M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Education)

Location: Mumbai

Centre: Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research

Intake: 30


The field of education needs professionals with a capacity to develop curriculum, train teachers, conduct evidenced based research to influence education policies and practices, strengthen the pedagogy of discipline-based teaching at various levels of education, contribute towards knowledge generation and use of ICT and New Media in Education, administer educational institutions and provide leadership and advocacy in achieving educational goals.

Masters programme in Education (regular mode) is commencing from the academic year 2019-20 at TISS Mumbai. This programme of post-graduate studies in education aims to develop critical knowledge of the field and discipline, and to give students the opportunity to specialise in areas of their interest.  The programme combines an integrated discipline-based approach with a proactive orientation to policy and institutional contexts of practice.
The programme offers courses in the areas of education studies, pedagogic studies, research and advanced specialisation optionals, a compulsory evaluated field attachment and research leading to a dissertation. Courses are designed to combine field and theoretical knowledge and experience. Some courses are designed as labs and workshops.

Objectives of the Programme

The overall objective of the programme is to develop capacities of students for academic study of education with a view to facilitating their active immersion and self-reflexive involvement in the field as teachers, teacher educators, curriculum, textbook and resource developers, policy making and as researchers.  

The Master of Arts (Education) programme will enable a sustained and critical engagement with the discipline of Education especially as it has emerged and expanded in India. The research-based programme will help students develop an understanding to and skills relating to education studies as a multidisciplinary field of study, drawing from philosophy, sociology, history and psychology with an understanding of school curriculum pedagogy, the development of teachers, social justice in education and education and society.  The programme is designed to offer students specialisations in curriculum and pedagogy (language, mathematics, science and social science education), education, development and policy; ICT and new media in education and teacher education.

Career Opportunities

Diverse career choices are open to students completing the Master of Arts (Education) programme including government organisations at the National and state levels (NCERT, SCERT, etc), University and college departments of education, research organisations, and civil society organisations/CSR initiatives/funding agencies that has an education focus in work.  Students will graduate with knowledge, understanding and skills for research and practice across levels of school and teacher education, with advanced specialisations in Curriculum and Pedagogy (Language/Mathematics/Science/Social Science Education), Education Development and Policy, ICT and New Media and Teacher Education.

Evaluation and Programme Completion
All courses will be evaluated following the TISS evaluation rules and regulations. The eleven point grading system is used for the evaluation for each course, and the final aggregate is on a seven point grading system. Evaluation is based on both assignments submitted during the course and either a term paper or an end term examination. A student must achieve a pass in each course, and failing this they would need to repeat the course the next time that it is offered (i.e. the next year). Field attachment and the dissertation are also evaluated and graded. Field attachment will be evaluated by the concerned field supervisor and an examiner from TISS. The dissertation evaluation will be carried out by an examiner from TISS, and an external examiner.

Programme Structure

The MA Education programme spread over two years (four semesters) will be offered as a full time course covering 78 credits. The programme currently enables students to specialise in two of the seven following areas:
(i) Education Development and Policy (ii) Language Education (iii) Mathematics Education (iv) Science Education (v) Social Science Education (vi) ICT and New Media in Education (vii) Teacher Education

Distribution of Credit Hours:

1 credit = 15 hours classroom teaching or 30 hours lab/field experience/workshop/self study.
Note: Distribution of credit hours may undergo some changes


Year Course Type Year 1
(Sem 1&2)
Year 2
(Sem 3&4)
1 (Sem 1 & 2) Foundation Course 06  
  Educational Studies 22 12
  Advanced Specialization - I 08 08
  Research 04 06
  Optional Courses   08
  Field Attachment   04
  Total Credits




Semesterwise Courses:


Semester 1 Credits  Semester 2 Credits
FC 1,2,3 - Understanding Economy, Society & Politics 6 ES 8- Key Ideas and  Concepts in Education 4
ES1- Learners and Learning 4 ES9-Inclusive and Special Education 2
ES6- Policy, Institutions and Practices 4 ES10- Analysing Educational Innovations 2
ES 7- Social Marginality and Education 4 R3(BC 9)- Education Research Methods 4
AS1,5,9,13,17,21,25 -
Advanced Specialisation-1 **
4 AS2/6/10/14/18/22/26
Advanced Specialisation  - 2
    ES5(P) School Observations 2
Semester 3  Credits  Semester 4 Credits
Vacation 2:  Field Attachment***  4  Vacation 3:  Research  
ES11(BC5)- History of Education  4 AS4/8/12/16/20/24/28
-Advanced Specialisation-4
- Advanced Specialisations -3
 4 ES13(OC7)- Teachers and Teaching 4
EC12(B7)- Curriculum and School 4 CBCS4/ADOC4- Optional 4
CBCS3/ADOC3- Optional 4 R4 - Research Dissertation 6
Total Credits                      78

Fee Structure:


Components M.A. In Education
FEE Tuition Fee 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0
CHARGES Field Work Charges 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000
Computer Charges 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2,000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab/Studio Fund 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,000
Development Fund / Programme Fund 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1,500 0 1,500 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0 0 0
  Total Course Fee 51,200 39,300 40,800 41,300
*Details under School        
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Some Schools will organise Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, expenses for these are not shown in the above table. These expenses will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.