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

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Application payment deadline MGA:

TBA

MGA:

TBA

Supporting documents deadline MGA:

TBA

MGA:

TBA

Minimum admission average MGA:

B+

MGA:

B+

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.
 

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+.

  • Open to all disciplinary backgrounds.

Program Requirements

This is a two-year program taken on a full-time basis over 20 consecutive months.

  • Students must complete 8.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs), as follows:

    • ​​​4.5 FCEs in core courses in Year 1 (nine half-course equivalents)

    • 0.5 FCE: GLA 1007H Global Internship in the Summer session between Years 1 and 2

    • 0.5 FCE core course in Year 2: GLA 2000H Capstone Seminar

    • additional 3.0 FCEs in Year 2 (six half courses) at the 2000 level from the Munk School.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis as part of their degree program. In order for students to graduate, they must complete at least 1.5 FCEs in that emphasis; see details below. Students may use courses taken in other departments towards their chosen emphasis with the approval of the MGA Program Director. Verification of completion of an emphasis will be at the discretion of the MGA Program Director. Students must formally request that the emphasis be listed on their transcript.

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:

GLA 2002H; GLA 2014H; GLA 2019H; GLA 2028H; GLA 2060H; GLA 2061H GLA 2062H; and JCR 1000Y.

 

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:

GLA 2014H; GLA 2018H; GLA 2021H; GLA 2080H; GLA 2081H; and GLA 2082H.

 

Emphasis: Justice

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

GLA 2013H; GLA 2016H; GLA 2023H; GLA 2066H; GLA 2067H; and GLA 2068H.

 

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:

GLA 2001H; GLA 2006H; GLA 2012H; GLA 2015H; GLA 2025H; GLA 2069H; GLA 2070H; and GLA 2071H.

 

Emphasis: Security

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

GLA2010H; GLA2024H; GLA2030H; GLA 2063H; GLA 2064H; GLA 2065H

 

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 and the Sciences Po Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs. In Year 1, students complete MPP coursework in France at Sciences Po. In the summer 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, complete a Grand Oral Exam as part of the dual degree requirements.

Contact

Master of Global Affairs / Master of Public Policy Program
Web: https://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:

    • TOEFL: 100/120 overall;

    • IELTS (International English language testing system): 7, with at least 6.5 for each component;

    • Cambridge English: Advanced;

    • TOEIC: Listening and Reading: 945/990; Speaking and Writing: 360/400;

    • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic: 68.

  • 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.

  • The program welcomes applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds.

Program Requirements

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

  • Summer: GLA 1007H Global Internship.

Year 2
  • Fall and Winter:

    • GLA 1001H Macroeconomics: Markets, Institutions, and Growth

    • GLA 1003H Global Security

    • GLA 1006H International Legal Challenges

    • GLA 1009H Financial Management for Global Organizations

    • GLA 1011H Global Innovation Policy

    • GLA 1014H Global Development

    • GLA 2000H Capstone Seminar

    • Three elective courses.

  • Summer: GLA 2800H Grand Oral.

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