Course Start Date
01 Aug 2020
Course End Date
31 July 2022
Program Fee (Yearly)
Rs. 3 Lacs
This degree is intended to be neither a totally academic nor a fully vocational one. It stresses theoretical research but insists on relating it to empirically rich phenomena from the social world. Unlike mainstream Masters programmes in International Relations, which are loaded in favour of theoretical research or ‘professional’ course work and internships, MA DLB strikes a balance between the two and requires students to be versed in both domains. A number of core and elective courses in this programme’s curriculum have research essay assignments, which are expected to be at the frontier of ongoing scholarly debates and simultaneously accessible to policymakers in India and abroad. A separate category of assignments in the form of policy memos will be a common feature of many courses, developing student abilities to make convincing pitches to governments and organisations of various hues.
Applicant to the M.A (DLB) at JSIA must hold a degree (B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, B.E, B.Tech, BBA, LL.B, M.B.B.S etc.) from any recognised university. Students completing their Bachelor’s degree in 2020 can also apply.
This course is open to students from all disciplines: there are no pre-requisites in terms of the courses undertaken at the Bachelor’s level. There is no maximum age for applicantions.
The M.A. (DLB) degree requires the completion of 80 credits over 4 semesters.
Students are offered a number of elective courses from their third year of study. These courses are often interdisciplinary, involving elements of law as well as other disciplines in social science and management. Successful completion of electives will lead to the awarding of credits, which are ascertained per elective, based on the number of instructional hours. For example, a three credit course will have atleast three hours of classroom lectures per week and one or more hours of tutorial instruction per week.
Further, a number of elective courses at the various schools of the University are open for cross-registration. For example, a student of the Jindal School of International Affairs shall may opt for a course on International Humanitarian Law offered by the Jindal Global Law School.
A Career Director assists students in finding suitable internships in the United Nations system, inter-governmental, regional and non-governmental organisations, financial institutions, think tanks and diplomatic missions.
The curriculum of the M.A. (DLB) includes a mandatory Guided Internship that prepares students for careers in the multiple opportunities afforded by ever-expanding career streams like Peace and Conflict Resolution, Area Studies Experts, Political Journalism, International Justice, International Economic Development, Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights Advocacy, Political and Economic Risk Analysis etc.
Graduates of JSIA go on to become versatile international affairs professionals. M.A. (DLB) students who aim at academic careers are trained in social science theory and methods of the highest quality, so that they become eligible for admission to Ph.D. programmes at top international universities.