IIM Calcutta, popularly known as IIM-C is one the most prestigious B-schools in India. IIM-C was established by the Government of India as the first national institute for the masters and research studies in the field Management. Over the years, the institute has grown to be an autonomous body and became one of Asia’s best management institutes with global reputation.

IIM-C offers numerous courses (both short-term and long-term) in the field of business and management. Two of the most sought after courses among these are CEMS MIM and Executive MBA. Masters in International Management (CEMS MIM) is a postgraduate, pre-experience degree that is developed in collaboration with IIM and CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education. CEMS was formerly known as “The Community of European Management Schools, and is a conglomerate of key business schools across the globe of which IIM-C is a member. On the other hand, an MBA for executives is a Full Time Residential Programme designed for the Executives who have professional experience of five years or more. The course helps the working professionals who are in the mid-level of their career improve their existing skill sets and prepares them for senior management roles in the company.

The following table is a comparison between MBA for executives and CEMS MiM, both offered by IIMC. 

CriteriaCEMS MiMMBA for Executive
Partner InstitutionCEMSOffered independently by IIM C
Work ExperienceNo work Experience requiredMinimum five years of work experience required
Program Duration 2 year long1 year long
Exposure AbroadStudents compulsorily spend one term abroad at a partner institute No such exposure for a term abroad
CurriculumThe course offers block seminars, undertaking Business Projects, skill Seminars, and taking elective courses prescribed by the MIM curriculum.A blend of case discussion and theoretical knowledge with debate and interaction based core courses, elective courses and business case competitions. 
International internshipStudents are required to undertake an 8 weeks-long international internship project outside the country of the home school.No such provision
Provision for regular IIMC studentsIIMC 2year MBA program students can directly enroll in this program.This program runs independently and no other program student can participate. 

CEMC MIM and Executive MBA are two management programs that are highly sought by students. However, choosing the right one for you depends on your position in terms of your career and your future plans. 

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