• 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


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


    • 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) -Mandatory

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.

In 1982, IFMR became an approved research institution to conduct research leading to award of PhD by the University of Madras. Now, since integration with Krea, PhD program is being offered by the IFMR Graduate School of Business, under Krea University. The supervisors are experienced faculty with more than 20 years of mentoring and supervision.

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, 15 April 2022.

There is no separate entrance test conducted by IFMR GSB, Krea University.

Name of the Process


Application opens     

Friday, 31 December 2021

Deadline for submission of application

Friday, 15 April 2022

Announcement of shortlist #

Saturday, 23 April 2022

# Only those candidates who have been shortlisted will be intimated by e-mail, with all details.

Valid scores of standardised tests (CAT, CMAT, GATE, GMAT, GRE, NET, JRF, NMAT, XAT) -Mandatory

Since standardized test scores are mandatory, the applicant is advised to take any of the exams mentioned in the brochure. Apart from test scores, the committee will take an overall view of the merit of the candidate. The shortlisting / selection is based on holistic overview of the applicant’s profile.

IFMR Graduate School of Business (IFMR GSB) offers a PhD degree under the auspices of Krea University.
Krea University has been enacted by the Legislature of the State of Andhra Pradesh as per The Andhra Pradesh Private Universities (Establishmentand Regulation) (Amendment) Act, 2018 vide the gazette notification published on April 30, 2018 and listed in the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) website.

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 PhD program at IFMR GSB, Krea University is a 4 year program inclusive of the course work, with extension upto five years if approved by PhD committee.

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
I & II
  • Combination of Core &  Area level PhD courses, MBA courses
  • Independent Research Study
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Formation of Doctoral Committee
  • Proposal Presentation
  • Periodic progress report and Public Seminar
  • Thesis Presentation
  • Synopsis & Thesis submission
  • Viva- Voce Examination
  • Final 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 50 as part of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF 2021) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

We consider LOR from the academia and industry as well. We have not given any fixed format so as to give the flexibility to the recommender.

Yes, depending upon their capability, research specialization and requirements of the research centres. 

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 

Please refer to the PhD brochure on our website.

PhD Admissions Brochure

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 GSB 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.