Master of Global Affairs

A two-year program geared toward the world’s problem solvers. The MGA combines the best elements of both an academic and a professional degree.

At the Munk School, we are looking for students who are creative, who push the limits, who think differently; who are deeply engaged with the world and determined to have an impact on it.

Our Master of Global Affairs program attracts an extraordinary group of students from across Canada and around the world and positions them to become effective global leaders and problem solvers. Taught and mentored by faculty from a wide range of disciplines, the MGA program combines rigorous coursework, a professional internship and a capstone course to give students the tools they need to address the problems of a rapidly changing world.

Admissions

Applications for entrance fall 2021 are now open and will close on Thursday, January 21, 2021.

Admission Requirements

  • Four-year (4 year) Bachelor’s 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 degree equivalency tool on the School of Graduate Studies website to ensure you have the required credentials to apply to the MGA program. Please visit the international students page to learn more about taking part in the Master of Global Affairs 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. For more information on our combined programs and collaborative programs please visit our Joint Programs page. 

How to Apply

Applications to the MGA program must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies through the online admissions application. For questions related to the SGS online application system please click here.

In order to apply for the MGA program, you will need:

  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statements of intent
  • Resume or CV
  • Online video question
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if necessary)
  • A $125 application fee (paid online by VISA or Mastercard. We are unable to consider requests to waive the application fee).

For full instructions about how to apply to the program, visit our MGA website. 

Internships

The mandatory 10-16 week summer internship summer is a key component of the Master of Global Affairs program. It serves as a bridge between students and top-tier international and national institutions, businesses and civil-society organizations. Through the internship program, students clarify their career goals, develop professional networks, and hone the comprehensive set of skills required to succeed in a competitive global environment.

Placements will be available in international governmental and non-governmental organizations, national institutions and civil society organizations that operate globally, as well as with carefully selected partners in the private sector. Some recent internship placements include: World Bank Group, International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNICEF Regional Office of South Asia, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, NATO Defense College, Global Affairs Canada, UNESCO HQ, Avascent, Canada-China Business Council and HSBC Canada.

For questions about MGA internships, please contact:

Heather Bruce, Coordinator, Global Internships
heatherviolet.bruce@utoronto.ca

Are you an employer interested in taking on an intern, learn how to become an MGA internship partner.

Dual Degrees

Master of International Affairs (Hertie School) / Master of Global Affairs (University of Toronto)

This two-year program allows students to gain two distinct and complementary degrees – a Master of Global Affairs (MGA) from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) from the Hertie School. Students enrolled in the dual degree will benefit from the unique academic strengths of each institution, the depth of the networks centered in their geographic regions, their distinct professional training, and internship resources. By studying at institutions based in Berlin and Toronto, they will benefit from studying global affairs from two different contexts (European and North American) thus ensuring a cross-cultural and global experience.

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

This two-year program combines the strengths of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy to create a unique graduate program combining a Master in Public Policy and a Master of Global Affairs.  Students gain complementary perspectives on the pressing challenges of the 21st century and benefit from the unique academic strengths of each institution. The program prepares students and future decision-makers for internationally-focused jobs, both in the private and public sectors.

Joint Programs

Juris Doctor/Master of Global Affairs (JD/MGA)

is offered with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. The Combined Juris Doctor/Master of Global Affairs (JD/MGA) is designed for students interested in studying the intersections of law and global affairs. The combined program permits the completion of both degrees in four years, rather than the five years it would take to acquire them independently. Learn more about the joint JD/MGA program.

Master of Global Affairs/Master of Business Administration (MGA/MBA)

is offered with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The combined MGA/MBA program provides students with an opportunity to integrate a truly international approach and perspective into their study of business and bring a business perspective to the study of global affairs. Learn more about the joint MGA/MBA program.

We also offer a range of collaborative specializations with the MGA degree, including: Collaborative Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies, Collaborative Specialization in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies, Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies and the European Studies Cluster.

Fees & Financial Aid

Learn more about funding options available to domestic students through the University of Toronto. Learn more about funding options available to international students.

