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Founded as a Federally Chartered University in July 2000, the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences is a premiere University of Pakistan, renowned for quality and impact of its students in the development of local software and other industries. The university has five modern campuses at Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Chiniot-Faisalabad. These campuses provide world class educational environment and recreational facilities to about 9,000 students, around one quarter are female.

Research wings of the university are well recognized, nationally and internationally. They are embarked upon cutting edge research having direct impact on the social, economic and technological needs of Pakistan. Our vision is to become a globally recognized research university of Pakistan within the next decade.

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Bachelor of Business Administration
The 4-years BBA program serves the need of those who are looking for a career in management profession or towards higher education in business administration. Being a program with challenging curricula and contents, it is appropriate for those who have excellent academic record and high potential for success. The BBA degree promises the graduates higher level employability at the entry level of management profession by helping them excel in professional and personal development. The program offers a rich blend of general education; general management skills like communication, decision-making, leadership, teamwork and quantitative methods. It also aims to sensitize the graduates about their social and environmental responsibility. Learning Outcomes BBA graduates are expected to communicate effectively and professionally and to demonstrate the ability to create written and oral statements for diverse audience across the world. Demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate relevant information for decision making and make use of thinking skills to assess the information and solve problems in uncertain environments. Understand the importance of team work and group dynamics in achieving organizational goals and demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams. Understand various leadership styles and demonstrated ability in exercising these styles according to the requirement of the situation. Demonstrate effectively practicing of overall functional business knowledge and ability to identify and interpret essential business concepts, principles and skills. Identify core organizational values and understand the issues of ethical and social diversity and demonstrate the ability to propose feasible solutions to these issues. Understand computer-based information systems and able to use computing tools and infrastructures to apply and interpret functional business knowledge. Degree RequirementsFor the award of BBA degree, a student must have:Passed courses totalling at least 130 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core courses. Obtained a CGPA of at least 2.00
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BS (Accounting & Finance)
Accounting & Finance are the most significant and critical areas in the system of free enterprise. Good financial management is, therefore, vitally important to the economic health of business organizations. However, the constant shifts in economic conditions, intense competition for financial resources and questionable business practices have made financial management a complex and challenging undertaking. The BS Accounting & Finance program is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges posed by this complex but exciting area that has assumed much greater importance in the wake of the recent financial crisis in the world. This crisis has taught us that prudent financial management could mean the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful business enterprise. BS Accounting & Finance is tailored to first impart a broad-based education in the fundamentals of business and management and then develop the quantitative and analytical skills necessary to become prudent, astute and ethical financial managers. Career OpportunitiesThere are a number of pathways to choose from including audit, taxation, budget analysis, financial accounting and management accounting. Degree Requirements For the award of BS (Accounting & Finance) degree, a student must have: Passed courses totaling at least 131 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core courses Obtained a CGPA of at least 2.00
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BS (Computer Science)
Impart in-depth understanding of Computer Science field according to international standardsConvert understanding to innovationsBuild diverse careers in Computer Science as productive IT professionals and entrepreneurs for the socio-economic developmentPrepare students for the graduate level studies and researchDevelop effective communication, management and leadership skillsImpart professional ethics and collaborative team player abilitiesLearning OutcomesStudents will be able to possess essential knowledge and overview of the general area of computer science, and its applicationsStudents will be able to think creatively and critically and build logic and solve non trivial problemsStudents will be able to demonstrate basic concepts of programming, data structures, operating systems, algorithms, databases, artificial intelligence, and computer networkingStudents will be able to exhibit fundamental software engineering, object oriented analysis & design concepts by developing and managing software projectsStudents will be able to address ethical, social, and environmental issues in their professional life and will practice professional and ethical responsibilitiesStudents will be able to apply concepts and techniques from computing and mathematics to both theoretical and practical problemsStudents will be able to communicate their knowledge, experience, and ideas at national and international levelStudents will be able to pursue their careers as Software engineer, Programmer, Web developer, Games programmer or Computer graphic designerStudents will be able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teamsStudents will be able to pursue graduate level studies and researchCareer OpportunitiesYour career prospects will be excellent: You may become a software engineer, programmer, web developer, games programmer or computer graphic designer.Award of DegreeFor the award of BS (Computer Science) degree, a student must have:Passed courses totalling at least 130 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core courses.Obtained a CGPA of at least 2.00
