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IIM Sambalpur invites applications for India’s pioneering dual-degree doctoral programme

  • Executive PhD & DBA Programme (2024-27) In Association With IAE Bordeaux University School Of Management, France

  • India’s Pioneering Dual Degree Doctoral Programme for working professionals

IIM Sambalpur invites applications for India’s pioneering dual-degree doctoral programme

IIM Sambalpur, one of India’s premier management institutes, invites applications for the pioneering dual-degree doctoral programme.  The Executive PhD & DBA Programme (2024-27) is in collaboration with IAE Bordeaux University School of Management, France. The three-year dual-degree programme has been designed specifically for working professionals with an aim to foster advanced academic qualifications and innovation with a unique pathway to pursue a doctoral degree without disrupting their careers. The last date for submission of applications along with the CV, Self-attested Academic Credentials, and Statement of Purpose is June 15, 2024.


Prof. Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur informed, “Executive PhD & DBA Programme for Working Professionals aims to equip students with sophisticated research methodologies following global standards.  The programme is for working professionals who aspire to become global subject experts.”


Prof. Jaiswal further informed, “The dual-degree programme emphasizes practical applicability and interdisciplinary approaches and delivers rigorous, world-class training across various areas of business management, enabling students to conduct research at par with international standards. Moreover, it enables industry executives to transition to research-oriented careers, whether in academic institutions or research positions within the public and private sectors.”


The programme uses a hybrid delivery model, requiring students to attend at least three days face-to-face classes at the IIM Sambalpur or Delhi Campus and two weeks of face-to-face classes at the Bordeaux Campus in France. Additionally, students can participate in a three-day Academic Writing Workshop at Cambridge University - UK.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Work Experience: At least five years of professional experience with a postgraduate degree.

  2. Educational Background: For pursuing advanced doctoral-level research, a relevant master's degree (e.g., MBA) or a four-year bachelor's degree from a recognized institution.

  3. Academic Record: A strong academic history demonstrated by transcripts, GPA scores, and any relevant achievements or honors.

  4. Language Proficiency: Proficiency in the language of instruction (typically English) is necessary for intensive academic study, research, and communication.

  5. Research Interest: Clear research interests or topics within management or related fields, with the ability to articulate research goals and potential academic contributions.

  6. Statement of Purpose (SOP): A statement detailing academic and professional background, research interests, career goals, and reasons for pursuing the doctoral degree.

Admission Process

  • Candidates will be shortlisted based on their Eligibility Criteria for Personal Interview (PI) Round.

  • Merit list will be prepared based on resume and personal interview.


About IIM Sambalpur

IIM Sambalpur is one of the premier management institutions in the country and is widely known for its quality education. Spread over approximately 200 acres of land, the breathtaking and spectacular permanent campus of IIM Sambalpur was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, on 3rd February 2024. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone on 2nd January 2021, via video conferencing. Furthermore, the Union Education Minister, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, recently inaugurated the Incubation Centre, I-Hub Foundation, to promote startups and the 'Rangavati Centre of Excellence in Cultural and Sustainable Management'. It also has tie-ups with Flipkart, Amazon, and SIDBI to support, promote and connect regional weavers with global platforms. Equipped with sustainable practices and modernized facilities, the campus values its regional art by mapping the traditional IKAT, patterned textile-dyeing technique onto the brick façade. The institute is committed to providing excellent management education, harbouring a sense of entrepreneurship, and developing socially responsible leaders. IIM Sambalpur is known for its two-year flagship MBA Programme, and admissions are held via CAT. It also offers an MBA for working professionals at the Delhi Centre at ISID, Vasant Kunj, providing options for a dual-degree programme in partnership with French universities. It also offers an MBA in FinTech Management programme for working professionals.  Furthermore, in addition to the Executive MBA Program, the premier institute also offers PhD, Executive PhD, Executive PhD & DBA Programme and Management Development Programme (MDP), among others. IIM Sambalpur has played a torchbearer role for other IIMs in terms of gender-diverse classrooms. IIM Sambalpur cut-off is 92 percentile. IIM Sambalpur's MBA fee is INR 13.04 Lakh, whereas IIM Sambalpur's average package stood at INR 16.64 LPA and IIM Sambalpur's highest package stood at INR 64.61 LPA for the 2023 batch.

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