NLSIU Bangalore

Master of Public Policy

India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world, continuously faced with challenges of justice, inequity, exclusion and progress. The study of Public Policy informs the state as to how it could respond to the new dynamic challenges that emerge in the society. As every legislation require clear policy formulation, there is demand for trained professionals who will be equipped to design, implement and evaluate policies and programmes. We derive inspiration from our transformative Constitution, while addressing the challenges of diverse national needs.

We train young professionals to become policy practitioners capable of supporting inclusive and sustainable development focusing on the interface between policy and law as our niche area. We emphasise a dialectical pedagogy that encourages students to question the complexities in the practice of public policy arising from real-life situations of people from a diverse set of social and economic backgrounds.

National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, a premier Law University in the country, offers Master’s Programme in Public Policy – a two-year residential interdisciplinary programme with a special thrust on law as an interface between inclusive sustainable development and public policy.

Master’s Programme in Public Policy is a two-year residential programme that provides comprehensive training in designing public policies for the complex societal problems, translating policies into deliverable programmes, and in evaluating the efficacy of policies. The course is an interdisciplinary programme, and candidates with any graduate degree could apply for this course. The course has adopted an innovative pedagogy which combines reflective learning through classroom discussions, in-field exposures, solving problems for real-world clients, internship and research dissertation. The course was introduced in 2014.

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  • Candidates with a graduate degree from any discipline
  • All India Competitive Examination and Interviews
  • Policy Aptitude Test (PAT)

Intake and Reservation

Maximum of 50 candidates are admitted for the programme. Reservation for appropriate categories is as follows.

  1. Scheduled Caste : 15%
  2. Scheduled Tribe : 7.5%
  3. Specially abled persons (SAP) : 3%

Personal Interviews (based on PAT score)

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.

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

Fee Structure for the Academic Year 2021-22:

Admission fee- one time         7,870.00 
Tuition and facilities fee – Per annum    2,08,290.00 
Hostel residential Charges       27,040.00 
Mess  charges       33,210.00 
Refundable deposits – one time for General Category       14,440.00 
Refundable deposits – one time for SC/ST Category         11,160.00 
General Category- per annum    2,90,850.00 
SC/ST  category – per annum     2,87,570.00

Note: The fees/charges are provisional and subject to confirmation & revision as per the decision of the University authorities.