 per module)
₹ 5,40,000 ₹ 5,40,000 ₹ 5,40,000
Total Quarter
Registration Fee
(@ ₹ 15,000 per Quarter)
₹ 60,000 ₹ 1,20,000 ₹ 1,80,000
Total Fee ₹ 8,00,000 ₹ 8,60,000 ₹ 9,20,000

Note: The January 2022 batch will be eligible for an exclusive scholarship of Rs 2,00,000. This scholarship will be adjusted against the fee payable from the 4th Quarter onwards.

Eligibility and Admission Process

Bachelor's degree (4 years program) or a Master’s degree in appropriate discipline with at least 55% marks or 5.5/10 CPI + 2 years of work experience (an applicant need not be employed to be eligible). Candidates with relevant experience will be preferred.

Shortlisting of candidates will be based on certain minimum criteria covering their overall academic performance and professional experience.

An admission test designed to thoroughly evaluate the applicant’s domain knowledge and competence may be conducted by IIT Kanpur. This may be followed by an interview conducted by a departmental committee.

The program is ideal for working professionals who want to stay agile, effective and relevant in a fast-changing technology-dominated world. The candidate should have a bachelor's degree (4 years program) or a masters degree in appropriate discipline with at least 55% marks or 5.5/10 CPI + 2 years of work experience (an applicant need not be employed to be eligible). Candidates with relevant experience will be preferred.

An admitted student registers for the program once at the beginning of the program. Program registration is valid for three years. A student may apply to extend the program registration if all the program requirements are not completed. A student is further required to register for every module that’s taken in a quarter. Students must register during the registration period for the selected modules subject to credit load constraints. There will be no provision to add/drop modules. The registration process involves submitting a duly approved module/s registration form for the quarter and payment of fees for the quarter and clearance of any outstanding dues.

Yes, applicants with less than 55% in 10th or 12th are eligible to apply for eMasters Degree. However, one needs to have at least 55% marks or 5.5/10 CPI in their Bachelor’s Degree (4 years program) or Master’s Degree to be eligible for the eMasters Degree.

Applicants with a 3-year Bachelor’s Degree are eligible only if they have completed their Master’s degree. In the absence of a Master’s Degree, one needs to have completed a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree to be eligible for the eMasters Degree.

The minimum work experience required to pursue eMasters Degree is Two (2) years. Applicants with less than 2 years of experience will not be considered.

Curriculum and Evaluation

Each teaching unit in a quarter is defined as a module. A module entails 8 weeks of teaching followed by an examination period of 2 weeks. Each Module will carry 5 credits.

There are two types of modules- core and electives. A program may have a set of core modules defined that are compulsory and a set of modules as electives. A student must take all core modules and obtain a grade other than X. In addition, a student must take sufficient electives to fulfill the credit requirements for the program. For courses requiring pre-announced laboratory components, students may be required to be present on campus for a predefined period.

The minimum duration for the program is 4 quarters, and the maximum duration will be 12 quarters. The normal load per quarter is 15 credits, where each Module is 5 credits. Each module will be of 10 weeks’ duration: the first 8 weeks will be used for teaching and exams will be held in 9/10 weeks.

A student may opt for 0, 5, 10 or 15 credits in a quarter, depending on his/her professional workload. As long as they have registered for the program and paid the fee for each quarter, there is no minimum load requirement. The academic authorities may permit overload up to a maximum of 4 modules in exceptional circumstances.

A student should have completed 60 credits, earned a minimum CPI of 6.5, paid all the dues to the Institute and should have no pending cases of indiscipline against him/her to successfully graduate from the eMasters Program.

The module evaluation policies (attendance, grading, marks distribution etc.) will be announced prior to the commencement of a module in that particular quarter. The end-of-quarter proctored examination will be conducted at pre-designated centers where the students appear in person and validate their identity to take the examination.

Seven letter grades: A*, A, B, C, D, E, F can be awarded. The correspondence between grades and points (on a 10-point scale) is as follows:

A*: 10, A: 10, B: 8. C: 6, D: 4, E: 2. F: 0

In every registered module, a student is awarded one of the letter grades indicating his/her overall performance in the module and earns 5 credits except when the awarded grade is F in which case no credits are earned. If a student does not complete sufficient requirements for a module, the instructor may award grade I (Incomplete). The student must complete the module requirements within 2 quarters, after which the instructor will convert an I grade to a regular letter grade, failing which it will be automatically converted to an F grade.

A student getting an E or an F grade in a module must either repeat it or substitute it with another module as suggested by the academic authorities. A student getting a D grade in a module may be allowed to repeat it.

The minimum CPI requirement for continuing in the program or for graduation will be 6.5.

The curriculum is designed and delivered by the faculty of concerned departments of IIT Kanpur.

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.

All sessions will be conducted by IIT Kanpur faculty. Industry experts may be invited to share their valuable experience.

Do not worry. In case you miss a session, you will be given access to view the recorded video of the session. However, attendance would not be considered for watching the recorded archive.

You will receive mentorship and career support through IIT Kanpur placement cell.

You will need the following infrastructure to access our platform:

  • Device: A Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone with camera and mic.
  • Internet: A regular broadband/wifi connection or a mobile 4G connection.
  • Note: Proctored online assessments can be taken only on a Desktop/Laptop with a web camera and mic (not allowed on tablets/smartphones).