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Message from PhD Chairperson

Since its inception in 1970, IFMR GSB’s mission has been focused on contributing to the growth and development efforts in India through research in various areas of Management. The emphasis of the PhD programme at IFMR GSB from its commencement has been on academic rigor, strong foundational knowledge, independent research and scholarship.

Under the aegis of Krea University with its pioneering vision of interwoven learning, critical thinking and interdisciplinary education, IFMR GSB offers an exciting and intellectually stimulating research environment.

At IFMR GSB, accomplished faculty work closely with PhD scholars as partners on a challenging and highly fulfilling academic journey. The PhD programme is uniquely designed to provide students the flexibility to explore their research interests independently in a wide variety of areas and hone them in a collaborative setting.

Through in-depth coursework combined with impactful research, the PhD programme at IFMR GSB is committed to training scholars who become thought leaders and teachers themselves. The alumni of the Ph.D. programme have assumed faculty positions in prestigious academic institutions as well as significant research engagements at think-tanks and corporates.

At IFMR GSB, be prepared to work hard and think harder but also be assured that you will be embarking on a meaningful, rewarding educational experience amidst a thriving academic community.

Vijaya C. Subramanian

Chairperson – PhD Progamme

Admissions

IFMR GSB, Krea University offers full-time residential research programme leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Detailed below is brief description of the process followed for admissions to this programme.

Admissions Criteria

  • A candidate seeking admission into the Krea University PhD Programme must satisfy the eligibility requirements prescribed by the University as under. The eligibility criteria are:
  • 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

How to Apply


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

Selection process

There are two stages in the selection process:

Application screening

MBA Selection process at IFMRGSB

Research Ability Test (RAT) and Personal Interview (PI)

MBA Selection process at IFMRGSB
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called for Research Ability Test and Personal Interview to be held at Sri City campus.
  • Admission to the programme will be based on combined scores of qualifying parameters, Research Ability Test and interview parameters.

Important Dates *

Name of the Process Dates
Application opens Thursday, January 9, 2020
Deadline for submission of application Monday, March 16, 2020
Announcement of the shortlist for Research Ability Test and Personal Interview Friday, March 20, 2020
Research Ability Test and Interviews Monday, April 13, 2020
Announcement of results Friday, April 17, 2020
Registration for the programme and commencement of classes Mid-June 2020

*Above dates are tentative and are subject to change

The IFMR GSB Advantage

  • Faculty with PhD from renowned national & international institutions
  • Tuition Fee Waiver
  • Monthly Stipend & funding support for presenting in national & international conferences
  • Financial Incentives for Referred Journal Publications

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FAQs

1. What are the eligibility criteria for admission?
  • 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.
  • 2. What is the age limit for admission?
    There is no age limit for admission to the PhD Programme.
    3. Is work experience mandatory for admission?
    No, work experience is not mandatory for admission.
    4. Does IFMR GSB have any quota?
    No. IFMR GSB does not have any quota system. Admissions are purely based on merit.
    5. How can I obtain IFMR GSB application form and what is the application fee?

    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

    6. What is the last date for submitting the application form?
    The deadline for submission of application is Monday, March 16, 2020.
    7. Is there any qualifying examination for admission?
    Yes, a written Research Ability Test and Personal Interview will be held at Sri City campus.
    8. What are the timelines pertaining to the shortlist?
    Name of the Process Dates
    Application opens Thursday, January 9, 2020
    Deadline for submission of application Monday, March 16, 2020
    Announcement of the shortlist for Research Ability Test and Personal Interview Friday, March 20, 2020

    *Above dates are tentative and are subject to change

    9. What is the fee structure?
    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..
    10. What is the duration of the PhD Programme?
    The total duration of the programme is minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 5 years inclusive of the two-year course work.
    11. What are the areas of specialization available for the scholars in the PhD programme?

    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
  • 12. What is the course structure?
    YEAR DETAILS
    I Core Courses
    II Area Specific Electives
    Doctoral Courses
    Comprehensive Examination
    III Formation of Doctoral Committee
    Proposal Presentation
    Research Progress Report
    IV & V Research Progress Report
    Viva-Voce examination
    Thesis Submission
    13. Is there a separate course work for PhD scholars?
    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.
    14. Is there a part-time PhD programme?
    No, currently only a full-time residential programme is offered.
    15. What are the credentials of IFMR GSB in B-School Rankings, Accreditation?
    • 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.
    16. Does Krea University have UGC approval?
    Yes, Krea University has UGC approval.
    17. What are all the infrastructure facilities available on Sri City campus?
    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 24x7 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

    Contact us

    For further queries / information, please write to or call:

    gsb.phdadmissions@krea.edu.in

    +91 93835 73814