Master of Arts in Economics
Azim Premji University is launching M.A. Economics (Master of Arts) with specialization in Development
and Policy to closely align with Azim Premji University’s mission to develop competent and committed
professionals for the development sector.
The M.A in Economics is a uniquely designed programme to develop the next generation of Economists
with the theoretical knowledge, and technical skills to perform high quality analysis, while at the same
time being grounded in the institutional, developmental and ecological context of contemporary India.
The programme will help students develop strong technical economic skills along with contextual
understanding of development issues facing India.
The M.A. Economics is designed as a 72-credit, postgraduate degree programme, requiring full-time
engagement for two academic years.
Courses and Credit structure
|8 core courses
|6-8 elective courses:
|1 module of field practice:
|1 Master’s thesis:
|Other required courses:
||Political & Legal
|Ecology & Development
||Economics of Identity
Core courses cover the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to be able to understand economics
from the developmental context of contemporary India. The courses cover traditional economic theory
and methods, while also addressing the specific developmental concerns of India. The core courses
cover the following; advanced development economics, ecology & development in India, sociology of
development, research methods, political & legal institutions, economics of identity, and impact
Elective courses are offered in the second year and are designed for students to extend their
foundational knowledge from the first year and develop domain expertise in particular fields. We expect
to offer electives in the following areas: advanced topics in microeconomics, advanced topics in
macroeconomics, governance, gender, health, education, environment, public finance, and data
Engaging and challenging field-engagements and internships are envisaged as part of the programme to
help students develop their skills in doing field work - applying skills from Research Methods core
course. The field practice allows students to apply classroom learning to development challenges in a
variety of contexts.
The Master’s thesis is designed to show a student’s capacity and skills in producing high quality research
that demonstrates knowledge of economic theory, analytical depth of the subject area and appropriate
empirical skills. The thesis provides intensive engagement with interesting real world economic
questions. This engagement is expected to cement skills in conceptualizing a research question,
evaluating and applying appropriate research methods, creating a rigorously reasoned manuscript and
working independently. The project is also meant to spark interest in tackling open questions in the
discipline. Moreover, the project encourages independent and self-motivated learning habits amongst
students. The majority of the Master’s Thesis work will take place during summer (some linked directly
to the field practice sites), with the analysis and write-up occurring over semester 3 in a Master’s
Seminar class and semester 4.
Eligibility and Selection process
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.
Entrance test pattern
Students applying for the M.A. in Economics will need to pass an online entrance test. The
entrance test will consist of multiple choice questions and an essay question. The multiple
choice questions will test definitional and conceptual foundational economics knowledge from
microeconomics, macroeconomics, political economy, the Indian economy and quantitative
methods. The duration of the test is 3 hours.
Topics and readings to help prepare for the test
A M.A. in Economics will provide students with a number of skills and preparation for entering
the world of work. Employers from the public to private and non-profit sector value the
knowledge base and skills, both analytical and empirical, that Master’s students in Economics
acquire. Students graduating with an M.A. in Economics will have a range of engaging career
options available within the areas of Development, Public Policy and Economics. Students who
wish to graduate and seek employment are encouraged to talk to the placement coordinator
before their fourth semester. This advisor will work with students to develop an individual plan
for seeking employment depending on the student’s background and interests.
Fees and Financial Assistance
|Category (In rupees)
Family income of less than Rupees 5 Lakhs per annum will be considered for various categories of scholarships.
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