MGA Admissions Information
Admissions for Fall 2023*
Please note applications for fall 2022 are closed.
Applications will reopen on September 30, 2022 for Fall 2023 entry.
The deadline to apply is January 25, 2023 (to be considered for merit-based entrance scholarships)
There is a second deadline of April 1, 2023 (not considered for merit-based entrance scholarships)
Here are the upcoming Master of Global Affairs (MGA) & Master of Public Policy (MPP) Admissions Information Sessions held on:
Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 2pm-4pm
Register here: https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/31918/
Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 2pm-4pm
Register here: https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/31919/
Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 2pm-4pm
Register here: https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/31920/
Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 2pm-4pm
Register here: https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/31921/
The Munk School’s Graduate Professional Master Degree Programs Open House will be held on:
Saturday November 5th, 2022
from 9:00am-1:30pm EST
Hybrid event held at:
1 Devonshire Place (At Trinity College)
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3K7 Canada
- Four-year (4 year) Bachelors degree (in any discipline) or equivalent.
- A minimum CGPA of mid B (3.0), and a minimum GPA of B+ (3.3) in the final year of undergraduate studies. Admission is highly competitive, and meeting this requirement does not guarantee admission.
- International Students: Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies degree equivalency tool to ensure you have the required credentials to apply to the MGA program.
- Students require both qualitative and quantitative skills to succeed in the MGA program. If your undergraduate degree heavily emphasised one but not the other, you can demonstrate competence in other ways. For example, if you have not taken any quantitative courses at your university, you can strengthen your application by submitting quantitative GRE or GMAT scores or high school grades in courses such as AP Calculus, International Baccalaureate, A-Level Further Mathematics, mention très bien in Mathematics in the French baccalauréat, Mathematics at the Cégep, Leistungkurs Mathematik in German-speaking systems, or equivalent courses. Conversely, if you completed a highly technical degree (especially if not in English), the admissions committee would welcome a writing sample in addition to the required short statement.
*If you are applying to any of our combined degree programs, dual degree or collaborative specialization, please ensure you meet the application requirements of both degrees and programs. Applicants to the dual degrees MPA/MGA, MPP/MGA, MIA/MGA must apply through the partner institution (London School of Economics (LSE), Sciences Po or Hertie). For more information please visit Joint Programs page.
*Are you an international student? Visit our international students page for information on being an international student in the Master of Global Affairs program.
Please read the following instructions carefully.
Applications to the MGA must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the online admissions application (see instructions below), which is housed on a secure server in the University of Toronto. We are now accepting applications for the second round of admissions (by the April 1, 2022 deadline). Please ensure your application is submitted, application fee paid and all supporting documents uploaded no later than the April 1, 2022 deadline.
Payment of your application fee ($125) must be received by the School of Graduate Studies before we will consider your application. You may pay online by VISA or MasterCard. We are unable to consider any requests to waive the application fee.
- If you are a first-time applicant, click the link to Create an Account to begin your application. You will receive a verification code via email as part of the account creation process. After entering your verification code, you will create a password for your account.
- You may save and return to the application at any point in the process.
- You will be required to enter information for [# of referees] referees. Your referees will automatically receive a notification email that they have been requested to complete a reference for your application, along with instructions to submit their reference letter in the application system.
- If you need to change your referees, please get in touch with the MGA Admissions Office email@example.com.
- If you need to send a reminder email to your existing referees, you can do so through your applicant portal after submitting your application.
- To view the status of your application, including outstanding requirements, please log in to your account to view your applicant status portal.
- You can upload application materials, including unofficial transcripts, statements of intent, writing samples, and more, through your applicant status portal after submitting your application.
*IMPORTANT: Once you have submitted an application to the MGA program, you will be assigned a JOINid which will be sent to you via email. Please ensure you keep this JOINid on file as if you are admitted to the program you will need it to log into UofT services before an official UTORid is assigned to you.
