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TISS Mumbai announces online MA in International Family Studies 2014


MA in International Family Studies (Online Programme) 2014-15

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a Deemed University of national stature in the field of social sciences. It has pioneered social work education in India and offers post graduate degree programs in cutting edge areas.

Unique Features of the Programme: The program will promote a rich intercultural learning experience through the participation of students from many countries in the courses, and through the opportunity for students to access international courses from their local base.

The programme draws expertise from the partner Universities:

i) Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

ii) University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

iii) University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia

Students will get the opportunity to learn from the international faculty who are experts in the field of family studies in an invigorating online environment. This program will introduce students to the field of family studies from a global perspective.


The objectives of the MA program in International Family Studies are to provide students with opportunities to:

i) Explore a global focus on family studies

ii) Understand multiple theoretical perspectives on the family

iii) Investigate the linkages between micro and macro analyses of the family

iv) Enhance and apply their knowledge and skills in practice and policy advocacy in international family studies

v) Develop and expand their intercultural competencies in academic, professional and personal contexts

vi) Apply non-judgmental approaches and critical thinking to specific academic, professional and personal contexts

Structure of the Program: The online one year M.A. in International Family Studies will be offered from September, 2013 and will consist of 7 courses (all compulsory) and a field based special project in Family Studies

The year will be divided into three semesters of 15 weeks – semester 1 from September to December, Semester 2 from January to April and Semester 3 from May to August

Total Credits: 1440; and Total Hours: 48

Student Intake: 10 (TISS)

Eligibility Criteria

A Master’s degree of minimum 2 years duration or its equivalent from a recognised university, in Social Science or Social Work

‘Pass Class’ in the Master’s Degree pursued by the applicant will be taken for determining his/her eligibility

Computer proficiency and knowledge of internet

English language ability to undertake a Master’s level programme

Willingness and enthusiasm to learn in a cross-cultural situation

Important Note: Eligibility, once determined on the basis of the information given by the candidate in the Application Form, shall be final for the purpose of test/interview/selection

However, in case it is found that the information furnished by a candidate is incorrect or misleading or ineligibility being detected before or after the test/interview/selection/admission, his/her candidature will be cancelled

Application Process

Candidates will have to apply to the programme through TISS Online Application System. After submission of completed application forms, candidates will undergo Computer Based Entrance Test and Personal Interview at TISS – Mumbai Campus.

How to Obtain the Application Form

Candidates are required to apply online through the E-application only, available on the Institute’s website

Application Fees: Online payment by Credit Card / Debit Card Rs 1020/-; Online payment by Net-Banking Rs 1020/-; Cash Deposit in any SBI Branch using the prescribed Rs 900/- challan

Important Notes:

In case of payment by cash deposit in an SBI branch, please note that the SBI will charge Rs. 50/- as their processing fee for each deposit, which cannot be adjusted against the application fee
Payments made via demand draft, pay order or any made other than the above modes is not acceptable and the application will be rejected
No communication to this effect will be sent to such candidates

Unemployed SC /ST candidates, whose parent’s/guardian’s income is less than Rs 2.5 lakh are exempted from paying the Application Fee

Computer Based Entrance Test

The test will comprise of following components:
i) Objective type questions = 30 (Marks allotted); 30
ii) Essay type questions = 01 (Marks allotted); 20
iii) Interview – 50 (Marks allotted)

Total Allotted Marks = 100; Time allotted = 1 hour 30 minutes

List of Documents Required for Entrance Test and Personal Interview:

a) One passport-sized photograph
b) Bank Challan: Portion of challan marked for TISS (stamped by the SBI branch where the processing fee was paid)
c) Income Certificate: Income Certificate: All candidates should compulsorily send their income certificate in the form of salary certificate issued by their employer OR previous year’s income tax return filed by self or Income Certificate issued by the employer on the company’s letterhead. Applications received without proof of income will not be considered and the processing fee will not be refunded

Candidates belonging to SC /ST categories and whose income is below Rs. 2.5 Lakh and OBC (NC) whose annual income is below 1 lakh need not send the challan, but should send the attested copy of income certificate for the year 2013-14 and the caste certificate

The Income Certificate should have been issued by a Revenue Officer of the respective state government. Certificates issued by the Talati or MLA or MP or any official who are not from the Revenue Department will not be accepted

The candidates are required to submit the caste certificate and income certificate issued by a competent authority (i.e., Tahsildar, Naib Tahsildar, Block Development Officer, Sub-Divisional Officer, District Magistrate or Collector) in prescribed format. (Note: Salary/Pension Slip, Form No.16/ ITVR Form, Employer Certificate, etc. will not be treated as valid income certificate)

d) Detailed Application Form: After being shortlisted for the Entrance Test and Personal Interview, candidates are required to download the detailed application form from TISS website and bring the duly filled up application form along with them at the time of Entrance Test and Personal Interview

e) OBC (NC) Certificate: OBC candidates from the creamy layer are treated as general candidates

Candidates belonging to OBC (non-creamy layer status) should send the community and non-creamy layer certificate issued by an official of the Revenue Department of the respective state Government
They should also enclose their income certificate/income-tax return filed

How to Submit the Filled-in Application: Please visit the online application website and follow the step- by-step instructions listed on the website.

For Applicants applying using the printed copy of the Application Form: The filled-in application form (printed copy) should be sent to “The Assistant Registrar (Academic), Tata Institute of Social

Sciences, V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai-400088” along with two passport size photographs

Note: This option is only for candidates from remote areas. Please contact TISS CARE before using this option

Reservation Policy: TISS follows Government of India norms regarding reservation of seats

Candidates should submit their E-application only once Applications complete in all aspects will receive a process completion report. Do not submit multiple copies of the e-application.

Important Dates

The last date for submission of application at the Institute is 25th July 2014

Final Date of Application of Candidates: 25th July 2014

Declaration of Shortlisted Candidates: 30th July 2014

Entrance Test and Interview at TISS Mumbai: 16th – 17th August 2014

Declaration of Result of Entrance Test: 30th August 2014

Final Date for Payment of Fees: 09th September 2014

Course Commencement: 15th September 2014

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

(Deemed to be University since 1964; u/s 3 of the UGC Act, 1956), V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai-400088, TISS Care Helpline: 022-2552-5252, Email: [email protected], Website

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