MBA – Shipping & Logistics

The maritime sector is undergoing a complete overhaul in the recent years and due to various developments and Government reforms initiated in India, including Sagarmala Project, subsidy schemes, Green Channel, Major Ports Authority bill among others, the sector is poised to experience renewed growth.

GMU, cognizant of this need, envisaged the course MBA – Shipping and Logistics as a means to develop experts of distinguished caliber. For this GMU has partnered with the reputed Copenhangen Business School.

  • CBS Executive and Copenhagen as a hub for Global Shipping is renowned for its experience within the shipping and related industries.
  • CBS Executive is a separate wing of the reputed Copenhagen Business School which offers the world-renowned CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (AKA: The Blue MBA).
  • The BLUE MBA has a world-class reputation in the Global Maritime Sector and is one of the best designed and executed course for management professionals
  • The course MBA in Shipping and Logistics offered by GMU has been modelled on the lines of the world- famous BLUE MBA offered by CBS and will be the first-of-its-kind offering in India.

The inputs in terms of a conducive learning environment, top-class infrastructure and learning facilities, adept faculty members with a rich history of contribution to industry and academics and the exposure offered to sub-national, national and international contexts through partnerships, helps forge the management professionals with the most sought-after capabilities here, at GMU.

The program is divided into a semester pattern of two semesters per year, with sufficient time given to students for pursuing internships, projects and extra-curricular activities.

This course would take the students through

Introduction to Maritime Management: The course covers the planning, organizing, staffing leading, coordinating and controlling functions that are critical for the current and future success of the shipping companies.

Introduction to Global Maritime industry: This course provides an overview of the funda­mentally different types of shipping that make up the global maritime supply chain

Shipping Finance: provide a good understanding of maritime and shipping economics, ship economics, and the economics of specialized shipping markets.

Marketing of shipping services: Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of marketing and advanced topics in strategic marketing and international marketing.

Logistics and supply chain management: This course examines the planning and management of logistics services and supply chain operations. The course would also cover the combination of multiple transport modes in the context of intermodal and multimodal transportation.

The digital transformation of shipping industry: This course would provide the students an understanding of the Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and Block-chain solutions deployed in shipping and logistics.

Human resources management: The course would enable learners to place an increased focus on human capital with developing and retaining talented work, negotiate empowerment and inclusion.

In addition to the above-mentioned courses, the student would also learn advanced topics covered through electives including Maritime Law, Chartering, Port operations, Marine Insurance among others based on their interest.

Target Audience

  • Professionals and freshers who wish to undergo a rigorous niche sector MBA, offering an unprecedented depth of learning with a global outlook.
  • Motivated and self-driven learners who wish to set themselves apart from the general crowd and be a part of a course designed by the best minds in the shipping academia.
  • Professionals looking for advancement in their careers and drive revolutionary changes in their organizations. Candidates desirous of building a rich career as a Shipping and Logistics expert would find the course extremely suited to their needs.

MBA - Shipping & Logistics – unlimited career prospects

The course MBA – Shipping and Logistics has been designed based on the industry demand for specialized courses unlike other programmes. We exist to cater to a very specific industry need of highly trained professionals in terms of quality and sectoral knowledge matching international standards who would be comfortable working in any environment.  The following key global and national developments towards a renewed “Blue Revolution” would offer a plethora of opportunities to management professionals in the sector:

  1. Increasing Global Demand for manpower: An analysis of maritime jobs globally shows that the technical jobs contribute to ~49 % and commercial jobs contribute to ~51% of the total jobs in the maritime industry. Based on Hong Kong Maritime service industry report[1], the manpower demand globally in business services and shipping logistics and management is estimated to be ~ 1.08 million and ~ 2.93 million respectively in 2025.
  2. Addressing modern sectoral challenges: As per the 2019 Global Maritime Issues Monitor, conducted in partnership with the Global Maritime Forum and the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), highly likelihood issues at the sector level like Decarbonization, Global economic crisis, Climate Change, cyber-attacks and automation requires a new age skillset for which the sector is least prepared which will be offered through the proposed course.
  3. Covid-19 Scenario implications: India, with its demographic and strategic advantages is presented with an opportunity to establish itself as a leader in International trade and as a viable alternate to China.
  4. Government initiatives and reforms: A number of Government Initiatives and reforms are proposed in India, including Sagarmala Project, subsidy schemes for ship building, make in India initiative, Green Channel, Major Ports Authority bill among others, which will drive growth in the sector and in turn generate the need for management professionals to manage the growth.
  5. Projected demand supply gap: Estimates of Manpower deployment in Maritime Management sector in India indicate the demand-supply gap of 52 thousand management professionals in the conservative scenario and 2 lakh management professionals in the average-case scenario by 2030 given the supply capacity and the growth rates of the sector.

