The coursework at SPJIMR, critically reviewed by international scholars, is aligned with the highest global standards and recognised for its methodological depth and rigour. In the first year, the participants complete the following three courses:
Foundation courses aimed at providing cross-functional exposure to management.
Seminar-style specialisation courses provide subject knowledge of dominant theories and frameworks. Here the faculty aggregates a select set of classic and contemporary research papers to be critiqued and analysed by scholars and faculty.
Methodology courses to enhance rigour in research.
At the end of these courses, the participants submit term paper(s) on their topic/area of interest for evaluation. Almost all doctoral-level seminars during the coursework phase lead to the creation of research proposals that scholars can publish in renowned international journals. The coursework phase comprises a total of 39 credits. The coursework phase culminates with a qualifying exam to test the candidate’s understanding of the literature in their field of interest. This evaluation may combine both methodological and substantive areas.