… a summary of one of the Master’s Programs on the Atlas
University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs – MGA
NOTE: On 1 July 2018 the Munk School of Global Affairs (see Toronto MSGA) and the School of Public Policy and Governance (see Toronto SPPG) were amalgamated to create the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (see Toronto Munk). This page is retained for historical comparison purposes.
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. Munk delivers a number of undergraduate programs and two Master’s programs: the professional degree of Master of Global Affairs, and the Master of Arts in European and Russian Affairs. The closest cognate professional degree is the Master of Public Policy delivered by another unit in the same faculty: the School of Public Policy and Governance (see Toronto SPPG); other cognate professional degrees such as the Master of Global Affairs and the Master of Public Health are delivered by other academic units. With annual admissions of approximately 80, the Munk MGA is one of the largest such programs in Canada and in the top quartile in North America.
Curriculum Design: With an 18-course degree, the Toronto MGA has one of the higher course requirements among such programs. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 77% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 23% in management-oriented subjects. Typical students take about 16% of their course work in subjects with high math-economics content. This places the Toronto MGA in the “high course requirement, highly policy-oriented, lower math-economics content” curricular type (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). The Toronto MGA is one of a minority of such programs with a mandatory internship.
Professional Program Features: The Toronto MGA makes moderate use of current and former practitioners in its teaching. Its courses do not make as much use of case studies as many other programs but most of its courses do involve specific public policy and global affairs applications. There are extensive professional development modules, career counselling services and co-curricular activities with a professional focus. Although there are no courses with a requirement for undertaking a project with an institutional client, there is a required internship. The Munk School includes the following research centres: Asian Institute (which includes the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies and the Centre for the Study of Korea); Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World; Centre for the Study of the United States; Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History; and the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice.
Location: Toronto, Canada
Degree: Master of Global Affairs (MGA)
Marketing Approach: “The world has changed. Economic and geopolitical realignment, as well as changes in technology and media, are rapidly eroding established orthodoxies. Corporations, governments, and civil-society organizations are navigating an uncharted global environment. Today, to become global leaders, students need not only the core functional disciplines that professional schools offer, but also a deep understanding of the broader architecture of global society and the forces that shape it. The University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs combines training in analytical methods and practical management skills with an immersion in the latest thinking on global issues. The 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 http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/, accessed 20 January 2017.)
Degrees Awarded per Year: 70-80 (tbc)
Academic Unit within University: Munk School of Global Affairs, which is listed as one of the centres, institutes and schools within the Faculty of Arts & Science (at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/main/academics/centres, accessed 20 January 2017).
Related Academic Units and Degrees: The University of Toronto’s graduate programs are listed, by graduate unit, at http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/calendar/Pages/Programs-by-Graduate-Unit.aspx. The units providing the degrees most closely related to the MGA include: School of Public Policy and Governance (Master of Public Policy), Department of Economics (MA, PhD), Department of Political Science (MA, PhD), Faculty of Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health (Collaborative Program on Public Health Policy), and Faculty of Law (LLM, SJD). The MGA also offers joint programs with the Faculty of Law (JD/MGA) and the Rotman School of Management (MGA/MBA). Collaborative programs in Asia-Pacific Studies, Environmental Studies, and Ethnic and Pluralism Studies can also be added to the MGA degree.
Affiliated Research Centres: The Munk School includes the following research centres: Asian Institute (which includes the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies and the Centre for the Study of Korea); Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World; Centre for the Study of the United States; Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History; and the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice.
Posted Tuition: $21,250 CAD per year for domestic students ($34,440 CAD for international students) entering in 2016 (at http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/fees-and-financial-aid/fees-and-financial-aid, accessed 20 January 2017).
Concentration/Curriculum Overview: “The 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. 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.”
Summary: Year one – All students in the Master of Global Affairs program receive a strong grounding in global institutions, the global economy and finance, and global civil society. A background in microeconomics is required to take the core course GLA1001H Macro & International Economics. Students who have not taken microeconomics within the last two years and received at least a B+ will be required to take GLA1010H Microeconomics in their first year of the MGA program. Core courses in year one:
- International Economics
- Global Civil Society
- Decision Making and Strategic Development in the Global System
- Global Policy Analysis
- Global Security
- Public International Law
- Financial Management for Global Organizations
- Global Innovation
- Data and Analytics
Mid-Program Internship (required) – The Munk School of Global Affairs connects students with opportunities in top-tier businesses, international and national institutions, and civil-society organizations – and connects organizations with a new generation of leaders prepared to thrive in the global milieu. In addition to fulfilling the required internship, students are encouraged to study abroad for one of the program’s four semesters.
Year two – Equipped with core competencies – both theoretical and practical – in the global architecture, students specialize in one of the program’s three streams: Global Economy & Markets; Global Institutions; Global Civil Society. Students take the required Capstone Course (where students work together in a team, across geographies, to provide a client with value-added analysis and innovative solutions) and select among elective courses. Examples of elective courses are:
- Geopolitics of Cyberspace
- Topics in Global Violence
- MGA Reading Course
- Corporate Diplomacy
- Global Development and Change
- The Global Political Economy of Finance and Investment
- Global Governance
- Global Capital Markets
- Innovation and the City
- Innovation, Institutions, Governments and Growth
- Negotiating Internationally
- Innovation and Economic Development
- Economic Competitiveness and Social Protection
- Global Institutions and Diplomacy
Duration: 2 years.
Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 18
Number of Required Courses: 12 Note 1: This number includes the required internship is counted as 2 one-semester-course equivalents.
Number of Electives Typically Taken 6
Number of Courses Offered within Program: 23. Note 2: The program also provides access to courses and research facilities available in many other graduate departments, centres and institutes across the University.
Comprehensive Examination: No
Thesis Required: No
Internship Required: Yes
International Study Required: No, but one semester abroad is strongly recommended.
Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree
Professional Development and Career Support: Yes. Career Advisor arranges seminars on writing skills, presentations, resume writing, interviewing, etc.
Student-run Journal: Not referenced on school website.
Applied Projects: Yes – the Capstone project.
Pro Bono Consulting: Not referenced on school website.
Courses Offered: The full list of 2016-17 MGA core and elective courses offered by the School, with brief course summaries, can be found at http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/courses/mga-courses (accessed 20 January 2017). With permission, students can also select graduate-level courses offered by other units at the University of Toronto. The courses offered by the School of Public Policy and Governance have been assigned to Atlas subjects in the map below. Required courses are indicated by (R). Where the required course has two options, they are both designated with (R/2) and where there are four options they are designated by (R/4). Courses used by the Atlas as Illustrative Courses are marked with an asterisk (*).
Course Outlines and Syllabi Online: The School does not post its syllabi on its website.
Source: At http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/ and related sites (accessed 23 February 2015).
Course Map for Toronto Munk MGA
R indicates required course
Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 7 October 2018.