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MPP and MPA Programs

O.P. Jindal Global University, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) 

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) is an academic unit within O.P. Jindal Global University.

Curriculum Design: The JSGP's MPP is a two-year (four semester) full-time program requiring 48 course credits (16 one-semester equivalent courses) plus a Policy Action Workshop, an internship and a dissertation. Typical students take about 50% of their course work in subjects that we classify as Tools and Skills or Management Functions and about 22% of their study is in economic or quantitative courses. This places the JSGP MPP "longer-length, lower tools/management, more quantitative" category, along with such programs as the Harvard MPP and Chicago MPP. It has as a relatively low number of elective courses taught within the school.

Professional Program Features: The program website does not contain much information on professional program features although it does list as distinctive features: Curriculum of international standard; Exposure to the latest research trends; Strong emphasis on quantitative and qualitative research skills; Research-active and internationally trained faculty; International student and faculty exchange programmes; and Globally networked career development and placement division.

Program Summary


University: O.P. Jindal Global University, created in 2009, is a non-profit, private university located in Sonipat, on the Northwest border of the Delhi Capital Region. It uses the tag line "A Private University Promoting Public Service."

Location: Sonipat, India

Degree: MA in Public Policy (MPP)

Marketing Approach: "India's First Public Policy School"  "The Masters in Public Policy (MPP) programme is interdisciplinary. It enables students to address contemporary political economic and social issues in a coherent and comprehensive manner. MPP imparts a strong training in theory, covering key literature and debates. Students develop quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, receive an exposure to the real world policymaking process, and enhance their managerial skills. The challenge before the policymakers and public leaders is to find solutions to the developmental problems, to defend democratic values, and to resist authoritarian impulses to ‘catch up’ with or mimic less democratic countries. The programme has been designed to equip future policymakers and public leaders with competence to perform effectively in challenging environments." (At, accessed 16 February 2015.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) is an academic unit within O.P. Jindal Global University.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The O.P. Jindal Global University lists five schools: Jindal Global Business School, Jindal Global Law School, Jindal School of International Affairs, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, and Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, along with four research institutes.  

Posted Tuition: 300,000 Rupees ($4,831 in US currency at February 2015 exchange rates) per year for two years.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MA Degree Requirements

Summary: The MA in Public Policy MPP) is offered in two track:s

Residential: It is a residential, 5-day a week, degree programme. No work experience is required. The students are required to successfully complete 16 courses spread over four semesters, write a dissertation and undertake eight weeks of internship.

Non-Residential: Students in the non-residential degree programme are required to complete 14 courses spread over four semesters, write a dissertation and two policy briefs. It is a full-time non-residential degree programme with classes held only on Saturdays and Sundays. The students are generally working professionals from Indian Government Departments, Public Sector Companies, Inter-Governmental Organizations, foreign diplomatic missions, print and electronic news media houses, corporations and non-governmental organisations, among others.

Duration: 4 semesters plus an internship.

Academic Prerequisite: Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from any recognised university in India or abroad. No work experience required for the residential program; at least two years of relevant work experience is required for the non-residential program. There is an entrance examination process: Upon receiving a complete application, JSGP will assign a date when a candidate will have to sit for an online written entrance examination. Candidates will receive a set of questions on contemporary development and policy issues via email at 9:00 am in the morning of the examination day and they will have to write 3 essays (between 500-700 word) and email those back to JSGP by 3:00 pm on the same day. Candidates can choose to sit wherever they wish and consult books. JSGP will reject essays and applications of candidates suspected of plagiarism. An admission counsellor will be available throughout the examination day to answer technical queries. After the written examination, the shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via telephone. A list of selected candidates will be drawn after the interview and based on the position on the selection list, scholarships, fellowships, assistantships and applicable fee waivers, ranging from full to partial, will be provided to meritorious candidates.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 20 (16 courses plus a 2 course credits for a dissertation and 2 for the Policy Action Workshop and Internship)

Number of Required Courses: 11

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 5

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 22 

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: Yes

Internship Required: Yes

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: No

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of core courses is found at and the electives at, accessed 16 February 2015.

Course Material Online: No course descriptions or syllabi are available on the public website. 

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.   



I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree


Number of required courses


Number of elective courses taken


Number of courses offered


Enrolment weight of elective courses


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis


Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


Quantitative Methods




Ratio of Quantitative Courses to Total Courses Required


Sum of Tools and Skills and Management Functions


Source: At and related sites (accessed 16 February 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 16 February 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

Johal MPP Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

 Economic Analysis

  Economics for Public Policy – I (R)
  Economics for Public Policy – II (R)

 Quantitative Methods

  Statistical and Data Analysis (R)
  Econometrics (R)

 Analytic Methods

  Qualitative Analysis and Survey Design (R)

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  Policy Action Workshop (4R/3)
  Internship (2R/3)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  State, Politics and Governance (R)
  Society, Law and Policy

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  Political Philosophy and Justice (R)

 Social and Political Context

  Social and Cultural Theory (R)
  Economics and Politics of India
  Informal Economy – Concepts, Politics & Policy
  Language, Literature and Public Policy
  Social and Cultural Theory (Advanced)

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  International Institutions and National Policies

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  Public Finance and Administration (R)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  Project Design and Evaluation (R)

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

  Development Economics
  Gender and Development

 Social Policy and Welfare

  Poverty and Well-Being


  Public Health


  Education Policy

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

  Labour Market and Micro Enterprises

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  Urban Space Politics and Policy

 Environment and Sustainability

  Ecology, Environment Politics and Policy
  Environmental Economics and Climate Change
  Sustainable Development

 Agriculture and Resources

  Political Economy of Land and Natural Resources
  Agrarian Development and Food Security
  Topics in History of Agrarian Policy

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  Science, Technology and Society (R)
  Science, Technology and Society (Advanced)

 Industry, Trade and Investment

  International Trade and Globalisation

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  Infrastructure Financing and Development

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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