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BS (Civil Engineering)
The Civil Engineering degree is based on the HEC/PEC approved curriculum. In the first year, the students learn the fundamentals of Civil Engineering supported by essential mathematics and physics courses. These courses are followed by breadth courses which introduce students to different aspects of Civil Engineering. In the senior year students choose a specialization stream and study advanced courses. In the highly competitive job market a graduate engineer is not only required to be knowledgeable in technical areas but is also expected to have excellent communication skills and an appreciation of cost effective engineering solutions. Students are offered courses in communication skills to prepare them for challenging environments. Courses like Professional Ethics contribute towards enhancing soft skills that help prepare a well-rounded personality. Career OpportunitiesThis degree program opens careers in different areas of Civil engineering. Award of DegreeFor the award of BS (Civil Engineering) degree, a student must have: Passed courses totaling at least 136 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core courses. Obtained a CGPA of at least 2.00
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BS (Electrical Engineering)
The mission of School of Electrical Engineering is to provide graduates with a strong and stable foundation in the traditional and contemporary areas of electrical engineering. The graduates of this program are able to conceive, formulate and effectively communicate solutions to technological problems in society. They are a responsible and productive member of the society upholding high moral standards having an aptitude and attitude towards the betterment of the society through their knowledge and skills. The undergraduate programs prepare the graduates for corporate and governmental entry level jobs and/or to pursue further education at the graduate level worldwide.Program ObjectivesTo inculcate graduates with technical competence through advanced and comprehensive knowledge of the practical aspect of electrical engineering, including analytical and design skills and of the technical tools to meet the engineering requirements.To provide an undergraduate education that will further enable qualified students to pursue Graduate/Higher studies in electrical engineering and related fieldsTo cultivate Professional Development among graduates to manage multi-disciplinary teams, communicate effectively and have entrepreneurship skills.To instill Ethical and Social Responsibility into graduates so that they can practice and take ethically and socially responsible decisions.Career OpportunitiesThis versatile degree opens careers in different areas of electrical engineering. You could specialize in telecom or computer engineering. You could pursue a career in telecom industry, in embedded system design, or as a software programmer.Award of DegreeFor the award of BS (Electrical Engineering) degree, a student must have:Passed courses totalling at least 133 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core courses.Obtained a CGPA of at least 2.00
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Master of Business Administration (1½-year)
This 1½-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is offered to those who have already completed the 4-year BBA program. This MBA program further hone the skills of BBA graduates by focusing on more strategic, specialized and advanced courses across functional areas of business. Additionally, this intellectually-stimulating program is designed with a view to 'researching' local & regional management phenomena rather than merely 'studying' them. Students are taught decision-making skills through qualitative and quantitative analysis and are expected to offer vibrancy to corporate culture. It is intended to produce managers and business administrators to face multi-dimensional and complex real-life business problems and provide effective and efficient solutions to such problems.Award of DegreeFor the award of MBA degree, a student must have:Passed courses totaling at least 30 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core coursesObtained a CGPA of at least 2.5
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MS (Accounting & Finance)
The Masters in Accounting & Finance is launched at FSM Lahore from Fall 2017 semester. The MS A&F program is an extension of BS A&F program that FSM successfully established in 2010. The program offers a rigorous treatment of key areas in accounting and finance. Synthesis of accounting and finance is in high demand among the employers who wish to capitalize on the strength of individuals with a blend of A&F knowledge and expertise in one of these areas. The program is structured so that students can specialize through the appropriate choice of courses offered in both finance and accounting streams. Award of DegreeFor the award of MS Accounting and Finance degree, a student must have: Passed courses totaling at least 30 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core courses Obtained a CGPA of at least 2.5For More info Click Here
