PhD Management

Overview

The SDSB PhD Management Programme offers a unique opportunity for higher studies in Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management, and Finance. The Programme has been designed to ensure that doctoral students have the full range of necessary research and teaching competencies, skills, and sufficient knowledge of their subject area essential for designing and executing research at the highest standards of academic excellence. It aims to do this by combining structured course work with supervised research study. The programme design has been made in line with international standards and satisfies HEC guidelines for PhD Programmes.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is conferred upon such candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research. They have shown, to the satisfaction of the SDSB, their command over their subject of interest, and their capacity to contribute to the frontiers of knowledge. PhD candidates are fundamentally driven by their desire to advance and to discover new phenomena, theories, and applications that were previously unknown.
The LUMS PhD Programme in Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management, and Finance emphasises rigorous coursework and high-quality research that should be published in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals. A PhD student is encouraged to tackle both coursework and research in parallel; success in both these components is a requirement for the award of the PhD degree.
SDSB is offering PhD courses and doctoral dissertation supervision in the following areas:

Organisational Behaviour & Strategy (OB&S)

The specialisation area ‘Organisational Behaviour & Strategy’ (OB&S) refers to a collection of theory and research that helps us develop a deeper understanding of personal, interpersonal, and system-wide processes in organisations allowing us to gain greater insights into the functioning of complex and evolving organisations. The principal objective of this programme is to train students in the theory and methods of the disciplines Organisational Behaviour/Human Resource Management & Strategy/Organisation Studies.

Operations Management (OM)

The specialisation area ‘Operations Management’ (OM) deals with configuring people, materials, machines, and methods for optimal benefits. The area draws upon a wide range of disciplines including mathematics, economics, and other social sciences. Work performed in this area is typically characterised by a blend of theoretical and applied research. 

Finance

The finance specialisation focuses on current research topics in corporate finance, asset pricing, investments, financial institutions, markets, and Islamic finance. The coursework component of the programme exposes students to a variety of theoretical and empirical research topics to understand relevant issues in finance theory and to conduct research. The objective of the finance doctoral programme is to train students to do high-quality research and to prepare them for careers in finance with leading academic and research institutions.

Programme Design

The programme consists of two phases. The first phase, approximately 1.5 years, will be dedicated to coursework culminating in the first comprehensive exam A. The next 2.5 years are dedicated to the second comprehensive exam B and doctoral thesis research (30 credit hours). Each 3 credit hours course will typically consist of about 150 minutes of instruction per week over a fifteen-week term. At the end of the first year, students will write a comprehensive exam (Comprehensive Exam A) on subjects covered in the first year.

Another comprehensive exam (Comprehensive Exam B) will be administered after the course work where students will be tested on knowledge pertaining to their specialisation area. Those who successfully pass comprehensive exam B will move forward to the programme's next phase, i.e., the dissertation proposal defence. Those who pass the dissertation proposal defence will be allowed to work on their doctoral research and achieve “PhD Candidate” status. The last two phases, taking approximately 2.5 years to complete, will involve conceptualising and writing the PhD dissertation. After a successful dissertation defence, the student will be awarded the PhD degree.

Structure

Table 1: Roadmap of PhD Management Programme (Organisational Behaviour & Strategy)


 

YEAR-I

YEAR-II

YEAR-III

YEAR-IV

Fall Semester

Research Methods—2 credit hours
Applied Statistics-3 credit hours
Applications of Psychology in Management-3 credit hours
Economic Theory-3 credit hours

 Pedagogy2 credit hours
Philosophy of Administrative Sciences2 credit hours
Seminar in Human Resource Management-3 credit hours
Seminar in Strategic Management-3 credit hours

 Work on Dissertation Proposal

 Work on Dissertation

Proposal Defence (Deadline: 31st December)

Spring Semester

Seminar in Organisational Theory-3 credit hours
Seminar in Organisational Behaviour-3 credit hours
Advanced Research Methods-3 credit hours

Preparation for Comprehensive ExamB

 Work on Dissertation

Work on Dissertation

Comprehensive ExamII (Deadline: 30th May)

Summer semester

 Comprehensive ExamA

 

 

 Dissertation Defence

Note: All courses are of 3 credit hours (45 hours) unless otherwise stated.
Total credits required for graduation: Coursework = 30 credit hours, Research Work = 30 credit hours.
Core courses are bold, Area courses in italic and other are Support Area courses.