MBA - Shipping & Logistics – Broad Course Structure (Tentative)

Sem I
Subject CodeCourse NameL-T-PCredits
SMM4110Financial Statements and Analysis3-0-03
SMM4111Introduction to Global Maritime Sector3-0-03
SMM4112Law for Managers3-0-03
SMM4113Managerial Communication3-0-03
SMM4114Managerial Economics3-0-03
SMM4115Operations Research Models3-0-03
SMM4116Statistics for Management3-0-03
SMM4117Organizational Behaviour3-0-03
SMM4118Spreadsheets and Data Visualization1-0-43
Total Credit27
Sem II
Subject CodeCourse NameL-T-PCredits
SMM4210Law for Maritime Managers3-0-03
SMM4211Digital Technologies for Maritime Sector3-0-03
SMM4212International Trade3-0-03
SMM4213Logistics and Supply Chain Management3-0-03
SMM4214Maritime Human Resource Management3-0-03
SMM4215The Blue Economy3-0-03
SMM4216Financial Management3-0-03
SMM4217International Business Communication2-0-23
SMM4218Marketing Management3-0-03
Total Credit27
Subject CodeCourse NameL-T-PCredits
SMM4301Law of the Sea3-0-03
SMM4302Management of Shipping Companies3-0-03
SMM4303Maritime Infrastructure and PPP3-0-03
SMM4304Maritime Insurance  and Risk Management3-0-03
SMM4305Port Management3-0-03
SMM4306Services Marketing for Maritime Managers3-0-03
SMM4307Ship Building and Breaking3-0-03
SMM4308Strategic Management3-0-03
SMM4309Master’s Thesis I2-0-02
SMM4310Summer Internship Project             –6
Total Credit26+6
Semester IV
Subject CodeCourse NameL-T-PCredits
SMM4401Innovation and Entrepreneurship4-0-04
SMM4402Liner Trade and Multi Modal Transportation3-0-03
SMM4403Safety and Environment Management in Shipping4-0-04
SMM4404Shipping Finance4-0-04
SMM4405Master’s Thesis II6
Total Credit21

The courses mentioned in Semesters II to IV are subject to review and revision by the appropriate authorities and experts to meet the industrial requirements.

Coding Method:

  • SMM – School of Maritime Management
  • 4/5 – Levels
  • 1 – Semester
  • 0 – Compulsory Course
  • 1 – Specialization Course
  • 9 – Elective Course

Externship Programme at Copenhagen Business School

GMU shall explore offering an externship for students desirous of completing part of their credit requirement towards the course in Denmark at Copenhagen Business School at an additional cost. The students will be given the choice of opting in for Global Externship at the end of their first year wherein a part of the credit requirements for the award of their degree would be met by undertaking courses or short-term projects at Copenhagen under the direct guidance and supervision of CBS. The cost of the Global Externship including the tuition fees would be borne by the student on actual basis.


Fee Structure for fully residential two-year MBA in Shipping & Logistics for the Academic Year 2020-21 is as below:

ParticularsYear – 1Year – 2Total (Rs.)
Sem- 1Sem – 2Sem – 3Sem- 4
Tuition Fee1,23,0001,23,0001,23,0001,23,0004,92,000
Examination Fee2,0002,0002,0002,0008,000
Total Programme Fees*  (Rs.)1,25,0001,25,0001,25,0001,25,0005,00,000
Cost of Externship ProgrammeOn Actual BasisOn Actual BasisOn Actual BasisOn Actual BasisOn Actual Basis

*Programme fee structure is subject to the final approval of the Fee Regulatory Committee


Admission to the fully residential two-year MBA program is open to graduates from any discipline provided he/she fulfils the eligibility criteria and qualifies through the selection process.

