Executive-Friendly Program | High Impact Format

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 degree 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 (3/4 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 has achieved a global ranking of 278th in the QS World University Rankings 2024. It secured the 63rd position in the QS World Ranking 2024 Asia Region. Additionally, the institute has attained the 5th rank in India according to NIRF in the overall category for the year 2023 and proudly holds the #1 rank in the Innovation category among Indian universities.

IIT Kanpur boasts a robust network of more than 45,000 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: Receives mentorship and career support through the Office of Digital Learning Placement Cell, an eMasters student driven process.
  5. Incubation Support: Incubation support for promising startup initiatives by IIT Kanpur.

As an Institution of National Importance, IIT Kanpur enjoys autonomous status under the MHRD. Though this program is an online degree program, it is an approved program offered within the institute’s charter. The UGC/AICTE guidelines do not apply to this program. The program and degree are and will remain valid.

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 and IITK researchers in the delivery of the modules. They may also invite some guests from reputed industries and prestigious institutions for the demand of the module.

  • 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.
  • Peer Networking: Join the elite community of professionals from top companies, world-class practitioners, and researchers and find complementing synergies of common interests.
  • IIT Kanpur Alumni Status: Become a part of IIT Kanpur's alumni network with over 45000 members spanning across the globe.
  • Incubation Support: Incubation support for promising startup initiatives by IIT Kanpur.
  • Placement Support: Receives mentorship and career support through the Office of Digital Learning Placement Cell, an eMasters student driven process.

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.

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 students receive mentorship and career support through The Office of Digital Learning Placement cell.

The cell follows the policy of lateral placement. Placement at ODL IIT Kanpur is a student driven process and through student participation, it is taken forward.

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

Like any other regular students of IIT Kanpur, you will be connected with ECell IIT Kanpur (https://www.ecelliitk.org/) and Startup Incubation and Innovation Center (https://siicincubator.com/). Note that it is not necessary to be an IITK alumni to have a startup incubated at SIIC

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.

Live interactive sessions will be mostly 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.

There will be 1 hour of live interaction per module, and recorded lectures lasting 1.5-2 hours per week. In total, there will be 20-24 contact hours, including live interactive sessions and recorded lectures, per module per quarter.

Final exams for each module will be 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 exams are under the preview of the instructor. eMasters modules will have continuous evaluation throughout the quarter (assignment, quizzes, presentations etc.; milestones for projects) in virtual mode. Exams may include multiple sections, which may include objective as well as subjective sessions, with or without negative marking. The final exam will be conducted in physical mode.

The attendance policy may vary from one module to the other and will be enforced by the respective instructor. For genuine cases, instructors may allow absence provided prior intimation (for planned events) or some reason (in case of emergencies) is provided.

Time Frame eMasters Academic Year
January- March 2023 2022-23, Q3
April- June 2023 2022-23, Q4
July - September 2023 2023-24, Q1
October-December 2023 2023-24, Q2

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

Yes please find the below details of fee waivers opportunity available

IIT Kanpur eMasters programme offers incentives in the form of discounts to employees of government, defense, PSU, MSME, and other corporate employees. The approved maximum waiver is listed below. However, the exact waiver is at the discretion of the concerned program coordinator in consultation with the HoD. The concerned entity (Department/PSU/MSME/ Corporate) must come to an agreement with IIT Kanpur or provide a formal/written document when sponsoring/nominating students for the eMasters Programme.

Table 1: Employees of Government, PSUs, or Defense Departments

SNo Category Nominated/Sponsored* Max Applicable Fee Waiver
1 Defense Personnel Sponsored Fee waiver of last 3 modules
2 Defense Personnel Nominated Fee waiver of last 2 modules
3 PSU/Govt. Depts Sponsored Fee waiver of last 2 modules
4 PSU/Govt. Depts Nominated Fee waiver of last 1 module

The above waivers are applicable even if one candidate is nominated/sponsored by the concerned entities. Government includes constitutional bodies as well as non- constitutional bodies (i.e., all statutory, regulatory, executive bodies) like Finance Commission, UPSC, SEBI, TRAI, CERC/SERCs, RBI, FSSAI, NHB, Niti Ayog, CBI etc.

Table 2: Employees of Private Entities (MSME’S/Corporates)

SNo Category Min No. of Students# Max Applicable Fee Waiver
1 MSME 3 Fee waiver of last 2 modules
2 Other Corporates 5 Fee waiver of last 2 modules

#The above waivers are applicable only if the minimum number of candidates are sponsored/ nominated by the concerned entities.
*Nominated: Refers to candidates nominated by the concerned entity but self-funded.
*Sponsored: Refers to candidates whose 50% or more fee is funded by the concerned entity. Please note, for sponsored candidate whose fees is directly paid by an organization, an 18% GST will be applicable as per GoI norms.

Fee waiver will be applicable for the eMasters students admitted from the upcoming admission cohort (Jan 2024) onwards.

To avail the fee waiver if applicable please submit your request via the form below https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnzTXANwB2maWAFqWZPeiW1cBrxRvcP2R_23He9WiT5GFJSA/viewform

Please note : IIT Kanpur reserves the right to determine, at its sole discretion, whether to grant fee waiver on the programs or not. The decision to grant or deny a discount is entirely within the Institute's purview.
Submission of a request for a discount or any related communication with the Institute does not create any entitlement or expectation of receiving a discount.
The Institute reserves the right to modify, amend, or discontinue any discount program at any time.
All decisions made by the Institute regarding discounts are final. There is no appeals process, and the Institute is under no obligation to provide explanations for its decisions.

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

The initial receipt would be generated by the TalentSprint instantly, and IIT Kanpur invoice would be issued in a short while.

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.

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 before the commencement of the class of the admission quarter. The other refund rule is given in section 7.11 of the eMasters Student Handbook.

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
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

For details of the refund rule post commencement of the programme, Please refer to Section 7.11 of eMasters Student Handbook.

Yes, please refer to your iPearl account for dates by when you can drop a module and carry forward to the next quarter.

Eligibility and Admission Process

Bachelor's degree (3/4 years program) for Financial Analysis, Business Finance, Public Policy, Quantitative Finance and Risk Management, Power Sector and Fintech Program or Bachelor's degree (4 years program) for all other 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 (3/4 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. The registration process involves payments of fees for the quarter, fees for the modules opted, 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.

A candidate with a 3-year bachelor's degree is eligible for a certain eMasters programmes.

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 'F' or 'E'. 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, 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 is mostly held in online mode.

Grades: Prior to 2022 Fourth Quarter, 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

Grades: From 2022 Fourth Quarter, Ten letter grades: A*, A, B+, B, C+, C, D+, 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+:9, B:8, C+:7, C:6, D+:5, D:4, E:0, 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 E or 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 (in 4 quarters for the programme takes admission once in a year), 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 a D or D+ grade in a module may be allowed to 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.

The curriculum is designed and delivered by the faculty of concerned departments of IIT Kanpur. They may invite some guest faculties/ experts from reputed industries and institutions for the need of the programme.

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 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).