What is the Full Form of MA?

The full form of MA is Master of Arts. MA is a postgraduate course in arts or humanities. In India, the course lasts for two years. Students can apply for this course after completing their Bachelor’s degree..

Students today have a wide range of choices to choose from. They can opt for various courses of their choice at the best of institutes. Courses in Humanities have become more widely available than before.  One course that is in great demand is the MA course. Various esteemed institutes offer MA as a course to their students. Here is some information about studying MA in India.

M.A. in India
Chandigarh University


Students studying MA in India have a variety of courses to choose from. The courses offered by institutes in MA include-

  • History
  • Economics
  • Political Science  
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Ancient Indian Culture
  • English
  • Other Languages like Hindi, French, etc.
M.A. in India
Christ University Bangalore

It is not necessary that a college offers an MA course in all the above subjects. Very often a college specializes in a few MA courses.


  • MFA focuses more on sharpening the skills of a student in a practical manner, while MA focuses more on broadening the knowledge of the individual through taught courses.
  • Visual and performing arts such as painting, sculpting, dancing, music, etc. are taught in MFA courses. Whereas subjects taught in MA include humanities, social sciences, and languages.

Based on the above comparison, we can see that MA is a broader field than MFA. Hence students completing their MA have a wider range of job opportunities available to them.

Colleges Offering MA

Many of the top institutes in India offer courses in MA Some of the institutes offering courses in MA include-

  • Saint Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  • Loyola College, Chennai
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Chandigarh University, Chandigarh
  • Hindu College, New Delhi
  • Fergusson College, Pune
M.A. in India
Hindu College

Life After MA


After completing one’s MA they can study additional courses such as:

  • M.Phil.
  • MBA
  • Ph.D.
  • PGD

Career Opportunities

An MA degree opens up a variety of job opportunities depending on the subject one majors in. Some of them include –

  • Psychologist
  • Journalist
  • Economist
  • Historian
  • Archaeologist
  • Jobs in government companies
  • Sociologist
  • Author
  • Museum curator
  • Content Writer 
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource
  • Hospitality

About the author

I am a student of Saint Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
I like playing and watching sports. I also like to read crime novels and mythological stories.