The two-year, 80-credits MA in Society and Culture at IIT Gandhinagar aims to provide an analytical lens and theoretical perspectives in history, Culture Studies, Literature, Translation Studies, Sociology, Political Science, and Anthropology. The MA curriculum combines core learnings in theory and methods with a range of electives, project courses, and dissertation. Students have the opportunity to focus on areas of their interest that allow them to deepen their knowledge and critically engage in the contemporary body of scholarship shaping the humanities and social sciences intellectual traditions. As a capstone project, all MA students complete a Master's level thesis that allow them to work closely with a faculty advisor. Overall, the MA program trains graduate students in independent research, allowing them to pursue an advanced academic degree (e.g., Ph.D.) and prepares them for careers in journalism, writing, social development, and public policy.

M.A Program Credit Structure

Core Courses (24 Credits)

Perspectives in History
Political Thought
Critical Approaches on Anthropology and Sociology
Perspectives on Indian Civilization
Literature, Theory, and Social Context
Research Methods in Social Sciences and Humanities
General Requirements (16 Credits)

Writing Course
Two Non-HSS Electives
Summer internship

Masters Thesis (20 Credits)

Electives and Project courses (20 Credits)
Humanism, Anti-Humanism, and Posthumanism
The Politics of the Environment
Philosophy, Cognition, and Psychoanalysis
Behavioral Economics
Philosophy of Mind
When You Cannot Experiment: Social Science Methods
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics
Exploring India's Scientific and Technological Heritage
Perspectives in Psychology
Linguistic Anthropology
Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Consciousness
Literary Experiments in European Modernism
Creativity, Design, and Doing
Foundational Sanskrit
Urdu Script & Poetry
Urdu Poetry Interpretation
Harappan Civilization
Introduction to Politics
Indian Systems of Ethics
Introduction to Indian Knowledge Systems
Digital Cultures and New Media
India Through the Writer's Eye
Human Evolution
Business Communication
Principles of Business Management
Introduction to Marketing

MA Program Highlights

Opportunity to engage in original research
Off-campus academic and policy internships
Student-led graduate seminars and symposiums
Opportunities for international exposure
International Conference support
Explorer's Fellowship and Gram Fellowship
Need-based financial support
Career Development Service
  • Financial Support

    Eligible candidates admitted to the MA program will receive a monthly scholarship of Rs. 5,000/-. The stipend support will be renewed per semester subject to a student's continued satisfactory progress in the program.

  • Potential Career Prospects

    We envision the program to give students a critical ability to approach the world and its many challenges. Careers after the MA program could be related journalism, advertising/media, communications, writing, teaching, human resources, nonprofit (NGOs, policy think-tanks), and of course, higher studies in academia should you choose to pursue a Ph.D. Students will also have the option of taking the University Grants Commission Lectureship exams (N.ET/S.L.E.T) in the allied disciplines. We believe that the possibilities are endless, and as with any other degree, employability is a combination of an excellent academic record, motivation, and a positive approach.