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The M.A. in Development Studies offered at Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programme that prepares students for leadership roles in the development sector through training in policy making, planning, process documentation, public-private partnership and civil society outreach. 

The course enhances students ability to critically explore and understand a variety of development issues and interrogate existing practices; to develop analytical capacities in order to understand issues from a inter-disciplinary perspective; to advance an acumen to grapple with complex issues related to social and economic development; and to cultivate new and alternative approaches to development policy and implementation. 

The course necessitates that students use software packages for data analysis such as SPSS in addition to intensive classes on research methodology, qualitative and quantitative. A summer internship and compulsory dissertation are a novel feature of this course. 

Placement Process:

Placement Process will be updated soon with placement dates.

Contact Details:
Websitewww.tiss.edu/ds
Student Profiles:

Individual profiles of the senior students and their CVs may be viewed here.

Individual profiles of the junior students looking forward to summer internships may be viewed here

Career Opportunities:

Students who graduate with this degree will find their professional career in academic institutions pursuing inter-disciplinary research and teaching in development studies; in civil and allied administrative services; development facilitating national and international organisations; the corporate sector; and research consultancy firms. The students from the first batch were offered jobs with well known organisations such as:
  • Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR)
  • Centre for Good Governance (Govt. of Andhra Pradesh)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
  • Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India - Social Initiatives Group (ICICI-SIG)
  • Intercultural Resources (ICR)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB)
  • Syntel
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • Foundation for Ecological Security (FES)
  • Indian School of Business (ISB)
  • AC Nielsen
  • Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL & FS)
  • World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)
The students graduating this year interned at the following organizations: 
  • Anweshi - Women's Research Centre
  • Bank Information Centre
  • Centre For Development Finance – IFMR
  • Centre For Education and Documentation
  • Centre For Management Of Health Services IIM(A)
  • Delhi School of Economics
  • Dr. Reddy's Laboratory
  • Economic And Political Weekly Research Foundation
  • Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education (TIFR)
  • IIM(A)
  • IIM(B)
  • Inter-Cultural Resources
  • Kerala Shastra Sahitya Parishat
  • Khoj
  • Lokniti – Centre for Study of Developing Societies
  • MCX
  • NABARD
  • National Institute For Rural Development
  • National Institute Of Urban Affairs
  • North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project for Upland Areas (NERCoRMP)
  • Planning Commission, Government of India
  • Pratham
  • PriceWaterHouse Coopers
  • Samya – Centre For Equity Studies
  • SEWA
  • Sneha
  • Société Générale de Surveillance