M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts in Social Work (Counselling)

Location: Guwahati

School: School of Social Work - Guwahati Campus

Intake: 15


*8(maximum) seats are reserved for internal BASS students. If any of the seats (8 reserved seats for internal BASS) are left vacant, it will be open for lateral entry.


a) Programme require completion of Bachelor's Degree of 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 recognised university, in any discipline.

b) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.


c) Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 02, 2018 are eligible to apply to all the programme.

Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 29, 2018. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands cancelled.





Social work with its simultaneous focus on human dignity and quest for Social Justice has evolved into a generalist profession which combines skill-sets and methods known to and employed by professionals according to the situation at hand. With only few universities in the North East region providing Social Work Training at a Masters level, it becomes all the more pertinent for TISS with its 75 years of experience in Social Work and Social Sciences education and research to step in. The curriculum has been designed keeping the needs of the country as well as the region in mind, while retaining the global ideals of TISS and the social work profession.  The proposed curriculum draws from the existing programmes in TISS Mumbai and extends the scope to include some changes and combinations in keeping with the needs and aspirations of the region and the profession in general.

TISS has over the years been engaged with the North East Region through various Government Projects, support to universities and NGOs and also through the network of its alumni from the region. From this association emerged the need to train young workers with a heightened sensitivity to issues concerning the people and environment around them as well as an ability to view and respond to situations as required. The Guwahati Campus of TISS was envisioned with the idea of reaching out to the area. TISS – Guwahati Campus now offers an MA in Social Work in following specializations:

  1. Community Organisation & Development Practice
  2. Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship
  3. Counseling
  4. Public Health

The M.A. in Social Work programmes provide research and practice within a framework that is in tune with the existing and emerging needs and realities of India and the North East region while providing the larger picture of developmental and human professions around the world. The course objectives are to create Social Work professionals who are in a position to respond to the area and also take on the role of development workers elsewhere in the country and abroad. It would help the students develop a comprehensive interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and attitude on a range of issues pertaining to development, communities, social entrepreneurship and the cross sectional aspects of the same. The students after graduating can act as a catalyst to bring about positive change in society using enterprise and an in-depth understanding of communities and their environment within a framework of social work values.


Description of Programme:

With the quagmire of complexities that exist in today’s world, interwoven with challenges of poverty and deprivation, people are uncertain of their futures creating conditions of stress which are extremely difficult to cope with. Mental stress is generally high and counselling services are very inadequate in this country. There is a dearth of counselors in hospitals, schools, family settings and rehabilitation centres.

It is imperative to build the social work experience, which had always used counselling as one of its skills, to consolidate and further develop. Hence the M.A. in social work, specialization in counselling will enhance the counselling skills in social work practice contexts. The programme is tailored to suit social workers working in a wide range of

organizational and community contexts as well as individuals in a family. During the program, the students will not only study counselling techniques, approaches but will get an in-depth knowledge of Mental Health in India and engage in research related to the subject.


On completion of the programme, students will be able to work in corporate organizations, families, family courts, disability sector, feminist counselling centres, correctional settings, school, universities and educational institutions, rehabilitation centres, during disasters, with the elderly, child care and adoption centres, and in the rural areas with programmes on health, education & livelihood .

A student opting for M.A. in social work specialization in counselling will study the foundation courses and the social work practice courses. In addition, their field work in second year will be in counselling settings and the M.A. dissertation should be related to their specialization.

Distribution of Credit Hours:



Foundation Courses – (6 papers)


Social Work Practice Courses – (7 papers)


Specialization Courses


Field Work Year I


Field Work Year II






Semesterwise Courses:

Semester ICourse No.Course NameCredits
Foundation Courses (FC)      
  FC 1 Understanding Society, culture and change 1
  FC 2 Economy, polity and governance 1
  FC 3 Social Exclusion and Social Policy 2
Social Work Practice Courses (SW)      
  SW 1 Self and Society 2
  SW 2 History and Ideologies of Social Work 2
  SW 3 Social Work Practice: Principles and Concepts 1 4
  SW 4 Research in Social Work 2
Semester II Course no Course Name Credits
Foundation Courses (FC)      
  FC 4 Development : Concepts, Theories, Dimensions and Strategies 2
  FC 5 India’s Development Experience 1
  FC 6 Introduction to Issues in the NE 1
Social Work Practice Courses (SW)      
  SW 4 Research in Social Work 2
  SW 5 Social Work Practice : Principles and Concepts 2 2
  SW 6 Project planning and Assessment 1
  SW 7 Human Resource Management: Principles and practices 1
Total Credits     24


Course CodesSpecialization Courses ( CN)SemesterCredits
CN 3 Human growth and development III 2
CN 4 Exploring mental health : meaning, concepts and understanding psychological problems III 2
CN 5 Theoretical approaches and techniques of counselling III 2
CN 6 Psychosocial Support: A Focus on Povert, Conflict,Disasters & Displacemment (CBCS) III 2
CN 7 Counselling with different collectivities: Women, Children, Elderly & Minorities III 4
CN 8 Personal and Interpersonal Development of the Councellor


CN 9 Emerging social problems & counseling IV 2
  M.A. Dissertation   6
  Total Credits   74

Fee Structure:


Components CL_Guwahati
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 12000 12000 12000 12000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0

Field Work Charges 4000 4000 4000 4000
Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0  
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1500 0 1500 0
DEPOSITS & ADVANCES A)  Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
B)  *Practicum / Study Tour Charges (Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work) (Refundable) 0 5000 0 0
Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 38200 31300 19800 20300
OTHER CHARGES Dining Hall (Advance) Charges As per actuals of service provider
Hostel & Electricity Charges As per actuals of service provider
*Details under School        


*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.