Master of Arts (International Studies)

MA (International Studies) is designed as a two-year full-time programme with four semesters. Studying a Master's in International Studies is great scholarly way to gain deeper understanding of global issues like global institutions and governance, trade, investment, diplomacy, human rights, international business, nuclear policy, cross-border culture, and foreign policy.

India in last two decades has been giving more emphasis to strengthen its international relations. Global engagement in climate change policy, QUAD, Indo-Pacific Strategy, G-20, BRICS, etc. are some examples towards this policy initiative. Academic and research in International Studies area may help to develop global scholarship with broader analytical mind, enhance understanding about regional and global developments. International Studies is also given importance in India’s increasing engagement with international economic, diplomatic orders, and soft power development.


MA (International Studies) is mentored by a renowned former career diplomat and Ambassador of the Indian Foreign Service and has a unique blend of courses designed by experts and conducted by senior faculty members. There is a scope for acquiring micro-credentials (additional certificate along with the programme) from India or abroad. Upon successful completion of this programme, the students will be upskilled to take up contemporary and challenging roles in government as well as in private sectors.


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Key Information

  • Duration
    2 Year
  • Programme Code
  • Course Type
  • Mode of study
    Full time
  • Campus
    Vidyavihar - Mumbai
  • Institute

Programme Objectives

  • Provide theoretical approach to postgraduate students to appreciate complexity of international relations and build intellectual slicks to analyse global affairs.

  • Help students to develop analytical viewpoints on foreign affairs and policy applicable to government, non-government, corporate, industry.

  • Develop understanding of implications of global issues, develop critical insights of precursors, processes of international relations, interactions between states, organisations, groups, and individuals.

  • To introduce students to various historical and contemporary geopolitical issues that have led to transformations in the world political map.

  • To gain a comprehension about drivers and strategies for global competitiveness.

  • Make the learners understand the implications of globalization, major trade theories, impact of the WTO for India and foreign direct investment.


A combination of interactive sessions, student activities, cases studies, presentations and assignments. Also Group projects on various topics will be given to make students gain insights into various topics studied.


The programme offer career prospects in Government and non-government sector, Consulate offices, NGOs, International business advisory, large companies with global operations, etc.


Semester I Semester II
Core Course (CC) Core Course (CC)
Theories of International Relations Democracy and Political Institutions
Public Policy Analysis UN and Other International Organizations
Contemporary Geopolitics Multilateral Trade Agreements
Elective Course (Any one elective) Elective Course (Any one elective)
Global Competitiveness Understanding Regions I: East Asia and South-east Asia
Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy Understanding Regions II: Africa and Scandinavian
Global Institutions and Governance Human Rights: Theory and Practice
International Law International Business

Graduate Attributes

  • Academic excellence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Critical Thinking:
  • Creativity and originality
  • Engagement with the Society
  • Environmental Sensitivity
  • Leadership and team spirit
  • Professional Efficiency
  • Strong presentation & communication skills

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