PhD Management



Growing economies require professional management. A PhD management programme develops individuals who educate professional managers and solve organizational problems through research and consulting. PhDs provide leadership to institutions responsible for educating professional managers and creating and disseminating knowledge and professional advice. PhDs are trained to create and transfer new knowledge which helps managers make better decisions. The PhD management programme develops educational leaders who work for creating a knowledge-based economy. It offers exceptionally rewarding careers in academia and consulting, in Pakistan and abroad.


The Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is one of the top-ranked business schools in Pakistan and the region. SDSB has built its reputation on the basis of outstanding teaching and research done by its world-class faculty having PhDs from the best business schools in the world.
Our PhD management programme prepares you for educational leadership, global exposure, and creating a significant impact through highest quality research, teaching, and consulting. We believe that quality research in business administration and economics demands both discipline specialization at the cutting-edge and a broad intellectual inspiration with wide-ranging understanding and perspective. Only this kind of combination can generate and nurture truly innovative and relevant research.


The LUMS PhD Management programme is designed to be completed in four (4) years. The programme is comparable, in academic rigor and research quality, to the doctoral programmes of the top-ranked global business schools. Research in modern economies requires scholars to understand local and global context. Our PhD programme provides exposure to international research and best practices, while focusing on the research on the people and organizations working in a specialized local context.

The programme provides thorough academic grounding in modern management theories, models, and research methodology through rigorous coursework. The coursework prepares PhD students to understand current state of research knowledge and identify important and interesting topics for original research work subsequently. During research work, students identify innovative research problems, do ground-breaking research, share research findings with the international community of researchers, and write the thesis. Our programme fosters an interest in the issues of current concern in our complex transnational business and economic world. Our PhDs conduct research which is both theoretical and empirical; we acknowledge the importance of scientific rigor as well as the necessity to be empirically relevant.


The programme offers specialization in three management disciplines: organizational behavior & strategy, operations management, and finance. Following is an illustrative and non-exhaustive list of the topics of research.


These OB&S specializations refer to a collection of theory and research that helps develop a deeper understanding of personal, interpersonal, and system-wide processes in organizations. It enables students to gain greater insights into the functioning of complex and evolving organization. The principal objective of OB/S&O is to train students in the theory and methods of the following disciplines such as Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management and Strategy/ Organization Studies.

Current Research Topics:

  • Organizational networks
  • Diversity in organizations
  • Power and politics
  • Gender and organizations
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Leadership and organizational change
  • Conflict and negotiations
  • Motivation, values, attitudes and behavior
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public personnel management
  • Organizational justice
  • Human resource management



This OM specialization deals with configuring people, materials, machines and methods for optimal benefits. It draws upon a wide range of disciplines including mathematics, economics and other social sciences. Work performed in this area is typically characterized by a blend of theoretical and applied research. PhD candidates can also pursue doctoral research that examines problems and issues pertaining to Pakistani industry and emerging economies.

Current Research Topics:

  • Mathematical modelling/optimization
  • Scheduling and transportation
  • Supply chain management
  • Total quality management
  • Service operations management
  • System dynamics
  • Operations strategy
  • Technology/innovation management
  • Product/process development
  • Value stream management
  • Business analytics
  • Business intelligence


The Finance specialization focuses on current research topics in corporate finance, asset pricing, investments, and financial institutions and markets. 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.

Current Research Topics:

  • Asset pricing and market efficiency
  • Corporate investment and financing decisions
  • Regulatory framework and role of financial institutions
  • Islamic banking and finance
  • International finance and banking
  • Portfolio diversification, investments, and financial markets
  • Financial risk management and contingent securities
  • Theory of the firm, agency problem, corporate governance, and other institutional issues
  • Issues in accounting and control
  • Corporate finance and investments in emerging markets


PhD – Year I Fall

PhD – Year II Fall

PhD – Year III Fall

PhD – Year IV

4 Courses (OB, OM, FINN)
11 Credit hours

4 Courses (OB, OM, FINN)
10 Credit hours

Proposal Defence

Work on Dissertation

PhD – Year I Spring

PhD – Year II Spring

PhD – Year III Spring

PhD – Year IV Spring

3 Courses (OB, OM, FINN)
9 Credit hours

Comprehensive Exam - B

Work on Dissertation

Work on Dissertation

Comprehensive Exam – A

Dissertation Defence


Important Dates

PhD (Management)

Deadline to take GMAT/GRE
19 Apr 2019
Online Application Deadline (PST)
25 Apr 2019
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents for admission
26 Apr 2019
Admission Decisions
03 Jun 2019 to 28 Jun 2019
  • The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting periodically as well as the LUMS online application site.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2019 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 (Research Statement Template)
  4. Two letters of Recommendation
  5. Interview

Academic Requirements for Fall 2019 Admissions

A minimum of 18 years of education is required for applying to the PhD Programme in Management.

Applicants are required to have obtained their Masters degree from national or foreign institutions that are accredited or 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.

As minimum academic performance, all applicants must have obtained a CGPA of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4) or First Division (in the annual system) in their Masters degree (MPhil/MS/Equivalent).

Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2019 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 50th percentile in GMAT or GRE (General) score equivalent to a GMAT score of 50th percentile or above”. For equivalency check from GRE (General) to GMAT please visit the following link

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  and respectively. The deadline to take GMAT/GRE (General) for admission is April 19, 2019.


  • 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.
  • Applicants who join the PhD Management programme will get a refund of GMAT/ GRE (General) registration fee for one attempt.



Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2019 Admissions

In order to be considered for rolling admission applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before April 25, 2019; 5:00 pm (PST). The application form can be accessed online at In addition, all applicants are required to submit all supporting documents to the LUMS Admissions Office on or before April 26, 2019.

Application Processing Fee

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 5,400.
  • The application processing fee of $76 for International applicants.

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.



Minimum 50th Percentile in GMAT or GRE (General) equivalent is required.

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

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

  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.

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.

Reserach statement should be developed based on following points:

  • What is your broad topic of research? (Note that the topic of research may change later).
  • Why are you motivated to do research on the above-mentioned topic?
  • What are your broad research questions? What you want to know and what problems you want to solve, about the topic of your interest?
  • Why your research questions are important?
  • What do you know about the research topic and questions? (Please attach a bibliography of the literature you have read on the topic).
  • What do you know about the process of academic research?
  • How you want to do the research (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, or simulation), if admitted?


A single (or at max. two) page, typed proposal is sufficient. Attach bibliography at the end of this page.

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.

LUMS provides a well-maintained residential environment for International students.