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Master of Arts in Social Work (Rural Development)

Location: Tuljapur

School: School of Rural Development

Intake: 60



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:


Year Course Title Credits
I Foundation Courses 16
Core Courses 12
Field work 10
II Core courses (3 courses) 20
Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) 4
Field work 5
Dissertation and Viva-Voce 5
Internship NC
  Total Credits 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
  Fieldwork - I 5
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 Gender and Development 2
  Fieldwork - II 5
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 15 Financial Inclusion and Microfinance 2
CC 17 Development Organization and Management 2
CC 18 Rural Development Projects: Policy , Planning and Management 2
  Fieldwork - III 5
Sem- IV CC 11 Food Security , Right to Food and Rural Livelihoods 2
CC 12 Technology and Development 2
CC 14 Models of Rural Entrepreneurship 2
  Dissertation and Viva-Voce 5
  Internship NC
  Choice Based Credit System (A student can choose any two out of four from below) 4
CC 13 Rural /Agro-Based Industries and Rural Marketing 2
EC 3 Advanced Dalit and Tribal Social Work Practice Skills 2
EC 1 Disaster Management  
EC 2 Development Communication 2


Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses, and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.




Fee Structure:


Components M.A. Social Work in Rural Development
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000,000
Examination Fee 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 6,000 6,000 6,000 0
IT Charges 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Library Charges 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 10,000 0 10,000 0
Students' Union Fund * 500 500 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 500 0 0
Health Care Fund* 2,000 0 2,000 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0    
  Semester wise Course Fee 51,500 27,500 39,000 21,000
  Yearly Fees 79,000 60,000
  Total Course Fee 1,39,000
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.
No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.


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