M.A. in Public Policy

O.P. Jindal Global University

Build a foundation in public policymaking!

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The M.A. in Public Policy uses a transdisciplinary approach to comprehensively study and analyse contemporary political, economic, and social issues. The curriculum is carefully structured to impart intense training in policy theory, covering key literature and policy debates. You will develop and build on your quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and receive exposure to real-world policy-making and related management processes. The program's first year builds the foundations required for a broad-based understanding of public policy before offering students the choice of the data analytics and policy design tracks in the second year. The second year of the program will also give you the option of working on a faculty-mentored master's dissertation to help develop the capacity to conduct independent research.

First year: You complete eight courses in the following order:

  • Economics in Public Policy
  • Social Foundations of Public Policy
  • Microeconomics
  • Statistical Methods and Data Analysis
  • Gender and Development
  • Qualitative Analysis and Survey Design
  • Law, Governance and Public Policy
  • Macroeconomics

Second year: of the program allows you to choose either the data analytics or the policy design track. Each track comprises four cores and four electives. You can also choose to work on a faculty-guided master's dissertation instead of two electives.

Data Analytics trackPolicy Design track
Introduction to Data SciencePublic finance
EconometricsInternational Organizations and Policy Regimes
Methods of Impact EvaluationProgram Design and Evaluation
Machine Learning, AI and Public PolicyTheories of Public Policy
Four electives OR Two electives and Master’s DissertationFour electives OR Two electives and Master’s Dissertation

Elective Courses

You can choose electives from the following list:

  • Complexity and Public Policy
  • Democratic Governance
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Reforms and Regulations
  • Environmental Issues, Policies and Practice
  • Identity and Policy
  • Introduction to Health Policy
  • Urbanisation and Development
  • International Relations Theory
  • Law and Ethics in International Relations
  • Climate Change, Migration and Human Security
  • Negotiating and Resolving International Conflicts
  • Foreign Policy of Great, Middle and Small Powers
  • Tableau Business Intelligence Analyst Industry Certification (equivalent to two electives)

You can also complete the following industry certifications offered on Coursera to earn credit waivers in the data analytics track:

  • Google Data Analytics
  • Fractal Data Science
  • IBM Data Analyst
  • IBM Data Science

Get Ready for the M.A. Public Policy Online Program

Prepare for the M.A. Public Policy Online Program by completing the following MOOC courses (non-credited) hosted on Coursera. These courses will help you build familiarity with the program and the field of Public Policy:

Ethics in Public Policy:

Delve into the ethical considerations that shape policy decisions and learn how to navigate complex moral dilemmas in public service.

Essence of Leadership:

Explore the fundamental principles of effective leadership and how they apply to public policy.

Introduction to Academic Writing:

Enhance your academic writing skills to excel in the program and effectively communicate your policy analysis and research findings. (MOOC thumbnails to be provided)

Coursera on Mobile

Access course materials anywhere with the mobile app available on iOS and Android.

  • Using the mobile app, learners can:
  • Save a week’s worth of reading and video content for offline access with one click
  • View text transcripts of lecture videos
  • Take notes directly in the app
  • Set reminder alerts to help you make progress

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Important Dates (Fall 2024)

  • Applications Open: 22nd March '24
  • Deadline to submit applications: 31st July '24

Documents Required

  1. Academic History - Degree Certificate or Consolidated Transcript
  2. Valid ID Card -
  • Indian learners: Aadhar Card / Passport / PAN Card / Voter ID Card
  • International learners: Passport / Govt. Issued ID Card

Programme Schedule

The programme is offered in 2 cohorts: Spring (March) and Fall (September). Applications for Fall '24 are now live!

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Have questions? please contact online@jgu.edu.in.

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