Course Duration

The course duration shall be 2 years. The program is divided into a semester pattern of two semesters per year, with sufficient time given to students for pursuing internships, projects and extra-curricular activities.

Seats and Intake

A total of 30 Seats are available for admission under the MBA Program in Maritime Management (with specialization in Shipping & Logistics Management) at Gujarat Maritime University (GMU)

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% marks in case of SC/ST/SEBC/EWS Category candidates), awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the Central or State legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a university as per the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of Education, Government of India. (Formerly Ministry of Human Resource Development)

Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if he/she submits a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of his/her College/Institute within one month of commencement of classes stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.

GMU accepts CAT /XAT / MAT / CMAT/GMAT score for application to its programmes.


The candidates shortlisted on the basis of aggregate CAT /XAT / MAT / CMAT/GMAT  score will be required to appear for Group Discussion / Personal Interview (PI) for confirming his/her admission.

*Amid the COVID19 breakout, GMU will not hold physical GD / PI. Instead the GD/PI this year (A.Y. 2020-21) shall be done online. Any candidates who fails to score more than 25% marks in PI, will not be considered for Merit and shall be further waitlisted.

Gujarat Maritime University (GMU) further reserves the right to conduct further online / offline examination for admission to its MBA Program in Maritime Management, in addition to the dates already announced.

How to Apply?

GMU offers admissions under State Quota seats, administered by the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) and All-India seats for which the admission processes are described below: State Quota Seats (50%): For admission under the State quota seats, a candidate has to apply at Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) website ( and follow the instructions therein. The Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) shall prepare a merit list, out of the students who have applied for the course. Candidates are to follow the document and fee submission deadlines as specified by the ACPC. All India Seats (50%): A candidate seeking admission under the All India seats quota shall apply on-line at the University website under the admissions section and fill the requisite application forms. The application forms and the fee payment links will be available from 12th August 2020, 10:00 am onwards.

Application Form

The candidates who appeared for CAT / XAT / MAT / CMAT/ GMAT and have a valid score at the time of admission will be offered admissions in the GMU’s Maritime Management Program.

Application Fees

Application fees will be charged  from the students as below which need to be paid while filling out the online application forms.

CategoryApplication Fee

Applicants are required  to note the application ID generated on successful submission of the application form. The application ID is to be used for all communication with the university officials during the admissions stage. On successful submission of the application form, the candidates will be redirected to the admission fee payment page. Candidates may choose the mode of payment from the available options  and pay the fees as applicable. The application forms and the fee payment links will be available from 12th August 2020, 10:00 am onwards.

Reservation of Seats

Gujarat Professional Technical Educational Colleges or Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) Act, 2007 and in reference to the Master of Business Administration Course (Regulation of Admission and Payment of Fees) Rules, 2020, the seats shall be reserved towards admission in Government Seats who are of Gujarat origin and falling under the following categories and in following proportion;

Sr. No.Reservation CategoryWeightage (% Seats)
1.Scheduled Castes07%
2.Scheduled Tribes15%
3.Socially & Educationally Backward Classes27%
4.Economically Weaker Section (EWS)10%

Over and above, three percent of the seats will be reserved for students belonging to the Differently abled Category.

Students are required to submit relevant valid proof documents to support the reservation of seats are required to be submitted during the time of admission.

Disclaimer and Notice

Providing inaccurate or incomplete information or malpractice of any kind or canvassing will result in disqualification of the Candidate.

Please note that admission to any category of candidate is subject to meeting the selection criteria as specified by GMU. In case of any dispute, the jurisdiction will be the competent court of Gandhinagar only.

Ragging is totally banned in GMU and anyone found guilty of ragging and/ or abetting ragging is liable to be punished as per the GMU Anti-Ragging Policy.

The candidates are to note that since the programme is in the first year of commencement, the fee structure is subject to revision by the fee regulatory committee. In case  of an upwards revision the institute will be authorized by the fee regulatory committee to collect the excess fees. In case of a downward revision, the difference will be refunded to the students.

Get in touch with us

For further details, please reach us to at:
Director, School of Maritime Management,
Gurubhavan, GNLU Campus,
Attalika Avenue Knowledge Corridor,
Koba, Gandhinagar,
Gujarat – 382426
Ph. 079-23270500

Admission Helpline: +91-6356894500
Whatsapp: 8141314444