Masters in Public Policy

The online Application Forms for Masters in Public Policy (MPP) are now available here. The last date for submission of online Application Forms is Saturday, 20th May 2017. The online application fee is Rs 500.



Public Policy, an integral aspect of governance, touches all aspects of life. This makes it necessary for the academic world to engage with public policy to understand it, critically analyze it and thus ensure efficient governance and a just society.  Currently in India, there is an acute dearth of post-graduate degree courses in public policy. It is in view of this lacuna that St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, an autonomous college affiliated to University of Mumbai launched the Master in Public Policy (MPP) Course in 2013.  This two-year course is completely multi-disciplinary covering subjects  like sociology, politics, economics, law, history, philosophy and ethics and even the natural sciences. This course is ideal for:

  • Civil Servants, NGO / Development practitioners or those who aspire to join government services / NGOs.
  • Those who aspire to do research and publish in the field of Public Policy, especially those who wish to join policy research centres / organizations.
  • Those who wish to work in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility; Communications / Media related work around policy issues.


Course Outcomes

Our students have interned with RBI, NABARD, EPW Research Foundation, Environment Policy and Research India, Centre for Civil Society, PRS Legislative Research, India Spend, Mumbai Votes, Mumbai Mobile Creches, Action for Agricultural Renewal of Farmers in Maharashtra, Jameel Poverty Action Lab in collaboration with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.  Here are some acknowledgement of the internships outcomes:

  • The Thane Municipal Corporation had shown interest in the suggestions of one of our students on SWM.
  • Another student’s recommendations presented to the State Election Commissioner (in December 2014) had taken the form of a white paper to be sent to the CM of Maharashtra.
  • NABARD commissioned one of our students to do a study on the Agricultural Value Chain of Cashew.


Number of Seats

60 Students


Lecture Timings

Evenings (5 pm to 8 pm); 2 lectures per day, on all working days of the week.



Rs. 60,000 / academic year (payable in 2 instalments at Principal's discretion)


Allocation of seats

The College is a Catholic Minority College, administered under the Provisions of the Indian Constitution, to promote the welfare of the minority community and to extend its services to all other communities in India, so as to contribute to the harmony and integration of Indian society. 50% of seats are reserved for Catholic minority students. The reservation of seats (as per the directives given in the University of Mumbai Circular No.Spl.Cell/(68)/218/2005 dated 3rd June, 2005) is given below: 

Sr. No.


% of Seats





Management Quota

15% : Only for those the College is obliged to





Christian Minority - 50%

43% : (On the balance seats of 85%)


General Category - 25%

21% : (On the balance seats of 85%)


Reserved Category : (SC / ST / DT(A) / NT(B) / NT(C) /NT / (D) / OBC / SBC )       Visually/Physically Challenged and Special Category**

21% : (On the balance seats of 85%)

** The Special category is for the wards of transferred State / Central Government and Private Sector employees, Defence Personnel, Ex-Servicemen, Freedom Fighters; for students who have met with an accident and also for award winners at the District / State / National Level in Sports or Cultural activities. 


Eligibility for Admissions

Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in any faculty or discipline, with a minimum of 50% marks can apply for this course.


Selection Process

Stage 1: Online application (two components: CV with two references and SoP)

The students need to upload two documents at this stage- CV and Statement of Purpose (SoP). The CV must mention at least two academic/work references. The referees may be contacted by the college for further information. The SoP needs to answer the following question: why do you want to join the Masters in Public Policy? Word limit: 1000 words.

The short-listing process will take into account the following criteria:

  1. academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities as reflected in the CV (50 per cent),

  2. SoP (30 per cent) and

  3. two academic/work references (20 per cent).

 Announcement of Short-list: Tuesday, 30th May 2017


Stage 2: Interviews

Only shortlisted candidates will be allowed to appear for the second round. During the interviews, the candidates will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Questions from CV/SoP (20 marks)

  2. General awareness (20 marks),

  3. Academic interest (20 marks),

  4. Articulation (20 marks),

  5. Motivation/suitability for an applied and multidisciplinary programme like MPP (20 marks).

The interviews will take place during the first week of June 2017. Candidates based in Mumbai Metropolitan Region will attend the interview at St Xavier’s College-Autonomous, Mumbai. The outstation candidates can opt for telephonic interview. The final list of selected candidates will be put up on Thursday, 8th June 2017. The lectures for MPP part 1 and 2 will start from Monday, 19th June 2017.

Candidates in the absence of their 5th and/or 6th semester degree results are eligible to apply for admission to the MPP course. Provisional admission could be offered depending on the scores at the interview; but, such admissions would be finalized only on the presentation of the Degree’s result by the candidates.

The Grades awarded by some Universities are converted to percentages according to a formula provided by their respective Universities or by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi for students coming from Foreign Universities.

At the time of admissions the candidate must submit the Degree Marksheets in original and two attested copies of the same and one attested copy of other relevant documents as mentioned below:

a)   Degree Marksheets – (Original + 2 attested copies)

b)   Baptism Certificate (For the Minority community – Christians)

c)   Caste Certificate (for reserved category)

d)   Documentary Evidence regarding special category.


Eligibility Certificate

1.   Provisional Eligibility Certificate:

Students passing the Degree Examinations other than Mumbai University or from a Foreign University have to apply for a Provisional Eligibility Certificate issued by the University of Mumbai at the time of admission through the College. The duly filled in forms are required to be returned to the College with an attested copy of the Degree marksheet and a passport size photograph along with a prescribed fee of Rs.320/- for eligibility and Rs.500/- (towards verification of documents) total Rs.820/-. The other documents that have to be handed in are: Degree Marksheet (original), Pass Certificate (original) and Migration Certificate (original). The duly filled in application form will then be forwarded to the University of Mumbai for issue of the Provisional Eligibility Certificate.

2.   Students passing the Degree Examinations from Mumbai University will be required to submit the Transfer Certificate issued by their respective Colleges.  This needs to be submitted after completion of the admissions process to the College.


Syllabi per Semester

Semester I    (Mid-July to Mid-Dec)

Core Courses:

MPPC1.01.       Public Policy Analysis

MPPC1.02        Dynamics Of Public Policy

MPPC 1.03       Economic Analysis and Public Policy

MPPC1.04        Research Methodology

Semester II    (Jan to April)

Core Courses:

MPPC2.01.       Law and Public Policy

MPPC2.02.       Statistical Methods For Policy Analysis

ANY TWO Electives from:

MPPE2.03        Environment and Public Policy

MPPE2.04        Gender and Public Policy

MPPE2.05        Health and Public Policy

Semester III    (June to Mid-Dec) 

Core Courses: 

MPPC3.01        Bureaucracy and Civil Society

MPPC3.02.       Ethics and Public Policy

ANY TWO Electives from:

MPPE3.03        Urban Planning Policy

MPPE3.04        Rural Development Policy

MPPE3.05        Media and Public Policy

Semester IV    (Jan to April)

Core Courses:

MPPC4.01.       Social Protection and Public Policy

MPPC4.02        International Economics and Public Policy

MPPC4.03.       Dissertation Writing

ANY ONE Elective from:

MPPE4.04        Micro Finance Policy

MPPE4.05.       Foreign Policy


Assessment: Each semester has: 2 CIAs (20 marks each) and

                       1 End Semester Exam (60 Marks)

Compulsory Internship between the 2nd and 3rd Semesters. Students work with organizations connected with various aspects of public policy.

Courses may change from time to time based on the recommendation of the Board of Studies.

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