Q: If a person has an MBA in Human Resources, can he/she pursue a Ph.D.?
A: The answer is very simple, yes! You can pursue a Ph.D. after MBA. It is seen that such a combination is not a popular choice but many who would like to make it big in the teaching profession do take such not so taken road. The only problem is that one needs to fulfill the eligibility criteria and clear the entrance exam to be able to get a seat in a good college or university in India or abroad.
Q: Is it necessary to have post-graduation to do a Ph.D. and should a student select the subject taught during the 4 semesters of MBA for Ph.D.?
A: The eligibility criteria for doing a Ph.D. in India after MBA are as follows:
1. The student must have completed their Master's degree in any stream from a recognized institute/ college/ university with a minimum of 50% aggregate.
2. The student must clear the entrance exams and score well. The exams are CAT/ GATE or even UGC NET.
3. Though it is not compulsory, it is good to choose a subject for research in which the student has specialized during their MBA.
4. The normal duration of a Ph.D. may vary from 3 to 5 years in which the 1st year is mostly dedicated to the coursework (research methodologies and subjects, etc.), the 2nd year, choose their area of specialization in which they will be conduction research, the 3rd year presenting their thesis statement after research and collection of data. The whole process can be time-consuming and one needs to start their data collection from the second year and start writing their research papers by the end of six months of the 3rd year.
Now, if you wish to pursue a Ph.D. abroad, you may have to clear the exams such as language proficiency exams like IELTS or TOEFL and the GMAT or GRE. Other things are somewhat similar.
Q: Which are some of the streams for Ph.D. after MBA in HR?
A: Some of the subjects that one can choose for their Ph.D. after MBA in HR are: Ph.D. in Management, Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour/Management, Ph.D. in Applied Statistics, Ph.D. in Information Technology/Data Analytics, Ph.D. in Market Analysis and Research & Ph.D. in Behavioural Finance
Q: What is how one can complete their Ph.D. after MBA?
A: There are two methods to do a Ph.D. after an MBA. The first is the regular format and for this, you need to clear the eligibility criteria as mentioned above. The second is to complete your Ph.D. as an external student but even here, you need to clear the eligibility criteria. In some business schools or universities abroad, do provide Ph.D. in distance mode.
Q: Which are some of the colleges or universities that offer Ph.D. after MBA in India?
A: Some of the universities that offer Ph.D. after MBA in India are:
1. HR college of Commerce and Economics, Mithibai College of Arts, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Higher Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research – Mumbai
2. Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce(BMCC), Shivaji University – Maharashtra
3. St. Xavier's College(SXC), Indian Statistical Institute, Jadavpur University, Bengal Engineering, and Science University, West Bengal University of Technology – Kolkata
4. Madras Christian College(MCC), Presidency College, Indian Maritime University, Anna University, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University & Loyola College – Chennai
5. Mount Carmel College, National Law School of India University, National Institute of Technology, Manipal University, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Bangalore, National Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Technology – Karnataka
6. Lovely Professional University, Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab Technical University, Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University – Punjab
7. Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) - Mumbai, Kanpur, New Delhi, Kharagpur
8. Jawaharlal Nehru University, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi Technological University – New Delhi
9. Cochin University of Science and Technology, National Institute of Technology Calicut – Kerala
10. Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Banaras Hindu University, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Information Technology – UP
11. Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Rajasthan Technical University – Rajasthan
12. Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research – Chandigarh
13. The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology, National Institute of Design – Gujarat
14. Andhra University, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University – AP/ Telangana