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The Azim Premji University's postgraduate degree programmes aim to develop competent and committed professionals for the education, development and related sectors in India.

Our postgraduate programme currently covers distinct themes Education, Development, Public Policy & Governance and Law - for which Masters degrees are being offered. The sub-themes listed under each theme are indicative and not restrictive.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Education

Education has many aspects such as curriculum design, pedagogy, policy, issues of equity and access, school management, education of teachers, design of learning materials, assessment and research, that deserve attention and serious study. M.A. Education is a broad-based Programme of study that includes theory, practice, research, policy and planning in education. It prepares students to the complex demands and imperatives for working in the education sector. They can look forward to roles in organizations working in the implementation of educational interventions, design and development of school teaching-learning materials, teacher education etc.
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Master of Arts (M.A.) Development

Addressing India’s development challenges requires unique set of capabilities and knowledge. M.A. Development Programme offers students a broad understanding of these development challenges and capabilities to engage with these challenges at the level of theory, policy, programme and social actions. We aim to prepare individuals capable of informed and thoughtful development action, for successful careers in the Development Sector. They can look forward to variety of roles in organizations that work in the domains of livelihoods, health, urban issues, sustainability etc.
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Master of Arts (M.A.) Public Policy and Governance

Understanding complex public problems and designing effective solutions for them are challenging tasks. The M.A. Public Policy and Governance (MPG) Programme is a highly practical and applied postgraduate programme grounded in social sciences, humanities and law, which will equip students with critical perspectives and technical competencies required to engage with the real world of governance. They can look forward to careers in policy analysis, program evaluation, policy implementation, policy advocacy, and a variety of related emerging spaces in government, non-government and private sectors.
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Master of Arts (M.A.) Economics

The M.A in Economics is a uniquely designed programme to develop the next generation of Economists with the theoretical knowledge, and technical skills to perform high quality analysis, while at the same time being grounded in the institutional, developmental and ecological context of contemporary India.

The programme will help students develop strong technical economic skills along with contextual understanding of development issues facing India.

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LL.M. in Law and Development

The one year full time LL.M. in Law and Development will be a research and field intensive post-graduate programme in law. The programme includes mandatory courses on Law and Development, Law and Justice, Comparative Public Law and Legal Research Methods. Students may elect to do courses in a wide variety of fields (private and commercial law, human rights, tax law, livelihoods, environment and sustainability) and across a wide range of disciplines (economics, anthropology, political science, sociology, history and philosophy) offered at Azim Premji University. This programme is designed for students who seek to make a mark in the legal system, government, civil society, academia and the world of ideas.
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Mode Of Program

Full Time

Key Benefits

Enriching Learning experience

The teaching and learning processes at Azim Premji University are designed to ensure that students and faculty engage each other in dialogue and discussions so that students develop deep critical thinking, self-learning abilities and capabilities for social action. We offer a unique and vibrant environment with multiple opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.

CORE COURSES - Foundation courses to introduce students into the domain and build perspectives. Strong emphasis on RESEARCH


Integrated Field Practice components across all Semesters.

Weekly practicums and longer Field engagements in the form of Immersion, Internships in Organizations and Field projects.

ELECTIVES - More than 100 Electives on offer. Sectoral and Theme based courses. Options to Focus in the areas of your choice in the 2nd year.

Design your own course through an Independent Study.

OPEN COURSES in Art, Craft, Music, Cinema, Literature, Theatre going beyond the domain.


Faculty: The faculty team of 130 comes with extensive experience in teaching, research and field practice. The teacher-student ratio of 1: 10 enables close support, mentoring and feedback. 

Vibrant Environment: An engaging class room experience with interactive pedagogic tools. Learning opportunities through various events - weekly colloquiums, national and international conferences, workshops etc.

Learning from Diversity: Students come from almost all states of India with different educational and socio-economic backgrounds, fresh undergraduates and those with work experience. Over 50 percent of our students are women. We value and encourage this diversity and you will enjoy and learn with this experience

Career Opportunities

The social sector today offers a variety of exciting career opportunities for students with a desire to contribute to the development of the country. Students at the University can look forward to fulfilling roles in organizations that engage in grassroots work in the field. They can also look forward to roles in academia, policy think tanks, politics, government programmes, multilateral agencies, corporate social responsibility departments of companies, funding organizations and in the media.

Over 1400 students have graduated and we have an excellent placement record -

  • Close to 90 organizations participate in our campus recruitment every year. These range from large organizations in the NGO space, small organizations at the grass roots, research institutions, policy bodies, CSRs, quasi government institutions, schools etc.

