Master of Arts [MA] International Studies Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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M.A. International Studies is a 2-year full-time postgraduate Arts course. Candidates who have completed or who are attending their final year Bachelor of Arts [BA] or any other bachelor’s degree examination are eligible for the course. Candidates who have passed with a maximum of 55% marks in their bachelor’s degree examinations are eligible for this course. The percentage marks may vary from institute to another. Eligible candidates can apply for this course through in person or online to the colleges.

Top colleges offer M.A. International Studies course in India is listed below:

Only a few colleges and universities offer this M.A. International Studies course in India. Colleges offering this course have their own eligibility criteria, entrance exams, admission procedure, fees structure, syllabus, career opportunities, training, etc. Fees for this course may range from INR 2,000 to INR 1,50,000 per annum.

M.A. International Studies course focuses on the environment and development, human rights, economic and political aspects of globalization, international law, peace, and conflicts. In this course, students apply knowledge across disciplines and integrate to analyze global problems and issues.

Admission to M.A. International Studies course may vary from one college to another. Government colleges conduct counseling and select the students based on the merit list prepared by the state wise government universities. Private colleges will conduct entrance exams for students to get an admission in this course. Other colleges may directly give an admission to this course based on their degree examination marks.

After completing this postgraduate course, graduates may work in major areas like BPO International, NGOs, UPSC, Marketing Companies, Embassies, Academic Institutes, etc. M.A. International Studies professionals can work in major positions be like Delivery Excellence Manager, Economic Affairs Officer, Marketing Manager, Client Support Specialist, Teacher, Lecturer, etc. Graduates in these positions may earn from INR 2 to 15 Lacs per annum.

Top Colleges for Master of Arts [MA] (International Studies)

M.A. International Studies: Course Highlights

Course Level Postgraduate
Duration 2 years
Examination Type Semester type
Eligibility Bachelor’s degree
Admission Process Merit-based or Entrance-based
Top recruiting organizations Nastech Consulting, IARA HR services private limited, KHIVRAJ Motors Private Limited, Ameex Technologies, Bajaj Capital Limited, NISG
Top recruiting areas BPO International, NGOs, UPSC, Marketing Companies, Embassies, Academic Institutes
Top job profiles Delivery Excellence Manager, Economic Affairs Officer, Marketing Manager, Client Support Specialist, Teacher, Lecturer
Course Fee INR 2,000 to 1,50,000
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 15 lakhs

M.A. International Studies: What is it About?

M.A. International Studies course offers diverse fields of study such as globalization, international law, international relations, world history, international economic policy, strategic studies, and international economics. This course equips students with critical and analytical skills to prepare them for a range of professions that require international affairs and to understand contemporary international politics.

This course covers the study of globalization, international political economy, theories of international relations, democracies, Asia-pacific and Northeast politics, international organizations, global environmental politics, international security, and a process of state formation. In M.A. International Studies course, students will develop a strong educational base on civil services and can develop their careers in diplomacy, administration, and other corporate sectors.

M.A. International Studies: Top Institutes

This course is offered by various colleges in India. Top institutes, colleges, universities, their locations, and their fees structure are listed below:

COLLEGE NAME CITY AVERAGE ANNUAL FEE IN INR
Central University of Punjab Punjab INR 11,190
Goa University Goa INR 1,08,285
Christ University Bangalore INR 1,14,000
Central University of Kerala Kasargode INR 11,715
South Asian University Delhi INR 40,900
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Gandhinagar INR 1,14,000
Pondicherry University Pondicherry INR 22,450
Jadavpur University Jadavpur INR 2,470
Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi INR 609

M.A. International Studies: Eligibility

Candidates who have completed or who are attending their final year Bachelor of Arts [BA] or any other bachelor’s degree examination are eligible for M.A. International Studies. Candidates who have passed with a maximum of 55% marks in their bachelor’s degree examinations are eligible for this course. The percentage marks may vary from institute to another.

M.A. International Studies: Admission Process

Admission for M.A. International Studies course may vary from one college to another. Government colleges conduct counseling and select the students based on the merit list prepared by the state wise government universities. Private colleges will conduct entrance exams for students to get an admission in this course. Entrance exams conducted by the Major Private Colleges are listed below:

  • CUCET
  • PU CET
  • JNUEEE

Other colleges may directly give an admission to this course based on their degree examination marks.

M.A. International Studies: Syllabus and Course Description

YEAR I YEAR II
Political Theory, Concepts, and Perspectives International Organization
Introduction of International Relations India’s Foreign Policy
Introduction of International Economics International Political Economy
International Law Research Methodology in International Relations
Optional
Peace and strategic studies Contemporary Issues in International Relations
Latin America and the Caribbean in World Affairs Conflict Resolution
Government and Politics of South Asia US Foreign Policy
Africa in World Affairs Impact on Science and Technology and International Relations

M.A. International Studies: Who should opt?

  • Candidates who have an interest in International Studies and its related areas are suitable for this course.
  • Candidates who have some knowledge of political campaigns, civil and human right organizations and political parties are suitable for this course.
  • Candidates who can understand the international relations from the perspectives like political science, economics, geography, and history are suitable for this course.

