M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Public Policy and Governance)

Location: Hyderabad

School: School of Public Policy and Governance

Intake: 30


The programme is open to Bachelors degree with a pass class cleared in one sitting. This masters programme will draw students who have completed graduation in law, economics, sociology, political science, engineering, medicine, social work, management, anthropology, psychology and similar disciplines. Programmes is also open for development practitioners, policymakers, government line ministry staff and programme managers, to engage in complex local governance processes.


Public policy and governance have been acknowledged all over the world as no longer belonging to the sole domain of the State, and that various stakeholders and constituents participate in negotiating policy formulation and implementation. Policies that emerge through this dialogue are expected to be consistent with the overall blueprint that the country lays out for itself as part of its Constitution. In recent times, governance, and particularly policy as an instrument, has become important method through which development is delivered. There are two pressing aims: First, rapid strides of the economy in recent years, is excluding substantial number of people or is taking place at the cost of primary and traditional livelihoods of people. Second, there is an urgent need to modernize the administration and governance in the context of constant shifts that are taking place due to fast paced changes in economy, society and polity and also develop mechanisms of regulatory governance. Therefore, it becomes imperative to study the notions of public policy and the nature of governance which seeks to evolve and implement policies.

The two year Masters programme in Public Policy and Governance intends to bring interdisciplinary perspectives of social sciences to advance developmental aims of India. The programme attempts to train professionals who would be able to articulate policies in the context of contesting issues, to assist parliamentary and legal institutions to design polices, to help public officials to deliver the policies and to provide trained support to civil society movements.


  • To systematically study Public Policy initiatives worldwide but with a greater emphasis on India.

  • To study the new frontier of Governance and the controversies and contradictions around it.

  • To train leaders and activists who will initiate and guide informed movements to influence public policy.

  • To sensitise students to the issues of the marginalized people, and to approach these issues in a problem solving manner with the help of the tool of public policy.

  • To focus on the key challenges confronting contemporary society

Employment opportunities

Students can opt for either further study in the social sciences through research programmes such as MPhil/PhD or avail of employment opportunities in a wide range of occupations in policy think tanks, advocacy groups, non-governmental and campaigning organisations, the media, publishing, public relations, government (national and international), planning and environmental management organisations. The first batch of students have all been placed in Government departments and policy think tanks. Few students also have moved abroad for further education and preparation for Civil services examination.

For more details about the School of Public Policy & Governance that anchors the programme, the Curriculum Framework, the profile of Faculty and the campus experience of students of this programme visit www.campus.tiss.edu/hyderabad.

Distribution of Credit Hours:


Note: Distribution of credit hours may undergo some changes

Semesterwise Courses:


Note: The Semester -wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes

Fee Structure:

Components PPG
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
1 Tuition 12000 12000 12000 12000
2 Examination 800 800 800 800
3 Field Work Coordination Fee (Not Reimbursable) 4000 4000 4000 4000
4 Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
5 Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
6 ID Card 300 0 0 0
7 Medical Insurance Premium Charges 1500 0 1500 0
8 Students' Union 500 500 500 500
9 Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
10 Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0
11 Caution Deposits ( Refundable at the time of leaving the programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
1. Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 38200 26300 19800 20300
12 Hostel & Electricity Charges Rs.10000 & Rs.5000 15000 15000 15000 15000
13 Dining Hall Charges (Advance) 16000 16000 16000 16000
2. Total Fees for Hostellers 69200 57300 50800 51300