On behalf of the Economics Department, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that application forms for the fourth cohort of the MA Economics programme will open on January 6, 2020. The last date for submitting applications is March 31, 2020 and the entrance exam will be held in May, 2020.
The MA Economics programme at Ashoka has been designed to train the next generation of outstanding economists coming out of our region. Despite being a young programme, it has already built a formidable reputation for the rigorous and comprehensive training it provides. Indeed, I cannot think of too many graduate economics programmes in India that can match the training that our programme offers. We, therefore, welcome applications from students with exceptional quantitative and analytical skills who have the motivation and intellectual curiosity to engage with the most fundamental questions in economics. Having said that, I would also like to point out that while it is common for postgraduates in Economics to take up industry or corporate jobs, the focus of a Master’s in Economics programme is very different from an MBA programme and the two shouldn’t be confused.
The sole criterion for admission to the programme is a candidate’s relative performance in the entrance examination where they will be tested on statistics, analytical reasoning and either mathematics or economics. An undergraduate degree in Economics is not necessary to get admission to the programme and a carefully designed entrance exam makes sure that the odds are not in favor of any particular group of students - economics or non-economics. If you choose to consider Ashoka University as your choice of institution to pursue your Master’s in Economics, I wish you all the best in your application process.
Arghya Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
Department of Economics