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AIMA conducts PhD Programme in Business Administration in collaboration with prestigious Aligarh Muslim University.

About the Programme

PhD programme in Business Administration was launched in 2000 by AIMA in collaboration with Aligarh Muslim University. The programme is divided in two phases – Foundation Phase and Research Phase. The Foundation Phase of the programme is conducted by AIMA and the Research Phase of the programme is conducted by AMU.

Foundation Phase

  • The foundation programme comprises of two modules of compulsory courses, four courses on General Management, four courses in the area of specialization and two special courses.
  • Module I & II comprise of first semester of the Foundation Phase and Module III & IV comprise the second semester of the Foundation Phase. On successful completion of the Foundation Phase the candidates will be awarded “Advanced Diploma in Management” by AIMA-CME.
  • The registration to foundation programme is valid for only three years from the time of admission after which one has to apply afresh to the programme. The minimum duration to complete the Foundation Programme is one year.

Research Phase

On successful completion of the Foundation Phase, the candidates are required to submit & present the research synopsis before the Research Committee at AMU. Candidates whose synopses are approved by Research Committee will be registered for Doctoral Research work Phase. Admission to the Doctoral Research Work Phase is highly competitive. Candidates are given a maximum of two chances to get their synopsis approved by the Research Committee.

The candidates are eligible to submit his/her thesis after a minimum period of two years from the date of registration in phase II of PhD (Business Administration) Programme. A maximum period of four years, from the date of registration, is allowed for submission of thesis for the award of PhD (Business Administration).

On successful presentation of the final thesis, the candidates are awarded the Doctorate Degree (PhD – Business Administration) by AMU.


The entire programme is conducted through face to face sessions and regular counseling by experts, external and internal guides. The course pack comprising of text books, reading material, assignments, etc. is provided to each candidate. Personal Contact Session is organized at AIMA, New Delhi during the Foundation Programme. Attendance at Personal Contact Session is compulsory.

Eligibility Norms

Educational Qualification: Master’s Degree in Management or allied subjects from Commerce, Humanities, Science, Engineering and Law etc. or a PGDM/PGDITM approved by AICTE with not less than 55% marks or equivalent grade OR Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accountancy or any other professional qualification which are considered equivalent to Master Degree with at least 55% marks or equivalent grade. In addition, the candidate should have a minimum of 50% marks in Graduation.

Work Experience

Minimum 5 years post qualification work experience in industry at the managerial level or a minimum 5 years of teaching experience as full time Faculty in a Management Institute approved by AICTE or affiliated to a University.

For Whom

Working managers with inclination towards academics and teaching faculty of B-Schools.

Senior Management Professionals to upgrade their skills and competencies and gain deeper insights into industry specific problems.

Contact Details

For further clarification, please contact the undersigned

Kiran Rawat
Programme Manager

All India Management Association – CME

Lajpat Nagar-III, New Delhi-110024 (Nearby Lajpat Nagar Metro Station)

Contact : 011 - 47673000/49868399. Ext:- 741

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AIMA conducts PhD Programme in Business Administration in collaboration with prestigious Aligarh Muslim University.

Admission Procedure

Candidates need to appear in Research Management Aptitude Test (R-MAT) to be held in May and December each year. Qualified candidates are interviewed for final selection and admission to the Foundation Phase of the Programme.

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