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MA in Rural Management

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Program Description

Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence announces the launch of a 2-year MA in Rural Management program, beginning 1st September 2023. This is a one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary program, the like of which does not exist anywhere else in the country.

We will develop gen-next innovators and creative leaders with the requisite understanding and skill-sets demanded by the emerging challenges and opportunities of rural India, which no other comparable program offers. What is unique about our program is that it will not only provide students with an in-depth multi-disciplinary understanding of the problems of rural India but it will also nurture their capacity to find innovative and far-reaching solutions. The program is based on a unique pedagogy, combining innovative class-room and studio teaching, with two full semesters devoted to field education, including internships with the very best practitioners in rural India. All students will have mentors through and beyond the program. Another distinguishing feature of the program is that all its courses will not merely aim to build professional competencies but will pay equal attention to cultivating the necessary value-systems that develop compassionate human beings, with the capacity for deep listening and necessary sensitivities to the world-views of those they will be working with in future.

Students who graduate from this program will be eagerly sought after by civil society organisations, major government programs, CSR organisations, donor foundations, UN agencies etc. Our program has been crafted with specific inputs from potential employers, many of whom are already in touch with us offering to employ our graduates. Thus, demand for our students is built into the program.

Date and Deadlines (if any)

  • Applications for the program will be open from 20th January 2023 to 21st April 2023.
  • Shortlist of candidates to be interviewed will be released by 1st May 2023
  • Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held at the university campus around 15th May. International candidates will be interviewed virtually.
  • Final list of selected candidates will be announced by 25th May 2023
  • 1/6/23-31/8/23: Focus on enhancing English, computer and other skills of selected students
  • Program begins: 1st September 2023

Program Contact

Dr. Sreedeep Bhattacharya (
Mr. Prashant Shishodia (

Admission Requirement and Fees Structure

Applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee of Rs. 2000.
All interested applicants shall apply online. Please follow the instructions carefully.

  • Online upload of following document is required
  • Passport size color photograph
  • Current CV
  • All Mark sheets/Degree Certificates (10th Standard onwards)

In the application form, candidates are expected to answer questions in writing related to their reasons for applying for this program, how they hope to benefit from the program, as also their future plans. These answers will be evaluated and the shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview, which will be the final step in their selection

Fees Structure (2023-2025)

Fees Type



Tuition Fees

₹ 4,00,000

₹ 4,00,000

Other Fees

₹ 2,36,567

₹ 93,284

Total Fees

₹ 6,36,567

₹ 4,93,284


Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline. Medium of Instruction: English. Students will be supported in developing their English language, computer, and other skills as required, even before they begin studying in the program.

Program Structure

2 Years full-time Master’s Program in Rural Management

Semester One

Trans-disciplinary Fundamentals

Political Economy of India’s Development since Independence

8 Credits

Sociology of Rural India

4 Credits

Research Methodology

4 Credits

Semester Two

Management Challenges in Rural India

Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Fisheries

4 Credits

Ecology, Water and Climate Change

4 Credits

Education, Health and Nutrition 

4 Credits

Management of Institutions: Social Entrepreneurship

4 Credits

Semester Three

Field Education

Field Education:

Students will choose any 4 of these 4-week courses (each 4 credits)

1. Women’s Self Help Groups and Federations

2. Participatory Water Management

3. Drinking Water & Sanitation

4. Sustainable Agriculture

5. Social Enterprises for Livelihoods

6. Health Management

7. Innovations in Education

16 Credits

Semester Four

Group Projects (Specialisations)

Group Projects

16 Credits

Credit Requirement

64 Credits