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MS (Computer Network and Security)
This program prepares students to meet challenges posed by a highly inter-connected world. Mobile computing, Sensor networks and other emerging technologies require a thorough understanding of related technologies. This program provides understanding and exposure to the latest trends and technologies in this field.Typical course load in a semester is four courses. However, NUCES staff cannot register for more than two courses in a semester. In the second semester, a student has the option to pursue MS by undertaking either a 6 credit hour MS Thesis or Project, spread over two regular semesters.Award of DegreeFor the award of MS degree, a student must have:Passed courses totalling at least 31 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core coursesObtained a CGPA of at least 2.5
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MS (Computer Science)
The MS (Computer Science) comprises of both course work as well as research component. There are four ‘core courses’ aimed at strengthening the understanding and competence of students in computer science fundamentals. The University expects its MS graduates to pursue careers either as ‘Computer Science Faculty Members’ or as ‘Software Development Managers’ in the industry.Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to possess advanced knowledge of Computer Science fieldStudents will be able to think creatively and critically; to solve non-trivial problemsStudents will be able to use computing knowledge to develop efficient solutions for real life problemsStudents will be able to design solutions and can conduct research related activitiesRecommended CoursesThe following core courses are recommended to be completed before entering the MS (CS) program.Computer ProgrammingData StructuresOperating SystemsDatabase SystemsAnalysis of AlgorithmsComputer NetworksTheory of AutomataSoftware EngineeringAssembly Lang. / Computer Arch.A student selected for admission having deficiency in the above stated courses may be required to study a maximum of FOUR courses. These courses must be passed in the first two semesters. The deficiency courses shall be determined by the Graduate Studies Committee before admitting the student. No fee will be charged for studying deficiency courses. A student selected for admission having deficiency in the above stated courses may be required to study a maximum of FOUR courses, which must be passed in the first two semesters. Deficiency courses shall be determined by the Graduate Studies Committee, before admitting the student. Fee is not charged for studying deficiency courses. A student cannot take MS courses unless all specified deficiency courses have been passed. NUCES staff cannot register for more than two courses in a semester. A student has the option to pursue MS by undertaking either a 6-credit hour MS Thesis or MS Project, spread over two regular semesters. Award of DegreeFor the award of MS degree, a student must have:Passed courses totaling at least 31 credit hours, including four core courses Obtained a CGPA of 2.5 or more.
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MS (Civil Engineering)
The objective of this program is to produce civil engineers with essential knowledgebase and training required for understanding of advanced concepts, which are required for undertaking of complicated real problems. The master’s program allows two options to the students i.e. Masters with thesis/project. Masters with thesis is designed for students who wish to study a particular research area in greater depth. Masters with project is designed for people with a bachelor's degree in engineering (or related field), who want to enter or return to professional practice. Award of Degree For the award of MS degree, a student must have Passed courses totaling at least 31 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core coursesObtained a CGPA of at least 2.5
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MS (Data Science)
This program equips students to transform data into actionable insights that enable one to make complex business decisions. Students will able to process large and complex data sets through computational, statistical, and machine learning techniques. This program will provide exposure to the latest trends and technologies in this field. Thus, producing the man power to fuel national and international emerging market of data science products.
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MS (Electrical Engineering)
This program prepares a graduate in Electrical Engineering to acquire expertise in a particular area. In the final year, the student normally undertakes a thesis. This may be undertaken in collaboration with the industry, under the guidance of industry experts and a faculty supervisor from the University.A student has the option to pursue MS by undertaking either a 6 credit hour MS Thesis or MS Project, spread over two regular semesters.Typical course load in a semester is four courses. However, NUCES staff cannot register for more than two courses in a semester.Award of DegreeFor the award of MS degree, a student must have:Passed courses totalling at least 31 credit hours, including THREE Core coursesObtained a CGPA of at least 2.5
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MS (Applied Linguistics)
