The mission of the PhD research program in business management is to pursue leading-edge research, engage in the development of innovative ideas and analytical skills, and encourage both faculty and students to be independent and creative thinkers. The outcome of this research program is the production of a real and measurable impact on society and industry through quality research published in impact factor journals and recognized by the industry.


MS or equivalent graduates from HEC recognized institutions meeting the following criteria:

  • A minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 (or overall 60% marks) or equivalent
  • A minimum of 18 years of schooling that corresponds to MS / M.Phil or equivalent degree from HEC recognized institutions in a relevant discipline. Students with HEC recognized MBA have to do at least four pre-requisite courses
  • GRE Subject or GAT test conducted by the NTS. A minimum of 60% (percentage) marks is required
  • An interview conducted by the Institute
  • All other HEC stipulated requirements

Program Requirements

PhD requires completion of course work and dissertation/thesis. Minimum duration is 3 years and maximum is 5 years:

  • PhD course work requirements consist of six graduate level courses (18 credit hours)
  • On completion of dissertation/thesis the student is awarded 30¬†credits

A PhD student must additionally complete the following requirements:

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • PhD Proposal/Synopsis Development
  • PhD Proposal/Synopsis Defense
  • BASR Approval of PhD Proposal/Synopsis
  • Continuous enrollment in supervised research courses for meeting the full-time residency requirements
  • Completion of PhD Dissertation/Thesis
  • Selection of External Evaluators by BASR
  • Publication of at least one paper in an ISI indexed or an HEC recognized journal or an official acceptance of the paper
  • Evaluation of PhD Dissertation by two foreign faculty members from developed countries as per HEC criteria
  • Dissertation/Thesis Finalization
  • Open defense of PhD dissertation
  • Any other HEC requirement
  • Final Dissertation/Thesis submission to BASR

Course Structure

Pre-requisites Semester One Semester Two Semesters Three to Nine
Advanced Qualitative Research
Advanced Quantitative Research
Independent Study
Directed Research Elective I
Directed Research Elective II
Exploratory Research Elective I
Directed Research Elective III
Directed Research Elective IV
Exploratory Research Elective II
Research Thesis

Graduate Courses:

Directed Research Electives in Area of Specialization Exploratory Research Electives in the Area of Specialization
The objective of the directed research electives is to enable the PhD students to link their chosen areas of specialization with the philosophy and methodology of business research and to benchmark their proposed research with quality publications.
Philosophy of Business Management
Multivariate Analysis
Readings in Business Research
Replication of Business Research Design and Results
Directed Study of a Business Research Problem
PhD students may select the following and/or other PhD level courses from CESD and CCSIS on the advice of their supervisors.
Marketing Models
Marketing Theory
Advanced Topics in Marketing
Advanced Topics in Strategic Management
Advanced Topics in Organization Theory
Advanced Topics in Human Behavior in Organization
Advanced Topics in Operations Management Research
Advanced Research Topics in Operations Management
Advanced Research Topics in Management Information Systems
Advanced Topics in Finance
Advanced Readings in Business Ethics
Globalization Discourses of Ethics

It is mandatory for research students of MPhil and PhD programs to attend at least five sessions of the Multi-disciplinary Research Seminar Series in each semester.