PhD in Administrative Sciences - IAS


Since 2001, the institute has become the center stage for providing human resource well equipped with the knowledge base in the fields of administrative thought, public policy and governance. The commitment is to stay abreast with modern developments in the field without breaking loose from the indigenous cultural ethos. The focus is on attracting candidates who have proven their academic strength through high grades in academic career, and the resolve to sustain the research-based rigor which the PhD program demands. With meager resources of only two regular and one contractual PhD faculty members in 2001 at the time of inception of the program, the two-decade saga of success has borne fruits. Today the regular full time PhD faculty has grown to 17. The research endeavor of around 20 years has produced 15 PhDs whereas 34
PhDs are in the process.

Program Objectives

  1. To provide opportunity for an extensive journey and analysis of the gradual shaping up of organizational, managerial, administrative policy making and implementation literature associated with management of government institutions and organs.
  2. To develop skill in students for analyzing, synthesizing, using, and determining drawbacks in literature from diversified origins, paradigms, and perspectives on public sector issues pertaining to public policy, administration, governance and organizational designs.
  3. To develop means of motivation and equipping for choosing and undergoing future course of research in challenging areas of governance, organizational structures and behavior and policy making and its execution to resolve current and emerging issues in both domestic and international horizons using traditional and modern sources of knowledge.

Admission Eligibility Criteria

The admission eligibility criteria are in line with HEC Policy on PhD Programmes-2021 and PU DPCC rules and regulations:

  • BS (Hons.) 4 years/M.A./M.Sc. degree or equivalent (to be determined by DDPC) with a minimum of 9 credit hours of management/public administration coursework from an HEC recognized university (at least 16 years of education:130 credit hours) and with minimum CGPA at least 3.0 out of 4.0 or first division as per HEC and PU rules. The final decision regarding an applicant’s eligibility rests with DDPC.
  • MS/MPhil/M.Sc. or equivalent degree with a minimum of 9 credit hours of management/public administration coursework (to be determined by DDPC) and with minimum CGPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 or first division as per HEC and PU rules. The final decision regarding an applicant’s eligibility rests with DDPC.
  • No third division in the whole career.
  • Admission Test (as per PU and PU-DPCC regulations)
  • Statement of Purpose/Research Interest to be submitted by all applicants who have successfully passed the IAS Admission Test before the interview
  • 50% marks to be obtained in the interview (as per PU and PU-DPCC regulations)

Entry Requirement

Entrance to the PhD Program is highly competitive and requires that the applicants should have an MS/MPhil/MPA (18 years’ education) or any other relevant management degree (18 years) with a minimum CGPA of 3.00. The applicant should qualify the IAS PhD Admission test, submit a brief research proposal indicating area of research interest, and qualify the interview in order to be selected to the PhD Program.

Admission Test

The admission test comprises of essay-type (subjective) questions that will test your analytical writing skills in the following areas:

  • Research Methods
  • Management
  • Public Administration
  • Organizational Theory & Behavior
  • The test will also have a section similar to GRE Verbal Reasoning Section having multiple choice questions.

Research Proposal

The applicants qualifying the PhD Admission Test will be asked to submit a research proposal of 2,000 to 3,000 words in which you clearly explain your research problem, objectives and why the research is important. A research proposal or plan helps to assess both your suitability for a research degree and whether doctoral faculty can offer you supervision. The proposal should:

have a title;
explain the particular topic or question which you wish to study;
briefly summarize existing research on the topic, making reference to publications as appropriate;
give a clear outline of the research you intend to do; and
be approximately 2,000 to 3,000 words in length

How to Apply

Admissions to the PhD Program are advertised in December-January every year. The university announces the commencement of admission in leading daily newspapers. Admission forms and Prospectus during this time will be available from the institute.

Research Area

  • Management
  • Organizational Theory
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Public Management & Governance
  • Public Policy Making & Implementation
  • International Development
  • Public Sector Reforms
  • Network Governance

Duration of the Program

Total duration of the program: 3-5 years
Number of Semesters in PhD Coursework: 2
Total number of credit hours for coursework (MS/MPhil degree entrants): 18
Total number of credit hours for coursework (BS or 16 years education entrants): 48
Residence requirement: Up to two years
Nature of the program: Regular


The program is characterized by its rigorous analytical approach based on a combination of methods and insights drawn from organization theory, organizational behaviour, public administration, and social sciences’ theories. The program is designed to develop the content knowledge and methodological skills necessary to become a successful and productive researcher.

After successful completion of their coursework, PhD students are required to pass a comprehensive Examination (written), before submitting the synopsis/research work.
After passing the comprehensive examination, a PhD Student is required to submit synopsis within six months of completing their coursework. The synopsis will be submitted to Departmental Doctoral Program Committee (DDPC) for onward submission to Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB), subject to DDPC approval.
Further information on rules and regulations governing our PhD Program can be found at

Facilities and Resources

PhD have access to a dedicated PhD Syndicate room with networked PCs, Wi-Fi network and access to HEC and PU’s digital library resources. A dedicated computer lab for postgraduate research students has also been set up that has sophisticated state-of-the-art applications installed to facilitate students in their research journey. Students also have access to the University’s Main Library and Computer Labs located at various locations across the Campus.

Research Skills Workshop

After the completion of coursework, and before the comprehensive examination, the students will be required to complete a Research Skills Workshop, spread over one-two weeks which prepares them for synopsis submission and imparts necessary skills for embarking on the research journey.

Comprehensive Examination

As per HEC and PU policy, after the completion of coursework of 18 credit hours, the comprehensive examination is generally taken within one month. Comprehensive examinations is only conducted for those PhD students who have successfully completed their coursework and research skills workshop.


As per PU rules and regulations, after the successful completion of the coursework and comprehensive examination, PhD scholars are required to submit the synopsis within six months of the date of completion of the coursework. If the synopsis is delayed beyond six months, separate permission is sought from ASRB by the students for submitting the synopsis.

Research Publication

As per HEC and PU rules and regulations, before the submission of thesis for external evaluation by foreign experts from technically advanced countries, the candidate shall submit the proof of at least one publication, from the content of thesis, in an HEC recognized journal.