• A candidate seeking admission into the Krea University’s PhD program in addition to having 60% marks in undergraduate degree, s/he must satisfy the eligibility requirements prescribed by the University as under. The eligibility criteria are:
    • Master Degree or equivalent PG Diploma in any discipline, with 55 percent marks in the qualifying examinations
    • OR

    • Five-Year integrated Master’s degree/Dual degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline with 55 percent marks in the qualifying examinations
    • OR

    • Professional Qualification like ACA/FAC/AICWAI/ACSI Qualifications of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India and Institute of Company Secretaries of India
  • Valid Scores of Standardised Tests (CAT, CMAT, GATE, GMAT, GRE, NET JRF, NMAT, XAT) – Optional
    Written test may be conducted in lieu of standardised test scores for shortlisted candidates
Graduates of full-time post-graduate degree course and candidates in the final year of the post-graduate degree are eligible to apply

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.

Mail the completed application form along with the supporting documents (self-attested) to [email protected]

The deadline for submission of application is Friday, March 19, 2021.

Valid Scores of Standardised Tests (CAT, CMAT, GATE, GMAT, GRE, NET JRF, NMAT, XAT) – Optional

Written test may be conducted in lieu of standardised test scores for shortlisted candidates

Name of the Process


Application opens     

Friday, January 01, 2021

Deadline for submission of application

Friday, March 19, 2021

Announcement of shortlist

Friday, April 02, 2021

No, there is no fee to be paid for the PhD programme.  However, an amount of INR 50,000/- towards refundable caution deposit needs to be paid.


The total duration of the programme is 4 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:  
  • Data Science and Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Finance, Accounting & Quantitative Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources
  • Strategic Management
Year Details
I & II
  • Combination of Core &  Area level PhD courses, MBA courses
  • Independent Research Study
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Formation of Doctoral Committee
  • Proposal Presentation
  • Research Progress Report
  • Viva Voce examination
  • Thesis Submission

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


  • IFMR GSB, 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 is ranked 53 as part of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF 2020) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The 3,00,000 sq.ft world-class campus in 40 acres of land has air-conditioned  classrooms, wi-fi campus, ATM, along with a health centre. The other facilities include, air-conditioned hostel rooms, laundromat, convenience store, fitness studio, student lounge, student hub with indoor games, snack vending machine, unisex salon, basketball court, cricket nets. Coffee shop,  4 bedded Medical centre operated by Kauvery Hospitals with a Doctor and nurse available 24×7,Pharmacy,First Aid Boxes on all floors and campus BLS Ambulance, 12,000 sq ft futsal with night playing facilities and  1,10,000 sq ft open air Amphitheatre 

A 1650 sq. ft fitness studio for boys and girls and indoor games [such as table tennis] are available. Facilities are provided for yoga, playing cricket, football, volleyball, and more to help students unwind and relax after assignments and lectures. An open air auditorium and other recreational facilities have also been set up.

A beautiful water body, a walkway and enough greenery makes the campus aesthetically and physically soothing. The entire campus is wi-fi enabled. Complete security and safety are built-in as basic requirements. There are plans being implemented to make the campus not only a higher education institution, but also a vibrant Ecosystem.

IFMR has state-of-the-art facilities for students and faculty in a WiFi enabled campus with high bandwidth connectivity. A world-class campus occupying 3,00,000 sq.ft in 40 acres of land, students can enjoy the benefits of a Multimedia enabled air conditioned classrooms equipped with labs for simulated and real trading on NSE, with live feeds. In addition to this, the HT Parekh Library in the campus facilitates electronic journal access, apart from books and multimedia and is proudly recognised as a World Bank repository.

Other facilities include ATM, launderettes, hostel rooms on twin-sharing basis with attached bath & geyser, dedicated TV rooms, mess, QSR and Indian fast food outlet, and a store for stationery items, soft drinks, packed snacks and personal care products.