Kautilya offers a 2-year, full-time residential Master’s in Public Policy (MPP), a 103-credit program with a curriculum designed to expand knowledge, enhance skills, and instil values. The course will bring together students from diverse disciplines and allow time to internalize and apply key concepts. Our curriculum embraces international pedagogical and research outlook, while engaging with the ground realities of India and her citizens.
Beyond classroom learning, you will have numerous opportunities to actively network with policy professionals through symposiums and seminar sessions. You will also have the chance to share your thoughts on various policy topics through participation in conferences and hackathons.
Our curriculum is designed from international best practice frameworks, and contextualised specifically to tackle the complexities of the Indian ecosystem.
Each year consists of three terms.
The foundation, core and elective courses in the first-year curriculum will expand your knowledge of Indian governance and policymaking structures and approaches. Through dedicated skill shops, you will also learn how to negotiate and persuade, write public speeches and Op-Ed Columns, and communicate verbally and non-verbally in various professional settings.
At the end of the first year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 3-month internship with an organization of your choice during the summer break.
In your second year, you will deep dive into one of five areas of specialization through electives covering the five policy domains: Government and Corporate Affairs, Political and Economic Development, Societal and Community Affairs, Foreign and International Affair, and, Human Rights, Institutions and Democracy.
The program culminates in a Master’s Thesis in term 6, based on a Capstone Project (CAP), undertaken either independently with an organization of your choice or as part of a faculty-led group research project on a current policy issue.
Access to top minds – public policy leaders & the best international faculty
Experienced founding team comprising of Stanford, Harvard & IIM alumni
World class infrastructure at par with Ivy League Schools to enrich learning experience and campus life
Program curriculum and structure geared for academic depth as well as practical application
Quality engagement with Society, Government and Business on furthering evidence based policy making and inclusive growth
Scholarships and Placement Assistance
If you’re passionate about making a difference to the governance of our country, are ambitious, focused and committed to play a role in public policy, and are eager to grow personally and professionally through this experience, you’re just who we’re looking for.
Whether you’re in the final year of your undergraduate degree or a working professional (with a bachelor’s degree), you’re welcome to apply. Work experience is a bonus, but not mandatory.
If you are from a professional background different from public policy but have a vision for policymaking in the country, we’re glad to have you at Kautilya. Students from different backgrounds only make everyone’s experience richer.