PhD. - Course Overview

The Ph.D. program at the School of Business offers a rigorous and specialised research-oriented curriculum for aspiring scholars and industry professionals. It provides an opportunity for in-depth study and exploration of advanced concepts in various areas of business administration. The program is led by experienced faculty members who guide students in conducting original research and contributing to the body of knowledge in their chosen field. With access to state-of-the-art resources and academic support, Ph.D. students engage in cutting-edge research, publish in top-tier journals, and prepare for successful careers in academia, research institutions, or leadership positions in the industry. The program's emphasis on research excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration, and intellectual growth makes it a valuable choice for individuals seeking to advance knowledge and make a meaningful impact in the business world. The program duration can range from a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 6 years.

Program Guidelines
01How to Write Research ProposalDownload 
At the Time of Admission
01Declaration for Residency ProgramDownload
Term Paper
01Term Paper RequirementsDownload
01Final ThesisDownload
02Plagiarism CertificateDownload
03Thesis Submission FormDownload
Synopsis/ Abstract Presentation
01Progress Report FormDownload
02Structure of SynopsisDownload
PhD Regulations
01PhD RegulationsDownload
Fee Details

Students must pay the fees within the stipulated time frame to secure their admission into the course. The fee can be paid online or offline through various modes of payment such as credit/debit card, net banking, or demand draft.

Part-time Ph.D.

Rs 1,00,000 per semester

Full-time Ph.D.

75 % waiver on Program Semester fee. Program Semester fee after waiver – INR 25000. A monthly stipend of INR 30000/- is payable to selected full-time Ph.D. scholars.

*All scholarships are payable per the University’s policy


The School of Business offers Ph.D. in- 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program, candidates must possess a Master's degree or an equivalent professional degree recognised by the corresponding statutory regulatory body. The minimum requirement is at least 55% aggregate marks or a grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or its equivalent in a grading system) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational institution accredited by an approved Assessment and Accreditation Agency. A relaxation of 5% in marks is applicable for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-abled and other eligible categories as per UGC Regulations. This relaxation is also applies to those who obtained their Master's degree before 19th September 1991. The eligibility criteria consider the qualifying marks without including the grace mark procedures.

Admission Details
July 2024 Intake
Key TimelinesImportant Dates
Last Date to ApplyJune 3, 2024
RET ExamJune 10, 2024
RET Result DeclarationJune 21, 2024
Submission of Research Proposal on - approx. 1000 wordsJune 26, 2024
Online Interview Booking/SchedulingJuly 3th, 2024
InterviewsJuly 18, 19 & 22 July, 2024
Interview Result DeclarationJuly 30, 2024
Last date to Pay FeeAug 4, 2024
Registration DateAug 8, 2024
Orientation DateAug 9, 2024
Commencement of SessionAug 12, 2024

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Career Opportunities

After completing the Ph.D. program in economics, international business, energy management, general management, or transportation management, graduates can pursue many rewarding career opportunities. They can opt for academic positions as professors or researchers in prestigious universities and research institutions, contributing to advancing knowledge in their respective fields. Additionally, they can explore opportunities in the corporate sector, government organisations, think tanks, consulting firms, and international organisations, where their expertise and research skills are highly valued. The Ph.D. program equips graduates with in-depth knowledge, critical thinking abilities, and advanced research skills, making them well-suited for leadership roles, policy-making positions, and consulting opportunities.

Why study for a Ph.D. at UPES School of Business?

Studying for a Ph.D. at UPES School of Business offers several compelling reasons. Firstly, the School of Business has a distinguished faculty of experienced professors and industry experts who mentor and guide the research journey. Secondly, UPES School of Business is committed to fostering a research-intensive environment, offering state-of-the-art resources, research centres, and collaboration opportunities to support scholars in their academic pursuits. Additionally, the school has strong industry linkages, enabling students to engage in industry-relevant research and gain practical insights. Furthermore, UPES School of Business has a track record of research excellence and provides ample opportunities for publication and presentation of research findings. Overall, studying for a Ph.D. at UPES School of Business ensures a supportive academic community, a research-focused environment, and a platform to contribute to advancing knowledge in the chosen field.

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What is a Ph.D. Program?

A Ph.D. program is the highest level of academic degree that one can pursue, focusing on original research, advanced study, and scholarly inquiry in a specific field. It is a rigorous and specialised program designed to develop expertise and contribute new knowledge to the chosen discipline through independent research and the completing of a doctoral thesis or dissertation.

What are the eligibility criteria for Ph.D. Program?

Candidates for admission to the Ph.D. program shall have a Master's degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognised or authorised by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess, accredit or to assure quality and standards of educational institutions.

A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-abled and other categories of candidates as per extant UGC Regulations from time to time; or for those who had obtained their Master's degree before 19th September 1991. The eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever the grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks without including the grace mark procedures.

Does UPES provide scholarships for Ph.D. Program?

All scholarships are payable as per the University’s policy. Refer to the Ph.D. (Law) program page/Fee for more details.

What are the career opportunities after doing a Ph.D. Program?

Graduates have many career opportunities after completing a Ph.D. program from the School of Business. They can pursue academic positions as professors, researchers, or scholars at esteemed universities and research institutions. Additionally, they can enter the corporate sector as industry consultants, strategists, or leaders, leveraging their deep expertise and research skills. Graduates may also explore opportunities in government organisations, think tanks, and international bodies where their specialised knowledge and research contributions are highly valued. The Ph.D. program equips individuals with advanced analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, making them well-suited for leadership roles, policy-making positions, and entrepreneurial ventures.

What is the average salary after the Ph.D. Program?

The average salary after completing a Ph.D. program from the School of Business can vary depending on the field of specialisation, industry, location, and individual qualifications and experience. Generally, individuals with a Ph.D. command higher salaries than those with lower degrees. While specific figures may vary, graduates can typically expect competitive salary packages and lucrative opportunities, particularly in academia, research institutions, and high-level corporate positions. The average salary range for Ph.D. holders can vary from INR 8-20 lakhs per annum, depending on the factors mentioned above.

Is a residency facility available for boys and girls getting admission to the course?

Yes, as per UGC norms.

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