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Collaborative specializations

Add an additional area of specialization to your MGA degree

Collaborative specializations

In addition to the standalone Master of Global Affairs, you can also add an additional area of specialization to your program to focus on a particular geographic area or topic.  Collaborative specializations offered with the MGA program include: 

  • Collaborative Master's Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies
  • Collaborative Specialization in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies
  • Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies
  • Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy

 

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Collaborative Master’s Specialization Options

Courses you take as part of a collaborative specialization count towards the 1.0 FCE (2 electives) limit on non-departmental courses. You may double count 0.50 FCE (one elective) for more than one emphasis OR use it to count towards any collaborative specialization in which you are enrolled.

Collaborative Master’s Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies

Students enrolled in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies (CESEAS) are required to satisfy the degree requirements of both the disciplinary department and the collaborative specialization. The CESEAS requirements can be met concurrently with, or in addition to, home unit requirements.

The Collaborative Master’s Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies/MGA requirements include:

  • A year-long, interdisciplinary core seminar (ASI1000Y “Issues in Asia-Pacific Studies”) which will count towards MGA elective requirements.
  • A thesis-equivalent research paper in an independent research half-course (GLA2095H MGA Reading Course/GLA2888H MGA Research Paper ) in the area of Contemporary East and Southeast Asia which will count towards MGA elective requirements. The Major research paper should include original research and independent analysis; both critical engagement with the academic literature and, where relevant, existing (policy) debate in the chosen area. Papers are expected to be 50-60 pages and approx. 12,000 words or more.
  • One half-course (0.5 FCEs) with a focus on Contemporary East or Southeast Asia which will count towards MGA elective requirements. This course requirement can be met through other department course offerings (MGA, Economics, Political Science, etc). Papers are due early April each year for students wishing to graduate in June.
  • Every student is expected to have a working knowledge of an East or Southeast Asian language by the time of graduation.

For more information on the Collaborative Master’s Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies please contact: ai.asianstudies@utoronto.ca

Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies

Students enrolled in the Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies are required to satisfy the requirements of both the disciplinary department and the collaborative specialization. Harney Program requirements can be met concurrently with, or in addition to, home unit requirements.

The Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies/MGA requirements include:

  • 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE) in ethnicity, immigration, or pluralism.  This course will count towards MGA elective requirements.
  • Coordinating seminar in ethnicity (EIP3000H – see below) offered in the Fall semester which will count towards MGA elective requirements.
  • When a practicum is required for the completion of a Master’s degree, it will focus on ethnicity (GLA1007H Global Internship).

For more information on the Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies please contact:

Marie-Eve Loiselle, Program Administrator

T: 416-978-4783
E: harneyprogram@utoronto.ca
Visit the Harney Program website

Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies

Students enrolled in Environmental Studies are required to satisfy the degree requirements of both the disciplinary department and the collaborative program. The Environmental Studies requirements can be met concurrently with, or in addition to, home unit requirements.

The Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies/ MGA requirements include:

  • 4.5 FCE core courses in the first year as determined by the MGA degree program requirements.
  • 0.5 FCE internship (GLA1007H) in the summer session between the first and second years, which will also count towards the internship requirement (ENV4444H) in the ES collaborative program, provided it has an environment-related component.

3.0 additional FCEs in the second year (including GLA2111H Research Methods for Global Affairs and GLA2000H Capstone Seminar), which must include the half-credit (0.5 FCE) core courses ENV1001H, plus one half-credit (0.5 FCE) course elective from the approved list of courses at the School of the Environment, and write a Research Paper on an environment-related topic in the home unit that will count towards the ES collaborative program research paper (ENV5555Y). When registering on ROSI for the research paper project, MGA students shall use one of their home unit-designated course codes for that purpose: GLA2095H MGA Reading Course or GLA2888H MGA Research Paper.

Note: Students who wish to take the School of the Environment core course ENV1001H in their first year may do so with express permission from the home unit (making a total of 4.5 FCE in the first year). Students enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies will receive a notation on their transcript and a separate certificate issued by the School of Graduate Studies.

For more information on the Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies please contact: dana.britton@utoronto.ca

Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy

The Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy is a cross-disciplinary program providing graduate students with an exemplary training program in public health policy. It will give students the capacity to contribute to the development, refinement, and evaluation of policies to address society’s pressing and emerging public health priorities. Through the direction of academics and policymakers associated with the Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy, students will be provided with real-world skills to address the complex and demanding task of public health policymaking (including insight into a wide array of legislative and regulatory interventions, administrative practices, financing and funding decisions, and various forms of soft law e.g., guidelines and informal processes) which operate at the international, federal, provincial and municipal levels and in settings that are cross-cutting (e.g., worksites) and in ways that are both cross-jurisdictional and cross-sectoral.

The Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy requirements include:

  • Completion of two courses from the following list: CHL5300H Public Health Policy, CHL5308H Tools and Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation, HAD501H Canada’s Health Care System, or PPG2000H Politics and the Policy Process.
  • Completion of the graduate seminar course SRM3333Y (not for credit) which is comprised of monthly rounds and two full-day Public Health Policy Institutes. *This course is not for degree credit. It does not count toward elective requirements.
  • The half-course MGA Reading Course (GLA2095H) or MGA Research Paper course (GLA2888H), consisting of a 50-60 page research paper focused on the area of public health policy.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the collaborative specialization will receive a certificate and the notation “Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Public Health Policy” on their transcript.

Visit the Dalla Lana School of Public Health website for more information.