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 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 *NEW for students entering the MGA program fall 2019

Students in year one of the MGA program take the following nine core courses. All first year courses are required.

Core courses / Click here to view course descriptions

  • Decision Making & Strategic Thinking in The Global System
  • Financial Management for Global Organizations
  • Global Development
  • Global Innovation Policy
  • Global Security
  • Global Legal Challenges
  • Microeconomics for Global Affairs
  • Macroeconomics: Markets, Institutions and Growth
  • Statistics for Global Affairs

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 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 in the second term of year two.

Year two

MGA students in the second year of the program focus their degree by taking a minimum of 1.5 FCEs (three electives) out of the required 3.0 FCEs (six electives) in a chosen emphasis. A letter of completion confirming a focus in a particular emphasis will be given to students upon completion of the program.

Year Two Emphases:

  • Development
  • Innovation Policy
  • Justice
  • Markets
  • Security

MGA year two students also take the required Capstone course (GLA2000H).


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. Capstone Course (required)

Examples of Elective Courses Based on Emphases (Subject to Change)



GLA2063H Topics in Security I: Justice in an Age of Violence, Conflict, and Insecurity

GLA2013H Topics in Global Violence: Explanations

GLA2023H Justice Reforms in a Global Context

GLA2091H Topics in Global Affairs II: Moral Psychology and Global Affairs



GLA2063H Topics in Security I: Justice in an Age of Violence, Conflict, and Insecurity

GLA2092H Topics in Global Affairs III: The Populist Radical Right in Europe

GLA2024H Intelligence and Covert Action

GLA2096H Topics in Global Affairs V: Global Migration Governance: State Sovereignty, Geopolitics, and Migrant Rights

GLA2010H The Geopolitics of Cyberspace



GLA2002H Issues in Development Policy: Tax and Development

JCR1000Y Global Challenges

GLA2060H Topics in Development I: Humanitarian Practice

GLA2028H Global Civil Society

GLA2061H Topics in Development II: Gender and Protracted Crises

GLA2096H Topics in Global Affairs V: Global Migration Governance: State Sovereignty, Geopolitics, and Migrant Rights



GLA2012H The Political Economy of Trade

GLA2006H The Global Political Economy of Money and Finance

GLA2015H Economic Competitiveness and Social Protection

GLA2098H Topics in Global Affairs V: Risk and Risk Governance

GLA2025H Global Economic Policy Lab

GLA2001H Global Capital Markets

GLA2093H Topics in Global Affairs IV: Government Relations



GLA2014H Innovation and Economic Development

JCR1000Y Global Challenges

GLA2018H Innovation and the City

GLA2012H Innovation, Institutions, Governments, and Growth


MGA students are required to have completed 8.5 FCEs (17 courses) upon completion of the MGA degree.

Joint Programs/Collaborative Programs

The MGA program offers a dual degree (MPP/MGA) program with Sciences Po in Pairs. 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;

MGA Student Ambassadors

Learn more about the MGA program from current students.

Our MGA Student Ambassadors are happy to speak to perspective students about the MGA program. Email mga@utoronto.ca to speak to an Ambassador.

View the profiles of our current MGA Student Ambasadors here.

View profiles of our current MGA students