Fees & Financial Aid

For more information on funding options available to domestic students through the University of Toronto click here. For funding options available to international students click here.

Financial Aid

The Master of Global Affairs program does not offer a formal financial aid program. Instead, potential or current MGA students are encouraged to explore the options below when looking to fund their degree. The MGA program does not offer full-tuition funding. Admitted students are advised that funding sources are limited once they have begun the program.  Current MGA students fund their degree through a combination of scholarships (if awarded), government loans, bank loans, and personal finances. 

OSAP loans

The Master of Global Affairs is an OSAP approved program. Students who are applying on the OSAP website (http://osap.gov.on.ca) can select the program by entering the keywords “Global Affairs”.

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a program run by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and funded by the provincial and federal governments. As a need-based program, it provides loans, grants, scholarships, and bursaries based on a formula that compares educational costs to the student’s own income and assets. OSAP provides eligible Ontario students with financial assistance to help pay for their tuition, books, mandatory fees, living costs, and transportation.

Please visit the OSAP website for more information.


Students from provinces other than Ontario

Students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents may be eligible for financial assistance from their provincial governments. Applications for the fall term are usually available in late May or early June. It is recommended that students apply for student loans at least 10 weeks prior to the start of the new academic year. Please note that students may only ever hold student loans from one province. Please see the appropriate link below for information on the student loans offered by your province of residence . Please visit the Admissions & Awards website for information on American Student Loans.

Canadian provinces outside Ontario:  Website:  http://www.future.utoronto.ca/finances/financial-aid/osap-and-other-government-aid,  Email: oop.financialaid@utoronto.ca

Supporting documentation, required signatures, paper applications (including the fee payment) as well as cost sheets should all be submitted to Admissions & Awards.

Admissions & Awards
172 St. George StreetToronto, Ontario M5R 0A3
Phone: 416-978-2190
E-mail: osap.staff@utoronto.ca
Website: www.adm.utoronto.ca

Scotiabank Professional Student Loan

If you do not qualify for government student aid or need additional funds, MGA students may apply for the Professional Student Loan Program offered by Scotiabank. This is an interest bearing loan. But, provided you have an acceptable credit rating, it will be provided to you without a co-signer.

Students interested in applying for the Scotiabank’s Professional Student Loan Program may contact the following representatives:

Shanta Gulchand



Lynne Owen


Other loans & bursaries

For information on other loans and bursaries, please see the School of Graduate Studies website.

International Students

International students are encouraged to seek financial assistance programs and loans from their country of residence.  International students do not qualify for Canadian government financial assistance or bank loans.

U.S. Citizens

The MGA program now qualifies for US Direct Loan funding. For more information please click here.

Scholarships and Awards

Master of Global Affairs Award

The MGA program offers select students entrance scholarships awarded upon admission to the program. There is no application for these scholarships and they are awarded at the discretion of the admissions committee. MGA scholarships do not provide full-tuition funding. They vary in amounts and range from $2,000-$8,000 depending on strength of admission file. There is no opportunity to apply for additional scholarship funding once funding has been awarded. MGA students entering second year are eligible to receive a Master of Global Affairs Award based on academic performance in the first year of the program.

International Students

The Master of Global Affairs Award may be awarded to international students. However, there is no separate funding for international students specifically.

Paul Cadario Fellowship in Global Affairs

  • Established by Paul Cadario
  • Awarded to an incoming Master of Global Affairs (MGA) student based on financial need and academic merit

David Goldberg Fellowship

  • Established by Gary and Martin Goldberg in memory of their father, David Goldberg
  • Awarded to one or two incoming Master of Global Affairs (MGA) students per year

Jonathan Hausman Fellowship

  • Established by Jonathan Hausman
  • Awarded to incoming Master of Global Affairs (MGA) students who have completed a business (B.Com.) or law degree (LLB or JD), or is undertaking a joint law degree or business degree with the MGA. Award will be made based on academic merit

