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Masters Programme

About the Programme

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 Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) at IIT Bombay is inviting applications for its MPP programme in Public Policy for the Autumn semester of 2021.

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.

For the 2019 Exam Paper, click here.

Note: The merit list of admitted candidates for the MPP program will be put up by IIT Bombay. Please check IIT Bombay’s academic section website for all admission related updates.


The programme will be open to students from all backgrounds provided they fulfill one of the three criteria listed below. 

1) 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) or equivalent letter grade/ GPA from a recognized institution or deemed university. 

2) M.Sc. degree or a 4-year B.Sc./B.S. degree (post 10+2) or equivalent with a minimum of 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ST) or equivalent letter grade/ GPA from a recognized institution or deemed university.

3) B. Tech./B. Arch degree or equivalent (post 10+2) with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent letter grade/GPA (55% marks for SC/ST).

Selection Process

All candidates, will be required, to have fulfilled the minimum eligibility criteria. The selection process involves a written test and an interview. All candidates will be required to appear for an entrance exam. Successful candidates will be invited for an interview, only after which their admission to the programme can be confirmed. 

Admission Categories

Institute (MHRD) TA-ship

The MPP programme at CPS will offer Teaching Assistantships. Successful candidates applying for Institute’s TAships will be required to submit VALID GATE/UGC-JRF/CSIR-JRF Scores to be considered for the same. 

Self Finance Candidates

The MPP programme will be open to all Self Finance (SF) candidates, including fresh candidates, 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.