M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts in Social Work (Mental Health)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

Centre: Centre for Health and Mental Health

Intake: 20


a) Programme require completion of Bachelor's Degree of minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent ( under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognised university, in any discipline.

b) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.

c) Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 08, 2019 are eligible to apply to all the programme.

Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2019. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands canceled.




Mental health problems are amongst the most important contributors to the global burden of disease and disability. The “Global Burden of Disease” world over due to mental health concerns is greater than that expected by tuberculosis, cancer or heart disease. Mental and behavioural disorders affect more than 25% of people at any given point of time. This means 450 million people worldwide are affected by mental, neurological or behavioural problems at any given point of time. In India, about 20 to 30 million people appear to be in need of mental health care. Compared to this huge need, there are about 3,500 psychiatrists, 1,000 psychiatric social workers, 1,000 clinical psychologists and 900 psychiatric nurses in the country. The population of India, exceeding one billion people, has access to less than 4,000 psychiatrists as compared to the nearly 80,000 psychiatrists for 840 million in Europe. It is in the context of this gap between the magnitude of mental health problems and the lack of services, and trained professionals to address it that the Master of Arts in Social Work (Mental Health) finds its relevance.

With rapid social change and urbanisation, there are several vulnerable groups whose mental health concerns need urgent attention. Some examples include urban poor living on the streets and slums, women and children exposed to domestic violence, populations displaced by mega development projects, single women, sexual minorities, and people living with HIV/AIDS, and so on. In order to be able to comprehend the mental health concerns of these groups, it is vital to move beyond our thinking in the mental health sector and conceptualise training programmes as well as service models that integrate the biological, psychological and interpersonal with the social and the cultural. Thus, a programme that combines ideas of social justice and empowerment along with the knowledge and skills to understand individual and interpersonal distress and problems is a need of the hour. This postgraduate programme with a foundation in social work and an incremental training in perspectives and skills in mental health aims to fill this gap.

In view of the acute shortage of mental health care professionals across the country, TISS offers the Master of Arts in Social Work (Mental Health) at two locations: TISS Mumbai, and the BANYAN Chennai.

Distribution of Credit Hours:








Foundation Courses


Philosophy of Research


Core Social Work Courses


Programme Courses







Programme Courses


Research Project


Choice Based Credit Courses




Total Credits



*The number of credits over the year may vary across programmes due to difference in placement of programme specific courses.

Semesterwise Courses:


Course Code

Course Title




Foundation Course


Philosophy of Research


SW 01

History and Perspectives of Social work


SW 02

Social Case Work


SW 03

Social Group Work


SW 5

Research Methods I


HMH 01 Introduction to Health and Mental Health 2


EF Elective Foundation Course (CBCS) 2
OE Open Elective course  ( CBCS) 2
SW 04 Community Organisation 2
SW 06 Social Welfare Organisation 2
SW 07 Critical Perspective on Social work ( Introduction to Social Theories) 2
SW 08 Research Methods II 2
hMH 02 Social Sciences and Health 2
MH03 Community Mental Health 2
FW01 Field Work 12


SW 09 Social Policy and Planning       2

HMH 04

Social Action ,Networking and Advocacy


MH 01

Mental Health , Marginalisation and Human Rights


MH 02

Seminar in Clinical Social work



Health and Development


HMH05 Introduction to Epidemiology 2
HMH 04 Mental Health Policy Programmes and Legislations       2
DE1 Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS)      2


MH 6

Counselling and Therapeutic Interventions



Research Project



Field Work


DE2 Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS) 2

Fee Structure:


Components MH
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 12000 12000 12000 12000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0

Field Work Charges 5000 5000 5000 5000
Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0  
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1500 0 1500 0
DEPOSITS & ADVANCES A)  Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
B)  *Practicum / Study Tour Charges (Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work) (Refundable) 0 0 0 0
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 16000 16000 16000 16000
OTHER CHARGES Hostel & Electricity Charges Rs.10000 & Rs.5000 15000 15000 15000 15000
Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 39200 27300 20800 21300
Total Fees for Hostellers 70200 58300 51800 52300
*Details under School
* "Practicum / Study tour charges / Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work charges are not part of the fee structure.  However, expenses will have to be met by the students at the time of study tour."


*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.