Doctorate in Management

Admission Requirements

Admission to Ph.D program at SME is a three-stage process:

1. Online application form

2. SME-Research Admissions Test

3. Personal interview

1. Online application form
Candidates with the following academic qualifications from recognized Universities / Institutes are eligible to apply for the PhD program of the School of Management and Entrepreneurship:

  • Post graduate in any discipline, with a minimum of 60% marks in their eligibility examinations or an equivalent CGPA.
  • PGDMs recognized by competent authority as equivalent to Master’s degree
  • Professional certifications considered equivalent to Master’s degree
  • A Four Year Undergraduate Program (FYUP) with research component

Candidates need to upload certificates as proof of their educational qualification.

Statement of purpose
The prospective candidate needs to apply with specific department preference(s) of the School that matches with the candidate’s area of research interest. Along with the application document, the candidate needs to submit a “Statement of Purpose” of about 2000 words, explaining the following:

  • Research interests: A short and precise description of the candidate’s research focus, explaining the reasons for the interest in the chosen area.
  • Academic background: A write-up on how the candidate’s academic background makes him / her a suitable candidate for Ph.D in Management at Shiv Nadar University
  • Your Strength: What are your strengths and how relevant are they for accomplishing your goals?
  • Future plans with Ph.D.: Explaining your plans for life after Ph.D.

2. SME-Research Admissions Test (SME-RAT)
SME-RAT is mandatory for those who do not have a valid national / international test scores, viz. UGC-JRF/NET, CAT, GATE, GMAT, GRE etc. Candidates who possess any such valid score need to upload the softcopy on the admissions portal; such candidates will go straight to the round 3, i.e. interview.

3. Interview
Candidates who have been shortlisted for interview will have to give two Academic Areas of preference; interviews will be conducted by the faculty members belonging to those academic areas. Please visit ( to know more about the academic areas and their primary research areas to which your research interest matches. The candidate’s application folder containing the application form, certificates of academic and other credentials and the statement of purpose will be shared with the candidate’s chosen Academic Area(s). The academic areas in turn will conduct the interview. During this stage, the candidate will be tested for their inquisitive knowledge in the chosen field, suitability for a high-quality research program and their intent and interest towards teaching and research.

Profile of a Desirable Candidate While we admit candidates who successfully complete the three-stage process to the program, preferences will be given to:

  • UGC-JRF candidates
  • Candidates sponsored by their organization or any other funding agency
  • Candidates with a high score in other qualifying exams such as CAT, XAT, MAT, ATMA, NMAT, GATE, or GRE
  • Full-time faculty members of any recognized university or institution
  • Full-time research associates or fellows working with recognized research institutions
  • Those who have publications in refereed journals or conference proceedings
  • Managers with at least 2 years of experience in large-scale industrial organizations
  • Post graduates who are motivated to pursue research and teaching as a career

Prospective candidates to the Ph.D. program in management may visit the Shiv Nadar University website and fill the online application forms @ Register ( Once the process is complete, the Ph.D. office at SME will invite the candidate for an interaction at Shiv Nadar University campus. Shiv Nadar University will not reimburse the travel and accommodation expense of the candidates for participation in the selection process.

Application Process

Key dates to remember:

  • Application opens: September 26, 2022 (Monday)
  • Last date to apply: November 12, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • Date of SMAT: November 19, 2022 (Monday)
  • Date of interview: November 25 - November 28 (Friday-Monday)
  • Announcement of result: November 30, 2022 (Wednesday) (Tentative)
  • Last date to accept the offer letter: Dec 10, 2022 (Tentative)

Classes begin: 2nd week of January, 2023

Please note: The University reserves the right to call [or] not to call a particular candidate to appear in the interview.

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