M.A. International Studies: Career Prospects

M.A. International Studies postgraduates may get opportunities in various manufacturing industries like Media Units, Pharmaceutical Industries, Law Firms, Research Organizations, Cosmetics and Beauty Products, Software Industries, Publishing Houses, Voluntary Organizations, etc. Some of the graduates may work as researchers on top research units to develop solutions for ethical issues and problems.

After finishing their studies, professionals may work as a Counsel, Research Analyst, Business Head, Assistant Manager, Patent Analyst, Patent Writer, Legal Associate, Patent Engineer, Analyst, Part-Time Consultant, Associate Attorney, Attorney, etc. Few of them work as a patent attorney in different industries including government agencies, law firms, corporate houses, and research and development units. Majorly professionals will start their own law firms to teach students and start research on it. Some M.A. International Studies postgraduates may also work as lecturers in top colleges and universities.

Candidates who would like to continue their study in International Studies can further study Ph.D. in International Studies course. After completing this course, candidates may work in various law firms and build their career as Attorney with high salary packages.

Major Job positions, job descriptions, and the Average annual salary for each position are listed below:

M.A. International Studies annual salary
JOB POSITION JOB DESCRIPTION AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY IN INR
Delivery Excellence Manager Delivery Excellence Managers are responsible for providing training, coaching, and communications to the staff to ensure commitment, competency, and compliance with the delivery excellence initiatives and programs. INR 13,66,000
Economic Affairs Officer Economic Affairs Officers are responsible for supervising a team of economists undertaking their work. They are responsible for producing the publication of the world economic prospectus and situations. They make presentations and prepare speeches for their senior staffs. INR 2,50,000
Marketing Manager Marketing Managers are responsible for creating strategies that help companies meet their sales objectives. They also conduct research, establish pricing strategies, evaluate product demand, identify a target audience, and they determine the best way to reach that audience. INR 8,89,000
Client support officer Client Support officers are responsible for discussing processes and inventions with manufacturers or inventors, analyze technical or scientific documents, and write detailed descriptions of inventions. They also keep up to date with legal developments in the intellectual property field. INR 3,00,000
Teacher Teachers are responsible for instructing students in the areas of science, math, reading, writing, and social studies, five areas covered in the class tests. They will evaluate or test students, whether formally or informally to determine if students are progressing. INR 3,01,000

Master of Arts [MA] (International Studies) Fee Structure in India


2.62 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES40 K  (Maximum Fee)
25.67 K (Average Fee)
56 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES6.16 L (Maximum Fee)
3.16 L (Average Fee)

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Symbiosis School of International Studies - [SSIS] (3)

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1.0 /10

Placement Experience :

Literally no placement at all. College does not help in finding placements either. On the contrary, the faculty asks us to go for a second Masters, preferably from some foreign universities. They also support selected students (or the director's favourites) in doing so. To cut is short, I had passed in April, 2019. Cut to October, 2019, I am still jobless with a Masters in International Studies from a 'highly reputed' college. Less than 5 people from my college have managed to get a job.

Campus Life :

Apart from a table tennis board and a carrom board, we hardly had any facilities available. We had a basket ball court and a foot ball court that we shared with two other colleges, but these were rarely used. Tournaments were not initiated by the college. We did not participate in any either. The one time one of my classmates participated in one, she won a price. She was promised that her travel cost and other expenses would be refunded, but it is still pending even after two years.

Remarks :

Symbiosis School of International Studies, in short, was the biggest mistake of my life. It's not worth spending 5 lakhs. I've heard that they increase the fees by 10% every year. Apart from the hostel which is managed by Symbiosis International (Deemed) University, nothing provided by the college is worth the money. The health centre is even worse. They don't check the patients on time. The medicines prescribed are either too strong or ineffective.

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8.7 /10

Faculty :

Our college had experienced faculty members. They were knowledgeable and well-qualified also. There is good industry exposure. The college was not strict at all. They give freedom to students.

Campus Life :

There were Auditorium, Library, Cafeteria, Gym, Wi-Fi, E-Classrooms, Hostel, Computer Labs. Our college organised small and big events also. Our university also provides sports facilities.

Fee Structure And Facilities :

The fee was feasible for MA International Studies. Fee for the first year was approx 310000 rs included some other charges, and the fee for the second year was 300000 rs.

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8.7 /10

Campus Life :

Our college had E-classroom, Computer Labs, Wi-Fi Campus, library with lots of books and famous articles, Gym, Auditorium, Transfer, Banks, air-conditioned classrooms. There was also a cafeteria. Our university had also provided Sports Facilities for students.

Remarks :

Our college organizes fests and many attractive programs for students. There were many programs and workshops conducted at our college. The staff members did motivate students to study and extracurricular activities.

Course Curriculum Overview :

The course structure consists of the International Studies related syllabus and faculty were good at their knowledge and they have another thought how to teach which can attract student and can remember them.

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