There is an ever-growing demand of trained English teachers. Colleges, universities, and language schools, all need qualified English teachers. English has now become more than a mere language.It is a bridge across borders and cultures, and a source of unity in a rapidly evolving world.This program shall enable students to learn how linguistic analysis can be used in practice in the vast arena of Language with specializations in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Computational Linguistics (CL), English Language Teaching (ELT), and English for Specific Purposes (ESP). This program inculcates specialized skills to effectively perform teaching of English language. This program integrates Language and computing skills.For Specialization and Research Info Click HereProgram ObjectivesTo produce qualified teaching resourceTo integrate ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in Teaching of English LanguageTo develop collaborative e-learning resources for teachingTo encourage teachers to be critically engaged in advanced research in English language teaching and learningAward of DegreePassed courses totalling at least 30 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core coursesObtained a CGPA of at least 2.5
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MS (Mathematics)
This program aims at training the candidates in a number of advance mathematical courses. Having done this they are motivated to undertake research in some area of pure and applied mathematics. The successful candidates are expected to serve the nation as academicians as well as researchers. Typical course load in a semester is four courses. However, NUCES staff cannot register for more than two courses in a semester. A student has the option to persue MS either by undertaking a 6 credit hour MS thesis, or by taking a 3 credit hour Research Survey plus one taught course Award of DegreeFor the award of MS degree, a student must have: Passed courses totalling at least 31 credit hours, including the four major coursesObtained a CGPA of at least 2.5
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MS (Management Sciences)
The MS in Management program is designed to develop the intellectual ability of researchers through understanding the academic body of knowledge in the field of Management Sciences with specializations in Human Resource Management, Marketing and Finance. Aligned with the mission of the School, that is, to discover and impart culturally and globally relevant knowledge in management sciences, the program is designed to facilitate scholars uncover the classic and recent global and regional body of knowledge and prepare them to generate knowledge and solutions, particularly for local and regional businesses, industry and society. The program is essentially research oriented and focuses on academic research having practical applications in real life. It is primarily suitable for those who want to pursue a career in academia but is also appropriate for those who want to pursue professional careers where advanced data analysis and report writing skills are required. The program can also help candidates evaluate their aptitude, strengths and weaknesses for their candidacy in PhD programs.The key learning outcomes of the MS program are:To develop the intellectual ability to think broadly and more deeply about the theory, beliefs and values at the root of business activities.To cultivate the desire, knowledge and ability to conduct research independently.To contribute towards the development of new ideas, theories and business models.Scheme of StudyThe electives can be taken from graduate level courses in the Faculty of Management Sciences with the recommendation of the supervisor.Award of DegreePassed courses totalling at least 30 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core coursesObtained a CGPA of at least 2.5
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MS (Software Engineering)
The MS Software Engineering curriculum has been designed to give the students a good understanding of best software engineering methodologies and practices, emerging technologies, and their application in various industries. The goal of the program is to teach students to become leaders in engineering high quality computing solutions to solve real life problems by conducting high quality applied research.Recommended CoursesThe following core courses are recommended to be completed before entering the MS (SE) program.Computer ProgrammingSoftware EngineeringSoftware Quality EngineeringData StructuresObject Oriented Analysis and DesignHuman Computer InteractionA student selected for admission having deficiency in the above stated courses may be required to study a maximum of FOUR courses. These courses must be passed in the first two semesters. Deficiency courses shall be determined by the Graduate Studies Committee, before admitting the student. No fee is charged for studying deficiency courses. A student cannot take MS courses unless all specified deficiency courses have been passed.Typical course load in a semester is four courses. However, NUCES staff cannot register for more than two courses in a semester. For successful completion of the MS SE degree, the student must undertake a 6 credit hour MS Project, spread over two regular semesters.Award of DegreeFor the award of MS degree, a student must have:Passed courses totalling at least 31 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core coursesObtained a CGPA of at least 2.5
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MS (Software Project Management)
This program enables students to develop skills necessary to manage software projects. In the final year, students take two-semester Project, which involves practical implementation of Project Management skills and techniques acquired through the program, as well as actual development of the project.The MS (Software Project Management) program focuses on strengthening students’ knowledge in theoretical as well as practical aspects of managing software projects. The program not only addresses management issues related to software industry but also covers the software engineering concepts, which must be known to a project manager.The aim is to prepare middle and top management so that they meet the challenges of present and future needs of software industry. The coursework exposes the students to management and technical issues encountered in development of software solutions.Typical course load in a semester is four courses. However, NUCES staff cannot register for more than two courses in a semester.Program OutcomesStudents will be able to apply skills necessary to manage software projectStudents will be able to exhibit paractical implementation of Project Management skills and techniquesStudents will be able to demonstrate theoratical and paractical aspects of managing software projectsAward of DegreeFor the award of MS degree, a student must have:Passed courses totalling at least 31 credit hours, including all those courses which have been specified as Core coursesObtained a CGPA of at least 2.5
