NLSIU’S Master’s Programme in Public Policy (Apply Now!)

About NLSIU:

NLSIU was the first National Law University established in India in 1986. The premier law school was set up with a mission to pioneer legal education reforms, and to anchor the transformation of the Indian legal system through research and policy interventions.

Consequently, the NLSIU was one of the first institutions in the country to introduce the five-year integrated law degree at the undergraduate level with the commencement of the first batch in 1988.

And for over 30 years now, the University has irrefutably remained a leader in the field of legal education in the country. This long-standing record has been possible due to the strong collaborations between legal academics, the Bar, the Bench and the State Government of Karnataka.

About the Programme:

India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world, continuously faced with challenges of justice, inequity, exclusion and progress. The study of public policy informs the state as to how it could respond to the new dynamic challenges that emerge in the society. As every legislation requires clear policy formulation, there is demand for trained professionals who will be equipped to design, implement, and evaluate policies and programmes. We derive inspiration from our transformative Constitution while addressing the challenges of diverse national needs.

The University offers the Master’s Programme in Public Policy – a two-year residential interdisciplinary programme focusing on the interface between policy and the law. Introduced in 2014, this programme provides comprehensive training in designing public policies for the complex societal problems, translating policies into deliverable programmes, and in evaluating the efficacy of policies.  Through this programme, NLSIU  trains young professionals to become policy practitioners capable of supporting inclusive and sustainable development.

Pedagogy: We emphasise on a dialectical pedagogy that encourages students to question the complexities in the practice of public policy arising from real-life situations of people from a diverse set of social and economic backgrounds. The programme has adopted an innovative pedagogy which combines reflective learning through classroom discussions, in-field exposures, solving problems for real-world clients, internship and research dissertation.

Candidates with any graduate degree can apply for the MPP programme.  To view the academic and examination regulations, please click here.

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Any person holding a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized national or international University is eligible to apply to the programme. Applicants in the General Category should have graduated with an aggregate of not less than 50% of total marks. Applicants in the SC or ST or OBC-NCL or PWD category should have graduated with an aggregate of not less than 45% of total marks. Students in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply. However, their final offer of admission shall be contingent upon successful completion of their Bachelor’s degree with the minimum aggregate marks specified above. Proof of completion of the qualifying degree has to be submitted no later than December 31, 2023.

Admission Process:

The total intake capacity for the 2-year MPP programme in the Academic Year 2023-24 is 100 (One hundred).

Admission to the programme will be through a two-stage national-level examination process – an all-India written admission test (NLSAT-MPP) followed by a personal interview.

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Important Dates:

  • The NLSAT-MPP will be held on April 29, 2023 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in centres across the country.
  • Application fees of Rs. 2500 (Two thousand five hundred only) shall be payable at the time of submission of the application. Candidates belonging to the SC or ST or OBC-NCL or PWD or EWS shall be required to pay Rs. 2000 (Two Thousand only). Applications shall be accepted till 11:59:59 pm on April 6, 2023.
  • The final admissions list will be published by the first week of June 2023.
  • Classes will commence from July 1, 2023.

NLSAT will be held in several centres across the country. List of centres is available on the application portal ( The syllabus for the NLSAT-MPP will be available on the website. Fees and other details of the programme are also available on the website.

To know more about the course, visit the official website.

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