Amrita is one of the few B-Schools in the country where a doctoral Program in Management is offered. The doctoral Program was started by ASB with a view to encouraging the aspiring scholars to take up research in the country. The first batch of the doctoral Program was commenced in 2009.

The ASB faculty has over the years published in some of the top peer reviewed international journals of their respective fields. This list includes Annals of Operation Research, European Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Applied Economics and Econometrics, International Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Systems Science, OPSEARCH, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management, Academy of Management Review, Long Range Planning, and Leadership and Organizational Development Journal.

About Ph. D.

In an era where knowledge creation and applied research is being acknowledged as the primary basis for the development and growth of society, Amrita School of Business(ASB) is aiming itself in the same direction, acknowledging the value of it.

ASB is one of the few B-Schools in the country where a Doctoral Program in Management is offered. The Doctoral Program was started by ASB with a view to encouraging the aspiring scholars to take up research in the country. Having a pool of faculty who have their Doctorate from globally known Institutions and Universities and continuously engaged in research has put ASB in an advantageous position to initiate the PhD Program. The first batch of the Doctoral Program was commenced in 2009.

Amrita School of Business is currently offering both full-time and part time PhD programs. At present the doctoral program is being offered only at the Coimbatore campus. In the case of part-time Doctoral students, the maximum period allowed to complete the program is 8 years.

The prospective students of part time PhD program comes from various walks of life including Colleges, Universities, R&D Centers and Corporate & Business Houses. The interest areas of current scholars include business strategy, innovation, social media marketing, logistics and supply chain, energy, sustainble development, micro finance, SME, organisational design, corporate governance and CSR.


The major areas of specialization include:

  1. Finance
  2. Marketing
  3. Operations
  4. Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
  5. Information Technology and Management Strategy
  6. Economics

Curriculum/Course Work Structure

  • The selected scholars have to undergo one and a half years of coursework of 8 courses delivered over three phases of a month each. The courses are offered in the periods December 26 - January 25 and May21 - June 20 every year and require the scholars to be present at the Coimbatore campus. Some scholars may have to take selected additional MBA coursework prior to this if they do not come from specific domains of Business Studies.
  • Each phase of coursework would be for 30 days, usually in the months of January and June.
  • In each semester there are 3 Courses.
  • The scholars have to successfully complete their 8 courses and pass the Comprehensive Examination before defending their research proposal.
  • 8 Courses= 3 Research Methodology Courses (namely Research Methodology, Statistics for Management Research, Advanced Qualitative Methods) + 1 Philosophy of Management Research Course + 4 research area related elective courses.
  • In addition to 8 courses scholars participate in workshops and conferences, and begin original research right from the first year.

Standard Course Outline

SUMMER TERM : 21 MAY 2016 to 20 JUNE 2016
Advance Quantitiative Methods Dr. Sangeetha Gunasekar Core
Advance Qualitative Methods (AQLM) Dr. Pampa Mukherje Core
Time Series Analysis Dr. Bhanumurthy Elective
New Institutional Economics Dr. Amalendu Jyotishi Elective
Applied Multivariate Statistics Dr. Ram Bishu Elective
Consumer Behaviour Dr. Suresh Paul Elective
Managerial Effectiveness, Productivity and Growth Dr. Mridula Sahay Elective
WINTER TERM : 26 December 2016 to 25 January 2017
The Philosophy of Management and Organisation Dr. Deepak Gupta Core
Research Methodology Dr. Deepak Gupta Core
Statistics for Management Research Dr. Prashobh Palakkeel Core
Indian Economic Policies in Retrospect Dr. Amalendu Jyotishi Elective
System Dynamics Modelling Dr. Mridula Sahay Elective
Research Traditions in Operations Management Dr. Suresh Elective
Lean and Agile Systems Dr. Suresh Elective
Theories and Frameworks in Marketing Dr. Deepak Kumar Elective
Frontiers and Intersections of Research in HRM Dr Ganesh Senthil Elective
Innovation, Strategy and SMEs: Theoretical Foundations Dr. Hardik V Elective
Structural Equation Modeling Dr. Prashob P Elective



The applicant should possess:

  1. Masters degree in Arts, Science or Management or a Postgraduate diploma in Management (recognized by either the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) or the All-India Council on Technical Education (AICTE) as equivalent to a MBA), or any degree equivalent, with 60% marks.
  2. Recognized professional degrees such as CA, AICWA, or ACS or its equivalent, with 55% marks.

And work experience of at least two years either in industry or academics.

Candidates without a Postgraduate Degree or Diploma in Management from a recognized institution or University, if selected, have to undergo additional one year of coursework in the line of First Year MBA Program of ASB. Some of the courses may be waived for some scholars based on their Masters Degree. This, however, is under the discretion of Committee on Postgraduate Program (CPGP), chaired by PGP Chairperson.

Applicants should show evidence of strong academic record. Excellent test scores on standardized graduate aptitude tests such as GMAT/GRE and publications in recognized conferences and journals are examples of such evidence.


The Call for Applications will generally be posted twice a year on the website, accessible via Each Applicant should submit, in addition to his or her degree certificates and grade/ mark sheets, a Statement of Purpose (describing his or her research interests), tentative research proposal, and up to three areas of interest in the order of preference for selecting the major area courses for Ph. D. programme.

Entrance Test and Interview

The Committee on Postgraduate Programmes (CPGP), chaired by the PGP-Chairperson will screen the applications and call the selected applicants for an entrance test followed by an interview. The Interview Committee constituted by the CPGP will examine the applicants’ background and aptitude for research. Based upon the entrance test and interview performance and prior academic record, the Committee shall give its recommendation to the CPGP. The CPGP will finalize the admission and notify the selected applicants the date of joining. All prospective thesis advisors may be involved in the selection process and their consent obtained before being appointed as the thesis advisor for any applicant.

Whenever required, the Committee may request additional evidence, such as letters of recommendation, copies of claimed publications, etc. The Committee may also conduct its own entrance examination.

How to Apply

Download the Application Form along with all the relevant documents and a Demand Draft of Rs. 1000/- drawn in favor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita School of Business payable at Coimbatore, should be sent to:

Chairperson Ph. D. Programme: Business Management,
Amrita School of Business,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Coimbatore 641 112, Tamil Nadu.


Important Dates

Head Date
Application Deadline May 10, 2017 (Wednesday)
Date of Interview Day 1 June 10,  2017 (Saturday)
Date of Interview Day 2 June 11, 2017 (Sunday)

All Applicants will have to appear for Test and Interview. Admission will be based on performance in Test and Personal Interview.

Fee Structure

Course Fee for Part-Time PhD:  Rs. 4,00,000/-

Course Fee for Full-Time PhD: As per existing fees for full-time PhD scholars at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

The full-time PhD scholars are eligible to apply for Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham research fellowships that carry full fee waiver, along with a stipend of Rs 15000 per month.

Fee to be paid in 6 bi-annual installments:

  • 1st installment: Rs. 1,00,000/-
  • 2nd to 6th installments: Rs. 60,000/- each term

Financial Support

As of now, financial support in terms of fee waiver exists only for Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham employees.

Contact Us

Dr. Deepak Gupta
Chair, PhD Programme,
PhD Programme: Business Management,
Amrita School of Business,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Coimbatore 641 112, Tamil Nadu.

Senthil Kumar T.
Associate PhD Programme: Business Management,
Amrita School of Business,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Coimbatore 641 112, Tamil Nadu.
Telephone: 0422 2686000 E-mail:


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