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Master of Arts [MA] (Public Administration) - Course Overview




    2 YEARS


    Public Administration


    Post Graduation

Updated On - January 3rd 2019

Master of Arts (MA) in Public Administration is a multidisciplinary post-graduate course offered at Social Science departments at Universities in India. Students who have successfully completed their Bachelor degree program are eligible for admission to this course.

The course is of 2 years duration. Each year is divided in 2 semesters. For correspondence programs, the minimum duration is 2 years and maximum duration to complete the program is 5 years.

The tuition fee for the course varies according to the university but generally falls in the bracket of INR 5000 to 4 Lacs for 2 years. After an MA in Public Administration, various career opportunities open up in the fields of finance, administration and organizational governance.

An MA in Public Administration can find job as an Administrative Officer, Corporate Manager, Consultant or Educator. The average starting salary for Public Administration graduates falls in the range of INR 20,000 to 35,000 per month.

What is MA in Public Administration about?

MA in Public Administration is a multidisciplinary course which spans a wide range of subjects from Political Science to Economics to Management, Law and Sociology. It is a professional degree which prepares students for administrative roles in government agencies, non-profit organizations, private businesses and financial institutions.

In this course students learn about socio-political issues which inform Public Administration system in India. Through this course students develop administrative skills and acquire knowledge of finance and accounting, mechanism of government agencies and organizations. The basic objective of the course is to help students learn the relationship between State, Administration and Society.

Check MA in Public Administration Syllabus

Where to study?

There are more than 200 colleges in India which offer MA in Public Administration at post-graduate level. Some of the top institutions for MA Public Administration are:

Eligibility Of the Master of Arts [MA] (Public Administration)

The basic eligibility for admission to MA in Public Administration, is a Bachelor’s degree in any stream of minimum 3 years duration.

The minimum percentage required is 50% or equivalent CGPA. However, the minimum percentage required may be different for various institutes. 

How to Get Admission in Master of Arts [MA] (Public Administration)

The admission to MA in Public Administration is through a subject-specific Entrance Test which is conducted by offering universities respectively. Some of the universities which conduct entrance test for admission to MA public Administration course are:

  • Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi
  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

 The entrance test is generally of objective type and contains a minimum of 100 questions. The duration for the entrance test may be 1-2 hour.

The questions are generally asked from the following topics:

  • Indian Constitution
  • Government and Politics in India
  • Current Affairs
  • Public and Private Administration in India
  • Budget, Planning etc.

Certain universities may also conduct personal interview after the entrance test for admission to the program.

There are some universities like Punjabi University, Patiala and Annamalai University, Cuddalore, which offer direct admission to the Master of Arts program in Public Administration. 

MA in Public Administration through Correspondence Mode

There are quite a few universities in India which offer MA in Public Administration through correspondence mode of education. Apart from IGNOU which is the premier institution for distance education, some other such universities are:

  • Jamia Millia Islamia University
  • Andhra University
  • Annamalai University
  • Kurukshetra University
  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University
  • Jiwaji University



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