IBS Hyderabad offers Ph.D in Management Program with specializations in Marketing, Finance, Operations and HR. The Ph.D Programs are designed for students interested in management teaching, research, and consultancy.


The program has five phases and can be completed in four years.

  • Course Work, Research Projects and Workshops
  • Ph.D Qualifying Examination
  • Progress Seminars
  • Thesis Proposal
  • Thesis Work

The objective of the coursework is to impart scholarship and to equip the student with the latest developments in the discipline, including the tools of research. In the first year the student takes 8 courses. They consist of Seminar Courses, Inter-disciplinary Courses, and Research Methods. The course work paves the way to develop Doctoral Thesis Work. The performance of the students in each stage is assessed by means of continuous evaluation throughout the semesters.

Candidates who don’t possess an MBA degree, but possessing PG in any allied disciplines, have to attend first year MBA courses as a prerequisite to proceed to the Ph.D Program.

Features of the Program Associateship

During the program, the students will be associated with senior faculty members who are engaged in teaching, research, consultancy, and institutional development.

Summer Research Project

Students will do a 3 months summer research project in their area of specialization under the guidance of a mentor and will present a research seminar before he/she takes the Ph.D qualifying exam. The objective of this is to ensure that the student is exposed to research writing leading to a future publication.

Visiting Scholar Program (VSP)

After successful completion of Ph.D qualifying examination, in the third year of the program the students are eligible to spend 5 months abroad under the Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) on self-supported basis. The main objective of the VSP is to make sure that these candidates get exposure to the teaching and research environment in an international context. The universities with which IBS has tied up are:

  • McCallum Graduate School of Business, Bentley University, Waltham, MA, USA
  • Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA
  • Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • The College of Business Administration, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA
  • University of Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  • Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University, USA
  • Flinders University, Australia

Fellowship / Stipend for Full- time Ph.D. Program

All students admitted into the Ph.D program will be given a fellowship of Rs. 25,000 (Rupees Twenty Five Thousand only) per month and free accommodation in the first year only.

After passing the Ph.D qualifying examination, the students will be paid a fellowship of Rs. 35,000 (Rupees Thirty Five Thousand only) till the student defends the thesis proposal.

Stipend of Rs. 40,000 (Rupees Forty Thousand only) per month will be paid to the student, after successful defense of thesis proposal and up to the completion of four years of Ph.D Program or completion of Ph.D Thesis, whichever is earlier.

In lieu of this fellowship, the students may be required to provide support for teaching / research / administrative activities of the University for up to 10 hours a week.

A professional development grant of Rs. 20,000 per annum is also provided to the students for the four years, for attending conferences, workshops and seminars. On successful defense of the Ph.D thesis by the students, they can pursue their career in any organization of their choice. However, such candidates may also opt to apply to IFHE or any of its sponsor/ constituent/affiliate/associate organizations and their request may be considered for a position of faculty at a suitable pay package, under a separate offer of appointment based on their educational background, performance in the Ph.D Program and availability of vacancies.

In the event, the student withdraws from the program, the student is liable to refund the stipend and the program fee provided as financial assistance by IBS.


  • Graduation (any discipline) with 50% and above marks with English as a medium of instruction AND
  • Post-Graduation in Management with specialization in Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management and Operations from an UGC approved University with 55% and above marks.

  • Candidates who are offered admission are required to undertake the first year MBA courses as a prerequisite to continue in the Ph.D program.

  • Professional qualification like CFA/CA/CWA/CS with 55% and above marks.

The candidates who qualify on the basis of IBSAT/ GMATTM/ CAT/NMAT by GMACTM are called for Selection Process at IBS Hyderabad in February /March 2024. The final selection is based on performance in Micro Presentation and a technical cum Personal Interview along with past academic performance.

Admission Procedure

Candidates seeking admission to Ph.D Program in Management F by IBS Hyderabad have to appear for IBSAT 2023.

IBSAT 2023

IBSAT is conducted by The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (deemed-to-be University under Section 3 of UGC Act 1956), for students seeking admission to the MBA / PhD programs of IBS, Hyderabad. IBSAT 2023 is an aptitude test based on Computer Based Test (CBT) format. The test is of 2 hours duration.

Scores from 2021 onwards of GMAT TM/CAT/ NMAT by GMACTM/XAT are accepted in place of IBSAT 2023.

IFHE Alumni, MPhil Degree holders and UGC NET qualified candidates are exempted from IBSAT 2023.


Free single on-campus accommodation is provided in the first year. The candidates are allotted individual non- AC rooms with a common wash room facility.

Commencement of Classes

June 1, 2024.


For any clarification on program, eligibility, admission etc, the candidates may contact IBS Admissions Office only on the email ID:

Admissions Officer
IBS Admissions Office
# 65 Nagarjuna Hills, Punjagutta,
Hyderabad – 500082,
Telangana State
Tel: 040-23440963
Toll Free No: 1800 425 55 6677
(Mon - Fri 9.30 am - 5.30 pm)

Ph.D Program
Application Submission July 01, 2023 - 3rd week of December 2023
Test 4th week of December 2023
Results 1st week of January 2024
Selection Briefings 2nd week of January 2024
Selection Process February/March 2024

Fee for Ph.D Program

All the Ph.D students who have been offered admission have to a pay Rs. 40,000 towards admission fee.

The fee for the 4 year Ph.D Program (is Rs. 1.20 lakhs per annum). The semester fee of Rs. 60,000 per semester is waived off for the full time students subject to satisfactory academic performance.