Criteria : Full time PhD Programme
    • 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) – or pass an entrance test
  • Graduates of full-time post-graduate degree course and candidates in the final year of the post-graduate degree are eligible to apply
Part-time PhD Programme
  • MBA degree with 55 percent marks in the qualifying examinations


  • Five years of work experience after MBA
Students with Undergraduate and/or Postgraduate degrees from ODL (Open and Distance Learning) institutions are also eligible to apply as per the UGC policy and notification

There is no age limit for admission to the IFMR GSB PhD Programme

No, work experience is not mandatory for admission to full time residential PhD Programme.

But minimum 5 years of work experience after MBA degree is required for admission to Part-time PhD Programme.

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.

Please fill the Application form from the PhD admission section in IFMR GSB’s website. The application fees is INR 500/-

The deadline for submission of application is Friday, 15 Mar 2024.

Yes, the applicant needs to write an entrance test conducted by IFMR GSB, Krea University, if there are no valid scores of standardised tests (CAT, CMAT, GATE, GMAT, GRE, NET JRF, NMAT, XAT)

The deadline for submission of application is Friday, 15 Mar 2024.
Name of the Process Dates
Application opens Friday, 01 Dec 2023
Deadline for submission of application Friday, 15 Mar 2024.
Announcement of first shortlist # Before 30th April 2024
# Only those candidates who have been shortlisted will be intimated by e-mail, with all details. Interviews will be conducted online or face-to-face as decided by the university.

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 (Establishment and Regulation) (Amendment) Act, 2018 vide the gazette notification published on April 30, 2018 and listed in the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) website.

Particulars Fees (INR)
Admission fee* 500
Acceptance Fee 5,000 (adjusted against caution deposit)
Caution Deposit 25,000
Annual Fee for full-time 6,000
Annual Tuition Fee for part-time** 1,00,000
Term Fee (6th year onwards of PhD Registration) 10,000
Hostel Fee (subject to revision) for full-time 7,500 per month
Hostel Fee (subject to revision) for part-time 10,000 per month
Dining Fee*** at rates prevailing at the time of admission
Medical Insurance at rates prevailing at the time of admission
Dissertation Submission Fee 5,000
* The non-refundable application fee of INR 500/- is to be paid using Debit Card / Credit Card / Internet Banking, through application portal before final submission of application form.
**Waived for full-time PhD students on stipend
***Currently, the dining fee is INR 5,400 per month

The PhD program at IFMR GSB, Krea University is 2 years of course work followed by work on dissertation.

Please refer to the PhD brochure which you can download from our website.

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
  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources
  • Strategic Management
Year Details
I & II
  • Combination of Core &  Area level PhD courses, MBA courses
  • Independent Research Study
  • End-of-Year1 Examination
  • Comprehensive Examination
Year III
  • Formation of Doctoral Committee
  • Proposal Presentation
  • Periodic progress report and Public Seminar
  • Thesis Presentation
  • Synopsis & Thesis submission
  • Viva- Voce Examination
  • Final Thesis Submission

Yes, Part-time PhD Programme is available.

The Part-time PhD Programme at IFMR GSB, Krea University is for working Professionals who have a MBA degree and five years of work experience. This programme emphasises academic rigour and problem solving. The programme is ably supported by IFMR GSB faculty with exceptional research credentials.

Students admitted to the Part-time PhD programme will be required to stay on our Sri City Campus for one term (3 months) for their first part of their Coursework. They can complete the rest of their course work online, returning to campus for term-end examinations/presentations.

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 amongst the top 75 B-schools in India, as per the National Institutional Ranking (NIRF 2023) 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.

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.

Full-time PhD scholars are required to stay on campus.  Krea will provide hostel rooms (sharing type) on campus for a monthly fee. However, if accommodation is not available on campus, students have to make their own arrangements outside campus. Students who stay outside the Krea campus need not pay monthly room rent to Krea.

IFMR GSB – PhD in Management.

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