M.A. in Public Policy

M.A. in Public Policy

start date

01 Aug’ 2018

End date

15 May’ 2020


Two years



Annual Tuition Fee

Rs. 3 Lacs

Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) offers India’s first MA Public Policy programme. This Masters programme will equip students to perform effectively in complex policy environments. It is interdisciplinary in approach and enables students to address contemporary political, economic and social issues in a coherent and comprehensive manner. The Masters programme imparts a strong training, in theory, covering key literature and debates. Students develop quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, receive an exposure to the real world policy making process, and enhance their managerial skills. We encourage students to choose courses and topics which help them to explore their intellectual curiosity. The challenge before the policymakers and public leaders is to find solutions to the developmental problems, to defend democratic values, and to resist authoritarian impulses to ‘catch up’ with or mimic less democratic countries. The programme has been designed to equip future policymakers and public leaders with competence to perform effectively in challenging environments. Students are put through a rigorous process of assessment via class tests, research papers and final Masters Dissertation.

(3 credits= 3 hours of classroom teaching per week per semester)

Number of core courses = 10  (32 credits, two methodology courses have 4 credits)

Number of elective courses = 6  (18 credits) 

Dissertation or Capstone  = 6 credits / summer fieldwork

Policy Action Workshop  = 4 credits

Internship Report

Students will have to choose at least 3 electives from JSGP, and they can select Masters-level electives, each carrying at least 3 credits, from other Schools, with the approval of their respective Faculty Adviser and Vice Dean (Acad affairs).  The students are required to successfully complete 16 courses in 2 years along with PAW and Dissertation/Capstone (total 60 credits).

Students are equipped to serve development and policy sectors, and work in international organisations, civil service, social and development initiatives of corporations, and in think-tanks. They also acquire knowledge and skills needed for policy analysts and independent consultants for government and nongovernmental organisations, to enable the media to become more analytical and evidence-based, or even to establish their own organisations. Our dedicated professional Placement and Career Development Cell conducts regular workshops on writing up student profiles, preparing for interviews, and offers individual counselling to students.