Office of Admissions
LUMS DHA, Lahore Cantt. 54792, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92 42 3560 8000 Ext.: 2177
The PhD Management at the Suleman Dawood School of Business is an interdisciplinary programme that provides exposure to global best practices and training in rigorous research methods, while focusing on social impact both in a specialised local context and in terms of the global economy. Our PhD graduates have the expertise to use theory and empirical research to solve complex challenges in public, private and non-profit sectors in Pakistan and abroad. Our graduates stand out as forward-thinking leaders in their domains in academia, international think tanks, and the development sector.
Specialisation in three broadly defined, exhaustive disciplines:
The four-year programme consists of the following components:
Total credits required for graduation
Coursework: 30 credit hours
Research Work: 30 credit hours
30 credit hours
Comprehensive Exam and Proposal
30 credit hours
PhD – Year I Fall 4 Courses (OB, OM, FINN)*
11 credit hours
PhD – Year II Fall 3 Courses (OB, OM, FINN)
8 credit hours
PhD – Year III Fall Proposal Defence
PhD – Year IV Fall Work on Dissertation
PhD - Year I Spring 4 Courses (OB, OM, FINN) Comprehensive Exam A
11 credit hours
PhD - Year II Spring Exam - Comprehensive Exam B
PhD - Year III Spring Work on Dissertation
Work on Dissertation
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise stated
OB - Organisational Behaviour and Strategy
OM - Operations Management
FINN - Finance
Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the PhD Management Programme.
Admission is purely merit-based and rests solely on the following criteria:
Two Letters of Recommendation;
Application Review; and
This is the minimum criteria that applicants need to fulfill in order to be eligible to apply. Fulfillment of this criteria does not guarantee admission to LUMS.
A minimum of 18 years of education is required for applying to the Ph.D. Management Programme.
Applicants are required to have obtained their Undergraduate and/or Graduate degrees related to Management, including but not limited to Economics, Accounting, Finance, and Operations. We welcome applications from other fields as well, especially from Social Sciences and Engineering, but such applicants may be required to complete some non-credit coursework.
Applicants who have obtained their degrees from institutions that are not listed with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, will be required to obtain an Equivalence Certificate from the HEC. For further information, visit: www.hec.gov.pk
As a minimum academic performance, all applicants must have obtained a CGPA of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4) or First Division (60% in the annual system) in their Master’s degree (MPhil/MS/Equivalent).
Applicants completing their last degree or attempting final year exams by May 30, 2024, are also eligible to apply for Fall 2024 Admissions.
Applicants are required to take One (1) of the following tests in order to be considered for the Fall 2024 admissions:
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
GMAT score is valid for Five (5) years. Scores of GMAT taken before 28th April 2019 will not be considered valid for the Fall 2024 admissions. For further details, please visit www.mba.com
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
GRE (General) score is valid for Five (5) years. Scores of GRE (General) taken before 28th April 2019 will not be considered valid for the Fall 2024 admissions. For further details, please visit www.ets.org
If the applicant has taken more than one test or attempt, the best score of a single test or attempt will be considered for application evaluation.
The LUMS code for receiving GMAT/GRE (General) scores from Pearson and ETS is 0679.
The admission application will be considered for evaluation after the successful completion of the following Four (4) STEPS by the applicants on or before the stipulated deadlines:
Online Admission Application submission;
Online submission of scanned copies of required supporting documents;
Submission of an appropriate Application Processing Fee; and
Online submission of the Letters of Recommendation by the Referees.
The application processing fee of Rs. 9,150
The application processing fee of USD 150 for International applicants.
Applicants must complete and submit their Online Admission application on or before April 16, 2024; 5:00 pm (PKT).
Applicants are required to submit Online the scanned copies of all supporting documents on or before April 17, 2024.
After the successful submission of the Online application, applicants must make the Processing Fee payment by the deadline.
Referees must submit completely filled the Letters of Recommendation by the given deadline.
Completion of all steps is mandatory. Applications, documents, or fee received after the stipulated deadline will not be processed.
Applicants are encouraged to provide complete and correct information regarding their academic achievements, research reports, attended workshops, and extracurricular activities, and must tell LUMS about their success stories to substantiate their applications.
