About Us

In the contemporary scenario, India's interest in the world as well as the world's interest in India is visibly at its highest. Therefore, it becomes imperative that Indian scholarship on global issues should respond to the opportunities that this presents. To this end, the Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS) endeavours to provide a platform for teaching and research in international relations, with an emphasis on India and its role in global affairs. Set up in consonance with the broader vision of Symbiosis Society, which is "to integrate with the world", SSIS strives to constantly engage in scholarly pursuits in an environment of intellectual fellowship, aimed at the academic enrichment of the entire community.

The M.A. (International Studies) programme offered by SSIS seeks to equip students with knowledge and skills pertinent to address the 21st century global challenges. The holistic nature of courses offered under the M.A. (International Studies) programme provides students with the lens to critically examine, analyze and understand contemporary issues based on a multi-disciplinary approach. Apart from the teaching vertical, SSIS also hosts the flagship annual International Relations Conference (IRC) and an online research portal-Indian Review of Global Affairs (IRGA).


  • The only institution of higher education in the western part of India, offering a full-time Master’s programme in International Studies
  • The annual flagship event International Relations Conference (IRC) supported by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India
  • Exposure to the ‘international’ through conferences, simulation exercises, seminars and workshops organized by foreign policy experts, diplomats and practitioners at think tanks, UN agencies, government, corporate and non-profit sectors
  • Mandatory internship in the third semester that prepares students for careers with international organizations, government agencies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), corporates, think-tanks, civil services, media, academia, consultancies and financial institutions.
  • SSIS students have interned with premium organizations such as the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization-Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCO-MGIEP), Niti Aayog, World Is One News (WION), Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), Brookings, National Maritime Foundation (NMF), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Child Rights and You (CRY) and more
  • Programme consists of a mixed pedagogical approach, combining exposure to both IR theory and praxis
  • Faculty members consist of prominent academicians, active researchers and practitioners

Important Dates

Commencement of Registration

March 17, 2020

Last date of Registration

June 01, 2020

Announcement of GDPI shortlist

June 05, 2020


June 15, 2020

Announcement of 1st Merit List

June 29, 2020 (till noon)

Last date to pay fees (1st List)

June 29, 2020 (till noon)

Announcement of 2nd Merit List

July 03 , 2020 (till noon)

Last date to pay fees (2nd List)

July 10 , 2020 (till noon)

Programme Commencement

August 04, 2020

Course Structure

Success Stories


Candidate should be a Graduate from any statutory university with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC and ST) at the graduation level.

Additional note:

  1. Candidates appearing for final year examination can also apply, but their admission will be subject to obtaining a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC and ST) in the qualifying examination

  2. A candidate who has completed qualifying qualification from any Foreign Board/ University must obtain an equivalence certificate from Association of Indian Universities (AIU).