Executive Ph.D.

Executive Doctoral Programme in Management


IIM Ranchi offers an Executive Doctoral Programme in Management for experienced professionals who wish to pursue a doctoral degree while continuing their professional commitments. The program is designed to cater to the unique needs and constraints of working executives and provides them with an opportunity to advance their knowledge, skills, and research expertise in the field of management. The prospective scholars can apply to the following areas of specialisation:

Economics Finance & Accounting
Information Systems & Business Analytics Liberal Arts & Sciences
Marketing Organisation Behaviour & Human Resource
Operations Management Strategy & Entrepreneurship
MBA Batch of 2021-23


The Executive Doctoral Programme in Management requires a minimum of four years for completion and is divided into two phases. In the first phase, executive doctoral scholars must complete six terms of coursework. The first two terms have two compulsory courses each term, that all participants must take, irrespective of their area of specialisation. The third term has two area-depth courses. The fourth term has one area-depth course and one breadth course from other relevant areas. The fifth and sixth terms comprise workshops providing research skill sets and teaching experience.

After completing the coursework, executive doctoral scholars must demonstrate their capability of conducting research by submitting dissertation work. This is followed by a Comprehensive Examination aimed at assessing the knowledge gained in the area of specialisation. In the subsequent years, the students work on their thesis, which is expected to be an original contribution to the specialised area of management. The thesis is evaluated in internal and external thesis defence.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for the Executive doctoral programme in Management should have minimum of 5 years of work experience by 31st March of the target year of education.

Candidates for the programme must have one of the following qualifications obtained from any of the universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE, or any equivalent qualification from recognised foreign universities or institutions.

  1. Master’s degree or Post Graduate Diploma or its equivalent in any discipline with first class (or)
  2. B.Tech/4 Years Degree with 6.5 CGPA or equivalent (or)
  3. Any professional qualification such as CA/ICWA/CS with a B.Com/Degree with minimum 55% aggregate marks or equivalent grade point average.

In addition, the candidate must have secured a minimum of 55% marks (or equivalent) in all their public examinations starting with the secondary level.

Fee Structure

The programme fee is to be paid in three instalments.

To confirm admission after selection, the first instalment is ₹3.5 lakhs, including ₹50,000 as the refundable caution deposit. The second and third instalments are ₹2 lakhs (at the beginning of the second year) and ₹1 lakh (at the beginning of the third year), respectively.

In all the above fees, the prevailing rate of GST will be applicable. If needed, lodging and boarding charges will apply as per the Institute norms.