PhD Management


The PhD Management Programme includes rigorous coursework and high quality research that should be published in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals. The Programme has been designed to ensure that doctoral students have the full range of necessary research and teaching competencies, skills, and sufficient knowledge of their subject area which is essential for designing and executing research at the highest standards of academic excellence. It aims to do this by combining structured course work with supervised research study.

Specializations & Research Topics

Organisational Behaviour and Strategy (OB&S)

OB&S enables students to gain insight into the functioning of complex and evolving organisations. It principally trains students in the theory and methods of disciplines such as Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management and Strategy/Organisation Studies.

Current Research Topics

  • Industrial Clusters & Competitive Strategy
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Leadership & Organisational Change
  • Negotiations
  • HRM in Developing Countries
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Ethics and CSR
  • Organisational Justice & Abusive Supervision
  • Emotions at Workplace

Operations Management (OM)

OM deals with configuring people, materials, machines and methods for optimal benefits. Characterized by a blend of theoretical and applied research, OM draws upon a wide range of disciplines including Mathematics,Economics and other Social Sciences.

Current Research Topics

  • Mathematical Modelling/Optimisation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Total Quality Management
  • Enterprise Modelling
  • Operations Strategy
  • Technology/Innovation Management
  • Product/Process Development
  • Value Stream Management
  • Business Analytics & Business Intelligence


Finance focuses on current research topics in Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing, Investments, Financial Institutions and Islamic Finance. The coursework offers a variety of theoretical and empirical research topics for students, training them for high quality research and preparing them for careers in finance with leading academic and research institutions.

Current Research Topics

  • 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
  • Corporate Finance and Investments in Emerging Markets
  • Behavioural and Experimental Finance
  • Theory of the Firm, Agency Problems, Corporate Governance and other institutional issues


PhD Programme Structure and Process

PhD – Year 1 Fall

PhD – Year 1I 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 1 Spring

PhD – Year 1I Spring

PhD – Year 1II 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
25 Jun 2018
Online Application Deadline (PST)
28 Jun 2018
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents for admission
29 Jun 2018
Admission Decisions
01 May 2018 to 10 Jul 2018
  • Application is live on rolling basis till June 28, 2018; 5 pm (PST).
  • 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 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
  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) for rolling admission is June 25, 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

In order to be considered for rolling admission applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before June 28, 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 June 29, 2018.

Application Processing Fee

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 5,000 

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.


There is no minimum required score. The short listing of candidates is dependent on academic performance, test scores and interview performance.

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.

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.