Master of Arts (MA) through Distance Learning

Master of Arts, is a postgraduate degree offered by universities to students who have completed a two – year course in humanities, social sciences, philosophy or fine arts. An MA degree can be pursued through regular classroom programs or distance learning.

Correspondence education is preferred these days due to its flexible pattern, cost effective structure and convenience to study from anywhere. We list for you the best distance learning institutes in the country for pursuing Master of Arts.

Distance Learning Institutes Offering Master of Arts

Name of Institute Contact Details

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Maidan Garhi, New Delhi – 110068, India

Ph. No. – 011-29535924

Fax No. – 011-29532312

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Karnataka State Open University

Kanasagangotri, Mysore – 570006, Karnataka, India

Ph. No. – 0821-2512471

Fax No. – 0821-2500846

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Rajarshi Tandon Open University

Shantipuram, Sector F, Phaphamau – 211013, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Ph. No. – 0532-2447035

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Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University

near Gangapur Dam, Tnyangangotri, Nashik, Maharashtra – 422222, India

Ph. No. – 0253 2230470

Fax No – 0253-2230470

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Nalanda Open University

2nd / 3rd floor, Biscomaun Bhawan, Gandhi Maidan, Patna – 800001, Bihar, India

Ph. No. – 0612-2201013

Fax No. – 0612-2201001

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Website – www.nalandaopenuniversity.coHYPERLINK “”m

Eligibility Criteria

  • The minimum academic qualification for studying MA is successful completion of graduation in the humanities stream.
  • There are some universities that offer MA degree to candidates who have passed out from the science stream.

Admission Procedure

  • Admission is generally based on merit in graduation, but there are some institutes which conduct entrance examinations for admission to special professional courses.
  • Every applicant must be able to produce at the time of admission, copies of mark sheets of school and college examinations passed, two recent passport size photographs and copies of identity verification proofs like passport or voter id card.
  • The applicant must also submit the filled up & signed application form and the registration fees on time.

Duration of Study

The minimum period of study of MA is two years. This duration may increase in the case of professional courses where training and practical are part of the curriculum. Distance learning students do not have any fixed duration of study.

Career Opportunities

The career prospects after pursuing the MA course depends on the subject a candidate has chosen to study in the master’s level. There are a number of careers to choose from especially if a candidate pursues a professional course at master’s level. For example, if a student pursues MA in Mass Communication, he can start a career with the media industry. Master’s in Geography will help you to prepare for the Geographical Survey of India test. Similarly, MA in English opens doors to a job in a publishing house or in a newspaper. Today, banks also accept applications from master of arts students.

Those who are not interested in other sectors, can choose further research in their MA subject and later enter academics.

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