PhD Management


The Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at LUMS, in keeping with its goal of becoming an internationally renowned center of research in the field of management, is offering a course-based PhD programme in the following three specializations:

  1. Organisational Behavior/Strategy &Organization (OB/S&O)
  2. Operations Management (OM)
  3. Finance

In this programme, outstanding students will have an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required to pursue research at the frontiers of the management field. As a LUMS doctoral student, you will work closely with the best management professors in Pakistan to advance management scholarship. The LUMS faculty regularly publishes in top journals such as Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Financial Accountability and Management, International Journal of Production Economics, among others.

Areas of Specialisation

1. Organisational Behavior/Strategy & Organization (OB/S&O)

These specializations (OB/S&O) 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

  1. Organizational networks
  2. Diversity in organizations
  3. Power and politics
  4. Gender and organizations
  5. Cross-cultural management
  6. Leadership and organizational change
  7. Conflict and negotiations
  8. Motivation, values, attitudes and behavior
  9. Entrepreneurship
  10. Public personnel management
  11. Organizational justice
  12. Human resource management

2. Operations Management (OM)

This specialization (OM) 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

  1. Mathematical modelling/optimization
  2. Scheduling and transportation
  3. Supply chain management
  4. Total quality management
  5. Service operations management
  6. System dynamics
  7. Operations strategy
  8. Technology / innovation management
  9. Product/ process development
  10. Value stream management
  11. Business analytics
  12. Business intelligence

3. Finance Specialization

The finance specialization focuses on current research topics in corporate finance, asset pricing, investments, and financial institutions and markets. The coursework component of the program 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 program 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

  1. Asset pricing and market efficiency
  2. Corporate investment and financing decisions
  3. Regulatory framework and role of financial institutions
  4. Islamic banking and finance
  5. International finance and banking
  6. Portfolio diversification, investments, and financial markets
  7. Financial risk management and contingent securities
  8. Theory of the firm, agency problem, corporate governance, and other institutional issues
  9. Issues in accounting and control
  10. Corporate finance and investments in emerging markets

* The medium of instruction at LUMS is English for all degree programmes offered. Assessments are accepted in English only.

Important Dates

PhD (Management)

Deadline to take GMAT/GRE
09 Feb 2018
Online Application Deadline (PST)
15 Feb 2018
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents for admission
16 Feb 2018
Admission Decisions
01 Mar 2018 to 30 Apr 2018
  • 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 2018 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 program.

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
  4. Two letters of Recommendation 
  5. Interview 

The Admissions Office will review applications to ensure requirements are being met. Shortlisted candidates will be called in for an interview, after which the final decision will be taken.


Academic Requirements for Fall 2018 Admissions

Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 18 years of education leading to an Undergraduate and/or Graduate degrees 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).
  • Undergraduate and Graduate degrees: Min. 3.0 CGPA (or 70% marks)
  • Secondary and Higher Secondary School: Min. 70% marks (or equivalent)

Decisions on admission are made after careful evaluation of all applications. Evaluation for interview call is carried out based on a combination of factors such as academic track record, performance in GMAT/GRE (General), and work experience (if available).

Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2018 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 60th percentile in GMAT or GRE (General) equivalent”. For equivalency check from GRE (General) to GMAT please visit the following link 

No other admission test score will be considered valid Only GMAT/GRE (General) scores are valid and, hence, applicants with previous LMAT scores need to take the GMAT/GRE (General)

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) is February 09, 2018.


  • 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
  • Availability of valid GMAT/GRE (General) score will be mandatory for submission of online admission application
  • Applicants who are admitted to, and join, the PhD Management programme will get a refund of one GMAT/GRE (General) registration fee.



Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions

Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before February 15, 2018; 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 February 16, 2018.

Application Processing fee

  • The application processing fee of $71

Payment Procedure

International applicants are required to make a payment for the Application Processing Fee through a Bank Draft drawn in favour of Lahore University of Management Sciences. For further details regarding Fee payment options  Click here

Proof of Payment

Applicants are required to send original Bank Draft along with all other required documents as ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline. Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope containing their supporting documents before sending it to the LUMS Admissions Office.

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.


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.

In order to study at LUMS, foreign nationals must obtain a “Study Visa” from the Pakistani Embassy/Consulate working in their country. The Pakistani Embassy/Consulate will only issue a study visa for students’ stay at LUMS upon receipt of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan’s “No Objection Certificate” and Clearance from the Ministry of Interior, Pakistan.

For the issuance of Visa, students must submit the following documents to the LUMS Admissions Office through postal mail/ courier service by the stipulated deadline. These documents are mandatory for the processing of visa application:

I.Signed copy of Admission Offer Letter

II.Payment of Tuition/Hostel dues through a bank Draft (if any)

III.Completely filled “Student’s Information Sheet” for the issuance of NOC from the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan. 

a.       Note: No Objection Certificate (NOC) is issued by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan; which is a mandatory requirement for LUMS enrollment and Visa processing.

IV.Three (3) copies of completely filled and duly signed “Visa Form” (all pages) to get necessary visa clearance from the Ministry of Interior, Pakistan.

a.       Note: Please carefully read instructions given in the Visa application form and send it to LUMS through courier service by the due deadline. Form is available on the Ministry of Interior’s website ( ). The form must be duly filled in with contacts/addresses of the applicant both in Home country and Pakistan.

V.Six (6) Original Photographs

VI.Complete copy of Passport

VII.Any other document required by the MOI for the issuance of Visa

VIII.Academic Records-Certified Photocopies of:

IX.Secondary School (O levels/ 10th Grade or any Equivalent Degree)

X.Post Secondary (A Levels/ IB/ American High School or any equivalent degree)

XI.all academic transcripts/certificates (Secondary, Post Secondary, Bachelors, Masters or any other qualification)

XII.Copy of certificate of provisional grade point average

XIII.Copy of English Proficiency Certificate

XIV.Nomination/Recommendation Letter from University

XV.Copy of Medical Certificate

  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.

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

GMAT/ GRE score is compulsory for submission of online application. You must submit/mail the copy of unofficial GMAT/ GRE score report as soon as you take the test. However, the official GMAT/ GRE scores can be submitted later.

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.

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.

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.

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