M.A. Public Administration - Course Overview

Duration: 2.0 yrs | Mode: Regular| Avg. Fees: 30,000 / Year


About M.A. Public Administration

M.A. in Public Administration is a two-year post-graduate programme offered by Social Science department of various universities across the country. The course offers specializations in a variety of subjects such as management, political science, economics, civics, law, among others. The courses introduce students to the social-political issues which are the core of Public Administration of the country.

Candidates through the master’s degree develop administrative skills and learn about the mechanism of government and its agencies.

M.A. - Public Administration Eligiblity Criteria

  • Minimum Qualification Required: Graduate in any stream
  • Minimum Marks Required (Aggregate): 50% to 60%, varies from college to college
  • Age Limit: Some institutes may have an age limit for candidates who seek admission in M.A. in Public Administration. 

Note: It is necessary to present all original documents and marksheets at the time of admission.


M.A. in Public Administration Admission Process:

  • Admission to M.A. in Public Administration is through entrance examination.
  • Various government/ state college conduct their own entrance examination
  • The entrance exam for M.A. in Public Administration are always subject specific

Following are some of the popular Entrance Exams for MA in Public Administration

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU, New Delhi Entrance Exam
  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University Entrance Test
  • Kurukshetra University Entrance Exam

M.A. - Public Administration Syllabus

First Year:

Administrative Theory

Public Personnel Administration

Labor Laws

Financial Administration

Administrative Thought

Administrative Issues

Indian Constitution

Industrial Relations

Organizational Issues


Second Year:

Public Administration in India

Public Thought

Research Methodology

Urban Local Administration

Rural Administration

Social Welfare Administration

Issues in India Administration

Public Policy

Viva Voice

Popular Specializations of M.A. - Public Administration

Career Options and Job Prospects

After pursuing an M.A. in Public Administration, students can apply for higher research programmes or UGC-NET or Junior Research Fellowship Program. The success in these exams can fetch you a job as assistant professor in colleges.

The employment areas for candidates after M.A. in Public Administration are Economic Department Offices, Government Bodies, Indian Civil Services, Municipal Bodies, Secretariat Offices, and others.

The average starting salary package of a fresher after pursuing M.A. in Public Administration is between Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh.