Global Affairs

Program Overview

The Master of Global Affairs (MGA) is a two-year professional program, consisting of four sessions of coursework and a compulsory summer internship. The purpose of this program is to provide an outstanding professional, multidisciplinary education to train the next generation of global leaders of international institutions, global civil society, and business. The MGA will equip students with a sophisticated understanding of the larger political, economic, and social contexts of global affairs and with the skills necessary to work strategically and effectively within the evolving global system.

The MGA integrates the study of global institutions, global civil society, and the global economy and markets into the same program, and requires that students learn about each area and about the interconnections between them.

In offering a curriculum that provides both breadth and depth, the MGA draws on the scholarly strength of faculty from a range of disciplines and subject areas. Students lacking backgrounds in basic economics will be required to take courses in micro- and macroeconomics for policy analysis.

Students may also be interested in combined degree programs:


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MGA:

21-Jan-2021

MGA:

21-Jan-2021

Supporting documents deadline MGA:

31-Jan-2021

MGA:

31-Jan-2021

Minimum admission average MGA:

A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a B, and a minimum GPA of a B+ standing in the final year of undergraduate studies.

MGA:

A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a B, and a minimum GPA of a B+ standing in the final year of undergraduate studies. Additionally, international applicants (i.e., applicants who completed their undergraduate degree outside of Canada) must submit an English language proficiency test score (if the language of instruction at institution was not English), and a translation of transcripts (from non-English speaking universities).

Program length (full-time only) MGA:

5 sessions

MGA:

5 sessions


Master of Global Affairs

Program Description

The Master of Global Affairs (MGA) is a two-year professional program, consisting of four sessions of coursework and a compulsory summer internship. The purpose of this program is to provide an outstanding professional, multidisciplinary education to train the next generation of global leaders of international institutions, global civil society, and business. This program is open to applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with a minimum standing in the final year equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+.

Program Requirements

This is a two-year program taken on a full-time basis over 20 consecutive months. Students must successfully complete a total of 8.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows.

Year 1:
  • 3.5 FCEs in core courses (seven half courses).

  • 1.0 FCE in elective courses. Of these, 0.5 FCE must be chosen from the following: GLA2027H Ethics and Global Affairs, GLA2029H Sustainability in the World: A Living Lab Course, or GLA2034H Decision Making and Strategic Thinking.

  • At the end of Year 1, students must declare an emphasis as part of their degree program. They must complete 1.5 FCEs of coursework in order to successfully complete the emphasis; see details on the emphases below.

Summer session between Years 1 and 2:
  • GLA1007H Global Internship (0.5 FCE).
Year 2:
  • 1.0 FCE in core courses: GLA2000H Capstone Seminar and GLA2111H Research Methods for Global Affairs.

  • Additional 2.5 elective FCEs (five half courses) at the 2000 level from the Munk School. A maximum of 1.0 FCE may be taken from graduate programs outside the Munk School.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

Emphasis: Development

MGA students who wish to complete an emphasis in Development must successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

GLA2002H; GLA2014H; GLA2019H; GLA2028H; GLA2060H; GLA2061H; GLA2062H; JCR1000Y.

 

Emphasis: Global Justice and Human Rights

MGA students who wish to complete an emphasis in Global Justice and Human Rights must successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

GLA2013H; GLA2023H; GLA2066H; GLA2067H; GLA2068H.

 

Emphasis: Global Policy and Asia

MGA students who wish to complete an emphasis in Global Policy and Asia must successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

GLA2003H; GLA2036H; GLA2044H; GLA2045H; GLA2046H.

 

Emphasis: Global Policy in Europe and Eurasia

MGA students who wish to complete an emphasis in Global Policy in Europe and Eurasia must successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

ERE1161H; ERE1170H; ERE1175H; ERE1179H; GLA2015H; GLA2056H; GLA2068H.

 

Emphasis: Global Security

MGA students who wish to complete an emphasis in Global Security must successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

GLA2010H; GLA2024H; GLA2030H; GLA2063H; GLA2064H; GLA2065H.

 

Emphasis: Innovation Policy

MGA students who wish to complete an emphasis in Innovation Policy must successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

GLA2014H; GLA2018H; GLA2021H; GLA2080H; GLA2081H; GLA2082H.

 

Emphasis: Markets

MGA students who wish to complete an emphasis in Markets must successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

GLA2001H; GLA2006H; GLA2012H; GLA2015H; GLA2025H; GLA2037H; GLA2069H; GLA2070H; GLA2071H.

 

Emphasis: The Digital World

MGA students who wish to complete an emphasis in The Digital World successfully complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the following list:

GLA2010; GLA2024H; GLA2041H; GLA2042H; GLA2043H; GLA2052H.

Dual Degree Program: Master of Global Affairs (University of Toronto) / Master of International Affairs (Hertie School of Governance)

Program Description

This dual degree program creates a pathway between the U of T Master of Global Affairs and the Hertie School Master of International Affairs (MIA) programs. In Year 1, students complete MIA coursework at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. In the Summer session of Year 1, students complete an internship that is part of the MGA and MIA degree programs. In Year 2, students complete MGA coursework in Toronto and in the final Summer session, complete a master's thesis as part of the dual degree requirements.

Students will gain both degrees in two years (24 months) rather than the four years it would take to acquire the degrees consecutively. The pattern of registration is F/W/S/F/W/S with students completing both programs in August of Year 2. This dual degree program is open to applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds.

Contact

Master of Global Affairs / Master of International Affairs Program
Web: munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/dual-degree-with-the-hertie-school

Master of Global Affairs Program
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Email: mga@utoronto.ca

Master of International Affairs Program
Hertie School of Governance
Email: grad-admissions@hertie-school.org

Application Process

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both programs to be admitted to the dual degree. The MGA admission requirements are stated below.

