Integrated courses on Humanities

The revolutionarization of education brought about a lot of transformation in the education system in India.  The introduction of integrated programmes is one of them. Integrated master’s programmes give a firm base for further research studies.  The innate structure of integrated master’s programmes provide wide avenues abroad.  It stands as better options and ensures enduring careers. 

A student can join these courses right after class 12 and get a higher degree in less time.  University of Hyderabad and IIT Madras are the first to launch integrated master’s programmes in India.

The integrated programme gives an option to complete a postgraduate programme without taking a gap between a graduate and postgraduate course.  A student once admitted need not to take a separate admission to the masters programme.  Unlike the regular graduate programme, integrated programmes induce wider exposure to the students.  This programme has an advantage of providing continuum and facilitating students with more core papers in respective specialisations yielding firmer grip on the subject. 


Integrated BA MA 

An integrated BA-MA is a combined undergraduate and postgraduate programme.  These programmes are usually offered  for a duration of five years.  

Most universities today are offering integrated master’s programmes in various disciplines for the students after intermediate or +2 .

Required Skills and Aptitude

The skills and aptitudes required for studying integrated humanities field include the following:

  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to work independently
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Competency skills
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision-making skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Organisation skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem-solving skills

Eligibility Criteria

The basic eligibility requirement for admission to any Integrated BA-MA programme is passed in class 10+2 examination from a recognised board. They must also have secured a minimum aggregate mark of 50% in the qualifying examination. The eligibility criteria may vary from institute to institute.

Entrance Examination

Major entrance exams for integrated BA-MA are as follows:

CUCET: The Central Universities Common Entrance Test is an all-India test is being organized for admission to various Integrated/Under-Graduate, Post Graduate and Research Programmes in several Central Universities and State Universities of India.

HSEE: Humanities and Social sciences Entrance Examination is conducted by IIT Madras for the admission of integrated MA in developmental studies and English.  Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi are the examination centres in Kerala.

JNUEE: Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examination is a computer based test conducted by NTA for the admission to the desired programmes.  Kochi, Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut and Kannur are the examination centres in Kerala.

PUEE: The Pondicherry University conducts computer based entrance test for the admission of different programmes. Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kottayam, Mahe/Thalassery and Calicut are the centres in Kerala.

UoHEE: University of Hyderabad conducts UoHEE[University of Hyderabad Entrance Examination] for admission.  Applicants are required to appear UoHEE and qualify to seek admission into the desired programme. Kochi is the exam center in Kerala.

Job Profiles

As there are integrated programmes in various subjects, a lot of job profiles are available.  Some of them are listed here:

  • Archaeologist
  • Bank officer
  • Civil Service
  • Economic Analyst
  • Historian
  • Interpreter or Translator
  • Researcher
  • Statistical investigator
  • Teaching
  • Tourist guide

Top Recruiters

Talented humanities experts have job opportunities in government, public sector and private sectors. Followings are some of the recruiters:

  • Airport Authority o fIndia
  • Archeological Survey of India
  • Banks
  • Bureau of Indian Standards
  • Central Police
  • Indian Military
  • Indian Railways
  • Local Bodies
  • State Police
  • UPSC


There are a lot of institutes available to study BBA. The specializations will vary according to the institutes. So it is required to confirm the availability of specializations prior to joining the institute.

Institutions / Universities offering BA - MA courses

  Name of the institution / University  Courses
  IIT Madras   Five year integrated MA in developmental studies and in English
  Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi   Five year integrated MA in Foreign Languages- Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Pasto, Russian and Spanish
  Pondicherry University   Five year integrated MA programmes for +2 students with 50% marks in the school of Social sciences and International studies in History, Politics and Sociology. Also offers a 5 year integrated MA in Social and Economic Administration and Law (SEAL)
  School of Social Science - University of Hyderabad, Telangana   Five year integrated MA in Telugu, Hindi and Language sciences in School of Humanities and Economics, History, Political science, Sociology and Anthropology

Questions & Answers​

Q) What are the integrated MA courses?

A) An integrated Masters is a programme that combines a Masters with a Bachelor’s degree.

Q) Is it worth doing an integrated Masters?

A) If you are set on the undergraduate and postgraduate subjects you’d be taking on in an Integrated Masters degree then they’re definitely worth it. 

Q) Are integrated masters good?

A) Outcomes are significantly better for integrated masters courses than three-year courses. They are more valued by employers, very good at leading people.

Q) Does JNU have distance education?

A) There is no JNU distance education.

Q) How to apply for UoH?                                   

A) Candidates can apply from the official website of UoH.

Q) What programmes are offered at IIT Madras through HSEE?               

A) IITM offered a 5 year integrated MA programme in developmental studies and English through HSEE.

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