Yes. The applications for the PhD Program, IFMR-GSB, Krea University for 2020-21 is officially closed.

Yes. The candidates shortlisted for the next round have been informed via email and will be updated on the further process.

Bearing in mind the mandated regulations and interest of the health and safety of citizens – the Research Ability Test and Personal Interview for PhD will now be an online process.

Please be assured that all the shortlisted candidates will be duly informed of the revised timeline and changes in the format of the selection process, shortly. Please check your mail id (as mentioned in your application) for further communication.

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in any discipline with 55 percent marks in the qualifying examinations
  • OR
  • Five-year integrated Master’s degree/Dual degree or equivalent in any discipline with 55 percent marks in the qualifying examinations
  • OR
  • A Professional Qualification like CA, ICWA, CS with at least 50 percent marks in the qualifying examinations.

There is no age limit for admission to the PhD Programme.

No, work experience is not mandatory for admission.

No. IFMR GSB does not have any quota system. Admissions are purely based on merit.

Application form can be downloaded from the PhD admission section in IFMR GSB’s website. There is no application fee. The filled-in application form has to be sent along with the self-attested supporting documents to the following address:

PhD office
IFMR Graduate School of Business
Krea University
5655, Central Expressway,
Sri City, 517 646
Andhra Pradesh

You can also email the application form with supporting documents to gsb.phdadmissions@krea.edu.in

The deadline for submission of application is Monday, March 16, 2020.

Yes, a written Research Ability Test and Personal Interview will be held at Sri City campus

Name of the ProcessDates
Application opensThursday, January 9, 2020
Deadline for submission of applicationMonday, March 16, 2020
Announcement of the shortlist for Research Ability Test and Personal InterviewFriday, March 20, 2020

*Above dates are tentative and are subject to change

There is no fee to be paid for the PhD programme. However, one-time payment of INR 50,000/- towards refundable caution deposit is applicable..

The total duration of the programme is minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 5 years inclusive of the two-year course work.

Students are admitted to the PhD programme and in due course have the option of choosing from the following area(s) of specialisation:

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems and Data Science
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management
ICore Courses
IIArea Specific Electives
Doctoral Courses
Comprehensive Examination
IIIFormation of Doctoral Committee
Proposal Presentation
Research Progress Report
IV & VResearch Progress Report
Viva-Voce examination
Thesis Submission

In the first two years of the programme, first year core courses and second year area specific elective courses are offered with MBA students. Additionally, Doctoral courses are also offered in the second year.

No, currently only a full-time residential programme is offered.

  • IFMR GSB is recognized as an Institution of Importance across India by the Government of India (Ministry of Finance – under IT Act section 10(23)(c)(iv)
  • IFMR Graduate School of Business, Sri City, India has been accredited by SAQS (South Asian Quality Assurance System) for a period of five years from December 14, 2017. SAQS is an international system of strategic audit and accreditation designed for the assessment of Institutions in widely different national contexts.
  • IFMR GSB, Sri City was ranked 47th as part of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

Yes, Krea University has UGC approval.

  1. Automated laundry service
  2. A convenience store
  3. Air-conditioned fitness studio
  4. Spacious student lounge
  5. Engaging student hub with indoor games like snooker, TT and football
  6. Air-conditioned dining hall
  7. Medical centre with 4 beds and 24×7 ambulance support
  8. Avocado franchisee salon setup
  9. Basketball court with RFP flooring
  10. Futsal grass turf
  11. Cricket nets
  12. Snack vending machine
  13. Disabled friendly campus
  14. ATM inside the campus

IFMR GSB has a 100% placement record since inception. Our alumni are well-placed in leadings firms across various sectors such as Investment Banking, IT, Insurance, Manufacturing, SCM, FMCG & Microfinance. The organizations include Accenture, Bank of America, Cap Gemini, Credit Suisse, Crisil, CTS, Deloitte, EY, Genpact, HDFC Bank, Honeywell, HSBC, ICICI Bank, Infosys, JP Morgan, RECL, SBI Caps, Standard Chartered, Vedanta, etc. For more details, please refer to https://krea.edu.in/ifmrgsb/corporate-relations.html

Applicants who may have taken a break in their studies/work can apply citing the reasons for the same in the online application. The Admissions Committee will review the gap based on the reasons given.