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

Duration: 2.0 yrs | Mode: Regular| Avg. Fees: 50,000 / Year

6514 courses | 2389 colleges

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.) Eligiblity 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:

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

Popular Specializations of Master of Arts (M.A.)

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. after MA 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.