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto as well as the specific requirements of the MGA.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with a standing in the final year equivalent to at least a U of T B+.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the primary language of instruction is not English must provide proof of English-language proficiency. The following tests and scores will be accepted:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 100/120 overall;

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 7, with at least 6.0 for each component.

Program Requirements

During their U of T registration in the MGA program, students must successfully complete a total of 6.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows.

Year 1
  • Fall and Winter: Students complete Year 1 courses at the Hertie School.

  • Summer: GLA1007H Global Internship (0.5 FCE, 12 weeks) plus a critical reflection paper to be submitted in September of Year 2.

Year 2
  • Fall and Winter (5.0 FCEs):

    • GLA1011H Global Innovation Policy (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA1014H Global Development (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA2000H Capstone Seminar (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA2111H Research Methods for Global Affairs (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA2887H Final Research and Analysis (Credit/No Credit; 0.5 FCE).

    • 2.5 elective FCEs (five half courses) at the 2000 level within the MGA program.

  • Summer (1.0 FCE): GLA2889Y Dual Degree Master's Thesis (Credit/No Credit).

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Dual Degree Program: Master of Global Affairs (University of Toronto) / Master of Public Administration (London School of Economics)

Program Description

This dual degree program creates a pathway between the U of T Master of Global Affairs (MGA) and the London School of Economics Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs. In Year 1, students complete MPA coursework at the London School of Economics and Public Policy in the United Kingdom. In the Summer session of Year 1, students complete an internship that is part of the MGA program. In Year 2, students complete MGA coursework in Toronto and in the final Summer session, complete a policy paper as part of the dual degree requirements.

Students will gain both degrees in two years (21 months) rather than the four years it would take to acquire the degrees consecutively. The pattern of registration is F/W/S/F/W/S with students completing both programs by the end of June in Year 2. This dual degree program is open to applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds.

Contact

Master of Global Affairs / Master of Public Administration Program
Web: munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/joint-degrees

Master of Global Affairs Program
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Email: mga@utoronto.ca

Master of Public Administration Program
School of Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
Email: mpa@lse.ac.uk

Application Process

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the dual degree program’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with a standing in the final year equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+, and a cumulative standing equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the primary language of instruction is not English must provide proof of English-language proficiency. The following tests and scores will be accepted:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT): 100/120 overall;

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 7, with at least 6.5 for each component.

Program Requirements

During their U of T registration in the MGA program, students must successfully complete a total of 6.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

Year 1
  • Fall and Winter: Students complete Year 1 courses at the London School of Economics.

  • Summer (0.5 FCE): GLA1007H Global Internship (10 to 16 weeks) plus a critical reflection paper to be submitted in September of Year 2.

Year 2
  • Fall and Winter (5.0 FCEs):

    • GLA1006H International Legal Challenges (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA1011H Global Innovation Policy (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA2000H Capstone Seminar (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA2111H Research Methods for Global Affairs I (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA2887H Final Research and Analysis (Credit/No Credit; 0.5 FCE).

    • 2.5 elective FCEs (five half courses) at the 2000 level within the MGA program.

  • Summer (1.0 FCE):

    • GLA2890Y Policy Paper.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Dual Degree Program: Master of Global Affairs (University of Toronto) / Master of Public Policy (Sciences Po)

Program Description

This dual degree program creates a pathway between the U of T Master of Global Affairs (MGA) and the Sciences Po Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs. In Year 1, students complete MPP coursework at Sciences Po in Paris, France. In the Summer session of Year 1, students complete an internship that is part of the MGA degree program. In Year 2, students complete MGA coursework in Toronto and in the final Summer session, complete a Grand Oral Exam as part of the dual degree requirements.

Students will gain both degrees in two years (24 months) rather than the four years it would take to acquire the degrees consecutively. The pattern of registration is F/W/S/F/W/S with students completing both programs in August of Year 2.This dual degree program is open to applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds.

Contact

Master of Global Affairs / Master of Public Policy Program
Web: munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/joint-degrees/dual-degree-sciences-po-school-public-affairs-paris

Master of Global Affairs Program
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Email: mga@utoronto.ca

Master of Public Policy Program
School of Public Affairs, Sciences Po
Email: sophie.rivieredufour@sciencespo.fr

Application Process

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto. Applicants must also satisfy the dual degree program's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with a standing in the final year equivalent to at least a U of T B+, and a cumulative standing equivalent to at least a U of T mid-B.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the primary language of instruction is not English must provide proof of English-language proficiency. The following tests and scores will be accepted:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 100/120 overall;

    • International English language Testing System (IELTS): 7, with at least 6.5 for each component.

  • Proof of French-language proficiency is also necessary if the French track is chosen at Sciences Po. Please consult the Sciences Po website for details.

Program Requirements

During their U of T registration in the MGA program, students must successfully complete a total of 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows.

Year 1
  • Fall and Winter: Students complete Year 1 courses at Sciences Po.

  • Summer (0.5 FCE): GLA1007H Global Internship (12 weeks) plus a critical reflection paper to be submitted in September of Year 2.

Year 2
  • Fall and Winter (5.0 FCEs):

    • GLA1001H Macroeconomics: Markets, Institutions, and Growth (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA1003H Global Security (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA1006H International Legal Challenges (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA1011H Global Innovation Policy (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA1014H Global Development (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA2000H Capstone Seminar (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA2111H Research Methods for Global Affairs (0.5 FCE).

    • GLA2887H Final Research and Analysis (Credit/No Credit; 0.5 FCE).

    • 1.0 elective FCE (two half courses) at the 2000 level, taken at the Munk School.

  • Summer (0.5 FCE): GLA2800H Grand Oral.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

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