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University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs (Munk) - MGA 

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Master of Global Affairs program is offered by the Munk School of Global Affairs, an academic unit within the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto.

Curriculum Design: The Munk MGA has a high course requirement (18 one-semester-course equivalents to graduate) with a required internship and must be taken on a full-time basis.

Professional Program Features: The MGA makes use of professors of practice. It Munk School has an active research program with multiple centres and programs (see, accessed 8 March 2015).  

Program Summary


University: University of Toronto

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Degree: Master of Global Affairs (MGA)

Marketing Approach: "The MGA invites the very best of Canada and the world’s students to complete a ground breaking two year program that incorporates campus based study with mandatory global internships in their chosen field. Master of Global Affairs degree positions graduates to accelerate their careers in business, government and NGOs, as these sectors pursue their strategies in an increasingly interconnected and multipolar world." (At, accessed 8 March 2015.) "The University of Toronto’s MGA program offers students the hard and soft skills they need to excel in their field of specialization, as well as an understanding of the broader economic, political, and social architecture of global affairs." (At, accessed 8 March 2015.)  

Degrees Awarded Per Year: 70-80 ("The MGA admission process is highly selective, and enrols only 80 students per year." At, accessed 8 March 20215.)

The MGA admission process is highly selective, and enrols only 80 students per year. - See more at:

Academic Unit within University: The Munk School of Global Affairs, an academic unit within the Faculty of Arts and Science, is a "professional degree granting interdisciplinary school focused on global issues," with the mission "to deeply integrate research on global affairs with teaching and public education" and "home of world-renowned researchers and academic centres: the Asian Institute, the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, the India Innovation Institute, the Citizen Lab, the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and over 40 other centres, institutes, and programs." (At, accessed 8 March 2015.)

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The degrees offered by the Munk School of Global Affairs are listed at: The Munk School of Global Affairs also offers two joint degrees: The 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. The 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.  

Posted Tuition: $18,370 per year for domestic students entering in 2014. $29,766 per year for international students entering in 2014. (At:, accessed 4 January, 2014).

Degree Requirements  

Summary: Students take 9 required one-semester courses in the first year, followed by a required internship (assigned 2 one-semester course equivalents), and a required Capstone course in their second year, for a total of 12 required course equivalents. Students specialize in one of the program’s three streams: Global Economy and Markets, Global Institutions, and Global Civil Society and in the second year students must take 3 courses from a list of courses in their specialization, as illustrated below, plus 2 additional electives, for a total course requirement of 17. Students who are specializing in the global economy will also take Financial Accounting and Statistical Methods in their second year.

Global Economy & Markets Global Institutions Global Civil Society
Corporate Social Responsibility Economic Development Policy and Planning Global Development and Change
The Global Political Economy of Finance and Investment Global Governance Humanitarian Practice
Corporate Diplomacy Geopolitics of Cyberspace Global Problem Solving
Global Capital Markets Topics in Global Violence Innovation and Economic Development
Global Economic Lab Negotiating Internationally Global Governance
Economic Competitiveness and Social Protection Innovation, Institutions, Governments and Growth  Economic Competitiveness and Social Protection

Duration: 2 years (four terms of full-time study, one summer internship).

Academic Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree. Some knowledge of college-level economics, statistics, and calculus is preferred. Work experience is not required, but candidates are expected to have some volunteer or work experience related to their academic interests.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 17. Students who have done no previous coursework in economics are required to complete a macroeconomics and microeconomics in their first year.

Number of Required Courses: 12

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 5

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 20

Comprehensive Examination: No.

Thesis Required: No.

Internship Required: Yes.

International Study Required: No but students can complete their summer internships abroad.

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes.

Student-run Journal: No.

Applied Projects: Yes.

Pro Bono Consulting: Yes.

Courses Offered: The full list of 2014-2015 courses is found at: In the Course Map below, required courses are indicated by (R).

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions, but no syllabi are available to the public online.  

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.   



I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree


Number of required courses


Number of elective courses taken


Number of courses offered


Enrolment weight of elective courses


Number of courses provided from within the program


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Policy and Management Analysis


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Macroeconomic Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among

      Curricular Type Groupings of Subjects

Analysis, Context and Policy Subjects


Skills, Institutions and Management Subjects


Math/Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro Pol, Fin Markets)


Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects  (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)


Archetypal International Affairs Subjects  (I&GC, ID, DS&FR)


IV. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


V. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed



Source: At and related sites (accessed 7 March 2015).

Page Created By: Khilola B. Zakhidova 6 January 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 7 March 2015. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs MGA Course Map
Courses Offered, listed by Public Policy and Management Subject

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  GLA-1005: Decision Making and Strategic Thinking in the Global System (R)
  GLA-1004: Global Policy Analysis (R)
  GLA-2021: Innovation, Institutions, Governments and Growth

 Economic Analysis

  GLA-1010: Microeconomics for Global Affairs (R)

 Quantitative Methods

 Analytic Methods

  GLA-2005: Negotiating Internationally
  JMG-2020: Big Data

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

  GLA-2090: The News Tool - Using Journalism for Global Careers in Development, Advocacy, Reporting and Business

 Professional Practice

  MGA Internship (2R)

Capstone or Thesis
(multiple subjects)

 Capstone or Workshop Courses

  GLA-2000: Capstone Seminar (2R)
  GLA-2095: MGA Reading Course
  GLA-2888: MGA Research Paper
  JCR-1000: Global Challenges (2)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  GLA-1002: Global Civil Society (R)

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  GLA-2091: Humanitarian Practice

 Social and Political Context

  GLA-2006: The Political Economy of Finance and Investment
  GLA-2015: Economic Competitiveness and Social Protection
  GLA-2093: Looking North - Politics, Peoples, and Governance in the Arctic

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  GLA-1000: Introduction to the Development of the Global System (R)
  GLA-1006: Public International Law (R)
  GLA-2090: Corporate Diplomacy
  GLA-2092: Justice Reforms in Global Context - Measurement, Accountability and Choice
  GLA-2003: Global Governance - Global Summitry
  GLA-2013: Topics in Global Violence

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  GLA-1001: Macroeconomics & International Economics (R)
  GLA-2026: Global Economic Policy Lab

 International Development

  GLA-2002: Global Development and Change

 Social Policy and Welfare



 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  GLA-2018: Innovation and the City

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  GLA-1011: Global Innovation (R)
  GLA-2025: Innovative Enterprise

 Industry, Trade and Investment

  GLA-2014: Innovation and Economic Development

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  GLA-1003: Global Security (R)
  GLA-2026: Geopolitics of Cyberspace
  GLA-2050: Nuclear Weapons and International Politics

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

  GLA-2001: Global Capital Markets and Global Strategies

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