 

Table 2: Roadmap of PhD Management Programme (Operations Management)

 


 

YEAR-I

YEAR-II

YEAR-III

YEAR-IV

Fall Semester

Research Methods2 credit hours
Applied Statistics-3 credit hours
Seminar in Operations and Supply Chain Strategy-3 credit hours
*Economic Theory-3 credit hours
*Mathematical Modelling-3 credit hours

Pedagogy2 credit hours
Philosophy of Administrative Sciences2 credit hours
Seminar in Supply Chain Analysis-3 credit hours
 Seminar in Technology and Innovation Management-3 credit hours

Work on Dissertation Proposal

Work on Dissertation

Proposal Defence (Deadline: 31st December)

Spring Semester

Seminar in Production Analysis-3 credit hours
Decision Behaviour-3 credit hours
Advanced Research Methods-3 credit hours

 Preparation for Comprehensive ExamB

Work on Dissertation

Work on Dissertation

Comprehensive ExamII (Deadline: 30th May)

Summer Semester

 Comprehensive ExamA

 

 

Dissertation Defence

 

Note: All courses are of 3 credit hours (45 hours) unless otherwise stated.
*OM students need to take one of these courses as a Support Area course and Audit the other.
Total credits required for graduation: Coursework = 30 credit hours, Research Work = 30 credit hours.
Core courses are bold, Area courses in italic and other are Support Area courses.

 

Table 3: Roadmap of PhD Management Programme (Finance)

 


 

YEAR-I

YEAR-II

YEAR-III

YEAR-IV

Fall Semester

Research Methods2 credit hours
Econometrics and Research MethodologyI-4 credit hours
*Economic Theory-3 credit hours
*Mathematical Modelling-3 credit hours

Pedagogy2 credit hours
Philosophy of Administrative Sciences2 credit hours
Seminar in Islamic and Corporate Finance-3 credit hours
Seminar in Financial Intermediation and Regulatory Framework-3 credit hours

Work on Dissertation Proposal

Work on Dissertation

Proposal Defence (Deadline: 31st December)

Spring Semester

Econometrics and Research MethodologyII-4 credit hours
Corporate Finance-3 credit hours
Investment Theory and Financial Markets-3 credit hours

Preparation for Comprehensive ExamB

Work on Dissertation

Work on Dissertation

Comprehensive ExamII (Deadline: 30th May)

Summer Semester

Comprehensive ExamA

 

 

Dissertation Defence

Note: All courses are of 3 credit hours (45 hours) unless otherwise stated.
Total credits required for graduation: Coursework = 30 credit hours, Research Work = 30 credit hours.
Core courses are bold, Area courses in italic and other are Support Area courses.

 

Important Dates

PhD (Management)

ActivityDate
Deadline to take GMAT/GRE
09 Feb 2018
Online Application Deadline (PST)
15 Feb 2018
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents for admission
16 Feb 2018
Admission Decisions
01 Mar 2018 to 30 Apr 2018
Notes: 
  • The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting www.lums.edu.pk periodically as well as the LUMS online application site.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2018 Admissions


Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Programme. Meeting this criteria does not guarantee admission to the Graduate programme.

Applicants are selected for admission to LUMS PhD Management programme based on the following factors:

  1. Academic Background
  2. Performance in the Admission Test
  3. Research Statement
  4. Two letters of Recommendation 
  5. Interview 

The Admissions Office will review applications to ensure requirements are being met. Shortlisted candidates will be called in for an interview, after which the final decision will be taken.

Merit Scholarships and Financial Assistance

  • Fully funded PhD Management programme
  • Applicants who are admitted to, and join, the PhD Management programme will get a refund of GMAT/GRE (General) registration fee of One (1) attempt.

 

 

Academic Requirements for Fall 2018 Admissions


Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 18 years of education leading to an Undergraduate and/or Graduate degrees recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan in Management and related disciplines such as Business, Economics, Commerce, and Accounting (applicants with degrees in other disciplines may be required to do additional non‐credit coursework after admission).
  • Undergraduate and Graduate degrees: Min. 3.0 CGPA (or 70% marks)
  • Secondary and Higher Secondary School: Min. 70% marks (or equivalent)

Decisions on admission are made after careful evaluation of all applications. Evaluation for interview call is carried out based on a combination of factors such as academic track record, performance in GMAT/GRE (General), and work experience (if available).

Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions


Applicants are required to take Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in order to be considered for admission. Applicants must have a “Minimum test score of 60th percentile in GMAT or GRE (General) equivalent”. For equivalency check from GRE (General) to GMAT please visit the following link https://www.ets.org/s/gre/flash/bschool/comparison/17302/170/index.html 

No other admission test score will be considered valid Only GMAT/GRE (General) scores are valid and, hence, applicants with previous LMAT scores need to take the GMAT/GRE (General).

GMAT/GRE (General) is offered as a computer adaptive test worldwide. Apart from official test scores that LUMS will require directly from Pearson or Educational Testing Service (ETS), USA, applicants must submit or mail a copy of the unofficial GMAT/GRE (General) scores as soon as they take the test. The LUMS code for receiving GMAT/GRE (General) scores from Pearson and ETS is 0679. For further details on GMAT and GRE (General), please log on to www.mba.com  and www.ets.org respectively. The deadline to take GMAT/GRE (General) is February 09, 2018.

Notes:

  • GMAT/GRE (General) taken more than five years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid.
  • If applicant has taken more than one test, the best score will be considered for application evaluation.
  • Availability of valid GMAT/GRE (General) score will be mandatory for submission of online admission application.
  • Applicants who are admitted to, and join, the PhD Management programme will get a refund of one GMAT/GRE (General) registration fee.

 

 

Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions


Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before February 15, 2018; 5:00 pm (PST). The application form can be accessed online at http://admissions.lums.edu.pk. In addition, all applicants are required to submit all supporting documents to the LUMS Admissions Office on or before February 16, 2018.

Application Processing Fee

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 5,000 

Payment Procedure

After the successful submission of the online application form through the LUMS Online account on or before the application submission deadline, applicants will be able to print a system generated Application Processing Fee payment voucher.  For further details regarding Fee payment options  Click here

Proof of Payment

A stamped copy of the payment voucher or a confirmation email of an online banking transaction constitutes proof of payment. Applicants are required to send a copy of payment proof along with all other required supporting documents as ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline.

Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope before sending it to the LUMS Office of Admissions. Applications or documents received after the stipulated deadline will not be processed.

Interview Performance

A merit ranking for interview short listing is established on academic performance, work experience (if any) and GMAT/GRE (General) scores of the candidates. Only short-listed candidates are called for interviews.

Research Statement

Applicants are required to submit a well-developed research proposal. The PhD dissertation will require substantive empirical work and is intended to extend knowledge on a particular subject of interest to the management academic community.

FAQs

Minimum test score of 60th percentile in GMAT or GRE (General) equivalent is required for PhD Management.

GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years. GMAT/GRE taken five years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid.

GMAT/ GRE score is compulsory for submission of online application. You must submit/mail the copy of unofficial GMAT/ GRE score report as soon as you take the test. However, the official GMAT/ GRE scores can be submitted later.

After the successful submission of the online application form you will be able to print a system generated Application Processing Fee payment voucher. Please print the fee voucher for making payments at Allied Bank Branches throughout Pakistan. The voucher can be paid:

You can send your GMAT/GRE un-official score report along with your supporting documents.

We recommend that at least one should be from a supervisor in your professional career. The other letter can be from a faculty member who has had a reasonable opportunity to evaluate you academically.

Minimum of two letters of recommendation are required.

No, there are no age restrictions for admission to the PhD Management Programme.

No, our system for reviewing applications is completely online so we must receive your application electronically using our online application service.

It is very important that you keep our department aware of any address or email change. Please send an email at helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk

  1. Application for admission to the PhD Management programme is an online process (there is no paper based application to fill out or mail).
  2. After creating an account and accessing the online admission application you may then begin to complete your application.
  3. You can work on your application at any time and submit it when you are ready. Please note that we expect applicants to adhere to the deadlines stated on the LUMS website.
  4. You can "track" the receipt of supporting documents submitted.
  5. The earlier you submit your application the sooner you can learn about the receipt of these materials.
  6. After submission you may print a copy for your own use.

Admission decisions will only be communicated via courier service. Regretfully, we are unable to provide the final application status by telephone or e-mail inquiry.

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, all of them do not qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receives; it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.