Programme Details

Andhra University offers a wide range of academic programs, constituting a balanced blend of the conventional courses and career oriented options, although in recent years the bias is towards introduction of more career-oriented options. The University has always been a pioneer in formulating new courses having societal relevance and national manpower needs in mind. The course in Nuclear Physics, which was started when the country was thinking of utilizing nuclear energy for national growth and the course in Geophysics when the country was expanding its exploration activity in search of oil & natural gas, stand testimony to this. Establishment of the Social of Marine Sciences with half-a-dozen courses dealing with ocean floor dynamics and marine resources is the result of realization of the importance of oceans not only in dictating plate motions, but also in being the potential source of living and non-living resources for the future. The rapid growth of industry in and around Visakhapatnam and the presence of Naval Base encouraged the University to start courses like Instrumentation Engineering, Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. Courses in Tourism Management, Journalism, Human Resource Management, International Business etc are all of contemporary relevance. The University's serious concern to protect and promote the traditional Indian culture resulted in patronizing courses in Music, Fine arts, Acting and play direction.

With dwindling opportunities for employment in government and public sector organizations, the University has been quick in contemplating courses that provide self-employment to its graduates. Courses like Bio-chemistry, Prawn & Crab Farming Management, Coastal Aquaculture & Marine Bio-technology, and Geo-engineering are specific examples of this. With increasing expenditure and reduced State Government assistance, the University has to offer programmes in popular options such as Computer Science, Biotechnology, Commerce and Electronics under self-financing stream. The M.Tech. Programs in the Engineering College include such diversified fields as Radar and Micro wave Engineering, Technology Forecasting, Coastal Harbour Engineering and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.

The majority students for the under graduate programmes, most of which are in the Engineering College, come from the Intermediate stream, run by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. The intake into the PG Courses in Colleges of Arts & Commerce, and Science and Technology is mostly from the graduate students who studied under the Common Core Syllabus prescribed by the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education. The content of courses in the University needs a suitable revision, whenever there is a change in the syllabus at Intermediate and Degree levels. The syllabi of the courses in the University are reviewed more frequently, however, and generally once in three years, keeping in view the advances that took place in the subjects of the programme. Changes in the curriculum are effected after thorough discussions among the members of Faculty, and later in the meetings of Board of Studies, which draws the services of at least two experts drawn from outside the University, and from National Laboratories and Institutions.


The University shall have the powers, functions and objects to confer Degrees and other academic distinctions on persons who have carried on research under conditions prescribed. The Executive Council shall have power to confer Degrees and other academic distinctions on persons who have pursued approved courses of study in a University College or an affiliated College or oriental College, unless exempted there form in the manner prescribed by the regulations and shall have passed the prescribed examination of the University or shall have carried on research under conditions prescribed. A Convocation for the purpose of conferring Degrees and award of prizes or medals concerning such Degrees shall be held annually at such time as the Chancellor shall direct. It shall however, be competent for the Executive Council to hold additional Convocations, if necessary, in addition to the principle one.

Subject to such terms and conditions of award as may have been provided in the case of individual prizes or medals where more than one candidate secures equal marks in a concerned subject or part of the examination which entities them for the award, the prize or medal shall not be divided among them but shall be awarded only to one of such candidates taking in to account his overall performance in all parts of the examination. Every candidate for a Degree or a Diploma who has studied in the University Colleges for such Degree or Diploma shall receive the same at a conversation either in person or in absentia. Every candidate for a Degree, Diploma or title who has studied in a College affiliated to or recognized by University for such Degree, Diploma or title shall receive either in person or in absentia the Degree, Diploma or title together with any prize or medal concerning it at a special function held at the respective College which has prepared and presented him or her for the Examination leading to the Degree, Diploma or title. Every candidate for a Degree, Diploma or title who has studied privately for the Degree, Diploma or title after having been duly exempted by the Executive Council from the production of the required certificate of attendance at a College shall be eligible to receive the same at a Convocation or at a special function held at any College affiliated to or recognized by the University at the candidate's choice either in person or in absentia.

No candidate who had the benefit of grace marks in the qualifying examination shall be awarded any prize or medal. No Candidate who is otherwise eligible for a medal or prize shall be entitled to the prize or medal unless he s secure at least 50 percent of the marks in the subject or part of examination in Music but these will not be awarded at a convocation but sent direct to the candidates. The above provisions also apply to prizes and medals awarded for the pre-University Examination and Diploma Examination in music but these will not be awarded at a Convocation but sent direct to the candidates. No candidate who has already proceeded to a Degree Diploma or title and has been awarded his Degree or Diploma or title shall be admitted at Convocation or special function at a College as the case may be second time to the same Degree or title or Diploma not withstanding that he may have qualified in an additional group or branch or in an additional language or may have improved upon his earlier performance. An endorsement shall be made upon his Diploma setting forth further examinations passed by him , the dates of such examinations and the class in which he was placed provided that in the case of candidates who have appeared for the same examination to improve their class, they shall receive the same at a a convocation or function at a College as the case may be as specified in section 3 supra a second time to the same Degree after they surrender their earlier diplomas.

