Vision of the Programme

The objective of this Ph.D. Programme in Management is to equip students with necessary skills to identify and carry out research on complex issues in the specialized field of management. The programme is strongly committed to preparing thought leaders, both for the academic and corporate world. Graduates of the Ph.D. Programme in Management are placed in world class organizations in teaching, research and consulting positions. A total of 422 doctoral students have graduated from IIMA so far.

The Ph.D. Programme in Management seeks candidates with outstanding academic credentials, intellectual curiosity and discipline needed to make scholarly contribution to society. It provides a diverse set of opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and research The student becomes part of one of the eleven functional/sectoral areas and acquires the super specialized theoretical knowledge and practical aspects of the area. The small class size allows close interaction with faculty members, who provide the intellectual stimulus and help develop the student's own research interests and professional goals. Students generally spend a little over four years to complete their Ph.D. which include two years of rigorous course work. Course work in the first year provides a general management overview and develops basic skills for analyzing managerial problems. In the second year, students take advanced Ph.D. level courses in their areas of high levels of specialization. After completing the course work, students have to pass an area comprehensive examination to demonstrate that they have reached a level of proficiency in the area of high levels of specialization. The Ph.D. dissertation, for the next couple of years, provides them with an opportunity to make original contribution to an area of management or to one of its source disciplines. Students admitted to the Ph.D. Programme receive a comprehensive fellowship that covers all costs and in addition provides a modest living allowance.


Chairperson's Message

Ph.D. Programme in Management at IIMA remains the first choice for students aspiring to pursue a career in Management in India. The Programme is almost 50 years old and is one of the earliest Doctoral Programmes for Management Sciences in India.

In the next twenty years, IIMA aspires to be the leading school for Management research in the Asia pacific as well as the world. We are looking for students who are likely to become knowledge creators and international research leaders and contribute by creating impact on methodology and/or practice.

The advantage of choosing IIMA for a Doctoral Programme in Management lies in the breadth and depth of its curriculum and learning resources. IIMA faculty are trained from the top schools of management in the world. The students can choose their research topic from eleven disciplinary areas of expertise such as Agriculture, Economics, Finance and Accounting, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Innovation and Management in Education, Marketing, Organizational Behaviour, Production and Quantitative Methods, Public Systems Group and Strategy. These

extensive selection of subjects provides students with an opportunity to choose from a wide range of dissertation topics and one that is close to their heart. Students can also take topics that are multi-disciplinary in nature. The focus is on pushing the frontiers of knowledge and creating new knowledge.

Research collaboration with faculties from universities abroad is also supported and encouraged. We boost students to join academic, research and professional networks early-on in their career. We provide excellent research facilities including a state-of-the-art library on management literature, journals and databases, data labs with high computing facility, subject specific research centers, housing on campus, a decent fellowship, and additional financial support for research and conference attendance.

The first two years of rigorous coursework provide the requisite theoretical foundation and in-depth understanding of the respective areas of specialization. Successful completion of the course work makes students eligible to pursue their dissertation. The Ph.D. students have to demonstrate their independent research thinking through publications in top class academic journals and make scholarly presentations of their work.

We welcome you to join the Ph.D. Programme and be a part of the IIMA community.

Prof. Diptesh Ghosh
Chairperson, Ph.D. Programme in Management


Application for the Ph.D. Programme in Management is separate from application for CAT. Advertisement for the Ph.D. Programme appears during the month of September every year in daily newspapers/business magazines.

Application Form and Brochure for the same are available online. Candidates can fill-up the application form online and an application fee of Rs. 500/- (liable to change) can be paid through IIMA gateway.

IIMA faculty will then evaluate the applications that have been submitted and invite the selected group of candidates for personal interviews with the faculty and members of the Ph.D. Programme Executive Committee. Based on the interviews candidates will be recommended for admission.

Ph.D. Programme in Management admits students who have a strong academic background, are highly motivated and have the intellectual curiosity to undertake original research.

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