Masters programme in Economics

Ashoka University’s Masters programme in Economics has been developed to provide students the opportunity to be trained in modern Economics by highly qualified economists. Our approach to Economics is a comprehensive one. We believe in teaching students both how to ask and address questions that are informed by economic theory as well as how to substantiate their arguments with rigorous data analysis. The course work in the programme has been designed with the latest research in mind and draws on some of today’s most exciting research fields. At the end of the programme, students are expected to have state-of-the-art quantitative skills valued both in academia and in the corporate world.

Ashoka’s intellectually vibrant campus provides students an opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary learning and be informed by the views of leading political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, historians, mathematicians and computer scientists, amongst others. The campus is an ideal space where students can grow—intellectually as well as professionally. Within a very short period, Ashoka has been recognized as a leading innovator in Indian higher education. The Masters program in Economics provides students an opportunity to leverage Ashoka’s growing stature and expanding networks to shape their future careers, whether it be in academia or beyond. For any queries you may write to us at

Ashoka Economics is delighted to announce a partnership with the MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). J-Pal’s mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. As part of this partnership, every year multiple students from our MA Economics program will be eligible for internships at J-PAL. These internships will start after the students have completed the second semester in the program, continue over the summer and extend to their third semester. Students will get course credit for the internship. Additionally, they will write their MA dissertation as part of the internship program. More details about the internship will be announced soon.

Course structure

The Masters programme is a two-year, four-semester degree. Students will study mandatory courses in the first year. These courses are:

  • Semester 1: Microeconomics 1, Macroeconomics 1, Econometrics 1, Quantitative Techniques
  • Semester 2: Microeconomics 2, Macroeconomics 2, Econometrics 2, Development Economics

In their second year, they will explore theoretical and research interests of their choice by taking elective courses in a wide number of subfields.


Entrance Examination

Admissions to the programme, which starts in August 2017, will be based on an entrance examination that will be held on Sunday, 7 May, 2017 in multiple centres around the country. Students who are offered admission on the basis of this entrance examination will need to hold a recognized undergraduate degree at the time of admissions. More information about the entrance examination can be found in this document: MA Eco syllabus and sample paper



22 May 2017 Exam results will be communicated to students via email
16 – 20 July 2017 Wait-listed candidates will be emailed any change in application status
Mid August 2017 Session begins


Fees and Financial Aid

Our annual fees has three components: tuition, hostel and meal charges. The annual tuition fees is INR 3.9 Lakh . The hostel charges are INR 1.4 Lakh. There is also an optional meal plan of INR 0.6 Lakh. Please read details of these components here.

Regarding financial aid, Ashoka University is committed to making world-class education affordable for students from all walks of life. At present, more than 50 per cent of our students are under some form of scholarship in the undergraduate programme. While selection to Ashoka is based on merit, scholarships are entirely based upon need. In addition to our need-based scholarships, some Teaching Assistantships are also available, where students will be able to take on paid work with professors through the MA programme.

Our historical record in financial aid can be seen here. To know more about how to apply for financial aid, read this.

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