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Developing Leaders for Social Change


About the Programme

The availability of trained professionals in education, development and allied social sectors in India is grossly inadequate, given the scale, complexity of issues and the wide range of competencies required to work in these areas. Azim Premji University’s key mission is to address this significant talent gap and prepare competent, motivated, socially committed graduates and enable them to engage with social sector.

Programmes Offered

2 Year Programme

Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • Education
  • Development
  • Public Policy and Governance
  • Economics

1 year Programme

Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Law and Development

Full-time Programme at Bangalore

M.A. Economics (Launching in 2019)

Click here to know about our Undergraduate programmes.


Azim Premji University is deeply committed to having a diverse student profile and the admissions process aims to select candidates who show evidence of:

  • A deep desire to contribute towards education and development in India.
  • Demonstrated independence of thought.
  • Value orientation that is geared towards creating a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society.
Programmes Eligibility
Master of Arts in Education
  • Bachelor's Degree in any discipline (including Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Commerce, Management, etc.) from a recognized University.
  • Undergraduate students who are appearing for their final year examinations and completing their graduation on or before September 2019 are also eligible to apply. The offer of provisional admission is valid only on successful completion of graduation.

Candidates with work experience are actively encouraged to apply.
Guaranteed 50% tuition waiver for candidates with 3+ years of work experience. Click here to know more

Master of Arts in Development
Master of Arts in Public Policy and Governance
Master of Arts in Economics

Any student who has an undergraduate degree is eligible for applying to the M.A. Economics Programme. All applicants will appear for a Test based on topics found in an undergraduate degree in Economics.
Therefore, having an undergraduate degree in economics is highly desirable.

If an applicant demonstrates through the entrance test and interviews that he or she is sufficiently conversant with the above said topics in Economics typically covered in undergraduate curriculum, the applicant will be considered for admission. The selection process consists of both an entrance test that will be in the month of May followed by a personal interview for shortlisted candidates.

LL.M. in Law and Development

Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B. 3years / 5 years) from a recognised University in India or abroad.

Candidates with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

The selection process for the Postgraduate Programmes includes an Entrance Test and a personal interview for the short listed candidates. Click here to know more.

Click here to know more about the applications invited

Enriching Learning experience

The teaching and learning processes at Azim Premji University are designed to ensure that students and faculty engage each other in dialogue and discussions so that students develop deep critical thinking, self-learning abilities and capabilities for social action. We offer a unique and vibrant environment with multiple opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.

CORE COURSES - Foundation courses to introduce students into the domain and build perspectives. Strong emphasis on RESEARCH


Integrated Field Practice components across all Semesters.

Weekly practicums and longer Field engagements in the form of Immersion, Internships in Organizations and Field projects.

ELECTIVES - More than 100 Electives on offer. Sectoral and Theme based courses. Options to Focus in the areas of your choice in the 2nd year.

Design your own course through an Independent Study.

OPEN COURSES in Art, Craft, Music, Cinema, Literature, Theatre going beyond the domain.

Faculty: The faculty team of 130 comes with extensive experience in teaching, research and field practice. The teacher-student ratio of 1: 10 enables close support, mentoring and feedback. Click here for details on faculty profile

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Vibrant Environment: An engaging class room experience with interactive pedagogic tools. Learning opportunities through various events - weekly colloquiums, national and international conferences, workshops etc.

Learning from Diversity: Students come from almost all states of India with different educational and socio-economic backgrounds, fresh undergraduates and those with work experience. Over 50 percent of our students are women. We value and encourage this diversity and you will enjoy and learn with this experience

Career Opportunities

The social sector today offers a variety of exciting career opportunities for students with a desire to contribute to the development of the country. Students at the University can look forward to fulfilling roles in organizations that engage in grassroots work in the field. They can also look forward to roles in academia, policy think tanks, politics, government programmes, multilateral agencies, corporate social responsibility departments of companies, funding organizations and in the media.

Over 1400 students have graduated and we have an excellent placement record -

  • Close to 90 organizations participate in our campus recruitment every year. These range from large organizations in the NGO space, small organizations at the grass roots, research institutions, policy bodies, CSRs, quasi government institutions, schools etc.
  • The average salary for campus placements is in the range of Rs. 30000 – 35000 per month. Students with prior experience get higher compensation.
  • Students also choose to pursue higher studies or pursue fellowships of interest to them.

Click here to know more about career opportunities and recruiting organization recruiting from campus.

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Fees and Financial Aid

M.A. Education/M.A. Development/ M.A. Public Policy and Governance

Category (In rupees) Per semester Per year
(2 semesters)
Full Programme
(4 semesters)
Tuition Fee 37,500 75,000 1,50,000
Accommodation and Food charges 64,000 1,28,000 2,56,000

LL.M. (Law and Development)

Category (In rupees) Per semester Per year
Tuition Fee 37,500 75,000
Accommodation and food charges 64,000 1,28,000

*Accommodation and food charges may undergo revision on an annual basis

Family income of less than Rupees 5 Lakhs per annum will be considered for various categories of scholarships.

Guaranteed 50% tuition waiver for candidates with 3+ years of work experience for M.A. Programmes

We believe that nobody should be denied admissions because of financial constraints. We provide extensive financial assistance for deserving students through full and part scholarships covering tuition fees and accommodation and food charges.

Click here to know more about the financial assistance

Next Steps

Meet us at the Office of Admissions at our Electronics City Campus and understand more about our Academic Programmes.

Schedule your Visit by filling the form here.

Click here for details of programme for which we are inviting applications. Please submit your application form within the dead line.

We will also be inviting you for our Webinars and Telecon sessions with our Admission counsellors and Faculty.

Write to us at if you have any query.
You can also call us on our Toll Free: 1800 843 2001

We look forward to welcome committed students who can significantly

contribute to a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society.

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