M.A. in Development Studies

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
In Mumbai

Price on request

Important information

Typology Master
Location Mumbai
  • Master
  • Mumbai


Where and when

Starts Location
On request
TISS, P.O. Box 8313, Deonar, 400088, Maharashtra, India
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Starts On request
TISS, P.O. Box 8313, Deonar, 400088, Maharashtra, India
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

A Bachelor's Degree of a minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognized university, in any discipline.

Course programme

The M.A. in Development Studies programme throws light on the rapid changes in the configuration of the State, markets, social institutions and civil society over the past decades in India and the world over and their cumulative consequences on people, more so to the vulnerable, disadvantaged and the marginalised. This programme will equip students in developing critical perspectives in examining development and its consequences for the community and the individual; the natural and social environment; and socio-cultural institutions. The programme will introduce the students to models of development; create an understanding of participatory, self-sustaining and people-centred public policies; and develop their expertise in methodologies and skills for development research, participatory approaches, and programme planning and management. Spread over 2 years (for 4 semesters), this programme offers a wide range of courses, both basic and elective; a research project experience, and a field internship. The faculty for this programme are drawn from a broad spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds (such as economics, sociology, political sciences, psychology, geography, and women's, cultural and media studies) and policy research expertise.

Students who graduate with this degree will find their professional career in academic institutions pursuing inter-disciplinary research and teaching in development studies; in civil and allied administrative services; development facilitating organisations; the corporate sector; and in research consultancy firms.

Selection Procedure:

Those satisfying the eligibility requirements will be assessed for selection (Total Marks = 200) through the following:

1. Academic Background (30 Marks): Marks are awarded to each applicant on the basis of overall percentage of marks secured in the Bachelor's Degree high academic achievement is not the only criterion on which the candidate will be selected.
2. Written Test (70 Marks): The Written Test is in 2 Parts. Part I is the Common Objective Test for all programmes. Part II of the Written Test is the programme-based test, which consists of Analytical and Verbal Ability. The duration of the test is 60 minutes each for Part I and Part II.
3. Group Discussion (30 Marks): The GD aims at assessment of knowledge about contemporary issues in the field and sensitivity to social issues expressed orally in English in a group situation. The time allotted is 25 minutes.
4. Personal Interview (70 Marks): To become eligible for the PI and GD, general candidates should secure minimum 50% in the Written Test; for reserved candidates the qualifying is 40%.

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