PhD Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program in Business Administration provides training for outstanding students for professional careers in teaching and research and looks to the degree recipient as a professional who is primarily concerned with purposeful search for knowledge. Although the Ph.D. Program is research based, the students are required to take doctoral level courses which usually takes the form of seminars.

Admission Requirements and Duration

The Ph.D. Program is also centrally controlled by the Dhaka University. We at IBA conduct the Ph.D. Program within the rules and regulations of the Dhaka University. The minimum requirement for seeking admission to the Ph.D. program is a M.S. or M.Phil. Degree in any discipline , and publication of books and articles in any of the international standard journals. But the teachers of colleges and Universities may also apply for admission to the Ph.D. Program with only Master's degree i.e. without M.S. or M.Phil. degree provided that he/she has teaching experience for at least 2 years in any college or university and a good number of publications at his/her credit. Primarily the duration of the program is four years that can be extended for a further period on recommendation of respective academic committee. No doctoral fellow can submit his/her thesis before expiry of two years after registering in the program.

Ph.D. Sub-Committee

Like all other Institutes and Departments of the University of Dhaka there is a Ph.D. Sub-Committee for IBA which administers the Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. Sub-Committee has been constituted and approved by the Syndicate in its meeting held on 3.6.1990 on the recommendation of the Academic Council.

The present Ph.D. Sub-Committee of IBA is constituted with the following members:

  1. Director, Institute of Business Administration, D.U. -Chairman
  2. Dean, Commerce Faculty (Now Faculty of Business Studies), D.U. -Member
  3. Professor Durgadas Bhattacharjee, Management Department, D.U.- Member
  4. One senior Professor/Teacher nominated by the Academic Committee of IBA

This Committee receives application and scrutinizes and recommends admission of the candidates to the Academic Committee of IBA which, later on, recommends their admission to the Board of Advanced Studies and Academic Council.



The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (hereinafter called the Ph.D. degree) shall be awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion by a candidate of a program of advanced study and research and acceptance by the Academic Council of the thesis submitted by the candidate after a period of at least two years of registration at the University for the Ph.D. degree.

The Rules regarding admission to the courses of studies and research leading to the Ph.D. degree, the submission of the thesis and its examination shall be prescribed by Regulations to be enacted by the Academic Council and the Syndicate.


1. Qualifications for Admission

A candidate for admission to the Ph.D. program of a Department or of an Institute must fulfill the following admission requirements:

(i) The candidate must possess the M.Phil. degree of this University or of a recognized University.

Provided that an M.Phil. student of this University who has successfully completed the first year courses of studies and has passed the M.Phil. Part-1 Examination may be transferred to the Ph.D. program on the recommendation of his / her supervisor(s) certifying satisfactory progress of research work and the Academic Committee of the Department / Institute concerned and on approval of the Board of Advanced Studies and the Academic Council. In the cases of Institutes, applications for such transfer will be processed through the committee of Advanced Studies / Academic Committee of the Institute concerned as the case may be.

(ii) Teachers of this University or the constituent colleges, or of other Universities of Bangladesh and their affiliated and constituent colleges, as well as scholars of research organizations and academic institute having 2 years teaching / research experience as approved by the University, are eligible to apply for admission, provided they possess a first class or a second class Master's degree or equivalent degree of this University or of a recognized University and should have at least second division / class in all earlier examinations; provided also that candidates from the University and the affiliated and constituent colleges must have teaching experiences at the graduate level for at least two years and research publications, scholars of research organizations must have demonstrated evidence of research ability in the form of published papers in standard academic journals recognized by this University.

Provided further that in the case of teachers in service of this University but not possessing the requisite qualification, the Academic Committee / Committee of Advanced Studies of the Department/Institute may recommend to the Academic Council through the appropriate channel a relaxation of the above requirements.

2. A candidate for admission to the Ph.D. degree program will apply in the prescribed Form (obtainable from the Office of the Registrar) to the Chairman of the Department or the Director of the Institute along with the recommendation of the supervisor (s).

3. (i) Each candidate shall have not more than three joint supervisors.

(ii) The supervisor must be of the rank of Professor or Associate Professor .

(iii) One of the joint supervisors may be from outside this University provided the Academic Council has accorded the necessary recognition and permission for this purpose.

4. The Registrar on receiving the application form for admission from the Chairman of the Department or the Director of the Institute shall place it before the relevant Ph.D. Committee of the Faculty/Institute concerned and then forward the application together with the recommendation of the Ph.D. Committee to the Board of Advanced Studies and the Academic Council for final approval.

5. (i) A candidate for the Ph.D. degree shall be registered as a Ph.D. student of the University on payment of the prescribed fees and dues.

(ii) A Ph.D. candidate serving in any organization including the University shall take leave of absence for at least one year at the time of joining the Ph.D. work.