Fees

Domestic Students

MGA Domestic Students Entering in Fall 2020
2020-2021 $21,070 CAD per year

International Students

MGA International Students Entering in Fall 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.

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 when looking to fund their degree. 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. 

Learn more about financial aid options and scholarships and awards available to Master of Global Affairs students.

Career Strategies

In a global workplace where “business as usual” no longer exists, what makes your profile stand out?

The Master of Global Affairs program has a dedicated Careers team which supports students in their internship and full-time job search. In addition to linking students with opportunities and employers, we connect students with alumni, offer professional development workshops and networking sessions, and host a dedicated career week.

We’re here to help. Contact Sole Fernandez, Professional Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator, at sole.fernandez@utoronto.ca to learn more.

Student Leadership Initiatives

While studying at the Munk School, students in the Master of Global Affairs program can take part in a range of student leadership initiatives, case competitions and conferences. From publishing journals and hosting podcasts to serving as consultants on real-world problems, the student leadership initiatives offer students the chance to get involved, gain experience and apply their skills. 

Initiatives open to MGA students include:

To learn more about the initiatives available this year, please contact sole.fernandez@utoronto.ca.

* Joint initiatives with the Munk School’s Master of Public Policy students: Consulting Careers Initiative, Indigenous Policy Initiative, Munk School Black Students Association, and Spectrum.

Alumni

The Munk School offers dedicated alumni benefits to MGA graduates, ranging from career development services (job postings, career advising sessions, networking opportunities and membership to industry specific platforms) to professional development workshops (Excel, Tableau) and complementary tickets to special events. 

The MGA Alumni Network engages MGA alumni and fosters connections creating a long-lasting sense of community around the School, and affinity towards the experience during and after the MGA program.

All students and alumni are provided access to our dedicated MGA Munk Connect platform that combines a customized approach with the interactivity of social networking and the elements needed to strengthen our alumni community — including a directory, job and message boards, newsletter, event announcements and mentoring opportunities. 

MGA alumni have also access to the full range of U of T alumni benefits, from alumni emails to library, financial and recreational services. Visit U of T’s main alumni page to learn more.

Want to know more?

Contact the MGA Alumni Relations Coordinator:
Sole Fernandez
sole.fernandez@utoronto.ca
416-946-8912

Questions?

For a complete list of frequently asked questions about the degree program, admissions process, fees and financial aid and more, please consult our FAQ page.  

If you have additional questions or would like to speak with the MGA coordinator, please reach out to mga@utoronto.ca.

Meet the Team

Shiri Breznitz

Associate Professor
Director, Master of Global Affairs
E: shiri.breznitz@utoronto.ca

As the MGA Director, Shiri has academic oversight of the program, providing leadership and direction for the Master of Global Affairs.

Megan Ball-Chiodi

Program Coordinator, Master of Global Affairs
T: 416-946-8917
E: mga@utoronto.ca

Megan is your first point of contact with the MGA program, guiding you through your life cycle as an MGA student from admissions to graduation. She will assist you with course advising and registration, directing you to U of T services, completing your degree requirements, and advising on financial aid and scholarships. Megan is looking forward to getting to know you better and helping to ensure your success as an MGA student.

Heather Bruce

Coordinator, Global Internships, Master of Global Affairs
T: 416-946-3955
E: heatherviolet.bruce@utoronto.ca

Heather will work closely with you in the first year of the program to develop the professional skills you need to be ready for your internship next summer. Every September, Heather hosts a session for you to learn all about internships and professional development for year one of the MGA. 

Sole Fernandez

Professional Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator, Master of Global Affairs
T: 416-946-8912
E: sole.fernandez@utoronto.ca

Sole organizes the Professional Development And Career Services workshops, is your go-to resource for exchange/study abroad opportunities, career advising, weekly newsletter and announcements, job postings, works closely with student-led initiatives and is our alumni liaison.

Kristen Ligers

Director, Programs
E: k.ligers@utoronto.ca

Kristen has administrative oversight of MGA and MPP programs and staff, Global Ideas Institute, Reach Alliance and non-degree executive education. Student meetings always welcome!