PhD in Business Management

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Business Management
College of Business Management

The mission of the PhD research program in business management is to pursue leading-edge research, engage in the development of innovative ideas and analytical skills, and encourage both faculty and students to be independent and creative in their thinking. The outcome of this research program is the creation of a real and measurable impact on society and industry through quality research published in impact factor journals and recognized by industry.


MS or equivalent graduates from HEC recognized institutions meeting the following criteria:

  • A minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 (or overall 60% marks) or equivalent
  • A minimum of 18 years of schooling that corresponds to MS / MPhil or equivalent degree from HEC recognized institutions in a relevant discipline.
    Students with HEC recognized MBA have to do at least four pre-requisite courses (HEC equivalency required)
  • GRE Subject or GAT subject test conducted by the NTS or HAT subject test of HEC. A minimum of 60% (percentage) marks is required or a minimum of 70% marks in IoBM test
  • An interview conducted by the Institute
  • All other HEC stipulated requirements

Program Requirements

PhD requires completion of course work and dissertation/thesis. Minimum duration is three years and maximum is seven years:

  • PhD course work requirements consist of six graduate level courses (18 credit hours)
  • On completion of dissertation/thesis the student is awarded 30 credits

A PhD student must additionally complete the following requirements:

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • PhD Proposal/Synopsis Development
  • PhD Proposal/Synopsis Defense
  • BASR Approval of PhD Proposal/Synopsis
  • Continuous enrollment in supervised research courses is necessary during the research thesis stage
  • Completion of PhD Dissertation/Thesis
  • Selection of External Evaluators by BASR
  • Publication of at least one paper in an ISI indexed or an HEC recognized journal or an official acceptance of the paper
  • Evaluation of PhD Dissertation by two foreign faculty members from developed countries as per HEC criteria
  • Dissertation/Thesis Finalization
  • Open defense of PhD dissertation
  • Any other HEC requirement
  • Final Dissertation/Thesis submission to BASR

Learning Objectives

  • Develop applicable knowledge in the area of specialization
  • Equip students with analytical and methodological skills to evaluate and conduct research
  • Ability to effectively tabulate and present research findings 
  • Perform specialized research in the field of choosing

Career Path

  1. Management Analysts 
  2. Budget Analysts
  3. Financial managers
  4. Professor 
  5. Economist

Interested in this program? Visit the admissions page for more information.

Course Structure

Pre-requisites MPM601 Advanced Qualitative Research
MPM603 Advanced Quantitative Research
MPM610 Independent Study
MPM616 Econometrics
Semester One Directed Research Elective I
Directed Research Elective II
Exploratory Research Elective I
Semester Two  Directed Research Elective III
Directed Research Elective IV
Exploratory Research Elective II
Semesters Three to Nine Registration in one of the following courses is must for continuing in the research stage.
PBM921 Research Thesis
PBM922 Research Thesis
PBM923 Research Thesis

Graduate Courses:

Directed Research Electives in Area of SpecializationThe objective of the directed research electives is to enable the PhD students to link their chosen areas of specialization with the philosophy and methodology of business research and to benchmark their proposed research with quality publications.
PBM701 Philosophy of Business Management
Multivariate Analysis
Readings in Business Research
 Replication of Business Research Design and Results
 Directed Study of a Business Research Problem
Exploratory Research Electives in the Area of SpecializationExploratory Research Electives in the Area of Specialization PhD students may select the following and/or other PhD level courses from CESD and CCSIS on the advice of their supervisors.
PBM801 Marketing Models
PBM803 Marketing Theory
PBM805 Advanced Topics in Marketing
PBM811 Advanced Topics in Strategic Management
PBM813 Advanced Topics in Organization Theory
PBM815 Advanced Topics in Human Behavior in Organization
PBM821 Advanced Topics in Operations Management Research
PBM823 Advanced Research Topics in Operations Management
PBM825 Advanced Research Topics in Management Information Systems
PBM831 Advanced Topics in Finance
PBM841 Advanced Readings in Business Ethics
PBM842 Globalization Discourses of Ethics
It is mandatory for research students of MPhil and PhD programs to attend research proposal / thesis defense / multi-disciplinary research seminars in each semester. Students must dedicate Saturdays (12:00 to 2:00 PM) for this attendance.
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