The M.A. Programme, started in 2012, is of four semester duration. The programme seeks to equip students with knowledge of analytical frameworks and empirical methodologies required for the study of contemporary issues in Economics with specific relevance to development. The hallmark of the programme is a balance between theory and application. Successful MA candidates join a diverse research community comprising faculty, research scholars and visiting scholars. With a judicious mix of training in economic theory, quantitative methods and analytical skills necessary to interpret development problems, the programme prepares graduate students for careers in academia, government, journalism, the corporate sector and consulting. Degree awarded by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The SAARC scholarship for MA students, launched in 2016-17 provides five scholarships to students from SAARC countries that enrol in the MA programme. The SAARC Scholarship is made possible by the generous funding of the State government, which enables our M A programme to go international.

Eligibility:  Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, with at least 50 percent of marks under 10+2+3 pattern.  Candidates belonging to SC. ST and Persons with Disability (PWD) are eligible irrespective of the percentage of marks in the qualifying degree. Those who are appearing for their final examination may also apply.

Admission: Through an entrance examination scheduled at seven centers in India.


MA Co-ordinators


Dr. Thiagu Ranganathan

Joint Co-ordinator

Dr. Rajit Biswas