  • The average salary for campus placements is in the range of Rs. 30000 – 35000 per month. Students with prior experience get higher compensation.

  • Students also choose to pursue higher studies or pursue fellowships of interest to them.


Azim Premji University is deeply committed to having a diverse student profile and the admissions process aims to select candidates who show evidence of:

  • A deep desire to contribute towards education and development in India.

  • Demonstrated independence of thought.

  • Value orientation that is geared towards creating a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society.



Master of Arts in Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in any discipline (including Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Commerce, Management, etc.) from a recognized University.

  • Undergraduate students who are appearing for their final year examinations and completing their graduation on or before September 2019 are also eligible to apply. The offer of provisional admission is valid only on successful completion of graduation.

Candidates with work experience are actively encouraged to apply. 
Guaranteed 50% tuition waiver for candidates with 3+ years of work experience
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Master of Arts in Development

Master of Arts in Public Policy and Governance

Master of Arts in Economics

Undergraduate degree in Economics.

LL.M. in Law and Development

Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B. 3years / 5 years) from a recognised University in India or abroad.

Candidates with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

Selection Process

The selection process for the Postgraduate Programmes includes an Entrance Test which is scheduled on 10th February, 2019 and a Personal Interview in the month of March 2019.

Fee Structure

Fees and Financial Aid

M.A. Education/M.A. Development/ M.A. Public Policy and Governance

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Full Programme
(4 semesters)

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LL.M. (Law and Development)

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Per year

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*Accommodation and food charges may undergo revision on an annual basis

How To Apply

Applicant has to login through the link on the website and register online with e-mail ID, mobile number and date of birth. On successful registration, an email will be sent to the registered e-mail ID with login credentials to access the form and complete it online.

Write to [email protected] for offline application form. The details on the form can be hand written and sent to Admissions Office along with the Demand Draft in favour of "Azim Premji Foundation for Development" and photographs on or before the last date. The completed application form should be mailed to:

Admissions Office, Azim Premji University, PES Campus, Pixel Park, B Block, Electronics City, Hosur Road, Bengaluru – 560100.

On receipt of the application and payment, the application number will be communicated.

Application Fee
An application fee of Rs. 300/- to be remitted in favour of Azim Premji Foundation for Development. Applicant applying online can make payment via Payu Money and applicant applying offline need to make payment through Demand Draft in favour of "Azim Premji Foundation for Development".

Important Dates To Remember

Key dates – Admissions for Postgraduate Programmes 2019
Availability of Online Application Forms Oct-18
Last date for receipt of completed application form 30-Jan-19
National Entrance Test 10-Feb-19
Announcement of eligible candidates for personal interview 28-Feb-19
Personal Interviews March, 2019
Registration date 15-June-19
Commencement of programme July, 2019


*Dates mentioned here are tentative.

About Organizer

Brief overview of the University
Azim Premji University was established under the Azim Premji University Act 2010 of the Government of Karnataka. Azim Premji Foundation, the sponsoring body set up the University as a fully philanthropic and not for-profit entity, with a clear social purpose.
The availability of trained professional in Education, Development and allied social sectors in India is grossly inadequate, given the scale, complexity of issues and the wide range of competencies required to work in these areas. Azim Premji University’s key mission is to address this significant talent gap and prepare competent, motivated, socially committed graduates and enable them to engage with social sector.

The University started in 2011 and since then has admitted over 2000 students. It currently offers four Postgraduate programmes, an Undergraduate programme with honours option and a Dual degree in Science and Education. Six batches of postgraduate students have graduated and consistent with our social purpose, almost all of them work in various roles in the social sector contributing to the development of the country.

The University conducts several continuing education programmes, in collaboration with many state governments, for functionaries in the education and development domains. Research is an important area of emphasis and the University Research Centre is currently engaged in several research projects in the Education and Development domains. In addition the University also hosts national and international conferences, seminars, workshops, public lectures and brings out resource material and publications in English, Kannada and Hindi as a contribution to India’s school education.

In a very short span of time, the University has built a team of 200 dedicated people engaged in teaching, research and administration.

When & Where

Address : Azim Premji University, PES Campus, Pixel Park, B Block, Electronics City, Hosur Road (Beside NICE Road), Bengaluru – 560100
City : Bengaluru
State : Karnataka
Country : India

Contact Person Team Admissions
Phone Number 8971889988
Email Id [email protected]
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