Other links:

Other links:

Master of Arts in Economics

Ashoka University’s Master’s 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 coursework 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 Master’s programme 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.

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 Master of Arts in Economics programme is a two-year, four-semester programme. Students will study 7 compulsory courses and an elective in the first year and at least 8 electives (or its equivalent) in the second year. Before the beginning of the semester, students will attend a mandatory Math Camp to brush up their quantitative skills. In the first year, students grow deep roots in the foundations of modern economics as they are provided with a rigorous introduction to microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. In addition, they take a course which advances their understanding of quantitative techniques. This rigorous training prepares them for the more research-focused and specialised elective courses that they have to choose from in the second semester and later in their second year. The goal of these courses is to allow the students to develop an appreciation of what the current research frontier in economics looks like.

  • Timeline

    The course across the two years are:

    First year

    • Before the beginning of Semester 1: Math Camp (2 credits)

    • Semester 1: Microeconomics 1, Macroeconomics 1, Statistics for Economics, Quantitative Techniques.

    • Semester 2: Microeconomics 2, Macroeconomics 2, Econometrics 1, and an elective.

    Second year

    A student must choose one of the following routes

    • Non-dissertation route: take eight (8) electives over the two semesters in the second year.

    • Dissertation route: take six (6) electives over the two semesters. In addition take Independent Study in Economics in Semester 3 and MA Dissertation in Semester 4.

    Math Camp is for 2 credits, while all remaining courses are for 4 credits.

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

  • Placements

    The first batch of MA Economics students graduated in 2019. Since then, our students have been placed in several corporate and research firms. Many have gone on to pursue higher academic degrees as well.


Joining MA Economics Programme

Ashoka University aims to help students become well-rounded individuals who can think critically about issues from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and become leaders with a commitment to public service. An Ashoka education carries a strong emphasis on foundational knowledge, thorough academic research based on rigorous pedagogy, and hands-on experience with real-world challenges.

Student Stories

Study at Ashoka

Study at Ashoka