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Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts (MA) programme in English at Ashoka University aims to occupy an important space in the current landscape of higher education in India. Many young scholars of literature and culture in India are contemplating studying these subjects at the PhD level, but have yet to be exposed to the liberal arts ethos and pedagogy. The MA programme in English will provide a unique intellectual experience for these students while carving out a much-needed path to higher studies abroad and in India.  

Eligibility and Criteria for Application

The MA in English will be open to students from all universities in India and around the world. Applicants should have completed their undergraduate degree from a recognised university or be enrolled in the final year of their study. Offers of admission will be provisional until final undergraduate transcripts are available.  


The minimum percentage required to apply to the programme will be 55% for students from Indian universities, and a GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent from foreign universities. Admission to the programme does not necessarily require an English undergraduate degree, even though it may provide an advantage in transitioning to the masters-level study of English at Ashoka University. 


Ashoka University Students, who have graduated with a BA in English can enrol for the one-year Ashoka Scholars Programme (ASP) for an Advanced English Major. These students can then join the MA in English and use an extra year of study to complete their coursework and convert their ASP into a year of credit towards the MA. Since they have already opted for the ASP Advanced English Major and will write a thesis as part of its requirements, they will not be required to write a separate thesis for the MA. 

Application Form and Timeline

The Application Form for the Master of Arts in English is now closed.


Please refer to the Admissions Timeline below for the Interview Round and Result Declaration dates.


MA in English - Admissions Timeline (August 2020 Intake)


Application Forms


6th January, 2020


Application Submission Deadline


23rd March, 2020


Interview and Written Test


15th April to 15th May, 2020


Result Declaration


8th May, 2020

Admissions Process
  • Candidates who are interested in applying for the MA in English programme are required to fill in an application form online through the website

  • An applicant cannot submit more than one form in one admissions cycle

  • There is no application fee

  • Once the application form is submitted, it will be reviewed by the MA English Programme’s Admissions Committee. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for the interview round

  • Interviews will be conducted online for applicants who are unable to travel to Delhi for an in-person interview

Criteria for selection

Since students across multiple disciplines can apply to the MA programme, the decision on whether or not to admit them will be determined by:  


  • Their overall engagement with the Application Form, which consists of their academic performance and a set of questions that gauges their critical thinking skills

  • One academic letter of recommendation from a former professor/teacher

  • Past records of initiatives taken during their studies that show their inclination towards the MA programme in English

  • Their performance in the components of the interview round

Components of the Interview Round
  • On-the-spot essay
    The on-the-spot essay evaluates the following parameters: engagement with the prompt, critical thinking, clarity of thought, and creativity. The candidate will be given two topics to choose from at the time of writing the essay. The candidate cannot use any external resources to help them write the essay. The essay has no word limit and can be attempted with minimal preparation

  • Interview with a panel
    The Ashoka Interview seeks to understand and get to know the candidate, their background and story. It also evaluates various parameters of the application form submitted by the candidate to gauge the candidate’s suitability to Ashoka University’s academic programme. The candidate will be interviewed by a panel. The time taken for the interview might vary depending on the interaction

Once students have been admitted into Ashoka University, they will be given a common reading list designed to familiarize them with important canonical texts in the study of English. They will be expected to read these over the two summer holidays prior to each academic year they will be registered in the programme.


The  Fee Structure of the MA English programme commencing in August 2020 has the following components:





Amount (INR) per Annum


Tuition Fee


INR 4,55,000


Residence Cost (Opt-In)


INR 1,55,000




INR 6,10,000


  • Ashoka University provides Residence and Meal facilities on Campus, on an optional basis

  • For students who opt-in for residence, a Refundable Meal Cost Security Deposit of INR 25,000 is charged at the time of Acceptance of Offer. A minimum of INR 17,500 will be charged per semester for meals

  • If students do not opt-in for residence, meals eaten in the Dining Facilities will be charged as per consumption

One-time Payments
  • The Refundable Security Deposit of INR 25,000 at the time of the offer of admissions will be refunded at the time of graduation from Ashoka University or at the time of withdrawal of admission from the programme

  • The Meal Cost Security Deposit of INR 25,000 will be refunded at the time of graduation from Ashoka University or at the time of withdrawal of admission from the programme

More information about the fee
  • The costs mentioned are calculated in Indian Rupee (INR)

  • The annual fee is subject to revision in consonance with inflation. In the last three years, our fee has gone up by approximately 5% to 8% annually. However,  this percentage is not fixed and is subject to change

  • Services such as books, printing, photocopies, stationery, etc. will be charged on actuals

  • The Residence Cost component includes room and utilities, water and electricity (100% backup and air conditioning) plus pantry and laundry facilities

  • The Residence Cost is based on an average stay, which adds up to a duration of 9 months a year. Special permissions must be sought if a student seeks to stay on campus during vacation periods

Refund Policy

Please click here to view Ashoka University's detailed Fee Structure and Refund Policy (August 2020 intake) based on the University Grants Commission Refund Policy. 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is granted not only to undergraduate students but to graduate students as well. Since the launch of the MA Economics programme, Financial Aid policy has helped support approximately 62% of our MA Economics students who have received some form of financial grants. Of these students, 47% have received partial tuition waivers while 53% have received full aid.


The MA English Financial Aid Brackets (August 2020 intake)


Financial Aid Brackets


Amount Waived* (INR)


25% Waiver on Tuition






50% Waiver on Tuition






75% Waiver on Tuition






100% Waiver on Tuition






 100% waiver on Tuition and 50% waiver on Residence






100% waiver on Tuition and 100% waiver on Residence






100% waiver on Tuition, Residence, and Meals



Tuition, Residence and Meals**



*Indicates the amount of fee waiver by Ashoka University for each aid bracket

**Meal costs are calculated on actuals

Financial Aid Process and Policies

Candidates that receive an offer of admission from the Office of Admissions and the Department of English, will be given the option to apply for financial aid at this stage.


To know more about our Financial Aid Application Form, Process and Policies, click here.

Contact Information

For Application Related Queries:


Ashoka University Admissions Office

Days: Monday - Friday

Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Email address:  

Admissions Helpline:  +91 72900 66185

Address: No. 2, Green Avenue Street, Pocket D-3, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110070