Fees & Financial Aid
For more information on being an international student and visa requirements at the University of Toronto please click here. International students should try to get a student visa as early as possible as wait times for visas will vary and can delay your start date for the program.
Visit Funding Opportunities for MGA students for a complete list of funding options.
The Master of Global Affairs program does not offer a formal financial aid program. Instead, potential or current MGA students are encouraged to explore the options below when looking to fund their degree.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a program run by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and funded by the provincial and federal governments. As a need-based program, it provides loans, grants, scholarships, and bursaries based on a formula that compares educational costs to the student’s own income and assets. OSAP provides eligible Ontario students with financial assistance to help pay for their tuition, books, mandatory fees, living costs, and transportation.
Osap Applications for funding for the Academic Year 2016-2017 are now open. Please visit their website for more information.
Students from provinces other than Ontario
Canadian provinces outside Ontario: Website: http://www.future.utoronto.ca/finances/financial-aid/osap-and-other-government-aid, Email: email@example.com
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- North West Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Supporting documentation, required signatures, paper applications (including the fee payment) as well as cost sheets should all be submitted to Admissions & Awards.
Scotiabank Professional Student Loan
You can also visit the Scotiabank Branch at 222 Queen Street West in Toronto and speak to a representative.
Other loans & bursaries
USA student aid programs: Website: http://www.future.utoronto.ca/finances/financial-aid/other-loans-and-student-lines-credit, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Scholarships and Awards
MGA Student Scholarship
Provincial and Federal Awards
OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship)
Value of Award: $15,000 ($5,000 per term)
Eligibility: Students who are Ontario residents, including visa students may apply for OGS
Students must have a GPA 0f 3.7 or A- in their last 20 courses to be eligible for this award.
Deadline to submit application to MGA program: March 1, 2017 (International Students) and May 1, 2017 (Domestic Students) (please submit your application online as directed below)
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) is now administered and distributed at a departmental level. The MGA program accepts OGS application directly and is responsible for distributing the award. Current Year One and potential MGA students may apply for OGS using the on-line application form now available for students to access via the SGS website or by clicking here.
The University of Toronto OGS application requires that students provide the same supporting materials as has been included in previous OGS applications:
- Two Academic Assessment reports (referees will be required to submit on-line)
- Plan of study (approx. 500 words)
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (unofficial or student issued copies are permitted)
- List of previous awards/publications/conferences/research experience
Important note for students: This application will only be assessed at the University of Toronto. Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferrable by a student from one university to another.
SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
Value of Award: $17, 500 (CAD)
Eligibility: Students who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada may apply for SSHRC.
Students must hold an 80% (A- or 3.7) average in their last two years of undergraduate study to be eligible for this award.
Deadline to submit application to MGA program: December 1, 2016
MGA students are eligible to apply for the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Award. Students can apply for this award starting in the fall of each year for use in the next academic year. Both current Year One MGA students and students applying to the MGA program may apply for this award.
Although the MGA program does not have a formal thesis component, MGA students are eligible to apply for SSHRC based on the research components of the required Capstone course and the elective independent study course.
When completing a CGS M application, students may select up to 5 separate universities (one graduate department per university) where they intend to pursue graduate studies and hold the award. Once completed and submitted online, the entire application will be available to all the proposed universities the student has listed. Students applying for an award at U of T will not be required to submit a paper application.
Applicants must complete and submit the online application using the Research Portal. Students should refer to the CGS M application instructions currently housed on the NSERC’s website for details on how to complete their application. Additionally the Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and uploaded to the CGS M application.
A completed CGS M application will include the following:
- Completed 3 part online application
- Summary of Proposal
- Activity Details
- Outline of proposed research (as PDF attachment)
- Canadian Common CV (as PDF attachment)
- All official academic transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (as PDF attachment)**
- Completed Reference Assessments (x2) – invitation initiated and form completed electronically
** registered students must provide official transcripts showing fall 2015 registration.
***SSHRC cannot be transferred to other schools. Students must use the award at university that awarded it to them.
Resources and Contact Information:
- Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program Instructions for Completing an Application: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/ResearchPortal-PortailDeRecherche/Instructions-Instructions/CGS_M-BESC_M_eng.asp.
- Canadian Common CV – How to Complete the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Version: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/ResearchPortal-PortailDeRecherche/Instructions-Instructions/index_eng.asp
Other Scholarships and Awards
TA & RAships
The MGA program does not offer Teaching Assistant positions as part of the offer of admissions. TA positions are posted by participating departments and students are encouraged to seek out these positions independently. TAships are unionized and often go to continuing PhD students before Masters students. However, students should still apply to any position available. Please visit departmental websites (Example: Department of Political Science) to view TA positions.
Students seeking a position as a Research Assistant should contact professors directly. Professors often have personal grants through which they fund RAships. The University’s Work Study program also offers RA positions to students who qualify for OSAP. Please visit the Career Centre’s website in late August/early September for more information on the types of positions available.
Grad House is University of Toronto’s residence for graduate students. Students must apply directly to Grad House for a spot. Please visit their website for more information.
More information on housing options for students can be found here.
Tuition Fees Schedule 2016-2017
MGA Domestic Students Entering 2016
2016-17 $21,250 CAD per year
MGA International Students Entering 2016
2016-17 $34,450 CAD per year
For more information on being an international student and visa requirements at the University of Toronto please click here.
International students should try to get a student visa as early as possible as wait times for visas will vary and can delay your start date for the program.
The University of Toronto's Fee Level Commitment
Since 1998-99 the University’s tuition policy guarantees that no student continuing in a program will be subject to a fee increase of more than 5% per year for the normal length of a full-time program of study. Students who exceed the normal length of their program will be charged the same tuition as students in the final year of that program.
Tuition fees during the period 2006-07 to 2011-12 are subject to the Tuition Framework of the Government of Ontario. In accordance with this framework, tuition increases for domestic fee level will not exceed 4% per year.
For more information please click here.
More information on tuition from the Provost's website.