M.A. in Public Policy

Public Policy

Overview

Objective

  • Critically analyze the ideas, mechanisms, practices, and outcomes that shape public policy problems, programs, and policies
  • Identify and frame governance problems, provide purposive programmatic solutions, and undertake critical and impactful governance research
  • Become reflective practitioners in public affairs and pursue careers in the government, development organisations, social enterprises, think tanks, the media and other agencies involved in public affairs

Highlights

  • Core Subject

    Core subjects are offered as part of the programme to impart contemporary trends, theoretical understanding in the domain of public policy.

  • GENERAL ELECTIVE

    Six general elective courses are offered as part of the programme. Students are supposed to opt at least four General Electives (GE) from the pool of six stream-wise electives offered in Semester two and three.

  • SOFT CORE

    9 soft core courses are offered as part of the programme

  • PROJECT DISSERTATION

    Individual students are expected on project dissertations during the fourth semester of the program. Students are expected to undertake thesis work in a chosen relevant topic. The topic needs to be approved by a committee constituted by a HOD. The project dissertation carries a specified number of credits and expected hours of works across the semester. Later, students need to convert their thesis into a technical paper and publication to publish in reputed conferences or journals.

  • On-campus state-of-the-art civil service (UPSC) academy with special provision for students enrolled in MA in Public Policy (2020−2022) at RUAS
  • Hostel accommodations for students at a reasonable price
  • Enriched academic eco-system provides inter-disciplinary perspectives and opportunities to engage for students of social sciences
  • Highly ranked for its innovation by QS IGUAGE, NIRF & KSURF
  • The campus is in the neighbourhood of premier institutions like ISRO, IISc, RRI, CIPR, NIAS and so on, which provides students with ample opportunities to engage in academic and non-academic programs of these institutions
  • Collaborations with foreign universities for exchange programs (University of Illinois System, USA, International Medical School)
  • The campus is located in the heart of the city (it is a boon to students keen on attending seminars, conferences, and cultural events in Bengaluru)

  • Our emphasis on applied brilliance translates into a campus that is buzzing with activity, whether in the form of guest lectures, seminars, workshops and industry events or student-organised activities and competitions.
  • With 9 faculties from different areas of study, multidisciplinary thinking is a way of life at RUAS.
  • From a host of eateries and cafes to convenience stores and coffee vending machines, our campus has been designed and developed to ensure that the needs of every student are met.
  • With access to RUAS’s numerous facilities, students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular sports and cultural events.
  • The University offers a range of on-campus accommodation options. Third-party, off-campus hostels are also available.

Structure

Study Domains

  • FC

    Foundation Courses

  • CC

    Core Courses

  • GE

    General Electives

  • DSE

    Discipline Specific Electives

  • SEC

    Skill Enhancement Courses

  • AECC

    Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses

  • CS

    Core Subject

  • SC

    Soft Core

Course Progression

Course Credits Study Domain
Political Science: Nature and Significance
3 Core Subject CS
Law and Legal Systems: Concepts and approaches
4 Core Subject CS
Introduction to Economics
3 Core Subject CS
Introduction to Public Policy
3 Core Subject CS
Public Policy Meta-Analysis
3 Soft Core SC

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Public Finance and Public Policy
3 Core Subject CS
Urban Governance and Policy
3 Soft Core SC
Sociology: Nature and Significance
3 Soft Core SC
Research Methods and Methodology
4 Core Subject CS
Research Writing
3 Soft Core SC
Data Analytics for Public Policy
3 General Elective GE
Higher Education: Policies, Organisation and Leadership
3 General Elective GE
Space Law and Policy
3 General Elective GE

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Foreign Policy Analysis
3 Core Subject CS
Waste Management and Policy in India
3 Soft Core SC
Writing Policy Brief
3 Soft Core SC
Gender, Policy and Inequalities
3 Soft Core SC
Public Health Policies and Systems
3 General Elective GE
Science and Technology Policy
3 General Elective GE
Environmental and Development Policy
3 General Electives GE
Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Institutions
3 General Electives GE

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Evidence in Public Policy
3 Soft Core SC
Seminar -II
1
Software Tools
2 Soft Core SC
Dissertation
6

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Details

Teaching and Assessment

During each semester, students’ performance is assessed through Continuous Evaluation (CE) which includes teacher interaction, session examination and a Semester End Examination (SEE). CE and SEE weightages carry equal weightage.

Students are awarded grades based on the marks scored. 

View Complete Grading System

Key Skill Development

  • Ability to apply fundamental knowledge of public policy to solve societal issues.
  • Ability to use appropriate public policy knowledge
  • Ability to analyse public policy issues and societal problems 
  • Ability to apply appropriate tools and techniques to analyse data
  • Ability to exhibit the competency and skills in policy making, analysis and dissemination 
  • Ability to make use of interdisciplinary perspectives in the domain of public policy
  • Ability to make effective presentations and communicate technical ideas to a broad audience using written and oral means. 
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership qualities in terms of accountability, integrity, and etiquettes in public policy
  • · Ability to adapt to the changes and advancements in technology and engage in independent and life-long learning

Members of the Board of Studies (External)

  1. Prof. Vinod Vyasulu, Former Professor and Vice Dean (Academic Affairs), Jindal School of Governance and Public Policy, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
  2. Prof. M J Vinod, Former Professor and Dean, Department of Political Science, Bangalore University, India.
  3. Dr. Shivali Tukdeo, Associate Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science campus, Bengaluru, India.
  4. Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty, Former Chief Operating Officer (COO), Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
  5. Dr. Meera Nair, Head-Research, Public Affairs Centre, Bengaluru, India.

Careers

  • Professor / Teacher

  • Program coordinators

  • Program officers

  • Policy specialists

  • Research Associate/​Coordinators

  • Program Analyst

  • Consultants

  • Communication Personnel

Admissions

Eligibility

Candidates must have pass in any bachelor’s degree from a recognised University with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks.

Application Process

  • Fill in the admission form online
  • Pay registration fee
  • Submit documents to the University
  • Pay tuition fee

Note: Please read the instructions carefully before filling the admission form

Fees & Scholarships

INR 1,88, 550/- per annum (Tuition Fee + Other Fee)

Eligibility

  • Candidates must have passed in equivalent and eligibility equivalence from AIU (Association of Indian Universities).
  • Candidates should have proof of proficiency in English with a minimum TOEFL score of 8.

Note: Up to 15% of seats are reserved for foreign/​NRI Students.

Application Process

  • Fill in the admission form online
  • Pay registration fee
  • Submit documents to the University
  • Pay tuition fee

Note: Please read the instructions carefully before filling the admission form

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