Richard and Wanda O'Hagan Scholarships

  • Established by Peter O’Hagan
  • Awarded to an incoming Master of Global Affairs (MGA) student on the basis of academic merit and financial need

Dr. James Orbinski Fellowship in Global Affairs

  • Established by the Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Political Science, School of Graduate Studies and Provost Office
  • Awarded to an incoming student in the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program on the basis of academic merit. Financial need will also be considered

The Power Corporation of Canada MGA Scholarship

  • Established by the Power Corporation of Canada
  • Awarded to an incoming Master of Global Affairs (MGA) student, based on academic merit and financial need

The Janice Stein Student and Alumni Leadership Awards

The Janice Stein Student Leadership award is awarded to a graduating MGA student who has exhibited exemplary leadership in the MGA program. Nominations are due mid-May. The recipient is announced at the MGA convocation reception in June.

The Janice Stein Alumni Leadership Award is awarded to an MGA alumni who has exhibited exemplary innovative leadership on a global issue since graduating from the MGA program. The recipient is announced at the fall alumni reunion. 

The Peter Mansbridge Gold Medal

The Peter Mansbridge Gold Medal is awarded to the student with the highest academic standing in the MGA program upon graduation. The recipient is announced at the MGA convocation reception in June.   

The George B. Kepes MGA Leadership Award

The George B. Kepes MGA Leadership Award is awarded to an outstanding graduating MGA student who has made a meaningful contribution to student life and extra-curricular activities at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. The recipient is announced at the MGA convocation reception in June.

Provincial and Federal Awards

OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship)

Value of Award: $15,000 ($5,000 per term)

Eligibility: Students who are Ontario residents, including visa students may apply for OGS

Students must have a GPA 0f 3.7 or A- in their last 20 courses to be eligible for this award.

Deadline to submit application to MGA program: March 1, 2020 (International Students) and MAY 1, 2020 (Domestic Students)  (please submit your application online as directed below)

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) is now administered and distributed at a departmental level. The MGA program accepts OGS application directly and is responsible for distributing the award. Current Year One and potential MGA students may apply for OGS using the on-line application form now available for students to access via the SGS website or by clicking here.

The University of Toronto OGS application requires that students provide the same supporting materials as has been included in previous OGS applications:

  • Two Academic Assessment reports (referees will be required to submit on-line)
  • Plan of study (approx. 500 words)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (unofficial or student issued copies are permitted)
  • List of previous awards/publications/conferences/research experience

Important note for students: This application will only be assessed at the University of Toronto. Students must submit an OGS application to each institution for which they are seeking admission. OGS awards are no longer transferrable by a student from one university to another.

SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)

Value of Award: $17, 500 (CAD)

Eligibility: Students who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada may apply for SSHRC.

Students must hold an 80% (A- or 3.7) average in their last two years of undergraduate study to be eligible for this award.

Deadline to submit application to MGA program: December 2020

MGA students are eligible to apply for the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Award. Students can apply for this award starting in the fall of each year for use in the next academic year. Both current Year One MGA students and students applying to the MGA program may apply for this award.

Although the MGA program does not have a formal thesis component, MGA students are eligible to apply for SSHRC based on the research components of the required Capstone course and the elective independent study course.

Application Process:

When completing a CGS M application, students may select up to 5 separate universities (one graduate department per university) where they intend to pursue graduate studies and hold the award. Once completed and submitted online, the entire application will be available to all the proposed universities the student has listed. Students applying for an award at U of T will not be required to submit a paper application.

Applicants must complete and submit the online application using the Research Portal. Students should refer to the CGS M application instructions currently housed on the NSERC’s website for details on how to complete their application. Additionally the Canadian Common CV (CCV) must be completed and uploaded to the CGS M application.

A completed CGS M application will include the following:

  • Completed 3 part online application
  • Identification
  • Summary of Proposal
  • Activity Details
  • Outline of proposed research (as PDF attachment)
  • Canadian Common CV (as PDF attachment)
  • All official academic transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (as PDF attachment)**
  • Completed Reference Assessments (x2) – invitation initiated and form completed electronically

** registered students must provide official transcripts showing fall 2017 registration.

***SSHRC cannot be transferred to other schools. Students must use the award at university that awarded it to them.

Resources and Contact Information:

Other Scholarships and Awards

Students are encouraged to visit Awards Explorer for other scholarship and award opportunities. Students should be proactive when applying for external and internal funding.

CIE Study Abroad Funding

The Centre for International Experience offers various funding opportunities for students who are planning to study abroad in their second year of the MGA program. Please visit the CIE website for more information.



Below is a sample budget for the overall cost to attend the MGA program for one year. Costs are an estimate. More information on living costs in Toronto can be found here.

Perspective students can calculate their own budget using the UofT Financial Planning Tool.

Domestic Student Budget

Tuition: $21,070.00 (estimate based on 2020-2021 tuition)

Accommodation (based on a one bedroom apartment off-campus): $16,000 for 8 months ($2,000 a month)

Books: $500

Required Internship: $5,000

Food: $3000

Public Transportation: $980

Clothing: $1000

Miscellaneous: $2000

Total: $49,550 per year


International Student Budget

Tuition: $41,870.00 (estimate based on 2020-2021 tuition)

Accommodation (based on a one bedroom apartment off-campus): $16,000 for 8 months ($2,000 a month)

Books: $500

Required Internship: $5,000

Food: $3000

Public Transportation: $980

Clothing: $1000

Miscellaneous: $2000

Total: $70,350.00 per year


TA & RAships

The MGA program does not offer Teaching Assistant positions as part of the offer of admissions. TA positions are posted by participating departments and students are encouraged to seek out these positions independently.

To view current TA positions click here.

TAships are unionized and often go to continuing PhD students before Masters students. However, students should still apply to any position available. Please visit departmental websites (Example: Department of Political Science) to view TA positions.

Students seeking a position as a Research Assistant should contact professors directly. Professors often have personal grants through which they fund RAships. The University’s Work Study program also offers RA positions to students who qualify for OSAP. Please visit the Career Centre’s website in late August/early September for more information on the types of positions available.


Grad House is University of Toronto’s residence for graduate students. Students must apply directly to Grad House for a spot. Please visit their website for more information.

More information on housing options for students can be found here.

Important Information

Students are encouraged to carefully plan a budget if they plan on being a student at the University of Toronto. The University’s Awards and Admissions department offers Budget Tools and Financial Counselling to help students. Please visit the Awards and Admissions website for more information.

Tuition Fees Schedule 2020-2021

Domestic Students

MGA Domestic Students Entering 2020

2020-2021 $21,070 CAD per year

International Students

MGA International Students Entering 2020

2020-2021 $41,870.00 CAD per year

For more information on being an international student and visa requirements at the University of Toronto please click here.

International students should try to get a student visa as early as possible as wait times for visas will vary and can delay your start date for the program.


Master of Public Policy (Sciences Po) / Master of Global Affairs (University of Toronto):

Students must pay the tuition fees applicable in their host institution (please note that tuition fees are subject to change as per U of T policy):
Fall-Winter Year 1 2020-2021: Sciences Po: Sciences Po tuition and fees
Summer Year 1 2021: U of T: EXEMPT
Fall-Winter Year 2 2021-2022: U of T: $21,070.00 CAD (aprox.) for domestic students. $41,870.00 CAD (aprox.) for international students.
Summer Year 2 2022: U of T: EXEMPT

The University of Toronto's Fee Level Commitment

Since 1998-99 the University’s tuition policy guarantees that no student continuing in a program will be subject to a fee increase of more than 5% per year for the normal length of a full-time program of study. Students who exceed the normal length of their program will be charged the same tuition as students in the final year of that program.