Master's Programme

The MPP application process (AY 2022-23) required a very specific set of eligibility criteria to be fulfilled for shortlisting for all positions (TA/SF/SW/FA etc.).

The following documents have all the relevant details.

Masters Programme – Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay

MPPBrochure2022.pdf (iitb.ac.in) [p. 4 & 5]

About the Programme

The Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies (ADCPS) at IIT Bombay is an independent academic center of the Institute.

ADCPS envisions myriad ways in which its PhD and MPP programmes and graduates from these programmes can contribute to IIT Bombay’s intellectual diversity as well as to India’s polity and society. The aim is to produce professionals or academics who seek to serve the public interest. These academic programmes will reflect the changing dynamics in today’s world and the need for policy to keep pace with technological advancements, process of globalization, and increasingly nuanced and complex public debates about governance. Policy can no longer be contained within the realm of government and bureaucracy; it has to draw upon the civil society, academic institutions, and the private sector. Finally, ADCPS aims to capitalize on IIT Bombay’s existing institutional strengths and build a center that can be a hub for public policy research and expertise. ADCPS’s academic programmes integrate public policy, social sciences, and technology.

The Masters in Public Policy (MPP) Programme at CPS has been designed to cater to a wide audience. By balancing theory and practice, quantitative and qualitative research methodology, and classroom learning with hands-on exposure, MPP graduates can go on to pursue careers in government, academia, research, advocacy, or as experts in a specific area of policy.

The two-year programme is divided into two parts. During the first two semesters, the focus is on classroom courses. This includes compulsory core courses that cover Public Policy Theory, Public Policy in India, and Research Methodology and Design. Additionally, students are expected to specialise in one of the areas of public policy offered by CPS, as well as choose elective courses relevant to their research. Details of the course structure can be found below.

MPP students are also expected to complete an eight-week internship at a relevant policy organisation. Semesters III and IV are dedicated to completing a research thesis or working on a project (i.e. one thesis/ project in Semester III and one thesis/ project in Semester IV).

The Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies (ADCPS) at IIT Bombay is inviting applications for its MPP programme in Public Policy for the Autumn semester of 2022.

The application process as well as the written test and interviews will be ONLINE. 

Please visit the IIT Bombay website here for detailed advertisement, application form, information brochure.
The application must be submitted online.
 
Note: Please check IIT Bombay’s academic section website for all admission related updates (including merit list).

Eligibility

The programme will be open to students from all backgrounds provided they fulfill minimum eligibility criteria as listed below. 

1) A 2 years master’s degree or a 4-year bachelor’s degree (post 10+2) in Arts, Commerce, or *equivalent with a minimum of 55% marks (50% marks for SC/ST/PwD) or equivalent letter grade/GPA from a recognized institution or deemed university. (as recognized by AICTE/UGC/AIU).

*  All equivalent degrees must be certified by their respective institution(s).

2) A 2 year M.Sc./M.S/M.Tech degree or a 4-year B.Sc./B.S./B.Tech/B.Arch degree (post 10+2) or * equivalent with a minimum of 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ST/PwD) or equivalent letter grade/GPA from a recognized institution or deemed university (as recognized by AICTE/UGC/AIU).

*  All equivalent degrees must be certified by their respective institution(s).

Selection Process

All candidates, will be required, to have fulfilled the minimum eligibility criteria. Successful candidates will be invited for an interview, only after which their admission to the programme can be confirmed. 

Admission Categories

Teaching Assistant category (TA):
CPS will offer about 10-12 TAships per academic year. Candidates applying for Institute’s TAships will be required to submit VALID GATE scores to be considered for the same.

(i) Self-Finance (SF):

The MPP programme will also be open to all Self – Finance candidates with work experience and in-service candidates. In-service candidates working in government organizations or a Public Sector Undertaking, must ensure that their organization will permit them to undertake the requisite course work and project, for the duration of the MPP programme.

1. Candidates without any experience WILL NEED to submit a VALID GATE score.
2. SF candidates must have completed their undergraduate degree on a date which is at least 5 years prior to their possible admission to the MPP programme.

[Note: The 5 year duration mentioned above will be counted from the date of qualifying the UG degree till the date of joining the MPP programme of the Institute]. 

GATE Qualified candidates are also eligible for the Self finance seats.

(ii) Sponsored (SW) category:

1. Candidates without any experience WILL NEED to submit a VALID GATE score.
2. SW candidates with 2 years plus work experience WILL NOT NEED to submit a VALID GATE score.

Fellowship Award Category (FA):

The MPP programme will also be open to all FA category candidates, receiving fellowships or scholarships from government or semi-government agencies.

The financial support under the FA category may be provided by various Govt./Semi Govt. schemes (CSIR, UGC, DAE, DST, DBT, NBHM, etc.) and some other organizations. A valid Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) award letter from the Govt. / Semi Govt. agency (e.g., CSIR/UGC/DAE/DST/DBT/NBHM/etc.) is required for the execution of this fellowship/scholarship.