Master of Arts (M.A.) - Course Overview

Duration: 2 yrs |Mode: Regular|Avg. Fees: 60000 / Year

About Master of Arts (M.A.)

With the increasing spread of arts and culture in all fields - be it entertainment, sports, journalism etc., the demand for professionals in the field is on a high. Moreover, Art has always been a fascinating choice of subject amongst students who want to observe the world with a creative vision. MA degree course has therefore been a very popular master’s degree in India as well as abroad.

There are various specialisations that one can choose in order to pursue MA degree course, some of them more popular than the others. However, various universities in India require you to pursue bachelors in the specialization that you want to study during the MA degree course.

The most interesting part of the degree course is that it is widely available in all languages - English, Hindi and other regional languages. Hence, candidates can pursue the course in whichever medium they are comfortable in. The M.A. course is also offered in correspondance and part-time modes. 

 Master of Arts (M.A.) Highlights 

Following are the major highlights of the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree programme: 

Course Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


2 years

Eligibility Criteria 

Bachelor's degree in any discipline.

Minimum percentage: 45% to 55%


Admission Process 

Entrance exam

Average Fees 

Rs 50,000 per Annum 

Job Opportunities

Teacher,  Labour Management Specialist, Social Worker, Educational Counsellor,  Psychologist, Public Relation Manager etc. 

Master of Arts (M.A.) Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum Qualification Required: Bachelor's degree in any discipline (preferably in an Arts subject) 
  • Minimum Marks Required: 45% to 50%, varies from college to college
  • Age Limit: Few colleges have an age limit as their admission criteria.

M.A. Admission Process:

  • Most colleges in the country conduct an entrance exam for M.A. courses. Interested candidates are required to appear for the exam and clear the same in order to seek admission in the respective M.A specialisation.
  • Some colleges also conduct further rounds of selection such as Group Discussion and Personal Interview with an objective to screen candidates for the final admissions.

Popular M.A. course entrance exams are as follows:

  • Delhi University M.A Entrance Exam
  • JNU M.A. Entrance Exam
  • Christ University M.A Entrance Exam
  • Azim Premji University M.A. Entrance Exam

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Career Options and Job Prospects

Despite the common belief, there are various jobs that you can apply for after pursuing an MA degree other than becoming a teacher or a professor. The development of India has introduced various jobs for students of arts background in the government as well as private sector.

Although many candidates choose to pursue Ph.D. afterMA degree course, there is a lot of scope for jobs. On successful completion of the programme, one can find jobs in the fields of Public Administration, Economics, History, Public Relations, Psychology etc. depending on which subject they specialise in. Candidates can find employment in educational institutes, public works, tourism department, foreign affairs etc. Popular job roles include Social Worker, Teacher/Lecturer, Labour Management Specialist etc.

The salaries after pursuing MA might not be very attractive but they certainly improve after you have gained up to 2 years of experience.

Related Questions

Sir, M. A. English admission krachi ah. Admission chalu kadhi honr.. Ani fee kiti ah. Admission date sgl. Plz

-umesh kalbandeUpdated on September 18, 2020 04:51 AM
  • 2 Answers
Sakunth Kumar, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

The admission process for MA English Literature course at Amolakchand Mahavidyalaya is based on the rules and regulations of Amravati University. The university has not yet released the official notification for the admissions 2020-21. The admission process is expected to begin in August. Once the admission details are about, the same will be updated on our website. You can also fill the Common Application Form on our website for admission-related assistance. You can also reach us through our IVRS Number - 1800-572-9877. For basic details, you can click on the link below -

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Does symbiosis college have masters in industrial psychology?

-nirja kshatriyaUpdated on July 27, 2020 03:30 AM
  • 2 Answers
Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce (SCAC), Pune has started offering an M.A. in Psychology programme from the academic year 2018-2019. Industrial Psychology is a specialisation in this course.

Students of each specialisation have to study a general course in the first year and from the second year, the course varies according to the specialization.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you need any other information.

Thank you.


क्या हम बी. काम करने के बाद एम. ए. कर सकते हैं

-kalpnath singhUpdated on July 19, 2020 06:47 PM
  • 1 Answer
Sakunth Kumar, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

You can pursue different MA courses after B.Com such as -

  • M.A. Economics
  • M.A. English
  • M.A. Public Administration
  • M.A. Political Science
  • M.A. Sociology
  • M.A. Archaeology

You can click on the link below for more details -

List of Best Career Options after B.Com

You can also fill the Common Application Form on our website for admission related assistance. You can also reach us through our helpline number 1800-572-9877.


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FAQs about MA

What is the salary of a candidate with an M.A degree?

The salary of a candidate with an M.A degree depends on the kind of job roles chosen. The salary range is good for a candidate with at least 2 years of experience along with the degree.

What is the fee structure of an M.A degree programme?

The average fee of an M.A degree programme is Rs 50,000 per Annum.

What are the top M.A colleges in India?

SEA Group Of Institutions, Amity University, Jaipur, The Neotia University (TNU), Kolkata, Veltech, LPU, Bhai Gurdas Group Of Institutions (BGGI), Sangrur, Raffles University (RU ), Neemrana are some of the colleges for M.A admissions.

What are the job options after M.A?

Teacher, Social Worker, Labour Management Specialist, Academic Counsellor, Artist are some of the job roles available for a candidate with an M.A degree.

What is the scope of the M.A degree?

Candidates with an M.A degree can go for further studies like PhD or M.Phil or they can apply for jobs in public and private sectors.

How to apply for admission in an M.A degree programme?

Candidates must apply at the respective institute and clear the entrance exam for admission in M.A degree programme.Some colleges conduct GD and Pl rounds to enrol students in M.A degree programmes.

Is there an entrance exam for admission in an M.A course?

TISSNET, DU M.A entrance exam, JNU M.A. Entrance Exam, Christ University M.A Entrance Exam, Azim Premji University M.A. Entrance Exams are some of the entrance exams for admission in M.A degree programmes.

What is the eligibility criteria for admission in an M.A degree programme?

The candidate must hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline with a minimum of 45% to 50% marks for admission in M.A degree programme.

What is the duration of the M.A course?

The duration of the M.A course is 2 years.

What are the different specializations available in MA course?

MA Psychology, MA Philosophy, MA Political Science, MA Education, MA English, MA Hindi are some of the popular M.A specialisation degree programmes.

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