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PhD (Computer Science)
Admission Process     Application Form The PhD program requires candidates to undertake a number of graduate level courses, pass a qualifying examination, and then carry out research in a chosen area. The candidates are required to publish research papers in journals of international repute. Program Objectives Impart in depth knowledge and application of methodology to investigate original research problems through a systematic and focused approach Enable students to produce publishable research for journals and conferences of international repute Enable students to conduct independent research Program Outcomes Students will be able to exhibit specialized knowledge and ability to use appropriate research methodology in the relevant field of study Students will be able to conduct systematic and focused research Students will be able to publish research papers in journals and conferences of international repute Students will be able to conduct and supervise independent research and can produce knowledge PhD Coursework PhD coursework comprises 6 courses (total 18 credit hours). A non-credit course “SS 310 Research Methodology” must also be passed; unless already passed during MS coursework. Comprehensive ExaminationThe student becomes eligible to appear in the Comprehensive Examination after passing the PhD coursework with a minimum CGPA of 3.0. This exam must be passed within two years of admission, failing which the admission shall be cancelled. Research WorkThe student can start work on PhD thesis only after Passing the Comprehensive Exam, AND Acceptance of synopsis by the Graduate Studies Committee. PhD Dissertation The PhD Dissertation must contain original research work. Plagiarism TestThe Plagiarism Test shall be conducted on the Dissertation before its submission to foreign experts. Evaluation by TWO Foreign Experts The PhD Dissertation shall be evaluated by at least two PhD experts from technologically/ academically advanced foreign countries. Local Expert EvaluationIf the foreign evaluators recommend that the work is acceptable for award of PhD, then a local committee, comprising two local experts and an internal evaluator, is constituted. The thesis is sent to all three members of this committee. Open Defence After receiving positive comments from the local experts, the student is expected to defend his/her work before this Committee. The student will be declared successful after the local Committee approves the work. Research Paper Acceptance/publication of at least one research paper in an HEC approved “X” category journal is a requirement for the award of PhD degree.
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PhD (Electrical Engineering)
Admission Process     Application Form The PhD program requires candidates to undertake a number of graduate level courses, pass a qualifying examination, and then carry out research in a chosen area. The candidates are required to publish research papers in journals of international repute. Program Objectives Impart in depth knowledge and application of methodology to investigate original research problems through a systematic and focused approach Enable students to produce publishable research for journals and conferences of international repute Enable students to conduct independent research Program Outcomes Students will be able to exhibit specialized knowledge and ability to use appropriate research methodology in the relevant field of study Students will be able to conduct systematic and focused research Students will be able to publish research papers in journals and conferences of international repute Students will be able to conduct and supervise independent research and can produce knowledge PhD Coursework PhD coursework comprises 6 courses (total 18 credit hours). A non-credit course “SS 310 Research Methodology” must also be passed; unless already passed during MS coursework. Comprehensive ExaminationThe student becomes eligible to appear in the Comprehensive Examination after passing the PhD coursework with a minimum CGPA of 3.0. This exam must be passed within two years of admission, failing which the admission shall be cancelled. Research WorkThe student can start work on PhD thesis only after Passing the Comprehensive Exam, AND Acceptance of synopsis by the Graduate Studies Committee. PhD Dissertation The PhD Dissertation must contain original research work. Plagiarism TestThe Plagiarism Test shall be conducted on the Dissertation before its submission to foreign experts. Evaluation by TWO Foreign Experts The PhD Dissertation shall be evaluated by at least two PhD experts from technologically/ academically advanced foreign countries. Local Expert EvaluationIf the foreign evaluators recommend that the work is acceptable for award of PhD, then a local committee, comprising two local experts and an internal evaluator, is constituted. The thesis is sent to all three members of this committee. Open Defence After receiving positive comments from the local experts, the student is expected to defend his/her work before this Committee. The student will be declared successful after the local Committee approves the work. Research Paper Acceptance/publication of at least one research paper in an HEC approved “X” category journal is a requirement for the award of PhD degree.
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PhD (Mathematics)
Admission Process     Application Form The PhD program requires candidates to undertake a number of graduate level courses, pass a qualifying examination, and then carry out research in a chosen area. The candidates are required to publish research papers in journals of international repute. Program Objectives Impart in depth knowledge and application of methodology to investigate original research problems through a systematic and focused approach Enable students to produce publishable research for journals and conferences of international repute Enable students to conduct independent research Program Outcomes Students will be able to exhibit specialized knowledge and ability to use appropriate research methodology in the relevant field of study Students will be able to conduct systematic and focused research Students will be able to publish research papers in journals and conferences of international repute Students will be able to conduct and supervise independent research and can produce knowledge PhD Coursework PhD coursework comprises 6 courses (total 18 credit hours). A non-credit course “SS 310 Research Methodology” must also be passed; unless already passed during MS coursework. Comprehensive ExaminationThe student becomes eligible to appear in the Comprehensive Examination after passing the PhD coursework with a minimum CGPA of 3.0. This exam must be passed within two years of admission, failing which the admission shall be cancelled. Research WorkThe student can start work on PhD thesis only after Passing the Comprehensive Exam, AND Acceptance of synopsis by the Graduate Studies Committee. PhD Dissertation The PhD Dissertation must contain original research work. Plagiarism TestThe Plagiarism Test shall be conducted on the Dissertation before its submission to foreign experts. Evaluation by TWO Foreign Experts The PhD Dissertation shall be evaluated by at least two PhD experts from technologically/ academically advanced foreign countries. Local Expert EvaluationIf the foreign evaluators recommend that the work is acceptable for award of PhD, then a local committee, comprising two local experts and an internal evaluator, is constituted. The thesis is sent to all three members of this committee. Open Defence After receiving positive comments from the local experts, the student is expected to defend his/her work before this Committee. The student will be declared successful after the local Committee approves the work. Research Paper Acceptance/publication of at least one research paper in an HEC approved “X” category journal is a requirement for the award of PhD degree.
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PhD (Management Sciences)
Admission Process    Application FormProgram OverviewThe PhD program provides high quality management education to business scholars i.e. to discover and impart culturally and globally relevant knowledge in management sciences. The program is designed to discover management scholarship which is intellectually rigorous, morally intensive, socially integrative, culturally relevant and globally acknowledged. PhD scholars will be encouraged to carry out original work through research which connects strongly with resolving local, national and global challenges of significance. PhD in Management is offered at Islamabad at Lahore Campus.The Islamabad Campus is currently offering PhD in the following areas of specialization: ManagementFinanceHuman Resource ManagementTechnology ManagementEligibilityA Master’s degree in a relevant subject, earned from a recognized university after a minimum of 18 years of education with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equiva lent.A minimum of 60% marks and at least 50 percentile rank in the relevant NTS subject test. The NTS GAT-Subject Score should be valid at the time of admission.Selection CriteriaAdmission is based on a candidate’s performance in the following:Performance in International GMAT or an equivalent test as per HEC ruleInterview and assessment by the Doctoral Admissions Committee (FSM DAC)Submission of Research Proposal (for the purpose of evaluation)Scheme of StudyThe PhD program requires candidates to take six graduate level courses (18 Cr. hrs.). There are four core courses, listed below. The remaining two can be taken from graduate level courses in the Faculty of Management Sciences or from the specialization electives for PhDs with the recommendation of the supervisor. On completion of the coursework, students are required to pass a qualifying comprehensive examination, defend their research proposal and then carry out research in the chosen area. The candidates are also required to publish research papers in journals of international repute, as per prevalent requirements.List of Core CoursesTitleCr. hrs.TitleCr. hrs.Philosophy of Management Science3Quantitative Methods in Management Research 3Research and Theory in Management3Qualitative Methods in Management Research3Note: Deficiency courses may be recommended by FSM-DAC for selected candiates on case to case basis.Outlines of Core Courses (These are broad guidelines only. Instructors may vary emphases on individual topics and themes and bring additional topics that they see fit)Philosophy of Management Science (MG601): It is said that management is governing and leading without recourse to political power or religious authority. This advanced level course will help students to realize and appreciate the nature of management field to a greater maturity and sophistication by interchangeably addressing the philosophical aspects of management and managerial aspects of philosophy. Accordingly, the process that will be used will start with, and put major focus on, developing an understanding of the evolution of management and organizational philosophy in a chronological order by classifying the work of central theorists and authors from a perspective that clarifies their relevance with the mainstream theory building in the field of management. The idea is to dissect the body of knowledge in management science – i.e., perspectives such as classical and neo-classical organization theory, OB perspective, structural organization theory, systems theory and organizational economics, power and