Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science is a post-graduate degree which aims at providing specialized knowledge of national and international political systems. It is an interdisciplinary course which focuses on various aspects of political science such as polity, political doctrines and ideologies, constitutions, international law, governing bodies, political philosophy etc.
This course is open for students with a Bachelor degree in any stream of minimum 3 years duration. The duration for the program is 2 years. Average tuition fee for MA Political Science in India falls in the range of 15,000 INR to 50,000 INR for two years.
After completion of the program, MA Political Science degree holders can find employment in both public and private sectors in fields such as Public Administrator, Educator, Researcher, Journalist and Political Advisor. The average starting salary ranges from 15,000 INR to 30,000 INR.
MA in Political Science is a higher degree than BA in Political Science. Students who wish to specialise in subjects related to politics and political science opt for an MA in Political Science. While it helps develop an in-depth knowledge of different topics which inform political practices in India and around the world, an MA degree also increases employment opportunities with a relatively better pay package.
Although the course is open to graduates of all streams and does not require a student to have studies specifically political science in graduation, students from any stream can opt for MA in Political Science. MA in Political Science is an ideal course for students who possess a desire to understand the fine workings of politics at the grass root level.
It is also the perfect formation ground for future public administrators. This course gives an opportunity to understand the administrative system of our country and prepares an individual for civic duties.
The duration for MA program in Political Science is 2 years and each year is generally divided in two semesters. For distance mode program, the maximum duration to complete the course can vary from 4 to 5 years.
In India there are more than 400 Colleges which offer a Master’s program in Political Science. Some of the top colleges which provide one of the best curriculum and faculty for post graduate studies in Political Science are:
After MA Political Science students may choose to continue studies. In such cases they can opt for an M.Phil. in Political Science and further go on to earn a PhD in Political Science. Students can also specialize in International Relations and other relevant branches of Political Science.
The basic eligibility for admission to MA Political Science is a Bachelor degree in any stream preferably Arts and Humanities. Although students with a graduate degree in other streams can also apply. The minimum marks varies form 45% to 50% in graduation and may vary for different universities. The minimum pass percentage is higher for non-humanities courses.
The general process of admission is either merit based or through an entrance test which is conducted separately by respective universities.
The forms for entrance test are generally available from February to the month of June. Entrance test is conducted in the months of May and June. The entrance test paper may contain objective or descriptive or both type of questions. The questions in the test are asked from the following topics:
Generally, marks scored in the Entrance test is the sole criteria for admission to the program. Some of the universities which conduct entrance exam for admission to MA Political Science are:
There are certain universities which also admit students on the basis on marks scored in graduation. Direct admission is, however, limited to BA Political Science students. The criteria for direct admission is a first class degree in BA Political Science. Certain universities like University of Delhi also set a certain minimum percentage criteria for direct admission.
There are many universities in India which also offer MA Political Science in the correspondence mode. The pioneer among such universities is Indira Gandhi National Open University. Other than IGNOU, some other universities which offer open program in MA Political Science are: