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Master's 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. 



The Online Application Portal for admissions to the MA Economics programme for the academic year starting August 2018 is now closed. 


MA Economics Handbook: For detailed information on the MA programme for the cohort of 2017-2019 such as course structure, grading policy, graduation requirement, code of conduct, residence life, fees and financial aid please read the MA Economics Handbook.


For any other queries you may write to us at

Application Form and Deadline

For admission to MA in Economics programme which starts in August 2018:


Online Applications open on December 1, 2017.
Application Fee: Rs.1,000 (non-refundable) 


Last date for submitting applications is March 31, 2018.

Entrance Examination will be held on May 6, 2018 (Sunday).


Entrance Examination

Important: The entrance exam for admission to the MA Economics class of 2018 to 2020 will be held on May 6th from 10.30 am to 1 pm in our exam centers at Ashoka University, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai. Applicants please note that your admit cards for the entrance exam are currently being processed and will be emailed to you within the next few days. Please also note that you are expected to report to the test center on the day of the entrance by 10 am at the latest. 


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.


The exam will test students on basic statistics, mathematics and analytical reasoning. An undergraduate degree in Economics is not a pre-requisite for entry to the programme. More information about the entrance examination can be found in this document: MA Economics Syllabus & Sample Questions

Fees and Financial Aid

Our annual fees has three components: tuition, hostel and meal charges. For the academic year of 2017-2018, the annual tuition fees is INR 3.9 Lakh. For the same academic year, the hostel charges are INR 1.4 Lakh and mean plan is of INR 0.6 Lakh. The hostel and meal plan are optional, students may choose to not avail these provisions. Please read details of these components are given below :

  1. The hostel fees are based on an average stay- a duration of nine months a year. Special permissions must be sought if a student seeks to stay on campus during vacations

  2. The hostel fees component includes:

    1. Room

    2. Utilities: Water and electricity (100% backup and air conditioning) plus laundry facilities

  3. Services such as books, printing, stationery, etc. will be charged on actuals

  4. The annual fees will be subject to revision in consonance with inflation. In the last three years, our fees have gone up by 8% annually. However, this percentage is not fixed and is subject to change.


Please note: The above figures for tuition fees, hostel and meal charges are only relevant for the academic year 2017-2018. The annual fees are subject to change.


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


How do you apply for Financial Aid?


Once you are shortlisted for admission at Ashoka University, you will be requested by the Admissions and Financial Aid Team to furnish the following documents:

  1. Last 3 years' Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for your parents/ earning members of the family.
  2. Bank account statement for the last 12 months of all earning members of the family.
  3. Details of family financial asset(s) (movable and immovable property, investments,etc.)
  4. Company ITRs and bank statements (for business families)


Student Loans


All students admitted to Ashoka have access to a number of student loans options that are independent of the University aid package. These loans are made available in collaboration with banks and other financial institutions that offer low interest rates, and do not require the student or the student’s family  to provide collateral. The following are the terms of unsecured loans offered by:

  1. HDFC Bank
  2. Canara Bank


More information regarding students loan can be obtained from Mr. Rameez Qureshi at  +91 8553095584. 

Fees Refund Policy
  1. The commencement date and last date of admission to Ashoka University’s MA Economics Programme for the upcoming session is 25th August, 2017.

  2. If a student withdraws his/her admission by 10th August, 2017 (Up to 15 days before the commencement ), the student will receive a refund of 100% of the deposited fees and the Security Deposit of 17,000 INR after deducting Acceptance fee of 10,000 INR.

  3. If a student withdraws his/her admission from 11th August to 8th September, 2017 (Up to 15 days post the commencement), the student will receive a refund of 80% of the deposited fees and the Security Deposit of 17,000 INR.

  4. If a student withdraws his/her admission from 9th to 24th September, 2017 (Between fifteen and thirty days post the commencement), the student will receive a refund of 50% of the deposited fees and the Security Deposit of 17,000 INR.

  5. If a student withdraws his/her admission on or post 24th September, 2017, none of the deposited fees will be refunded except for the Security Deposit of 17,000 INR

Please note:

  • The refund amount may be different for students who have been granted financial aid depending on the amount of aid given.

  • All refunds will happen within 2 to 4 weeks from the date of request for withdrawal of admission

  • To read the University Grants Commission Notification on “Remittance and Refund of Fees and other Student Centric Issues”, which was approved by commission in its 519th meeting held on November 15, 2016, please click here.

Course Structure

The Ashoka approach to Economics is fundamentally about bringing together cutting-edge economic theory and rigorous data analysis to address questions at the frontiers of research. The Masters Programme in Economics has been developed with this perspective. It will provide students not only the opportunity to be trained by highly qualified economists but also to leverage Ashoka’s growing stature and expanding networks to shape their careers, whether it be in the academy or beyond.


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. Course descriptions for first year courses and a tentative list of second year electives can be found here: Graduate Economics Courses.

J-PAL Internship

The economics department at Ashoka University has an agreement with MIT J-PAL under which up to 10 Masters students will be offered internships. The internship will be for approximately 7 months, starting from the end of the second semester to the end of the third semester. Students who are selected for the internship will have to enrol for two of the online MITx MicroMasters courses. There is no additional fee for these courses. The online instruction will be supplemented by regular sessions with designated Ashoka faculty. There will be examinations in these courses. Each course will count as one of the 16 courses required for the Masters degree.

During the internship, students will be provided training in RCT methodology by J-PAL. Each intern will also be assigned to some project. Students will be required to write a project report that will be considered as the Masters dissertation.


The Department of Economics at present has thirteen (13) permanent faculty members, with research and teaching interests that span a broad range of fields which include economic theory, game theory, behavioral economics, experimental economics, macroeconomics, monetary economics, economic growth, development economics, and different areas of applied microeconomics. More details about the Economics faculty can be found here: Economics Faculty

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