Doctorate in Management

Admission Requirements

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

  1. Basic eligibility
  2. Teaching and Research credentials
  3. Personal interview

Basic Eligibility

Candidates with any of the following academic qualifications from recognized Universities/Institutes are eligible to apply for the Ph.D. 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
  • A valid score from any of the following tests:     
  • UGC-JRF or UGC-NET for Lectureship (not more than THREE years old)
  • SNU Management Admissions Test (SMAT) (SMAT is applicable only for those who do not have a valid score from any of the above tests.)

Research Statement and Statement of Purpose

  • If the basic requirements are fulfilled, 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 research idea of about 1500 words, explaining the nature and process of the proposed work, which will be examined by the respective department. 


  • Prospective candidates, as suggested by SME departments will be called for further selection process at the University campus.  During this process, 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 as a career

Prospective candidates to the Ph.D. program in management can visit the main admissions page and get to know when the admission is open, so that they do not miss the chance to apply on time.

Application Process

How to apply?

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

Please note:

The University reserves the right to call a particular candidate for appearing in the interview. 

*Information on the mode of interview will be intimated to the candidates based on the government regulations and Campus SOPs, strictly following Covid-19 protocols

*Candidates do not have any recognized test scores need to write to SME at, indicating their preferred date for taking the SMAT



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