Masters in International Electoral Management and Practices (MIEMP) | Admissions, TISS


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Masters in International Electoral Management and Practices (MIEMP)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Development Studies

Centre: Centre for Electoral Management Studies

Intake: 45


The total duration of the programme is 24 months (4-Semesters). The programme will be delivered in blended mode including online and offline components. The programme will include teaching and field exposure in collaboration with IIIDEM-ECI.

The Master’s program focuses on the development of globally competent electoral professionals, democracy specialists, governance professionals. It aims at bringing together students and professionals who share a common set of norms, behavioral standards and qualifications to assume specific roles and responsibilities in areas of electoral policy, administration and democracy building involving constitution-building, electoral processes, political parties, voters’ awareness, electoral reforms, data analysis and application of various softwares and tools for a more comprehensive reflection on elections. Responding to a global structural demand for qualified electoral professionals and aspiring democracy experts, and capacity development of current officials managing elections in various countries, the MA program is designed on a systematic, comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to aid the professional development of serving officials and aspiring democracy experts since the objective of electoral integrity is to produce innovative and policy-relevant scientific research on elections and electoral management in a global setting.

Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in conducting elections in and in managing the world’s largest democracy for the benefit of global aspirants.

An inclusive learning climate refers to learners with diverse background, this cohort will have candidates coming from wide range of national and international electoral professionals as well as candidates from diverse background who wants to pursue the carrier in International Electoral Management. Moreover, this will provide an opportunity to gain knowledge, skill and perspective through dynamic engagements in class room and field practicum.  

Selection Procedure
TISS Admissions 2023-24

Admissions to Masters in International Electoral Management and Practices Programs

Candidates are advised to read the guidelines given below before filling the online application form.

Admission to master’s programs at TISS comprises of two stages:

1. Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement for ALL candidates.

2. TISS Online Personal Interview (OPI) for ALL candidates.

Stage 1: Screening via Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement

Applicants for the Master’s course in International Electoral Management and Practices are required to submit Statement of Purpose/ Personal Statement for the screening round. Candidates will be shortlisted for Stage 2 based on the marks of Stage One and the ratio on the number of seats announced under each category. All rules related to reservations of seats under different categories and priorities will be applied at the time of final seat allocation through merit list / wait list.

Shortlisting for Stage 2 will be done on the basis of the candidates’ aggregate Stage 1 score. The same ratio will be applied to the number of seats under each Category thereby having candidates from every category getting shortlisted for stage 2 in proportionate numbers.

Stage 2: Online Personal Interview (OPI)

Online Personal Interview (OPI) will be conducted for approximately 20 - 30 minutes by a three-member panel. The main objective of OPI is to assess the candidates’ suitability and interest in studies in the chosen program. There will be two components in OPI as below:

1.   Extempore reflection on a given topic: Panel members will give a topic relevant to the program of study and the candidate will be asked to present a reflection on the same for a maximum of 2-3 minutes. Candidates will have the option of asking for the second topic in case not comfortable with the one given at the beginning. There will not be a third choice.

2.   Online Personal Interview (OPI):  The panel members will interact with the candidate to understand the candidate’s motivation, interest, and preparedness as well as basic subject knowledge of the undergraduate studies. Candidates' understanding of social and economic factors will also be explored through OPI. These are only indicative areas of exploration at the OPI.

3.   Weightage for final Selection Process for ALL candidates is given below (Stage 1 & Stage 2):

S. No Stage Activity Max Mark

The weightage (%)
1. Stage 1: Screening of Application  Statement of Purpose/ Personal Statement Essay 100 50

Stage 2: Online Personal Interview (OPI)

1. Extempore reflection on a given topic 100 20
2. Online Personal Interview (OPI) 100 30


Merit List and Wait List preparation:

1 Open (Unreserved) Merit List (OML) is prepared based on the aggregate mark obtained by the candidates for a specific program without considering any reservation category. This provides opportunity for candidates across all categories to get selected in the OML depending on their aggregate score.

