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M.A. Public Governance and Administration

Why take this course?

M.A. Public Governance & Administration - Are you interested in exploring about political science? If yes , the two year Masters Programme in Public Governance and Administration (PGA) helps you with a better understanding of issues and processes relating to public policy making, governance and administration in India. It offers an opportunity to understand, analyze, research, dialogue and conceptualize on the processes of public governance within the framework of democracy.

What will I experience?

  • Understand the administrative theories, postulates, models, process, methods, instruments, techniques, etc.
  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge on the nature and relationship of the State, Society and Administration.

What opportunities might it lead to?

A degree in public administration provides an academic background for individuals pursuing a career in either government or non-governmental/nonprofit organizations. There are several areas of overlap between these pursuits, so an education that combines both will give you competitive strength and allow you to move into either area, according to your own career interests. For example, you may start your career in fundraising for a nonprofit organization, and later become a member of a governmental grant-awarding body. A public administration degree gives you great flexibility in changing c areer titles.

Like a regular degree in management, a public administration can focus on organizational governance, finance, and administration. With this specialization you can look into jobs in local, state, or federal government; in public service sectors such as healthcare and animal welfare; or non-profit organizations such as arts or international relief agencies.

Degree Awarded

Master of Arts

Course Commencement

June 2018


50 % of marks in BA Degree having studied at least one of the following subjects History, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics or Sociology. Any other conditions prescribed by the University and after passing an Entrance Test.

Study Campus

Admissions Office

Curriculum Structure & Teaching

I Semester
  • Public Administration: Theory and Practice
  • Political Institutions and Public Policy: The Indian Context
  • Perspectives on Development
  • Specialization
II Semester
  • Public Governance and Democracy
  • The Indian Administrative System
  • Specialization Electives
  • Seminar
III Semester
  • Civil Society and Public Governance / Administration
  • Research Methods
  • Specialization
  • Seminar
IV Semester
  • Internship
  • Dissertation
  • Field Study and Internship
  • The students of the course shall be exposed to the field action and actual institutional processes to enable them to develop a real world understanding. An essential component of MA in PGP is an internship with:
    - Political Parties
    - Governmental Departments
    - NGO’s

Teaching and Assessment

A variety of engaging teaching methods like workshops, lectures, projects and seminars, are conducted from time to time at Jain (Deemed-to-be University). Our highly knowledgeable professors always make themselves available to students outside of the classroom, even beyond office hours and help the students to bring out the best in them. The faculty make it a point of connecting with their students to create a fulfilling academic experience. This allows to build a closer student-professor relationship

How are you assessed?

On this course you will encounter a balance of formal examinations and varied methods of coursework assessment including:

  • Internal tests
  • Assignments
  • Seminar presentation
  • Class tests
  • Preparatory theory and Practical examination
  • End term theory and Practical examination