M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Development Studies)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Development Studies

Intake: 51




The  Master of Arts (Development Studies) programme throws light on the historical changes in the configuration of the state, markets, social institutions and civil society and their increasing consequences on developing societies, such as India. This programme equips students to develop critical perspectives in the analysis of development experiences and their effects on society, especially on the vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised sections and the natural environment. It introduces the students to various experiences in development, and forges an understanding of democratic, participatory and inclusive public policies. It develops the expertise of students in methodologies and skills for development research, and in programme planning, management and evaluation.

Spread over two years (four semesters), the programme offers students a wide range of courses, both basic and elective, and a research project experience. The faculty for this programme are drawn from multiple disciplines, such as economics, sociology, political science, psychology, geography, women’s studies, media studies and policy studies. Students who graduate with this degree find their professional career in academic institutions pursuing inter-disciplinary research and teaching in development studies; in civil and allied administrative services of the government; in development-facilitating organisations; in the corporate sector; in research consultancy firms; and in development journalism.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Year DetailCredit
First Foundation Course 6
Philosophy of Research 1
Disciplinary Course (Compulsory) 24
Second Disciplinary Course (Compulsory) 6
Dissertation 8
First and Second Disciplinary Course (Elective) 16
Foundation Course Elective (CBCS) 2
Open Elective (CBCS) 2
Total 65

Semesterwise Courses:

Compulsory Courses
Semester Course Code Course Titles Credits
I FC Foundation Course 6
Philosophy of Research 1
DS 01 Concept, History and Theories of Development 4
DS 02 Contemporary Indian Economy 2
DS 03 Methods of Social Research 4
II DS 04 Development Economics 4
DS 05 State, Democracy & Civil Society 4
DS 14 Sustainable Development and Climae Change 2
DS 19 Gender,Livelihoods and Development 2
DS20 Sociology of Economic Life : Concepts and Critical Perspectives 2
DS08 Tutorial on Database for Development Research  
DS Elective Foundation 2
CBCS Open Elective NC
III DS 09 Development and the Social Sector 4
DS 10 Social Exclusion in India 2
DS 11 Social Movements and Social Change 2
DS 12 Inequality, Poverty and Financing of Human Development 2
DS 13 Political Economy of Space, Development and Uneven Development 2
IV DS 14 Sustainable Development and Climate Change 4
DS 15 Industrialisation, Globalisation and Labour 2
DS 16 Social Exclusion and Social Justice: Theories and Processes 4
DS 17 Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 2
DS 18 Roundtable on Development Processes NC


Note: * The period between Semesters I and II would be used by students for data collection and the optional internship.

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

The optional courses have been categorised into two groups: Pool 1 and Pool 2. The first and third Semester students will choose optional courses from Pool 1, and the second and fourth Semester students will choose optional courses from Pool 2. Other than optional courses in these two pools, the students may choose not more than two courses (totaling 4 credits) from other academic programmes of the Institute to complete their optional course requirements.

Optional Courses

  Course Code Course Titles Credit
Pool 1 (First and Third Semester) DSO 01 Principles of Economics: Micro-economics 2
DSO 02 Perspectives in Science, Technology and Society 2
DSO 03 Philosophical Foundations to Development Research 2
DSO 04 Public Policy: Theories and Processes* 2
DSO 05 Political Economy of International Trade* 2
DSO 06 Development and Crime 2
DSO 14 Public Finance* 2
DSO 15 Management of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement 2
Pool 2 (Second and Fourth Semester) DSO 07 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics 2
DSO 08 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 2
DSO 09 Society, Culture and Development 2
DSO 10 Urban and Regional Development 2
DSO 11 Social Psychology and Development 2
DS O13 GIS, Remote Sensing and Development Research 2


Note: *These courses are to be opted by the students only in the third semester.

Fee Structure:


Components M.A. In Development Studies
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 0 0 0 0
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 0 0 0 0
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab/Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 8,000 8,000 0 0
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 34,200 22,300 15,800 16,300
  Hostel and Dining Hall Charges:      
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Hostel & Electricity Charges 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000
  Total Charges 31,000 31,000 31,000 31,000
*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.


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