Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

The MGA program is a two year full-time program, with a global internship component in the summer after the first year.

Does the program accept deferrals?

Admitted students may request a deferral from the Admissions Committee. If granted, any funding the admitted student received will not carry over to the next year.

What is meant by final year GPA?

A final year is considered 10 half courses or 5 full year courses taken at a senior level (300 or 400). If you did not take a full course load in your final year, we will count courses taken in your third year to get your final year GPA.

Why does the MGA not have a language requirement?

The MGA program does not believe that taking a language course while completing the MGA degree is sufficient enough time to claim proficiency in another language upon graduation. MGA students have the opportunity to enroll in language courses offered by the University of Toronto for non-credit while doing the MGA if they choose but it is not a requirement of the program.

I do not have a background in economics, can I still apply to the MGA?

Yes. A background in economics is not required to apply to the MGA. All admitted students will be required to take the core courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics regardless of whether they have taken these courses at an undergraduate level.

What are the types of funding opportunities available for MGA students?

There are various types of funding opportunities for MGA students. These include internal and external scholarships, government loans, and bank loans. MGA scholarships are available to incoming students and are awarded based on academic merit. These scholarships are not fully funded and incoming students are encouraged to consider external funding opportunities to fund their degree. Students should budget for living expenses on top of tuition when calculating the cost to do the MGA degree. Please visit the fees and financial aid page for more information.

When does the program begin?

New students are admitted in the fall of each year. There is no winter admittance.

How many students will be admitted?

The MGA admission process is highly selective, and enrolls only 80 students per year.

What makes the MGA a professional program?

  • The MGA equips students with an awareness of global innovation, global economic and financial systems, global civil society, and global strategic and security issues;
  • brings scholars and practitioners together to ensure that students’ thinking is informed by rigorous theoretical work as well as real-time, real-world experience;
  • enables students to specialize in one of three streams—the global economy, global civil society, or global institutions—only after having achieved a level of fluency in all three;
  • provides students with the critical management skills required to take a leadership role in their chosen field;
  • helps students develop essential skills through professional development workshops;
  • prepares students for strategic thinking and responsible leadership on global issues;
  • draws on the strength of the University of Toronto’s faculty across a wide range of disciplines;
  • connects students with internship opportunities at top international organizations and enterprises, as well as opportunities for study abroad.

I want to do my PhD. Is the MGA program a good fit for me?

Some of our graduates have enrolled in a PhD after their MGA, either immediately following their degree or after gaining professional work experience in the global affairs field.

What sort of career services are available to me as a graduate of the MGA program?

The Munk School of Global Affairs has an Office of Professional Development & Career Strategies (PDACS), exclusive to the MGA Program. The PDACS office provides a planned curriculum of professional development and career workshops, seminars, information sessions and networking opportunities to grow the knowledge and skills necessary for MGA students to launch their careers. The MGA Program does not provide job placement services, and in this highly competitive global market, the Munk School cannot guarantee a job after graduation. MGA students can, however, rely on faculty members and staff to offer career support and advising. As well, employers across all sectors are increasingly coming to the PDACS office seeking skilled MGA graduates. New graduates have consistently high employment rates – one of the highest among comparable international and global affairs schools worldwide. PDACS services are available to MGA students as well as MGA alumni, indefinitely. In addition, the University of Toronto’s Career Centre provides a wide range of services, opportunities and resources to MGA students.

When do you apply?

Applications for fall 2018 will open on Monday, October 2, 2017 and close on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Can I take the program part-time?

No. The MGA program can only be taken on a full-time basis.

Can I apply to the JD/MGA program in my first year of the MGA?

Yes, but if admitted, you must get permission from both the Faculty of Law and the Master of Global Affairs program to complete the JD/MGA program out of sequence.

Does the MGA have a mature status in the admission process for entry into the program?

No. The MGA does not have a different admission process or different admissions requirements for mature students. All of our standard procedures and requirements must be satisfied.

What is the cut-off grade required for the MGA program?

A minimum CGPA of mid B, and a minimum GPA of B+ in the final year of undergraduate studies. Admission is highly competitive, and meeting this requirement does not guarantee admission. Applicants who went to a university that uses a different grading scale will have their marks converted to the University of Toronto grading scale.

