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Master of Arts in Cities and Governance

Location: Hyderabad

School: School of Public Policy and Governance

Intake: 30



Eligibility: An undergraduate degree in any discipline.


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The School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), TISS – Hyderabad and National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi offer a two-year interdisciplinary MA degree programme in Cities and Governance.

Aligned to the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the MA programme will enable the students to develop a robust understanding of cities/towns. Such an understanding will incorporate a human perspective, which forms the basis for city planning, including aspects of economic growth and employment, environment, and sustainability. The focus will be on equipping students with methodological rigour, understanding of economic frameworks and institutional designs for envisioning inclusive and sustainable cities and towns. Although the focus will be on the global south, including Indian cities, the course discussions will also be situated in the comparative, macro-international context comprising cities from the global North.

Based on an understanding of the foundational disciplines of Economics, Statistics, Political Science, Sociology, Law and Data Sciences, the programme focuses on a diverse set of courses. These include courses on

  • Perspective building, that engender an inclusive social perspective
  • Institutional Designs, that familiarise the students with legal frameworks for planning and governance, exposing students to policy instruments
  • Economic Frameworks, that enable students to forge a connection between the growth of cities and their financial dimensions, including taxation
  • City Analytics and data for decision support, that equip students to use big data and other data sets for impact evaluation and decision making
  • City Labs and Capstone Projects to provide hands on experience to work on city planning methods and tools and real-life urban projects
  • Urban Policy Research, to enable students to undertake mentored research in association with specialised agencies working with policies and governance for the cities

Thus, theoretical frames are complemented by application to real-world situations, case studies, practical exercises conducted in city labs, and extensive field-based capstone projects. The programme creates multiple opportunities for the students to work on the currently operational government projects. Long internships, as imagined in the programme, allows leveraging the opportunities to facilitate and enable significant interface with governmental agencies.

The global nature of the course ensures that students have the necessary training to work across international contexts. The course is also relevant and attractive for international candidates, especially from Global South.

Course Structure for the two-year MA degree programme in Cities and Governance


 Employment opportunities

  • The School of Public Policy and Governance has an excellent placement record. The students of the programme are likely to find placements in ministries, departments, and institutions of Central, State and District Governments; international consulting firms, multilateral and bilateral agencies, international developmental organisations and national and international policy think tanks.
  • Students are also encouraged and prepared for pursuing higher studies in prestigious national and international universities


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Semesterwise Courses:

Overview of Courses and Credits (Total 84 Credits) 


Semester I (18 credits)      
Description Course Code Course Title Credits
Core Courses CG-1 The Social Introduction to the Cities 2
  CG-2 The Institutions of Modern Cities: Law, State, and Governance 2
  CG-3 Plans and the Making of Cities 2
  CG-4 Economics of Cities 2
  CG-5 Caring Cities 2
  CG-6 Quantitative Reasoning and Statistical Methods 2
  CG-7 Applied Data Science for Cities 4
Workshop CG-W1 Introduction to R/Python 2
Semester II (26 credits)      
Core Courses CG-8 Cities of ‘Global South’ 2
  CG-9 Financing Cities: Theories and Practices 2
  CG-10 Urban Ecology and Environment 2
  CG-11 Fundamental of Spatial Analysis 4
  CG-12 Urban Health 2
  CG-13 Project Management 2
  CG- 14 Impact Evaluation 2
Workshop CG-W2 Introduction to GIS/Remote Sensing/GEE 2
City Lab CG-CL I City Lab: Exercise I 4
  CG-CL II City Lab: Exercise II 4
Semester III (22 credits)      
Core Courses CG-15 Qualitative methods 4
  CG-16 Advanced Quantitative Methods 2
  CG- 17 Policy Analysis Exercise 2
  CG- 18 Reading Text and Research Writings 2
City Lab CG-CL III City Lab: Exercise III 4
  CG-CL IV City Lab: Exercise IV 4
  CG-CL V City Lab: Exercise V 4
Semester IV (18 credits)      
Dissertation CG-Diss Capstone Project leading to Research Dissertation 18

Fee Structure:



MA in Cities & Governance (Self-Financed Programme)

Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 1,24,000 1,24,000 69,000 69,000
Examination Fee 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 10,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
IT Charges 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
Library Charges 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 10,000 10,000 0 0
Lab / Studio Fund 8,000 8,000 8,000 0
Development Fund 10,000 10,000 0 0
Students' Union Fund * 500 500 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 2,000 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 2,04,000 2,01,500 1,26,500 1,16,500
  Yearly Fees 4,05,500 2,43,000
  Total Course Fee 6,48,500
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.