Postgraduate Studies Programs

PhD in Management


PhD in Management 



Economics and Political Science

Program Type

By Research

Study Mode

Full-time or Part-time


4 years Full-time and 6 years Part-time

Instruction Language


Program Coordinator

Name: Dr. Alexandre Bachkirov
Tel:      +968 24141847

College Website

Program Overview


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Management is the first program of its kind in Oman. In the pursuit of the strategic national development objectives, the program aims to align the research output with Oman Vision 2040. The goal of the program is to develop high-performing researchers who can work both independently and collaboratively leading teams in conducting research with significant social impact and policy implications. The first cohort of doctoral students was accepted in Fall 2021.

The program is benchmarked with internationally recognized universities in Western Europe and North America that offer similar degrees. The program places a special emphasis on the research proposals related to business strategies enabling organizational transformation, new themes in entrepreneurship, family business, organizational behavior, human resource management, and sustainability related management practices addressing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. The program has a rigorous selection process that assesses candidates based on their probability to complete the degree successfully and become independent researchers. An experienced team of faculty members with a rich research profile supervises doctoral students.

In terms of learning outcomes, the program enables students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of research methods and conduct their own research while developing a set of portable and versatile professional skills. The program starts with a short taught component followed by a longer research period. Through their thesis, the research students will be able to demonstrate their skills in collecting and interpreting research data, and creating new knowledge.  Doctoral students will learn how to analyze a range of data using a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques and be able to describe theories underlying various approaches to management research. By the end of the program, doctoral students will know how to discern, define, and solve management problems using advanced research tools and methods. They are expected to be able to formulate policy implications from their research projects and communicate these to policymakers, practitioners, academics, and other stakeholders in a focused, coherent, and comprehensible manner through peer-reviewed journal publications. 

Potential future careers for doctoral students include academic and organizational research for businesses and educational national and international organizations, teaching in institutions of higher learning, delivering research-based management consulting projects, and working for government organizations to support policymaking and regulatory functions. After graduation, doctoral students are expected to attain a deep understanding of contemporaneous management problems and be able to take the leading role in the relevant societal debates.


Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following fields: business management, economics, psychology, sociology, engineering, and mathematics from a recognized university.
  • A Master’s-level degree (MBA, MSc, MA, etc.) in the field of business and management.
  • A Master’s-level degree must be obtained from a recognized university or business school.
  • A Master cumulative Grade Point Average of not less than 3.00 on a 4-point scale or equivalent in any other system and the Deanship of Postgraduate studies makes the assessment for equivalency acceptance.
  • A master cumulative GPA ranging between 2.75 and 2.99 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent, taking into account the applicant’s work experience (not less than 2 years following completion of an undergraduate degree) and any academic activities they are engaged in.
  • A resume showing the candidate’s qualifications, research interests, research experience, research publications, work experience, and skills.
  • Two academic letters of reference confirming the competence in the discipline of interest and research capabilities.
  • A research proposal must include the following sections: title, abstract, six keywords, introduction including rationale/justification for the proposed research, theoretical background/ framework/perspective, literature review leading to the formulation of research questions and/or hypotheses, methodology, and expected implications of the proposed research for theory, research, practice and society as a whole. The format: APA 7th edition, font Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1.5, word count: 4000 - 6000 words including references. 
  • A successful interview: a face-to-face interview for local applicants and an online interview for international applicants who are unable to attend the interview physically.
  • Omani applicants for the full-time mode must submit a release letter or a study leave from their employer, addressed to the dean of the postgraduate studies at SQU. 
  • Omani applicants for the part-time mode must submit a no-objection letter from their employer. 
  • Unemployed Omani applicants must submit a statement from the Ministry of Labor documenting the unemployment status of the applicant.

English Proficiency


Before starting the program the admitted candidates should submit an English Proficiency Test Certificate band (6.5) or higher in academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic or a score of (90) or higher in the International TOEFL - IBT

Selection Criteria


There will be a personal interview for local applicants and an online interview can be arranged for international applicants who are unable to attend the interview physically.