Master’s Programme in Public Policy at NLSIU is a two year residential programme organised through six trimesters. The programme is a good blend of skill-based courses and theoretical courses. Apart from the courses focused on the theory and practice of public policy, there are courses on economics, law, sociology, finance, Indian society and political economy. Classrooms follow innovative pedagogy encouraging participants to share their perspectives on contemporary policy issues, and learning revolves around discussions in the light of theories and practices. Academic Calendar provides details about the courses.

The course intends to combine reflective and interactive learning with field exposure and problem solving tasks. The pedagogy encourages the amalgamation of divergent and convergent thinking which is further judged in the dissertation writing exercise where students are given the opportunity to use their quantitative skills and effectively articulate their innovative ideas over a six-month period. The evaluation is based on the dual criteria of knowledge, which is periodically assessed through end-term examinations and the skills are continuously assessed through various means like assignments, projects, presentations and debates.

  • Core Courses: 50 credits.
  • Elective courses: 16 credits.
  • Field Work: 2 Credits (exposure to communities)
  • Client-led Projects: 2 Credits (exposure to public/private/non-profit organizations)
  • Seminar Courses (4 credits)
  • Dissertation: 10 credits