M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Women's Studies)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Development Studies

Centre: Advanced Centre for Women's Studies

Intake: 26


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 10, 2017 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, 2017. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands canceled.




The Master of Arts (Women's Studies), launched in 2009, builds on an earlier experience of teaching and research in Women’s Studies at TISS. Women’s Studies has had an organic link with the women’s movement along with struggles of all marginal groups in society, and is engaged with various academic disciplines to evolve a critical perspective on gender in society as well as in knowledge production.

Students in this programme are exposed to debates and areas of inter-disciplinary feminist research, and relevant methodologies. At the same time they will learn a range of analytical and field-based skills, which will equip them for professional careers in academic  as researchers and teachers; in journalism; in culture and the arts; as development workers and activists; in civil and administrative functions of the government, especially in women and gender departments; and in national and international organisations working on women and gender issues. In fact, this course will be useful to people from all fields who would like to us feminist knowledge to question, critique and make
changes in whatever area of work they may be involved in.

The faculty come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds in economics, anthropology, medicine, science studies, sociology, political science, legal studies, education, philosophy, language and literature, always incorporating a critical feminist approach.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Foundation Course 6
Philosophy of Research 1
Women’s Studies Courses 38
Research Method Courses 4
Research Dissertation 8
Field Attachment 8
Total 65

Semesterwise Courses:

SemesterCourse CodeCourse TitlesCredit
I FC Foundation Course 6
Philosophy of Research 1
DS 03 Methods of Social Research 4
WS 01 Women, History and Society: Feminist Theories and Perspectives 2
WS 02 Women’s Movement in India 2
WS 03 Feminist Science Studies 2
WS 22 Development, Feminist Politics and Praxis 4
II WS 23 Caste, Class and Gender: Theoretical Perspectives 2
WS 05 Feminist Research Methodology/Practices 2
WS 06 Women and Work: History of Transformation 2
WS 08 Women, Sexualities and Violence 2
WS 18 Feminist Legal Studies 2
WS 21 Field Attachment with Analytical Report 8
III WS 27 Women's literature in South Asia: Representations, Practices, Perspectives (Optional) 2
WS 10 Gender Media and Culture (Optional) 2
WS 30 Gender and Public Policy: Concepts, Measures, Strategies 2
WS 25 Feminist Perspectives on Gender and Health 2
WS 24 Identity, Women's Citizenship and Governance 2
WS 26 Women’s Issues in Tribal and Indigenous Communities 2
IV WS 15 Gender, Ideology and Education 2
WS 28 Dalit Feminism (Optional) 2
WS 29 Queering Feminism (Optional) 2
WS 20 Research Dissertation 8


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

Fee Structure:

Components WS Mumbai
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
1 Tuition 12000 12000 12000 12000
2 Examination 800 800 800 800
3 Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
4 Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
5 ID Card 300 0 0 0
6 Medical Insurance Premium Charges 1500 0 1500 0
7 Students' Union 500 500 500 500
8 Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
9 Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0
10 Caution Deposits ( Refundable at the time of leaving the programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
1. Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 34200 22300 15800 16300
11 Hostel & Electricity Charges Rs.10000 & Rs.5000 15000 15000 15000 15000
12 Dining Hall Charges (Advance) 16000 16000 16000 16000
2. Total Fees for Hostellers 65200 53300 46800 47300

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