The Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) is the doctoral programme of IIMA. FPM admits students who
have a strong academic background, are highly motivated and who have the intellectual curiosity to undertake
original research. The doctoral programme prepares students for a career in academia or research positions in
Candidates can apply to the following Areas of high levels of specialization: (1) Business Policy, (2) Economics,
(3) Finance & Accounting, (4) Food & Agribusiness, (5) Human Resource Management, (6) Information
Systems, (7) Innovation and Management in Education, (8) Marketing, (9) Organizational Behaviour, (10)
Production and Quantitative Methods, and (11) Public Systems. Students spend generally a little over four years that includes two years of rigorous course work. From the First
term onwards students take advanced doctoral level courses in the Area of high levels of specialization along
with some recommended Post Graduate Programme (PGP) courses which provides a general management
overview and develop basic skills for analyzing managerial problems. After completing the course work,
students have to pass an Area Comprehensive Examination to demonstrate that they have reached a level of
proficiency in the Area of high levels of specialization. Subsequently, students work on their doctoral
dissertations. These dissertations are expected to make original contributions to an Area of management or to
one of management's source disciplines.
Students admitted to the programme receive a comprehensive fellowship that covers all costs and in addition
provides a modest living allowance. IIMA has excellent facilities in computing, library, and faculty resources.
IIMA faculty members publish actively in scholarly journals and consult with industry and government within
the country and outside. Case writing and related research are actively pursued by faculty and students.
Candidates applying to the Fellow Programme in Management are required to take the Common Admission Test (CAT) or a standard test in lieu of CAT. For NRIs and Foreign students, this standard test is the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).
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Accreditation is a process by which the quality of a programme is examined and certified normally by an external body of academics. It validates and certifies that academic processes practised within an institute are robust and relevant.
For any programme to be recognized for further studies or a profession it needs to be approved either by a University or/and by a professional council as the case may be.
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