Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the program?
The MGA program is two years with a global internship component in the summer after the first year.
When does the program begin?
New students are admitted in the fall of each year. There is no winter admittance.
How many students will be admitted?
The MGA will admit 80 students per year.
What makes the MGA a professional program?
- The MGA equips students with an awareness of global economic and financial systems, global civil society, and global strategic and security issues;
- brings scholars and practitioners together to ensure that students’ thinking is informed by rigorous theoretical work as well as real-time, real-world experience;
- 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;
- provides students with the critical management skills required to take a leadership role in their chosen field;
- helps students develop essential skills through professional development workshops;
- prepares students for strategic thinking and responsible leadership on global issues;
- draws on the strength of the University of Toronto's faculty across a wide range of disciplines;
- connects students with internship opportunities at top international organizations and enterprises, as well as opportunities for study abroad.
I want to do my PhD. Is the MGA program a good fit for me?
Although the MGA program does not have a thesis component, there will still be research opportunities available to students through their courses and the Capstone seminar. The program is designed for students who plan on entering the workforce once they graduate, but those wishing to pursue a PhD would certainly be able to do so after graduation. Students also have the opportunity to interact with our world renowned faculty.
What sort of career services are available to me as a graduate of the MGA program?
The MGA does not have a job placement program. The faculty and staff will do all they can to support a student who is looking for a job after graduation, but in such a competitive global market, the Munk School cannot guarantee a job after graduation. Networking opportunities will be available to the students while they are in the program. The University of Toronto has a Career Centre that helps students find jobs after they graduate.
I want to take the JD/MGA combined program. Do I have to apply for both now?
No. You can apply for the JD program now and then apply for the MGA in your first year of the JD program. Please contact Law admissions for more information.
When do you apply?
The application for the MGA program is available in October of each year. Please see the admissions page for exact dates pertaining to this year.
Can I take the program part-time?
No. The MGA program can only be taken on a full-time basis.
Does the MGA have a mature status in the admission process for entry into the program?
No. The MGA does not have a different admission process or different admissions requirements for mature students. All of our standard procedures and requirements must be satisfied.
What is the cut-off grade required for the MGA program?
A minimum CGPA of mid B, and a minimum GPA of B+ in the final year of undergraduate studies. Admission is highly competitive, and meeting this requirement does not guarantee admission. Applicants who went to a university that uses a different grading scale will have their marks converted to the University of Toronto grading scale.
My degree is from another country. Is there anything extra that I need to know?
Applicants educated at non-Canadian institutions should note that their educational background will be assessed for equivalency with a University of Toronto degree as described above. All applicants, including those who have completed university studies in another country, must satisfy all of our regular procedures and requirements. Please see the online international degree equivalencies to determine if you are eligable to apply to graduate school.
My GRE, LSAT, and GMAT score will not be sent by the deadline. What should I do?
Please contact the MGA program office at email@example.com to notify them that your scores will be delayed. You may be offered a conditional acceptance based on us receiving your test score.
What should my statement of intent include?
Your statement of intent should could include a description of the analytical question or problem you would most like to pursue in our graduate program or a description of your professional trajectory . You may wish to indicate what theoretical approaches shape your thinking on this topic, and why our program is an appropriate academic environment for engaging in that work. Please do not make this an autobiography. Some background information may be relevant, but what we really want to know is what interests you academically. The statement may be no longer than one page single spaced.
Does my writing sample have to relate to the topic of Global Affairs?
Ideally your writing sample should be on a topic related to International Relations or Global Affairs in some way. Your writing sample should be able to show the admissions committee that you can form an argument and can handle writing academically on the topic of Global Affairs. Please do not submit anything longer than 30 pages.
I did my BA in something unrelated to International Relations and Global Affairs. What can I submit as my writing sample?
Please find a writing sample that best displays your ability to analyze a particular topic and form an argument relating to that topic. Try to find something that is closely related to the social sciences if possible. You must be able to show the admissions committee that you can handle academic writing at a graduate level.
I have been out of school for some time. How will this effect my application?
The members of the admissions committee appreciate the unique situation of applicants who have been out of school for several years. If you have been out of school for some time and your CGPA and GPA do not make the cut-off, the University of Toronto suggests you take a qualifying year to boost your GPA. Although work experience will be taken into consideration when assessing your applications, you still need to meet the academic requirements.
If you do not have copies of your undergraduate work to submit as a writing sample, you may submit something work related. It is preferred that you submit an academic paper as you are trying to show the admissions committee that you can handle writing at a graduate level.
If you cannot get in touch with past professors for reference letters, try and get a letter from a supervisor at work who, for example, can comment on your writing skills, problem-solving ability, creativity, organizational skills, and, if possible, your research skills. You could also apply to another university located near you for non-degree student status, which would allow you to take one or two graduate courses in political science or international relations. This would provide the opportunity for a professor to become familiar with your academic abilities.
I completed a four-year bachelor's degree, but my overall GPA is lower than your admission requirements. What can I do to increase my GPA?
You may wish to consider academic upgrading. Normally, such an upgrading program:
- consists of five full courses at the senior level (e.g., fourth year)
- consists of academic (i.e., liberal arts) courses related to Global Affairs
- must be completed at a recognized university
- must be completed on a full- or part-time basis within five years or less of your application to our program
Keep in mind that completing a qualifying year will not ensure admission into the program.
Students who wish to complete a qualifying year should stay at their current university or apply to be a non-degree student at the University of Toronto. For information on how to apply to the University of Toronto as a non-degree student click here.
Can I submit references from my employer?
It is preferred that you submit at least two academic references. If you would like to submit an employer reference on top of your academic references you may do so, but it should be relevant to the program you are applying to and speak to your writing skills, problem-solving ability, creativity, organizational skills, and, if possible your research skills.
When do I have to have all my documents submitted by?
Documents must be submitted by the April 1, 2013 deadline. Applicants whose files are competitive and complete before the application deadline may recieve and early offer of admission.
Will I be notified when all my documents are received?
You may log on to the online application system to see the status of your application. However, please note that due to the volume of applications your application will not automatically be reviewed if all your documents are in. We will contact an applicant ONLY if there are missing documents from their application. If you do not hear from us, your application is complete.
I have submitted all my documents, but my online status of my application still reads "Documents Pending"?
The online application system unfortunately is unable to automatically move your application to "Under Review" if all your documents have been submitted. This must be done manually by the admissions department. Your application will not be moved to "Under Review" until after the February 7th deadline.
Why am I being asked to write a graduate entrance exam when other Canadian schools do not require them?
The MGA program is a professional degree program that is modeled after programs such as the MBA. The graduate entrance exams test certain skills that will be required in the MGA program. Most U.S. schools with similar programs require a graduate entrance exam.
Can I use my LSAT scores even though I am not applying to the JD/MGA program?
Yes. You may use your LSAT scores provided they are not more than four years old. It is strongly encouraged, however, that you write the GRE if you are applying just to the MGA
When will I hear if I have been accepted into the MGA program?
Final decisions will be on-going as applications are completed.
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