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.

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Year one

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

  • Global Development
  • Global Innovation Policy
  • Global Security
  • International Legal Challenges
  • Microeconomics for Global Affairs
  • Macroeconomics: Markets, Institutions and Growth
  • Statistics for Global Affairs
  • Elective One. Choose One of Three (GLA2029H Sustainability in the World: A Living Lab Course, GLA2027H Ethics and Global Affairs, or GLA2034H Decision Making & Strategic Thinking).
  • Elective Two

Mid-Program Internship (required)

The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy 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 year two take two core courses (GLA2111H) Research Methods for Global Affairs and (GLA2000H) Capstone Seminar plus five (2.5 FCEs) elective courses.

MGA students in the second year of the program may focus their degree by taking a minimum of 1.5 FCEs (three electives) out of the required 3.5 FCEs (seven electives) total in a chosen emphasis. The completion of a particular emphasis will be recognized on the transcript at graduation.

Year Two Emphases:

  • Development
  • Innovation Policy
  • Human Rights and Global Justice
  • Markets
  • Global Security
  • The Digital World
  • Global Policy in Europe and Eurasia
  • Global Policy and Asia

Capstone

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. MGA students are required to take Research Methods for Global Affairs (GLA2111H) and Capstone course (GLA2000H).

MGA students are required to have complete 8.5 FCEs (normally 17 courses).

Joint Programs/Collaborative Programs

The MGA program offers a dual degree (MPP/MGA) program with Sciences Po in Paris and a dual degree (MIA/MGA) program with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. 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 five emphases —development, innovation policy, justice, markets, or security—only after having achieved a level of fluency in all five;
  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 Ambassadors here.