We will begin reviewing applications once the deadline passes. First round offers are typically made by mid-March, and admissions continue in rounds until the incoming class is full, at which point unsuccessful candidates will be notified by e-mail. All admissions communications will be done via e-mail including offers of admission and rejections of admission, with prepared offer of admission packages sent in the mail after the email offer of admission has been sent.
The following components are required to apply to the MGA program and must be uploaded to the online SGS application (or the Kira Talent website in the case of the Online Video Question and Written Response Question). Please note that you cannot make any changes to your Application Summary once you have paid your application fee. Also, please be careful uploading your application documents. You cannot make changes to them once they have been uploaded.
Transcripts of your academic record from each university attended are required for admission including transcripts from any exchange programs attended.
The University of Toronto now requires applicants to submit an electronic copy of their transcript as part of the application package. Applicants must either scan or take a screen shot of their transcript and upload it to the application. All transcripts must be submitted this way including transcripts for UofT students.
Please do not submit hard copies of transcripts. Only applicants offered admission to the program will be required to submit hard copies of their transcripts.
If your transcripts/documents are in a language other than English, you must also submit notarized English translations. Translations do not replace original documentation. Both the original documents and translations must be submitted. Exception: French is an official language of Canada and we therefore do not require English translations of transcripts in French.
If academic records do not reflect the completion of studies in progress, official final academic records indicating that the degree has been conferred must be submitted to us as soon as possible and before admission can be finalized. Instructions about clearing these conditions are found on the offer of admission.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Statement of Intent & Optional Diversity Statement
- REQURIED: Please submit a personal statement of approximately 400-500 words that describes the professional interests or issue(s) which attracted you to the Master of Global Affairs program and what you intend to accomplish or pursue in this field after completing the MGA degree.
- Applicants should also mention their interest in any one of the four main focus areas of the Munk School in their personal statement. Please refer to this link to learn more about these focus areas: https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/research-ideas/areas-of-focus/
- OPTIONAL: The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy is strongly committed to diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We also encourage all applicants to submit an optional 400-500 word diversity statement explaining how they might contribute to diversity through their participation in the MGA program or their future work.
- Please submit both as one file.
Resume or CV
Online Video Question and Written Response Question
Applicants must log into Kira Talent any time before the application deadline of January 20, 2020 and complete their one online video questions AND one written response question. Visit Kira Talent link: app.kiratalent.com/applicant/EHC5Zd/instructions/ to access the online video assessment.
- Video question: Applicants are required to answer a randomly selected question. The questions are general “getting to know you” questions. Example: “What are your hobbies?”. There is no need to prepare any answers in advance. Applicants have 45 secs to prep their answer and 90 secs to record their response.
- Once your response has been recorded you cannot go back and record another one. Applicants have the opportunity to practice on five questions before they record their response.
- For questions related to this component of the application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions related to technical support on Kira Talent, please contact email@example.com.
- Written response question: Applicants will also need to submit a written response to a randomly generated question. The questions are general “getting to know you” questions. Example “What do you see yourself doing in five years?”. There is no need to prepare in advance for answering these questions. Applicants will have 5 mins to answer the question prompt.
Demonstration of Quantitative Skills
Are standardized tests required?
Proof of English Language Proficiency (if necessary)
Equivalently, you are not required to submit scores if and only if (a) you have a degree from a Canadian university (regardless of the language of instruction) or (b) you have a degree for which the language of instruction and examination was English (regardless of the country in which you obtained the degree).
Please note that test scores more than two years old by the documents upload deadline of January 26, 2021 will not be accepted (no exceptions).
Minimum Recommended Scores:
TOEFL iBT Test (min score): Total score of 100-120. Speaking 22-30.
TOEFL PBT Test (min score): Total score between 600-677. Min 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
IELTS min score between Band 7-9.
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Have a question about the MGA application?
Contact the MGA Admissions Office
Recruitment & Admissions Officer
Master of Global Affairs
Rejeanne is the Recruitment and Admissions Officer for the Munk School’s professional degree programs. Get in touch!
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View the profiles of our current MGA Student Ambassadors here.