A New Disruptive Program

Developed in equivalence with ICFAI University and ICFAI Business Schools, the Ph.D. program is designed for students interested in management teaching, research, and consultancy.

The main objectives of the program are to develop management teachers well equipped with the skills required for imparting education to business school students and to develop bright young academics with research skills to conduct research in contemporary issues in management.

Course description

The fundamental goals of the program are to develop the future leaders well equipped with the aptitudes required for granting education to business college students and to develop brilliant youthful academics with examining abilities to conduct look into contemporary issues in business management.

The Ph.D. program has 4 phases: Doctoral Coursework, Qualifying Assessment, Planning of Exploration Proposition and Final Dissertation which can be completed in a maximum time of 4 years and a minimum time of 1 year.

There are two options: Full-Time and Part-Time Ph.D.

  • The Doctoral Coursework ensures the students pick up the necessary functional skills to carry out Doctoral Thesis Research through online seminars, online courses and distance research projects.
  • The Qualifying Assessment is the end of the coursework, where is tested the student’s knowledge of the different areas and their ability to develop professional scientific research in the field. At this stage, students made their dissertation proposal under the guidance of a Doctoral Advisory Committee.
  • The Planning of Exploration Proposition consists in the exchange of research with a foreign University (that can be one of the institutions that belong to the ICFAI Group).
  • The Final Dissertation is the Ph.D. thesis that has to be defended after the finishing of the past three modules.

The Ph.D. program trains the candidate to an extent where they can be assured of success in any organization – whether academic or corporate.

*Optionally, the exchange can be in the foreign country to make a dual degree of face-to-face and online education under the Visiting Scholar Program on a self-supported basis.

To apply for becoming a Ph.D. Candidate in management it is needed to follow some requirements:


  • Graduation (any discipline) with 50% and above marks with medium of instruction as English and
  • Post-graduation in Management  with 55% and above marks


  • Post Graduation (full time) in Economics/Commerce/Psychology/Sociology/Public Administration/ Statistics/Mathematics or in an allied discipline from a recognized University with 55% and above marks


  • A professional qualification like CFA / CA / CWA / CS with 60% and above marks.

Admission Procedure
The candidates seeking admission to the Ph.D. program (Full-time / Part-time) offered by AKBS have to send an email to learning@alkhalifabusinessschool.online with the intention to become a candidate.

Selection Process
The candidates who are shortlisted based on their certifications are called for the selection process at AKBS Online System. The final selection is based on an aptitude test in Research methods, micro-presentation and Technical Interview.

Fee Structure 
Ph.D. students have to pay an admission fee (non-refundable) an additional fee and per module program. Fees information is upon request.

For any clarification on program, eligibility, admission, the candidates may reach us on the
Email-id: learning@alkhalifabusinessschool.online

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ICFAI Group Ph.D. Exchange with AKBS

As seen previously, this program is possible to be studied with a dual-module of face-to-face and online education with a stance at ICFAI University and IBS in India and online trough the AKBS Online Campus.

AKBS and ICFAI Group are developing academic and educational cooperation on the basis of equality and reciprocity and to promote relations and mutual understanding between both institutions.

Exchanging of information on research, teaching, learning materials and other literature relevant to their educational and training programs; Joint organization of seminars, conferences, workshops and short term continuing education programs on topics of mutual interest, while extending invitations to each other’s faculty to participate therein; Joint proposal and engagement in teaching or training programs. While extending invitations to each other’s faculty to participate and to promote interaction between ICFAI and AKBS in mutually beneficial areas.


Cooperation is based in Joint Supervision of Doctoral Studies; Management Development Programs of Courses, Certifications, Executive Programs, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates; Grants equivalence to PGPM (postgraduate program in management) offered by ICFAI for registration to Ph.D. programs in AKBS; Appointing of Research Scholar; Exchange of faculty as research guides; Organization of joint academic and scientific activities such as courses, conferences, seminars; Symposia or lectures; Exchange of academic publication and reports as well as other activities that will promote research and academic ties as well as the development of commercial relations in the field of Higher Educations with the aim of exchange learning materials to promote both universities in India and Europe.

About ICFAI Universities Group

ICFAI was established in 1984 as a not-for-profit society with the broad objective of empowering citizens through world-class quality education. The Institute announced its arrival into the Indian education fora by launching a high end, an innovative professional program in financial analysis in 1985. The Program was first-of-its-kind in India, aimed at equipping students and working professionals with cutting-edge knowledge in contemporary areas of finance. Since its establishment, ICFAI Group has made a significant mark in the Indian educational field with a pan-Indian network and presence.

Innovation has been the mainstay of ICFAI Group with innovation prevalent in its programs and even its culture. Subsequently, there was a big leap when the ICFAI Group started its chain of business schools (IBS) across India in 1995 to offer management programs. Since its inception, IBS has been consistently ranked among the top-ranked B-Schools of India providing excellent academic delivery and infrastructure to its students and transforming them into leaders for the future.

Another example that is a testimony to the culture of innovation is the introduction of the Case Study methodology at IBS. The Case Research Center at IBS has become a center of excellence and has won several accolades across the world.

ICFAI Group has 2 Strategic Institutional Units, the ICFAI Universities and the ICFAI Business Schools. In all the programs offered across these units, the emphasis is on adherence to academic rigor and differentiated curriculum that bridges the industry-academia gap.

ICFAI Group focuses on learning rather than instruction. In addition, the institute is engaged in important areas of research covering environmental sustainability, agricultural economics, health policy, financial economics, banking, intellectual property rights, etc. There have been path-breaking research and good quality publications in these areas.

Flexible and tech-enabled learning also plays an important role in ICFAI’s teaching methodology. The delivery takes place with the use of a hi-tech learning management system at campus programs and content delivery for distance learning through online medium.

ICFAI has established 11 Universities across India. The ICFAI Universities are located at Hyderabad [The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE), which is a Deemed University], and Dehradun, Himachal Pradesh (Baddi), Jaipur, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Raipur, Sikkim and Tripura are state established private Universities.

Since its inception in 1995, IBS has been one of the best B-Schools in the country, providing excellent academic delivery and infrastructure to its students. At IBS, we offer innovative and globally accepted programs and great opportunities for all-round development. 100% case-based learning is unique to IBS. IBS transforms its students into leaders of the future.

IBS Hyderabad is a constituent of the Icfai Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE), which was declared a deemed to be University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. The programs offered at IBS Hyderabad are Two-year full-time MBA program and Ph.D. program.

IBS campuses are located at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. They offer two-year, full-time Management Programs to prepare the students and equip them for successful corporate careers. These campuses are independent professional institutions and are neither affiliated to nor are off-campus centers of any university.

IBS Dehradun is a constituent of the ICFAI University, Dehradun. ICFAI University, Dehradun is established through an Act of the State Legislature of Uttarakhand and is recognized by UGC under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act. IBS Dehradun offers the MBA program.


About ICFAI Business Schools 

IBS Jaipur is a constituent of the ICFAI University, Jaipur. The ICFAI University, Jaipur has been notified by the Government of Rajasthan (Act No. 20 of 2011). IBS Jaipur offers the MBA program.