To do before starting the MGA this fall
Incoming MGA students should ensure they have completed the necessary steps below before starting the MGA program this September.
Confirm admission decision
To confirm your acceptance or decline of this offer of admission, you must sign, date and upload the completed SGS Confirmation Form to the Grad App Portal by the deadline specified in your offer letter. Failure to confirm your decision by the deadline will result in a revoke of your offer of admission.
Pay non-refundable admission deposit
A $500 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to secure your spot in the MGA program for this fall. Payment is made through ACORN via credit card only. The deposit is automatically put towards tuition once it is posted to your Student Account.
Send Official Transcripts
Newly admitted applicants must send their official transcripts to the MGA program. E-transcripts must be sent from the institution directly to the MGA program email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies in sealed envelopes may be sent to:
Attention: MGA Program Office
315 Bloor Street West
Apply for study & co-op permit
International students are highly encouraged to apply for their Canadian study permit as soon as possible using the Letter of Acceptance for Study Permit Application contained in the SGS Offer Letter package. International students are also encouraged to apply for their co-op permit at the same time as applying for their study permit. A co-op permit allows students to work full-time with a Canadian organization during their internship period. Even if you are not planning to do your internship with a Canadian organization, we have seen how quickly things can change and strongly suggest all students have a co-op permit. This does not cost any additional fee. In the study permit application, students can indicate that work is an essential component of the program. When asked to provide documents for your study permit application, you will also be asked to upload a document supporting that work is an essential component of the program. You will need to upload a letter of support for the co-op permit which can be obtained through contacting Julia Rao at email@example.com.
Get TCard & activate UTORid/UToronto email address
Starting May 1st you can make an appointment with the TCard Office to get your Student ID (TCard) and activate your UTORid/Utoronto email address. International students may get their TCard in advance of getting their study permit provided they have an active passport. You can activate your UTORid/UToronto email before arriving in Toronto. You can pick up your TCard when you have arrived in Toronto. You need an active UTORid/Utoronto email to access Quercus and Housing resources.
There are various housing options for students studying at the University of Toronto. If you wish to stay on-campus, Graduate House has dedicated housing for graduate students. However, space is limited. Most graduate students live off campus. The University has an Off-Campus Housing website to help students find housing.
Apply for financial aid & create a budget
If you qualify for provincial funding like OSAP, you should apply as soon as the portal opens for new applicants. You are also encouraged to seek other financial resources to fund your degree, such as student loans from your preferred banking institution. The University of Toronto works closely with Scotiabank but students may seek loans from any bank they prefer. The MGA program does not offer a financial aid program. Scholarships are awarded upon offer of admission. If you did not receive a scholarship, there is no opportunity to apply for one in advance of starting the program. As such, students are highly encouraged to create a plan for funding their degree before starting the program.
Tuition is charged to student's ACORN accounts mid-July. You must pay the minimum amount to register by September 1st. If you are receiving OSAP or other provincial or government funding, you can defer your tuition on ACORN. If you have received a scholarship greater than the minimum amount to register, you may defer your tuition through the MGA Program Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org a signed copy of the Register Without Payment Form.
Attend economics and math-stats boot camps
The Economics and Math-Stats Boot Camps run virtually during the month of August. While you are not required to complete the Boot Camps, you are required to write a diagnostic test at the end of the month. The purpose of the diagnostic test is to assess skill level and determine admissibility to join the intermediate sections of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. More information about the Boot Camps will be sent out later this summer.
Apply for TA and RA positions
The University of Toronto begins posting TA positions for the upcoming academic year in June. TA positions typically go to PhD students but Master's students are also able to apply should a suitable PhD candidate not be found. Other positions like RA and on-campus work are found on the CLNx website. You must have an active UTORid to access this site.
Deferral Policy: Admitted applicants may request a one-year deferral up until August 1st. Deferral requests made after August 1st will not be considered. Deferral requests must be made in writing and are subject to the approval of the Admissions Committee. Scholarship funding does not carry-over if an applicant chooses to defer. Please contact email@example.com for more information on deferrals.
Upcoming Important Dates
Saturday, April 29th - Welcome Day
Tuesday, May 16th - Welcome to the MGA Virtual Meet and Greet
Tuesday, June 20th - International Students Virtual Meet and Greet
Wednesday, July 19th - Virtual Meet and Greet- Courses, registration, fees, student services
Mid-July - Fees Posted to Student Accounts on ACORN
July/August- Virtual Econ & Math-Stats Boot Camps
Tuesday, August 15th - Courses Open for Registration
Wednesday, August 16th - Virtual Meet and Greet-Life as an MGA Student, information on SLIs, meet MGASA student reps
Friday, September 1st - Minimum Amount to Register Fees Due
September 5th-8th - Orientation Week
Monday, September 11th - Classes Start
Still have questions? Please feel free to get in touch with the MGA Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.