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MA in Economics

Next generation economists for a better India. 


Our programme helps you make sense of complex social realities with strong technical and economic skills. We help you develop an aptitude for dealing with abstract numbers and statistics with a strong understanding of Indian economy, economic theory, tools of analysis, and the ability to use these in practical scenarios in current economic and development issues.

Why study with us?

  • For a clear understanding of the Indian economy, real world institutions and economic development in the Indian context.
  • To develop tools of analysis, theory and concepts for practical application to current economic and development issues in the Indian context.
  • For a study of courses that help you understand historically grounded schools of thought within economics.
  • To experience an innovative pedagogy with problem-based learning, flipped classrooms and collaborative learning with the use of real economics data sets.
  • To train in communication for public and academic audiences, skills in problem solving and analysis and conducting independent research.

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Career opportunities

The skills of economics are hugely valuable for the public, private and non-profit sector. We hope to train professionals who will bring their abilities with commitment in the development sector.

Our alumni

We are proud of our graduates who are now working in the following organisations

  • Andhra Pradesh Centre for Financial Systems and Services, Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • Azim Premji University
  • Bajaj Auto Finance
  • Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy
  • Centre for Sustainable Employment
  • Ernst and Young
  • Jameel Poverty Action Lab
  • Mindshare Analytica

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Course structure

Our courses gives you a sense of the plurality of economic schools of thought that are historically grounded. We put real world issues at the forefront of our programme. 

These courses will support you in developing the skills and foundation necessary for a thorough understanding of economics, especially from the context of contemporary India and its development. We ensure that you are trained in using your economics knowledge in various contexts.

Our core courses train you in foundational knowledge and skills necessary for understanding economics from the developmental context of contemporary India. The courses cover traditional economic theory and methods, as well as the institutional developmental and ecological concerns we face in India.

Elective courses are offered in the second year and designed for you to extend your foundational knowledge. You can develop domain expertise in particular fields of advanced topics in microeconomics, advanced topics in macroeconomics, governance, gender, health, education, environment, public finance, and data programming.

We also offer you the opportunity to conduct an independent study or engage in real economic analysis outside of the classroom with an internship. 

  • Independent Study

    You can choose an area of independent study with the guidance of a faculty member in a specialised area of interest. This will include intensive self-study, or a extended essay and research report.

We relate to the world not only through the intellect but also with our bodies and creative abilities. In this set of courses and workshops, you will explore aesthetic, physical and expressive traditions. You can choose workshops in art, music, theatre, dance and sports or fitness.

We offer you the option of choosing one of two tracks of study.

  • Internship

    We offer you the option of engaging in action outside of the classroom. You will have the opportunity to spend eight weeks with a civil society organisation or government official to gain insight into economic work in the development sector. With an internship, you will be able to put your knowledge into practice in a context and do real economic analysis in the world.

  • Thesis

    With a thesis, you can develop your academic abilities to demonstrate your research skills and knowledge of theory and analysis.

    You will demonstrate knowledge of economic theory, analytical depth of subject area and empirical skills through a chosen research topic that you will intensively engage with. You will evaluate your research methods and create a manuscript.

You will get a chance to participate in engaging and challenging field engagements, which will help you develop your skills in field work. You will learn to apply your classroom learning to a variety of contexts. 

Total 72 credits