Candidates for Degrees must submit their applications to the Registrar twenty-one days before the day fixed for Convocation for admission to their several Degrees in the prescribed by the ordinates. No person shall receive his Degree who has not thus sent in his application with required fee. The diplomas of the University hall be valid only if they bear the seal of the University an are countersigned by the registrar in the case ordinary Degree other than Research Degrees and Honorary Degrees . The Diploma of Research Degrees will be countersigned by the Vice-Chancellor. The Diplomas of the Honorary Degrees will be countersigned by the Officer conferring the Degree.

The Executive Council shall from time to time, lay down the procedures to be followed at the Convocation and at special functions. Special Convocations for conferring Degrees or for other purposes may be held on such date and time as the Executive Council may with Chancellor's approval, determine.

There shall be the following Degrees conferring and Diplomas awarded in the University.

Faculty of Arts

  • M.A. English
  • M.A. Hindi
  • M.A. Sanskrit
  • M.A. Telugu
  • M.Ed.
  • B.Ed. Special Education (One year duration)
  • M.Com.
  • M.L.I.Sc.
  • M.J.M.C.
  • M.A. Applied Economics
  • M.A. Economics
  • M.A./M.Sc. Quantitative Economics
  • M.A. Adult & Continuing Education
  • M.A. Ancient History & Archaeology
  • M.A. History
  • M.A. Politics
  • M.A. Public Administration
  • M.A. Sociology
  • M.A. Psychology
  • M.A./M.Sc. Anthropology
  • M.H.R.M.
  • M.A. Social Work
  • B.F.A. (4 years duration)
  • M.A. Philosophy
  • M.A. Music
  • M.A. Dance (Self Finance)
  • M.Ed. Special Education
  • M.B.A.
  • M.B.A. Retail Management
  • LLB.
  • LLM.
  • M.Phil / Ph.D. (FT. & PT.) programmes in Centre for Study of Social exclusion & Inclusive policy (Dept. of Anthropology).
  • M.Phil. Counseling Psychology
  • M.Phil. Clinical Psychology.
  • 2 Year M.P.Ed. degree course
  • B.P.A. (4 Years) Batchelor of Performing Arts in Theatre Arts
  • 5 year Integrated LLB Degree Course
  • 5 year Integrated Course in M.S. Economics.
  • M.A. in Women Studies and Computer Applications (2008-09)
  • M.A. in Yoga and Consciousness
  • Master of Finance & Control (Self-finance) (2009-10)
  • Master of Hospital Administration (2009-10)
  • Master of Hospital Administration course offered in School of Distance Education, A.U., VSP. (2011-2012).
  • MJMC s course offered in School of Distance Education, A.U.,VSP.(2011-2012)

Faculty of Science

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Master of Science (Tech)
  • Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics
  • Postgraduate Certificate Course in Statistics
  • Post-M.Sc. Diploma in Environmental Sciences
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Electronics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Prawn, Crab and Farm Management
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S)
  • Faculty of Home Science
  • Bachelor of Home Science

Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies

  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)
  • Bachelor in Business Management (B.B.M.)
  • Master of Commerce (M.Com)
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Taxation
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Business
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Transport Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Software
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Bank Management Studies
  • Master of Philosophy in Commerce and Management Studies (M.Phil.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Commerce and Management Studies (Ph.D.)

Faculty of Engineering

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology: Instruments Technology
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • B.Sc., in Applied Sciences
  • Bachelor of Computer Applications
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Technology in Computer Science
  • Master of Technology in Mineral Process Engineering
  • Master of Computer Applications
  • Master of Science in Geo-Engineering
  • Master of Science in Resource Development Technology
  • Master of Science in Applied Chemistry
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Instrumentation

Faculty of Chemical Engineering

  • Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Technology in Chemical Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Education

  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed)
  • Bachelor of Education (Special Education)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Arts in Education (M.A. in English)
  • M.Phil. in Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.)

Faculty of Law

  • Bachelor of Law (LL.B)
  • Bachelor of General Laws (B.G.L)
  • Bachelor of Academic Laws (B.G.L)
  • Master of Laws (L.L.M)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Law.

Faculty of Oriental - Learning

  • Bachelor of Arts in oriental - Learning - B.A. (OL)
  • Certificate of Proficiency Oriental Learning
  • Master of Oriental Learning (M.O.L)
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree Kala Prapurna (K.P)

Faculty of Fine Arts

  • Diploma in Music
  • M.A. in Music
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre Arts.

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.)
  • Master of Physical Education (M.P.Ed.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)

Faculty of Physical Education

  • Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.Ed.)
  • Master of Physical Education (M.P.Ed.)
  • Undergraduate Diploma in Physical Education.
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree (Kreeda Prapoorna).

The Degrees of D.Litt., D.Sc. and LL.D may also be given as Honorary Degrees.

The Honorary Doctorate Degree of 'Kala Prapoorna' (Sangha Seva) may be given in the Faculties of Engineering and Kala Prapoorna (Krishi) in the Faculty of Agriculture, 'Kala Prapoorna' (Sangeeta), (Natya), (Nataka), (Chitra) or (Silpa) in the Faculty of Fine Arts and 'Kala Prapoorna' (Sahitya) in the Faculty of 'Oriental Learning'.