Masters in Public Policy

9.1.        M.A. IN PUBLIC POLICY

9.1.11.  Introduction: 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.

9.1.12.  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. 

9.1.13.  Number of Seats: 40 Students

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

9.1.15.  Fees:   Rs. 60000 / academic year (payable in 3 installments).

9.1.16.  Allocation of seats: 

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%)


9.1.17.  Selection Process:   Online Application Forms available on College website from 1st March.  Last date for submission is 1st June, 5 pm IST. Online Application and Entrance Test is Rs.500.   There will be a 1 hour Entrance Test (on Contemporary, Social and Public Issues )conducted only at St. Xavier's College - Autonomous, 5, Mahapalika Marg, Mumbai - 400 001 on the 01/06/16 at 2.30 p.m.  Fees for the   Admissions will be based on the results of the Entrance Test and the Marks / Grades of the qualifying Degree.   Candidates who have sat for their 6th semester, but do not yet have their degree results are eligible to apply for admission.  Provisional admission could be offered depending on the scores at the entrance test and after a formal interview with the HoD. Such admissions would be finalized only on the presentation of the Degree Certificate.   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 foreign students.   At the time of admissions the candidate must submit the following documents:

  • Degree Marksheets     (Original + 2 attested copies)
  • Baptism Certificate       (Christians)
  • Caste Certificate           (for Reserved Category)
  • Documentary Evidence regarding Special Category (Refer Section 8.19, page 81).

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

9.1.19.  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 (all in original) to be handed in are: Degree Marksheet, Pass Certificate and Migration Certificate. The duly filled in application form will then be forwarded to the University of Mumbai for issue of the Provisional Eligibility Certificate.

9.1.20.  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.

9.1.21.  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


9.1.22.  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.