How IIM Ph.D. Program differs from General Ph.D. Program


August 19, 2019

IIM Ph.D. Program

The full-time Ph.D. program of the Indian Institutes of Management offers students opportunities for advanced studies and research in different specializations related to Management Science. The
IIM Ph.D. program aims to prepare students for careers in teaching and research in management studies and in related disciplines, and for careers in the government, in industry, and in other organizations that require advanced analytical and research capabilities. On successful completion of the program, a student is awarded the Ph.D. degree, in his/her area of specialization.

Ph.D. in Management from IIM generally has a duration of 4.5 to 5 years. Students first complete rigorous coursework covering advanced courses in the area of specialization as well as a review of general management subjects. During this time, students gain experience and mastery in a range of research skills, approaches, and methodologies.

After completing a comprehensive examination in their chosen area, students work on their doctoral dissertations, undertaking original research designed to make a significant scholarly contribution in their field.

Students of Ph.D. in Management at IIM Udaipur receive a full fellowship that covers the cost of tuition, accommodations, other program expenses and a stipend for a living allowance.

What Are General Ph.D. Programs?

Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy

Ph.D. is an abbreviation that stands for Doctor of Philosophy. Ph.D. studies are the highest level of education. The journey can be exhausting at times, but the final result (your dissertation) is a significant achievement and rewarding event in your life. It’s not a linear process at all and is different for every student or professional. A Ph.D. is the highest academic degree that a student can earn. These doctoral programs allow students to focus their research on an area of interest and can prepare them for careers as researchers, teachers, and scholars. Individuals who are interested in taking advanced courses and conducting academic research in a specific field may enroll in a Ph.D. program.

How IIM Ph.D. differs from General Ph.D. Program?

General Ph.D. focuses more on research and less on holistic course as compared to a Ph.D. from an IIM. General Ph.D. from some other university severely lacks in offering management courses in other areas such as marketing, HR, and OB, etc. While IIMs do very well in this case. Due to the exposure to different management areas, an IIM trained Ph.D. grows faster as compared to a general Ph.D.

Ph.D. from IIM is rigorous coursework which not just exposes students to the field of management but also helps in building a solid foundation. In general, a Ph.D. from any institute grooms you as an independent researcher while Ph.D. from IIM grooms you as a good management educator. However, there do exist some exceptions. So it does not matter whether you are from any B-school or an IIM graduate, you can be both an awesome researcher and a good management educator which is the success of a doctorate degree. All you need is the focus to hit the bull’s eye of your interest.