Director's Message

IIM Ahmedabad is India's premier management school, world renowned for its excellence in research and education. IIMA's doctoral programme contributes to the Institute's mission by supporting the pursuit of cutting edge research.

The doctoral programme prepares qualified and capable scholars who will shape thought in academic institutions and management organizations. We recruit highly motivated individuals with outstanding academic backgrounds. The doctoral programme provides participants exposure to a broad variety of research interests and faculty deeply engaged with practice and policy. We encourage women, non-Indian nationals, Persons with Disabilities, and those belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and other Backward Classes to apply to the programme.

Students develop strong theoretical foundations through coursework in particular areas and receive training in highly specialized research methods. At the dissertation stage, they have an opportunity to engage actively and deeply with academics, practitioners, and policymakers as they conduct interdisciplinary research. The programme affords doctoral students the flexibility to use appropriate research methods for their research questions.

The mix of breadth of coverage, proximity to practice and policy, and flexibility in methodology enables doctoral students to undertake meaningful research on complex and relevant topics. Supporting the academic research is cutting edge infrastructure, including the best management library in India, and access to state-of-art online resources.

The doctoral programme enrolled its first student in 1971 and graduated its first student in 1974. Since then, 393 doctoral students have been conferred with the doctoral title, and have gone on to contribute significantly to management academies and other institutions.

We invite you to consider our doctoral programme and would be happy to discuss your academic interests if you have the inclination and commitment to undertake rigorous training, conduct research relevant to management practice and policy, and pursue an academic career with focus on research.

Errol D'Souza
Director , IIMA


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