Applications will be reviewed by the relevant Committee. Shortlisting for interviews will be done based on the applicant's academic achievement, quality of work experience, and admission Test scores. Only short-listed candidates will be called for the interviews.
Minimum two (2) Letters of Recommendation are compulsory for applying to the Ph.D. Management Programme.
To complete the application process for the PhD Programme applicants must submit a comprehensive research proposal. The PhD dissertation is a substantial undertaking involving empirical research, and its primary objective is to advance the existing body of knowledge within the academic management community on a specific subject of interest.
The modes of payment are as follows:
1. Voucher can be paid through cash, Pay Order and Bank Drafts made in favour of "Lahore University of Management Sciences" at any branch within Pakistan of following banks:
2. For online Credit/Debit card payment, please click here.
3. Vouchers can also be paid through ATM machines and internet banking portals of the following banks:
Through an amendment in the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 by Finance Act 2013, advance tax (under section 236 I) shall be collected @ 5% on the entire amount of fee except refundable portion.
Bank Helpline Numbers
Allied Bank Limited
1. UAN: 111-225-225, Branch contact No: 042-35748308
2. Regional Office: 042-35747603
Meezan Bank Limited
1. Region Office: 92-42-35786207
2. Head Office: 92-21-36406139
Bank Al-Habib Limited
1. Karachi: 92-21-32277231-239, Lahore: 0333-1218430
2. DHA Ph. 5 Branch: 042-37189231 042-37189234
The PhD programmes at LUMS are fully funded for 4 years of education. Additionally, PhD candidates are given a monthly stipend as per University policy.
Students are required to pay general security (refundable) at the time of admission.
Fee Structure for FY 2023-24
|Semester Registration Fee|
|Hostel Fee Double Occupancy|
|Hostel Fee Triple Occupancy (Bigger room)||54,700||54,700||TBA|
|Hostel Fee Triple Occupancy (Smaller room)|
To learn more about the University's Refund Policy, please click here.
|Online Application Deadline||May 17, 2023, 5:00 pm (PKT)|
|Deadline to submit online supporting documents and Processing Fee||May 18, 2023|
|Deadline to take GMAT/GRE (General)||May 17, 2023|
|Admission Decisions||July 31, 2023|
|Commencement of Classes||August 2023|
Applicants are required to take either GMAT or GRE General.
Our GMAT/GRE reporting code from ETS is 0679
GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years. GMAT/GRE taken five years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid.
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 can evaluate you academically.
Minimum two (2) 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.
- Application for admission to the PhD Management programme is an online process (there is no paper based application to fill out or mail).
- After creating an account and accessing the online admission application you may then begin to complete your application.
- 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.
- 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.
A foreign national who is not of Pakistani origin and does not have a Pakistani passport/NICOP/CNIC is eligible to apply to LUMS under its International Student Programme. Applicants holding dual nationality out of which one is Pakistani are not eligible to apply through LUMS International Student Programme.
Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan.
HEC is responsible for formulating higher education policy and quality assurance to meet the international standards as well as providing accrediting academic degrees, development of new institutions, and uplift of existing institutions in Pakistan.
PhD Management is a fully funded programme for 4 years. Several additional places on a fee-paying basis are available for applicants passionate to pursue their academic career in the PhD Management programme.
LUMS provides a well-maintained residential environment for International students.
It is highly recommended to fill out the application form carefully. Changes cannot be made after the submission of online application. In sheer need an applicant can send the updated information to firstname.lastname@example.org with the specific header "Change in Application Form".
LUMS provides funding to PhD students in terms of scholarship and research assistantship. The University’s policy is to admit students purely on merit, regardless of their financial status or background. The PhD Programmes at LUMS offer a fully-funded scholarship which covers the following:
Teaching assistantships is another opportunity that may be available to doctoral students for additional financial assistance, subject to faculty approval. If a student receives funding from another source, the said amount of fee waiver and/ or scholarship allowance given by LUMS would be adjusted accordingly. Please note that the fee waiver and/ or scholarship funding is approved initially for one year and is renewable based on academic performance.
Voucher can be paid through cash, Pay Order and Bank Drafts made in favour of "Lahore University of Management Sciences" at any branch within Pakistan of following banks.