My degree is from another country. Is there anything extra that I need to know?

Applicants educated at non-Canadian institutions should note that their educational background will be assessed for equivalency with a University of Toronto degree as described above. All applicants, including those who have completed university studies in another country, must satisfy all of our regular procedures and requirements. Please see the online international degree equivalencies to determine if you are eligable to apply to graduate school.

What should my statement of intent include?

Please provide both of the following statements:

Please submit a statement of approximately 400-500 words that identifies a global affairs question, topic, or problem that interests you, and reflects on how it is being addressed, and/or which provides an innovative approach to addressing it.

Please submit a personal statement of approximately 400-500 words that discusses how you have come to be interested in global affairs, and what you intend to accomplish or pursue in this field after completing an MGA at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

I did my BA in something unrelated to International Relations and Global Affairs. Can I still apply to the MGA?

The MGA program accepts applications and students from various disciplinary backgrounds. Please check with the program office if you are unsure your background is sufficient for applying to the MGA program.

I have been out of school for some time. How will this affect my application?

The members of the admissions committee appreciate the unique situation of applicants who have been out of school for several years. If you have been out of school for some time and your CGPA and GPA do not make the cut-off, the University of Toronto suggests you take a qualifying year to boost your GPA. Although work experience will be taken into consideration when assessing your applications, you still need to meet the academic requirements.

If you do not have copies of your undergraduate work to submit as a writing sample, you may submit something work related. It is preferred that you submit an academic paper as you are trying to show the admissions committee that you can handle writing at a graduate level.

If you cannot get in touch with past professors for reference letters, try and get a letter from a supervisor at work who, for example, can comment on your writing skills, problem-solving ability, creativity, organizational skills, and, if possible, your research skills. You could also apply to another university located near you for non-degree student status, which would allow you to take one or two graduate courses in political science or international relations. This would provide the opportunity for a professor to become familiar with your academic abilities.

I completed a four-year bachelor's degree, but my overall GPA is lower than your admission requirements. What can I do to increase my GPA?

You may wish to consider academic upgrading. Normally, such an upgrading program:

  • consists of five full courses at the senior level (e.g., fourth year)
  • consists of academic (i.e., liberal arts) courses related to Global Affairs
  • must be completed at a recognized university
  • must be completed on a full- or part-time basis within five years or less of your application to our program

Keep in mind that completing a qualifying year will not ensure admission into the program.

Students who wish to complete a qualifying year should stay at their current university or apply to be a non-degree student at the University of Toronto. For information on how to apply to the University of Toronto as a non-degree student click here.

How do I submit a third reference letter?

Please have your referee send their letter as one single PDF document directly to mga@utoronto.ca. They must indicate the applicants first and last name, along with the applicant number.

My referee did not receive an email notification to submit a letter. What should I do?

Please have your referee submit their letter directly to the MGA program office at mga@utoronto.ca before the application deadline date. They must indicate the applicants first and last name, along with the applicant number.

Can I submit references from my employer?

It is preferred that you submit at least two academic references. If you would like to submit an employer reference on top of your academic references you may do so, but it should be relevant to the program you are applying to and speak to your writing skills, problem-solving ability, creativity, organizational skills, and, if possible your research skills.

When do I have to have all my documents submitted by?

Applications are due Monday, January 22, 2018.

What should I put in the Proposed Area of Study section on the online application?

This area may be left blank. It appears on all graduate school application at the University but does not apply to the MGA.

Will I be notified when all my documents are received?

You may log on to the online application system to see the status of your application. However, please note that due to the volume of applications your application will not automatically be reviewed if all your documents are not in.

I have submitted all my documents, but my online status of my application still reads 'Documents Pending'?

The online application system unfortunately is unable to automatically move your application to “Under Review” if all your documents have been submitted. This must be done manually by the admissions department. Your application will not be moved to “Under Review” until after the application deadline. If your application still says ‘Documents Pending’ after the admission deadline please make sure all your documents have been submitted including reference letters. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

When will I hear if I have been accepted into the MGA program?

Final decisions will be on-going as applications are assessed after the deadline. Offers typically go out in early-mid March.

If you have any other questions please e-mail us at mga@utoronto.ca