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With Public Policy courses increasing in demands, here are a few institutions to ponder upon:


University of Oxford-Blavatnik School of Government

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a one-year course wherein a student is exposed to the following curricula for a better understanding and implementation of public policy. The course includes 6 papers namely Foundations, Economics for Public Policy, The Organization and Practice of Government, Science and Public Policy, Law and Public Policy and Policy Evaluation. High-level policy makers and academicians also share with their experiences of real world problems and policies. Along with the practically-oriented modules, there are also compulsory and optional professional skills sessions. In the third term, there is an option to pursue two models of personal interest, and a summer project with an organization.

The standard set of materials one should send with any application are:

  • a personal statement, of no more than 800 words
  • a CV/résumé
  • three academic references
  • official transcripts detailing university-level qualifications and marks to date
  • one 1,500-word academic essay on a pressing policy issue of applicant’s interest.

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St. Xavier’s College-Autonomous- University of Mumbai

The MPP course launched in 2013 due to the dearth of public policy courses in India, will see its first batch complete the course by June 2015. Each semester over the two years will see the students study atleast three Core and atleast one Elective subjects, except the first semester where one has to study four Core subjects, namely Public Policy Analysis, Dynamics Of Public Policy, Economic Analysis and Public Policy, Research Methodology. Between the second and third semester, one compulsory internship is required with organizations involved in public policy.

Applicant must apply online through this form:

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TERI University

It offers the programme Masters in Arts in Public Policy and Sustainable Development. The two-year programme is a comprehensive and well-structured two-year curriculum on public policy formulation, analysis, evaluation, management, and links with development concerns.The programme started in 2006 with the support of the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, was one of the firsts in India. The programme includes core courses, select modules in foreign universities and a major project over four semesters. Some of the courses are Public policy processes and institutions, Organisational behaviour, Society, Development and Social Policy etc.

To know how to apply, visit The university gives a detailed report for the application procedure.


Harvard Kennedy School

A two-year programme in Master in Public Policy features the Core Curriculum consisting of policy analysis, economics, management and leadership, empirical analysis, negotiation, ethics, and politics. The first year culminates in a Spring Exercise. The course also offers a Policy Analysis Exercise a client-driven, often team-based practicum that also offers elective subjects. The programme is carried out by case study method, or lecture-based method, or a mixture of both.

The applicant must fill an online form: Complete application must consist:

  • submitted online application
  • payment of the $100 application fee
  • essays (logon to the application to view essay topics)
  • traditional resume/CV
  • some programs require an additional analytic/quantitative resume, for other programs it is optional
  • three letters of recommendation
  • official academic transcripts, and
  • standardized tests: GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS. We do not accept/require GRE subject tests, we only review the general test. (test requirements may vary by program; see online application instructions for details)

National Law School of India University, Bangalore

A two-year course in master in Public Policy that is divided into three trimesters, this course is credit based and involves subjects like Political Economy of India, Policy Analysis and Clinic, Public Administration among others. The course programme also involves optional courses, filed work, international exposure, internship, seminars and a dissertation.

The candidate has to appear for a Policy Aptitude Test, upon clearing which one will be eligible for  a Personal Interview. The candidate can apply both offline and online.

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Jindal School of Government and Public Policy- O.P. Jindal Global University

The school offers MA in Public Policy with a 60 credits criterion under which there will be some core courses, elective courses, dissertation, policy action workshop and brief, and an internship report. The two-year long programme can be taken up either in a residential or a non-residential course format.

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