MGA Admissions Information
Admissions for Fall 2021
Applications for entrance September 2021 are now open. Applications close on Thursday, January 21, 2021.
- 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.
*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 MPP/MGA and MIA/MGA must apply through the partner institution (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, which is housed on a secure server in the University of Toronto. Once you access the SGS online admissions application and enter your contact information, an applicant identification number and a password will be emailed to you. You can leave and return to your application at any point until you move to the application fee payment stage. At that point you can return to check on the status of this application, including whether we have received your supporting documents. Please ensure that your application is complete by the January 21, 2021 deadline. No late applications or supporting documents will be accepted.
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.
*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.
For questions related to the SGS online application system please click HERE.
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.
- 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 21, 2021 and complete their two online video questions AND one written response question. Visit https://app.kiratalent.com/n/assessment/MpNcaw 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.
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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