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

Programmes Offered

Theory to Praxis

Student Interests and Experiences in the International Relations Domain

Course Structure

MA in International Studies

MA in African Studies

Important Dates



Admission Campaign March 01, 2022 – Tuesday
Programme Registration Begins March 15 , 2022 – Tuesday, 12 noon
Last date for Online registration  June 30, 2022 – Thursday, 12 noon
Last Date for payment of Registration fees June 30, 2022 – Thursday, 12 noon
Entrance Test N.A
Test Result N.A
Announcement of the Shortlist for Personal Interaction –Phase 1 May 16, 2022– Monday (3 p.m.)
PI Phase 1 slot booking May 16, 2022 (3 p.m.)- May 18,2022 (3 p.m.)
Personal Interaction (PI)–Phase 1 May 20-21, 2022( Friday- Saturday)
PI( Phase 1) result approvals and eligibility verification May 23-26, 2022 ( Monday- Thursday)
Announcement of First Merit list May 27, 2022- Friday, 3 p.m.
Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the first merit list June 11, 2022- Wednesday, 2 p.m.
Announcement of Second Merit list June 17, 2022- Wednesday, 3 p.m.
Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the second merit list July 02, 2022- Saturday, 2 p.m.
Announcement of Shortlist for Personal Interaction Phase 2 July 02, 2022- Saturday, 2 p.m.
PI Phase 2 slot booking July 02, 2022 (2 p.m.)- July 05, 2022 (2 p.m.)
Personal Interaction (PI)– Phase 2 July 11-12 , 2022 (Monday- Tuesday)
PI(Phase 2) result approvals and eligibility verification July 13-16, 2022
Announcement of Third Merit list July 19, 2022 – Tuesday, 12 noon
Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the third merit list July 30 , 2022 – Saturday, 12 noon
Announcement of Fourth Merit list (waitlisted candidates, if any) Aug 01, 2022 – Monday, 12 noon
Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the Fourth Merit list Aug 08, 2022 – Monday, 12 noon
Programme Commencement August 10, 2022– Wednesday

* The dates are tentative

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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).

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