PhD Management



Our PhD in Management Programme trains scholars to test and push the boundaries of management theories, and contribute to management education and practice. The Programme develops leaders for institutions that educate professional managers, while training scholars to create and disseminate knowledge and provide professional advice. Our graduates actively contribute in creating a knowledge-based economy. The Programme offers rewarding careers in academia and consulting, in Pakistan and abroad. We offer concentrations in organizational behaviour and strategy, operations management, and finance.

The Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) was ranked as the number one business management school in Pakistan and among the top 100 universities in Asia by the QS World University Rankings for 2019. It is also the first business school in Pakistan to have been accredited by the prestigious American Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). SDSB has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and research by its world-class faculty, who have been trained at some of the best business schools in the world.

Our PhD management Programme prepares you for educational leadership, global exposure, and to create a significant impact through top quality research, teaching, and consulting. We believe that quality research demands discipline, rigorous training and specialisation and interdisciplinary intellectual inspiration. The LUMS PhD in Management is designed to be completed in four (4) years. The Programme is comparable, in academic rigour and research quality, to doctoral Programmes in the best business schools globally. Research on modern institutions, economies and societies requires scholars to understand both the local and the global context. Our PhD Programme provides exposure to international research and best practices, while focusing on issues, people and institutions in a specialised 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 the current state of research knowledge and identify research questions that have a social and economic impact for their own original research. Students identify innovative research problems, conduct ground-breaking research, and share their findings with an international community of researchers. Our Programme fosters an interest in issues of current concern in our complex transnational business and society. Our PhDs conduct research that is both theoretical and empirical; we acknowledge the importance of scientific rigour as well as the necessity of being empirically relevant.


We offer specialization in three broadly defined disciplines: organizational behaviour and strategy, operations management, and finance.


The OB&S specialization is interdisciplinary, applying social science theoretical frameworks and research methods to management, social and policy problems. It enables students to develop deep insights into the functioning of complex and evolving institutions and societies. Students are trained in the theory and methods of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resource Management and Strategy/ Organization Studies. OB&S faculty has a broad range of interests ranging from leadership, conflict management, entrepreneurship, informal economy, behavioural psychology, diversity and inclusion, public policy and administration.


  •    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 behaviour
  •    Entrepreneurship
  •    Public personnel management
  •    Organizational justice
  •    Human resource management


The OM specialization deals with managing organizational resources, processes, and priorities related to knowledge, technology, people, products, sustainability and innovation for improving organizational performance. It draws upon a wide range of disciplines including engineering, technology, economics, management and other social sciences. Research in this area is typically characterized by a blend of strong theoretical and practical implications. PhD candidates can also pursue doctoral research that examines issues pertaining to the Pakistani industry and other emerging economies.


  • Supply chain management
  • Technology and innovation management
  • Business analytics and intelligence
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Manufacturing and service operations management
  • Digitalization, globalization, and risk management
  • Lean management, quality management and operations excellence
  • Operations and supply chain strategy
  • Behavioural operations management
  • Drivers and measurement of triple bottom line performance
  • Procurement and sourcing efficiency and effectiveness
  • Retailing, omni/multi-channel, and business-to-business distribution innovations


The Finance specialization provides students with a solid foundation on the theory and empirical tools of modern finance, and drawing from the field of economics. The focus is on corporate finance, asset pricing, investments, financial institutions and markets. Students are trained in rigorous research methods to prepare them for careers in finance with leading academic and research institutions.


  •    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
  •    Corporate finance and investments in emerging markets

Important Dates

PhD (Management)

Online Application Deadline (PST)
22 Apr 2020
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents for admission
23 Apr 2020
Admission Decisions
01 Jun 2020 to 30 Jul 2020
  • Dates are applicable subject to the availability of test centers.
  • 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 2020 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. Completed and submitted application form and supporting documents by the stipulated deadline;
  5. Interview (if called)

Academic Requirements for Fall 2020 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 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:

As 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).

Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2020 Admissions

Applicants are required to take Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  in order to be considered for admission. 

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.

We are aware that the current COVID-19 crisis poses difficulties for applicants to submit test scores as test centres are non-operational for the time being. Under the circumstances, you can apply to SDSB PhD Management Programme without test scores being submitted (if you haven’t taken the test yet). You may then be asked to appear for an interview followed by a conditional acceptance if you are successful. The condition will require obtaining a minimum test score. Once, test centres are functioning, you will need to sit for the test and attain the minimum test score required by the University.

For further details on GMAT and GRE (General), please log on to  and respectively. 


  • 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.
  • For equivalency check from GRE (General) to GMAT please visit the following link



Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2020 Admissions

In order to be considered for admission applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before April 22, 2020; 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 23, 2020.

Application Processing Fee

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 5,800.
  • The application processing fee of $81 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.

Note: Full financial support is offered to all incoming PhD Management students for 4 years.


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.

Recommendation Letters

Minimum two (2) recommendation letters are compulsory for applying in PhD Management Programme.


There is no minimum or maximum score limit for applying in PhD Programme.

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.

Research 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.

PhD Management is a fully funded programme having full financial support to all incoming students for 4 years.

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


Fee Structure for FY 2020-21


Fall Semester

Spring Semester




Admission Fee (One Time Charge)



Tuition Fee



Semester Registration Fee



General Security (Refundable - One Time Charge)



Total Fee



Hostel Fee


Fall Semester

Spring Semester




Hostel Fee (double occupancy)



Hostel Fee (triple occupancy)




Important Points

  • The above breakdown of fee structure is for Year 1 of the 4 Years PhD Management programme
  • The PhD programmes at LUMS offer a full tuition fee waiver (except general security) to all students on merit for four (4) years.
  • Fees are payable by semester according to the schedule given in the Annual Fee bill.
  • 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 (if Student Payable exceeds PKR 200,000 per annum excluding the amount refundable).
  • Advance tax paid on fee is adjustable at the time of filing of Income tax return. LUMS will issue Advance Tax Certificate in this regard at year-end.
  • University fees are usually announced once each year, for the following academic year. However, tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.


We are here to help and guide you through the admissions process during this time. You can continue to monitor this page for admissions related updates. Our campus is also providing general updates and resources as needed. 

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Due to the country’s stay at home directive, LUMS campus is closed and no longer offering in-person visits. However, we're still working and available to answer your admission related questions! Feel free to email us at or contact us through Live web chat (Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST).

Unfortunately, a few of our processes are unable to be done remotely. These are detailed below.

Submitting your supporting documents

All available documents can be submitted online through the LUMS Online Admission system. In case, few documents are not available/missing then applicants can seek help/extension by writing to the Admissions Office at

Acknowledgement for documents receiving

We may not be able to accept postal mail or courier packages at this moment. If you had documents sent through such means recently, you will receive a system generated acknowledgement email of your submitted documents within two weeks’ time. If need be, Admissions staff will also contact you for the completion of supporting documents.

Recommendation/ Work Experience Letter Waiver

If referees can send recommendation letters by email, they can email them directly to If this cannot be done, please provide only names and contact details of referees and we will approach them directly, if the need arises.

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