About the MGA degree

The Master of Global Affairs degree positions graduates to accelerate their careers in business, government and NGOs, as these sectors pursue their strategies in an increasingly interconnected and multipolar world.

The University of Toronto’s MGA program offers students the hard and soft skills they need to excel in their field of specialization, as well as an understanding of the broader economic, political, and social architecture of global affairs.

Year one

All students in the Master of Global Affairs program receive a strong grounding in global institutions, the global economy and finance, and global civil society.

A background in microeconomics is required to take the core course GLA1001H Macro & International Economics. Students who have not taken microeconomics within the last two years and received at least a B+ will be required to take GLA1010H Microeconomics in their first year of the MGA program.

Core courses / Click here to view course descriptions

  • International Economics
  • Global Civil Society
  • Decision Making and Strategic Development in the Global System
  • Global Policy Analysis
  • Global Security
  • Public International Law
  • Financial Management for Global Organizations
  • Global Innovation
  • Data and Analytics

Mid-Program Internship (required)

The Munk School of Global Affairs connects students with opportunities in top-tier businesses, international and national institutions, and civil-society organizations—and connects organizations with a new generation of leaders prepared to thrive in the global milieu. In addition to fulfilling the required internship, students are encouraged to study abroad for one of the program’s four semesters.

Year two

Equipped with core competencies—both theoretical and practical—in the global architecture, students specialize in one of the program’s three streams.

Global Economy & Markets Global Institutions Global Civil Society
International Trade Innovation, Institutions, Government and Growth The Political Economy of Development
The Global Political Economy of Money and Finance Risk and Risk Governance Humanitarian Practice
Economic Competitiveness and Social Protection Geopolitics of Cyberspace Global Problem Solving
Global Capital Markets Government Relations Innovation and Economic Development
Global Economic Lab Negotiating Internationally Global Justice Advocacy
Investment Growth in Emerging Markets Comparative Grand Strategy  Justice Reforms

 Capstone Course (required)

Second year capstone projects are a true reflection of the real world – our students provide genuine insight on global problems for real clients. Students work together in a team, across geographies, to provide a client with  value-added analysis and innovative solutions. Click here to view previous Capstone projects.

Examples of Elective Courses (Subject to Change)

  • Geopolitics of Cyberspace
  • Justice Reforms
  • Humanitarian Practice
  • The Political Economy of Development
  • The Global Political Economy of Money and Finance
  • Government Relations
  • Global Capital Markets
  • Innovation and the City
  • Innovation, Institutions, Governments and Growth
  • Negotiating Internationally
  • Innovation and Economic Development
  • Economic Competitiveness and Social Protection
  • Global Institutions and Diplomacy

Joint Programs/Collaborative Programs

The MGA also offers joint programs with the Faculty of Law (JD/MGA) and the Rotman School of Management (MGA/MBA). Please visit our Joint Programs page for more information.

Collaborative Specializations in Asia-Pacific Studies, Environmental Studies, and Ethnic and Pluralism Studies can also be added to the MGA degree. Click here for more information.

Please Note: The MGA cannot be taken part-time.

Discover the benefits


  1. Equips students with an awareness of global economic and financial systems, global civil society, and global strategic and security issues;
  2. Brings scholars and practitioners together to ensure that students' thinking is informed by rigorous theoretical work as well as real-time, real-world experience;
  3. Enables students to specialize in one of three streams—the global economy, global civil society, or global institutions—only after having achieved a level of fluency in all three;
  4. Provides students with the critical management skills required to take a leadership role in their chosen field;
  5. Prepares students for strategic thinking and responsible leadership on global issues;
  6. Draws on the strength of the University of Toronto's faculty across a wide range of disciplines;

Student Profiles


Learn more about the MGA program from current students. View profiles here.