politics, organizational culture and environment, and postmodernism, etc. – and interpret it as a continuous effort to analyzing, predicting, controlling and governing human action.Research and Theory in Management (MG604): A theory is said to be an ordered set of assertions about a generic set of behavior that hold true for a wide range of specific instances. But where do new theories come from? How theories are built starting from a very basic research question? And can theories be good or bad since once popularized they not only explain behavior but influence behavior in a certain direction. Finally, what constitutes a ‘weak’ or a ‘strong’ theory? The aim of this course is to develop a critical appreciation ofthe role of research in theory development in Management as well as introducing doctoral students to the art and science of theory construction and model building. Topics include examining the nature of being (ontology) and knowing (epistemology), exploring the basic structure of argument and evidence, developing a pertinent and interesting research question, defining constructs, imagining relationships and processes that link constructs, and linking and combining constructs in an innovative way to develop new theories or build further upon existing behavioral models. This course demands intensive preparation on part of students in terms of readings prior to the lectures so that lively discussions can be generated in the classroom, research exercises tailored to each student’s research topic can be accomplished, and a term paper be completed.Qualitative Methods (MG 589): This course will introduce a range of qualitative research methods and the means of assessing the key assumptions underlying the selection and use these methods. Building on the fundamental questions about the nature of knowledge and whether "true" knowledge or reality can exist, the discussions will provide a deep understanding of the advantages and challenges in carrying out qualitative research. Examples of topics covered include interviews, focus groups, ethnography, documentary and textual analysis, discourse analysis, language and conversation analysis, case-studies, participatory action research and grounded theory. Categorization and coding of data will be covered in detail. The course will include labs to introduce software for qualitative data analysis. The course will also cover the growing significance of qualitative research techniques across the modern and postmodern era. Further, scholars will be encouraged to analyze and understand various approaches to writing qualitative papers.Quantitative Methods (MG 548): This course will introduce a range of advance quantitative research technique and develop an understanding of the potential and limitations of statistical analysis. Building on the positivist paradigm, the course will briefly revise concepts of probability, sampling, hypothesis development, developing constructs, associations and basic analyses for differences between groups. Examples of main topics covered include various types of regression, discriminant analysis, MANOVA, analysis of covariance, principal component and factor analysis, cluster analysis, structural equation modelling, survival/failure analysis and time series analysis. The course will include labs to introduce software for quantitative data analysis. Scholars will be encouraged to analyze and understand articles which have used a variety of quantitative methods, developing the capacity to choose advance techniques suitable for their research questions.
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PhD (Software Engineering)
Admission Process     Application Form The PhD program requires candidates to undertake a number of graduate level courses, pass a qualifying examination, and then carry out research in a chosen area. The candidates are required to publish research papers in journals of international repute. Program Objectives Impart in depth knowledge and application of methodology to investigate original research problems through a systematic and focused approach Enable students to produce publishable research for journals and conferences of international repute Enable students to conduct independent research Program Outcomes Students will be able to exhibit specialized knowledge and ability to use appropriate research methodology in the relevant field of study Students will be able to conduct systematic and focused research Students will be able to publish research papers in journals and conferences of international repute Students will be able to conduct and supervise independent research and can produce knowledge PhD Coursework PhD coursework comprises 6 courses (total 18 credit hours). A non-credit course “SS 310 Research Methodology” must also be passed; unless already passed during MS coursework. Comprehensive ExaminationThe student becomes eligible to appear in the Comprehensive Examination after passing the PhD coursework with a minimum CGPA of 3.0. This exam must be passed within two years of admission, failing which the admission shall be cancelled. Research WorkThe student can start work on PhD thesis only after Passing the Comprehensive Exam, AND Acceptance of synopsis by the Graduate Studies Committee. PhD Dissertation The PhD Dissertation must contain original research work. Plagiarism TestThe Plagiarism Test shall be conducted on the Dissertation before its submission to foreign experts. Evaluation by TWO Foreign Experts The PhD Dissertation shall be evaluated by at least two PhD experts from technologically/ academically advanced foreign countries. Local Expert EvaluationIf the foreign evaluators recommend that the work is acceptable for award of PhD, then a local committee, comprising two local experts and an internal evaluator, is constituted. The thesis is sent to all three members of this committee. Open Defence After receiving positive comments from the local experts, the student is expected to defend his/her work before this Committee. The student will be declared successful after the local Committee approves the work. Research Paper Acceptance/publication of at least one research paper in an HEC approved “X” category journal is a requirement for the award of PhD degree.
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