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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.

Top Colleges for Master of Arts [MA] (Public Administration)

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  • Master of Arts [MA] (Public Administration) in Maharashtra
  • Master of Arts [MA] (Public Administration) in Delhi NCR

MA Public Administration: Highlights

Course LevelMasters
Examination TypeSemester-wise/Year-wise
Eligibility for the programGraduation with at least 45% marks
Duration of the program2 years
Average Tuition FeeINR 6,000-65,000
Average Salary (per annum)INR 4-7 Lakhs
Job ProfilesAdministrative 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 1Semester 2
Concepts and Ideas of Public AdministrationPrinciples and Practices of Public Administration
Administrative Theories and Thinkers: Classical EraAdministrative Theories and Thinkers: Modern Era
Public Personnel Administration: Theory and PracticePublic Personnel Administration: Concepts and Issues
Evolution and Framework of Indian AdministrationIndian Administration: State and Districts
Citizen and Administration: Concepts and IssuesCitizen and Administration: Issues
Semester 3Semester 4
Comparative Local Government: Nature and SignificanceComparative Local Government: Process and Issues
Comparative AdministrationDevelopment Administration
Public PolicyTheory and Practice of Management
Financial Administration in India: Concepts and StructuresFinancial Administration in India: Processes
Fundamentals of ComputersInternational 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 NameLocationAverage Fees (per annum)
DAV CollegeChandigarhINR 20,500
Institute for Excellence in Higher EducationBhopalINR 19,500
Ranchi UniversityRanchiINR 15,000
Post Graduate Government College for GirlsChandigarhINR 18,500
Rajiv Gandhi CollegeBhopalINR 10,000
Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women’s UniversityJaipurINR 35,000
Nalanda Open UniversityPatnaINR 3,600
Indira Gandhi National Open UniversityNew DelhiINR 5,400
Jamia Millia Islamia UniversityNew DelhiINR 7,100
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open UniversityHyderabadINR 4,400
Uttarakhand Open UniversityNainitalINR 3,750
Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiINR 2,900
Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhINR 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. 

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
  • Consultant
  • Teacher
  • Management Analyst

To learn more, click here.

Higher Studies

Those who want to study furthermore can go for:

  • Ph.D. Public Administration
  • M.Phil. Public Administration

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