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 is some acknowledgement of the outcomes of the internship:

  • 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.



For MPP I & II: Rs. 75,000/- per academic year (payable in two instalments)


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






Christian Minority 



General Category



Persons with Disability



Special Category


** 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.


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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