Provided that this requirement may be relaxed by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the Academic Committee of the Department/Institute concerned for applicants of higher educational institutions/research organizations.

Provided further that a Ph.D. scholar may spend part of his time in another institution in the country or abroad on prior approval of the University.

(iii) The Department / Institute concerned may organize courses for the Ph..D. scholar.

(iv) The Ph.D. scholar will perform the research work in the University as a research student under the guidance of supervisor(s) and must submit a six monthly report of his /her work to the supervisor (s) who will transmit the report to the Board of Advanced Studies.

6. (i) The Registration for the Ph.D. degree will remain valid for a period of four years.

(ii) The Registration may be renewed for a further period of four years.

7. The Ph.D. scholar will give at least one seminar talk at the Department /Institute every year on a topic of his/her own field of research.

8. (i) The recommendations of the Academic Committee of the Department /Institute concerned is a prerequisite for any change of topic of research.

(ii) A change of supervisor must also be approved by the Academic Committee/Committee of Advanced Studies and the previous supervisor must also give his/her written consent.

(iii) All such changes of the topic of research or of supervisor must be approved by the Board of Advanced Studies and the Academic Council. A separate prescribed form shall be used for this purpose.

9. Presentation of the Thesis

A Ph.D. Thesis must satisfy the following requirements:

(i) It must be an original piece of investigation and a distinct contribution to the advancement of knowledge.

(ii) It must be a comprehensive and self-contained account of the candidate's research.

(iii) It must be satisfactory with regard to literary presentation and suitable for publication in recognized journal or in book form.

(iv) It may include published material from the scholar's work done during the period of registration.

(v) It must be prefaced by a statement certified by the supervisor that it contains the results of the candidate's research.

10. Examination of the Thesis

(i) The Academic Council will, on the basis of the recommendation received from the Faculty, the Committee of Advanced Studies /Academic Committee of the Institute, appoint for every thesis an Examination Committee consisting of three examiners of whom one shall be the supervisor and the other two from outside this University including Universities from abroad.

(ii) One of the three examiners other than the supervisor will be appointed as Convener of the Examination Committee.

(iii) The examiners of the thesis will individually and separately submit their reports in sealed covers to the Controller of Examinations.

(iv) An examiner will explicitly state whether the award of the Ph.D. degree is recommended or not.

(v) The recommendations of all the three examiners must be explicit, unambiguous and unanimous for the award of the degree.

(vi) On receipt of the unanimous opinions of the examiners from the Controller of Examinations or the Convener in consultation with him will fix a date and a venue for the viva voce examination of the candidate. The viva voce will be conducted by the supervisor (a member of the examination committee) and the Convener.

(vii) After completion of the oral examination, the Convener will send consolidated report to the Controller of Examinations stating clearly whether the degree is recommended.

(viii) In case of any absence of unanimity in the reports of the examiners the Controller of Examinations in consultation with the Convener on the basis of the reports of the examiners shall report to the Vice -Chancellor whether the thesis should be rejected or resubmitted with necessary changes and modifications.

(ix) If a thesis is adjudged inadequate for the award of the Ph.D. degree, the examiners may recommend the award of the MPhil. degree and the Controller of Examinations will place such recommendation before the Academic Council.

Provided that in such a case, prior to the award of the MPhil. degree the Controller of Examinations will obtain the written concurrence of the candidate for such an award.

(x) In case a candidate is unable to satisfy the viva-voce Board even though the thesis is adjudged adequate, the Board may recommend to the Academic Council that the candidate may be permitted to appear at another oral examination after a lapse of six months from the first oral examination.

Provided that no candidate shall be allowed to appear at the oral examination of the same thesis for more than two times.

11. The Vice-Chancellor shall place the reports of the examiners for consideration of the Academic Council, which shall be recommended to the Syndicate for the award of the degree.

12. A copy of the Ph.D. thesis accepted by the Academic Council incorporating any corrections and changes suggested by the Examination Committee should be preserved in the Central Library of the University.

13. Fees and Dues

A Ph.D. Student will have to pay the following fees and dues:

(i) Registration fee for the first year of registration Tk. 500.00

(ii) Registration fee for the second and each subsequent year - Tk. 300.00

(iii) Athletic dues, Union dues, Hall Union dues etc as payable by the students of the University

(iv) Library caution money - Tk. 500.00

(v) Examination fee at the time of submission of thesis - Tk. 1000.00 (The present amount is Tk.1500.00) Provided that the teacher of the University shall be required to pay only the registration fee and the examination fee.

14. The fees and dues must be paid within one month of obtaining permission for registration. In subsequent years the fees are to be paid in the same months. For late payment of dues, a fine of Tk. 1.00 (One Taka) per day will be imposed.