Ph.D – Management






Doctoral Programmes

BITS Pilani is at the forefront of scientific research and Industrial consultancy. The Department of Management is placed in top 500 in the world in the QS subject Ranking 2021 for Business and Management. Research conducted by the faculty and research scholars has played a large part in this achievement. We always look for the candidates who can contribute to take these achievements forward. We offer Ph.D. program in both full-time and part-time mode. A well-organised and systematic approach has been developed for the selection of research scholars. We invite interested candidates from industry and academia to explore our Ph.D. program.

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  • The BITS Pilani Advantage

Choose The Path To Suit Your Academic Goals

The BITS MBA (Business Analytics) core curriculum is designed around the cross-functional way contemporary organizations work. Throughout the curriculum, students and faculty approach problems by looking to the broadest possible circle of skills and resources to fashion innovative solutions.

Practice School (PS-II) creates the required setting for experiential and cooperative learning and education, by providing students with a six months’ opportunity to work on relevant industry assignments under the guidance of professional experts and the supervision of faculty members.

Mentorship program facilitates one-on-one connection between the student and a mentor working in Analytics industry. It broadens the scope of the MBA (Business Analytics) program and helps in making the student industry-ready.

The Personality Integration, Leadership Orientation and Teamwork (Pilot) initiative equips the students with the necessary competencies in the domains of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, communication, teamwork and leadership orientation.

The Department of Management facilitates the students to earn certification in 21st century industry-relevant skills such as Design Thinking, Data Visualization, and Project Management Practitioner (PMP).

Research Areas

The department offers a full time Ph.D. programme in the following thrust areas of its research. 

  • Finance & Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management & Decision Sciences
  • Information Technology & Technology Management
  • Strategy & Entrepreneurship


Full time candidates
  • 60% or 6.0 CGPA or above in MBA or two year Management Program, Or
  • Candidates having M.Phil. (Social and Behavioral Sciences) & M.E/M.Tech. in Industrial Engineering Only, Or
  • Any Higher Degree of BITS Pilani
Part time candidates
  • 60% or 6.0 CGPA or above in MBA or two year Management Program, Or
  • Recognised One year Residential Executive program, Or
  • Candidates having M.Phil. (Social and Behavioral Sciences) & M.E/M.Tech. in Industrial Engineering Only, Or
  • Any Higher Degree of BITS Pilani
  • The candidate must be working Professional.
  • 5 year of work experience
Aspirant Scheme
  • A Higher Degree (M.E. / M.Tech. / MBA / M.Phil. / M.Pharm. etc.) of BITS Pilani or its equivalent with a minimum of 60% marks, and
  • Candidates working in an organisation that collaborates with BITS Pilani through Practice school/ Research/WILP activities, and
  • Candidate should mandatorily choose a faculty member of BITS Pilani as Supervisor. The co-supervisor however can be from BITS Pilani or the organisation of the candidate, and
  • Candidate should obtain a No Objection Certificate from his/her organisation.
Application Procedure

Admission to the Ph.D. programme is made in both the semesters against the advertisement, available at The candidates have to apply in the prescribed application form. The candidates are advised to mention their research interest area(s) out of the above-mentioned research areas.

Candidates are initially admitted to the programme as a provisional candidate. They need to do the coursework as per the institute norms. After which they must clear the Ph.D. qualifying examination which is conducted every semester for the candidates those have completed their coursework successfully with required valid grade as per the institute norms. After passing the qualifying examination they can submit their research proposal.

Financial Assistance

Full-time Ph.D. scholars admitted into the Ph.D. programme are eligible to be considered for an Institute fellowship of Rs. 31,000/- per month in the first year as per the institute norms. Higher assistantship will be made available in subsequent years. It will be obligatory on the part of every Full time Ph.D. scholar to undertake 8 to 10 hours (per week) of work as assigned to him/her by the institute.