M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Social Work in Rural Development)

Location: Tuljapur

School: School of Rural Development

Intake: 30


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 cancelled.




The Master of Arts (Social Work in Rural Development) programme has been designed to meet the needs for trained social work professionals in designing and managing rural development programmes and to cater to the increasing demand for development professionals with advanced social work skills. The language of instruction is English. Students found to be weak in the language will have to compulsorily attend English classes on campus. The graduates of this Master’s programme will, therefore, command greater acceptance and recognition by organisations of national and international repute. The Tuljapur Campus of TISS offers an excellent environment for learning and practice of rural development through its innovative academic curriculum and opportunity to interact with field practitioners and social activists in the region. A strong, multidisciplinary faculty drawn from social work, philosophy, sociology, economics, agriculture, etc. teach this programme.

TISS students are highly valued in governmental and non-governmental organisations and agencies for their sound professional skills and rigorous field-based training. The M.A. Social Work in Rural Development postgraduates command excellent job opportunities with such organisations.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Semester Details Credits
I Foundation Courses (4 courses) 8
Core Courses ( 3 courses) 6
Field work 5
Total of First Semester 19
II Foundation courses (4 courses) 8
Core courses (3 courses) 6
Field work 5
Total of Second Semester 19
III Core courses (7 courses) 14
Field work 5
Total of Third Semester 19
IV Core courses (4 courses) 8
Electives (1 course) 2
Dissertation and Viva-Voce (4+1) 5
Internship NC
Total of Fourth Semester 15
Grand Total 72

Semesterwise Courses:

Semester Code Course Credits
Sem- I FC 1 Understanding Indian Society 2
FC 2 Introduction to Political Economy 2
FC 4 Professional Social Work History and Ideologies 2
FC 5 India's Development Experience 2
CC 2 Philosophy of Social Science Research 2
CC 1 Social Work Methods : Working with Individuals, Groups Communities 2
CC 4 Concept, History and Theories of Development 2
  Total Semester - I 19
Sem - II FC 3 State Democracy and Polity 2
FC 6 Social Aspects of Poverty and Theories of Justice 2
FC 7 Social  Movements and Rural Transformation 2
FC 8 Decentralized Rural Development 2
CC 3 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 2
CC 7 Advanced Social Work Skills and Tools for Rural Development 2
CC19 Introduction to Women and Society 2
  Total Semester - II 19
Sem- III CC 5 Social Policy Analysis 2
CC 8 Environment, Climate Change and Development 2
CC 9 Farm Non-Farm Linkages and Livelihood Issues 2
CC 10 Modes of Natural Resources  Use and Sustainable  Rural Development 2
CC 17 Development Organization and Management 2
CC 18 Rural Development Projects: Policy , Planning and Management 2
CC 15 Financial Inclusion and Microfinance 2
  Total Semester - III 19
Sem- IV CC 11 Food Security , Right to Food and Rural Livelihoods 2
CC 13 Rural /Agro –Based Industries and Rural Marketing 2
CC 14 Models of Rural Entrepreneurship 2
CC 12 Technology and Development 2
EC Elective Courses (A student can choose any one out of three elective from the list)  
EC 01 Advanced Dalit and Tribal Social Work Practice Skills 2
EC 02 Development Communication 2
EC 03 Disaster Management 2
  Research Dissertation and Viva-voce (4+1) 5
  Internship NC
  Total Semester - IV 15
    Total Credits 72


Note: The Semester -wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes

*subject to change

Fee Structure:




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 4000 4000 4000 0
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 38200 26300 19800 16300
Total Fees for Hostellers 69200 57300 50800 47300
*Details under School        



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