2.  After considering candidates in OML, separate Category wise Merit List (CML) will be prepared for the number of seats reserved for each category as per the Government of India / University Grants Commission regulations on the matter. All reservation rules will be applied at Final merit list/seat allotment stage.

3.  In case of a tie between two or more candidates with their aggregate final score, the following order will be used to rank the candidates.

S. No. The situation of Tie in Selection will be based on Higher
1.        Final Score          TISS OA Mark
2.        TISS-OA Mark     Stage 1 Mark
3.        Stage 1 Mark       Date of Birth

4. Details indicated in the application form by the candidate at the time of filling online application form cannot be changed at any point after submission of the application form. Any request for change or modification in this regard shall not be entertained or responded to.

5. Wait List will be prepared by following the same rules against the vacant seats from Merit List

If the applicant/candidates have any queries related to this program, please feel free to write to us on:,

You can also join the Telegram group to raise any queries: You can join it with the

following link:


Distribution of Credit Hours:


Year Detail Credits



Core Courses


Elective Courses


Integrated Field Practice




Core Courses


Elective Courses


Integrated Field Practice






Semesterwise Courses:


Fee Structure:

Components Master's in International Electrol Management & Practises
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
Examination Fee 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
IT Charges 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
Library Charges 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 10,000 10,000 0 0
Lab / Studio Fund 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
Development Fund 10,000 0 10,000 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 1,05,000 82,500 82,500 70,500
  Yearly Fees 1,87,500 1,53,000
  Total Course Fee 3,40,500
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.

*Fee structure for International Candidates: The fees structure for international students for MIEMP will be as follows: (**Classification of countries will be as per latest World Bank country classifications)

1) Students from High Income Country will pay 50% higher than the fees charged to Indian students.

Components I II III IV
Total Course Fee in INR 1,57,500 1,23,750 1,23,500 1,05,750

2) Students from an Upper/Lower Middle-Income Country will pay 40% higher than the fees charged to Indian students.

Components I II III IV
Total Course Fee in INR 1,47,000 1,15,500 1,15,500 98,700

3) Students from Low-Income Country/SAARC Country will pay 30% higher than the fees charged to Indian students.

Components I II III IV
Total Course Fee in INR 1,36,500 1,07,250 1,07,250 91,650

*The Payment shall be made in INR and that should be excluded form transaction charges.

* This MA will organize Practicum / Study tour / 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 ECI/Candidates (from open pool) themselves at the time of the activity.

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



Q 1. I am a fresh graduate without any work experience, can I apply?
Ans 1. Yes, you can.

Q 2. I have applied/qualified TISS NET 2023, do I have to pay the admission fee again?
Ans 2. No, if you had applied/qualified TISS NET 2023, you do not have to pay the fee

Q 3. I have not applied/not qualified TISS NET 2023, do I have to pay the admission fee?
Ans 3. Yes, if you had not applied/not qualified TISS NET 2023, you have to pay the fee.


Q4. I have not received my final undergraduate results yet. Can I still apply?
Ans 4. Yes, you can apply.

Q 5. Do I have to send a physical copy of Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement?
Ans 5. No, that is not needed.

Q 6. Do I need to come for the OPI (Online Personal Interview) physically?

Ans 6. No, it is Online Personal Interview (will be conducted ONLINE)

Q 7. Do I need to come physically for personal verification of documents?
Ans 7. No, documents can be verified online.

Q 8. What are the details of this MA program?

Ans8. Details of the course can be found on the Centre website. Follow the link:


Q 9. What is the kind of events and activities that take place in the Centre for Electoral
Management Studies (C-EMS), School of Development Studies (SDS), TISS?
Ans 9. SDS TISS hosts a number of events and activities including talks, lecture series,
seminars, colloquiums, film screenings. C-EMS also has an Electoral Literacy Club and a
newsletter which sees active involvement and participation of its students. More details can
be found on the school page: