MA Public Administration is a 2-year multidisciplinary postgraduate course which is offered by the social sciences departments of many colleges and universities throughout India. A profession-oriented course, this course prepares students for many administrative roles. The basic eligibility to pursue this course is that the students should have completed their graduation from a recognized college.
Some of the top colleges offering this course are:
- Presidency College, Chennai
- Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, Bhopal
- Ranchi University, Ranchi
- Nalanda Open University, Patna
- Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
- Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi
- Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
- Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
The admissions to this course are through both entrance exams and on merit basis.
BHU-PET for admissions to the postgraduate courses of BHU, Varanasi will be conducted from May 12 to 21, 2019. Forms for admission to Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi will be available from March 14, 2019 tentatively.
The major specializations of MA Public Administration are Administrative Thought, Personnel Administration, Human Resource Management, Indian Administration, Financial Administration, Public Policy and Analysis among many others. The average course fee ranges from INR 6,000-65,000.
The major profiles which students get to work at include Administrative Officer, Corporate Manager, Consultant, Teacher, Management Analyst, etc. The average starting salary ranges from INR 4-7 Lakhs.
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MA Public Administration: Highlights
|Eligibility for the program||Graduation with at least 45% marks|
|Duration of the program||2 years|
|Average Tuition Fee||INR 6,000-65,000|
|Average Salary (per annum)||INR 4-7 Lakhs|
|Job Profiles||Administrative Officer, Corporate Manager, Consultant, Teacher, Management Analyst, etc.|
What is MA Public Administration?
MA in Public Administration is a multidisciplinary course which spans a wide range of subjects from Political Science to Economics, 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 about the 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.
MA Public Administration: Syllabus
The following table gives a brief insight into the MA Public Administration syllabus of BHU, Varanasi.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Concepts and Ideas of Public Administration||Principles and Practices of Public Administration|
|Administrative Theories and Thinkers: Classical Era||Administrative Theories and Thinkers: Modern Era|
|Public Personnel Administration: Theory and Practice||Public Personnel Administration: Concepts and Issues|
|Evolution and Framework of Indian Administration||Indian Administration: State and Districts|
|Citizen and Administration: Concepts and Issues||Citizen and Administration: Issues|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Comparative Local Government: Nature and Significance||Comparative Local Government: Process and Issues|
|Comparative Administration||Development Administration|
|Public Policy||Theory and Practice of Management|
|Financial Administration in India: Concepts and Structures||Financial Administration in India: Processes|
|Fundamentals of Computers||International Public Administration|
This syllabus is subjected to changes as per the discretion of the university. To check the curriculum in detail, click here.
MA Public Administration: Top Institutes
|Institute Name||Location||Average Fees (per annum)|
|DAV College||Chandigarh||INR 20,500|
|Institute for Excellence in Higher Education||Bhopal||INR 19,500|
|Ranchi University||Ranchi||INR 15,000|
|Post Graduate Government College for Girls||Chandigarh||INR 18,500|
|Rajiv Gandhi College||Bhopal||INR 10,000|
|Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women’s University||Jaipur||INR 35,000|
|Nalanda Open University||Patna||INR 3,600|
|Indira Gandhi National Open University||New Delhi||INR 5,400|
|Jamia Millia Islamia University||New Delhi||INR 7,100|
|Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University||Hyderabad||INR 4,400|
|Uttarakhand Open University||Nainital||INR 3,750|
|Banaras Hindu University||Varanasi||INR 2,900|
|Aligarh Muslim University||Aligarh||INR 23,700|
MA Public Administration: Eligibility
The basic eligibility for pursuing MA Public Administration is that the student should have cleared their graduation. The graduation should have been done from a UGC recognized college. The student should also have obtained the minimum marks required as mentioned by the university. Different universities and colleges keep different criterion. Generally, the minimum marks asked are 45% or an equivalent CGPA.
MA Public Administration: Admission Process
The admission to MA 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 a 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 MA Public Administration.
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MA Public Administration: Distance Education
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:
- Andhra University
- Annamalai University
- Kurukshetra University
- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University
- Jiwaji University
MA Public Administration: Scope
There are a lot of career opportunities after one completes the course of MA Public Administration.
The major profiles which students get to work at include:
- Administrative Officer
- Corporate Manager
- Management Analyst
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Those who want to study furthermore can go for:
- Ph.D. Public Administration
- M.Phil. Public Administration