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

1 Programme Registration Start Date March 26, 2021
2 Last Date for Online Registration June 30, 2021
3 Last Date for Payment of Registration Fees June 30, 2021
4 Announcement of the Shortlist for Personal Interaction Phase 1 May 25, 2021
5 Personal Interaction (PI)–Phase 1 June 01-02, 2021
6 Announcement of First Merit List June 09, 2021
7 Last Date for Payment of Fees for Candidates in the First Merit List June 23, 2021
8 Announcement of Shortlist for Personal Interaction Phase 2 July 05, 2021
9 Personal Interaction (PI)– Phase 2 July 12-13, 2021
10 Announcement of Second Merit List July 19, 2021
11 Last Date for Payment of Fees for Candidates in the Second Merit List July 31, 2021
12 Announcement of Third Merit List (Waitlisted Candidates, If Any) Aug 04, 2021
13 Last Date for Payment of Fees for Candidates in the Third Merit List Aug 12, 2021
14 Programme Commencement August 16, 2021

* The dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change

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).