Executive Ph.D

IIM Trichy's Executive Ph.D is a non-residential doctoral programme designed for senior executives from various sectors who would like to carry out serious academic research in the field of management without compromising on their ongoing professional pursuits.

What will they do after Executive Ph.D

  • As full time executives, employ their training to bring rigour to organizational decision making
  • Approach organizational issues with a researcher’s robustness and a practitioner’s nimbleness.

  • Collaborate with full time researchers to create new knowledge

  • Teach occasionally at business schools while continuing their professional careers

  • Shift to classroom teaching after a successful corporate career



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Selected Candidates for Executive Ph.D Admission 2023 Batch




Target group of executives and eligibility criteria

  • Interest in applied research
  • Full time working executives
  • Minimum full time professional work experience of 10 years
  • Exposure to management education through area specific qualifications / certifications / degrees.
  • First class (or equivalent) in graduation and post-graduation if any.

Admissions Process

  • Online application
  • Shortlisting of application
  • Candidate selection (Written Test, Personal Interaction Interview, etc.)

Application Fee

  • Application fee of Rs.1000/- (No fee for SC / ST / DAP candidates) to be remitted through

                    Name of the Bank : State Bank of India
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                    In favour of : Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli
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                    Bank Branch : SBI-IIM Tiruchirappalli
                    Bank branch code : 71187

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  • SC / ST / DAP candidates shall enter 'NA' in the text boxes (NEFT / UPI transaction No. & Full name of the account holder). Date shall be the date of filling of the application.
  • If applying to more than one area, application fee needs to be paid separately for each area.

Programme Fee

Fees: 10 Lakhs (excluding Accommodation and Food) to be paid in four instalments

Tranche 1 payable before Term 1; Tranche 2 payable before Term 2

Tranche 3 before Term 3; Tranche 4 payable before Term 4

Note: Each term is of 6 months duration


IIM Tiruchirappalli will follow Government of India reservation policy for admission to Central Educational Institutions (CEIs).

Executive Ph.D Programme Structure

1. Programme duration:

Students are expected to complete the programme within four years. However, the maximum duration by which a student is expected to complete the graduating requirements of the programme is five years.

2. Credits requirements:

Students enrolled in the Executive Ph.D programme are required to undergo four terms (six months each) of rigorous coursework of 36 credits. Students are required to complete a total of 18 credits in the first year and remaining 18 credits in the second year.

3. Campus visits:

The Executive Ph.D programme involves eight campus visits (two visits in each term) in 24 months of coursework. Each campus visit will be a 5-day visit.

4. Executive Ph.D stages:

The Executive Ph.D is broadly divided into five stages including course and research work. In first 2 stages, the student is required to undertake rigorous coursework in her/his area of specialization as well as in other relevant areas of business management. Various stages of the Executive Ph.D are as follows

  • First year coursework (Term I – II)
  • Second year coursework (Term III – IV)
  • Comprehensive qualifying examination (CQE)
  • Submission and defense of research proposal
  • Final submission and defense of dissertation

5. Functional areas

  • Business Law
  • Economics and Public Policy
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Information Systems and Analytics
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management & Decision Sciences
  • Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management
  • Strategy