… a summary of two of the Master’s Programs on the Atlas
University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy – MPP and MGA
Program Comparison Highlights
Institutional Structure: Both the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) programs are offered by the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, an academic unit within the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. The School was created in July 2018 from an amalgamation of former Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy and Governance (see Toronto MSGA and Toronto SPPG). The amalgamated school delivers a number of undergraduate programs and three Master’s programs: the two professional degrees (MPP and MGA) and the Master of Arts in European and Russian Affairs. With annual admissions of approximately 80 to each of the MPP and MGA programs, The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy is Canada’s largest school for Master’s degrees in public or international affairs and in the top quartile in North America.
Curriculum Design: With an 18-course degree, the Toronto MPP has one of the higher course requirements among the MPP/MPA programs. Our PEACO calculations (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types) suggest that typical students take about 70% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 30% in management-oriented subjects. Typical students take about 21% of their course work in subjects with high math-economics content. This places the Toronto MPP in the “high course requirement, highly policy-oriented, higher math-economics content” curricular type, along with such programs as the Chicago MPP and the Columbia MPA. The Toronto MPP is one of a minority of programs with a mandatory internship. With an 18-course degree, the Toronto MGA has one of the higher course requirements among such programs. Our PEACO calculations 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. The Toronto MGA is one of a minority of such programs with a mandatory internship.
Professional Program Features: The Toronto Munk School makes extensive 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 management applications. There are extensive professional development modules, career counselling services and co-curricular activities with a professional focus. Although neither the MPP or MGA have courses with a requirement for undertaking a project with an institutional client, there is a required internship and an active student-run pro bono consulting operation. Both programs have extensive professional development modules, career counselling services and co-curricular activities with a professional focus. The Munk School includes the following research centres: Mowat Centre; 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
Degrees: Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Global Affairs (MGA)
MPP: “At the Munk School you will gain the knowledge and experience you need to become a leader in addressing today’s complex policy problems. Located at the St. George campus in the heart of downtown Toronto and in close proximity to an extraordinary concentration of policy leaders, you will be in the center of a vibrant and engaged community and have constant access to the best minds in policy. However you aim to advance the public good, a Munk School education will empower you to achieve your professional and personal goals. … The two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is highly interdisciplinary, bridging the spheres of domestic policy and international or global policy in order to address the complex issues facing modern governments and other policy-making organizations. The MPP program features core instruction on a small-group, cohort-based model. In addition to the core material considered essential for policy practice, students take electives both within the Munk School and in the broader University. Invited visiting public sector leaders and external researchers bridge theory and practice, providing contact with senior professionals in government and the greater public, private and community sectors. The program also provides access to courses and research facilities available in many other graduate departments, centres, and institutes across the University.” (At http://publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/programs/master-of-public-policy-program/, accessed 7 October 2018.)
MGA: “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 and Public Policy 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. … The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy has created a two-year Master of Global Affairs program tailor-made to work with the world’s problem solvers. We offer an integrated education that delivers the best elements of both an academic and a professional degree.” (At https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/, accessed 7 October 2018.)
Degrees Awarded per Year: Approximately 80 per year in each of the MPP and MGA.
Academic Unit within University: The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy is one of the centres, institutes and schools within the Faculty of Arts & Science (at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/main/academics/centres, accessed 7 October 2018).
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 MPP and MGA include: 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 Munk School also offers joint programs with the Faculty of Law (JD/MPP and 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: Mowat Centre; 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: MPP: $19,650 CAD per year for domestic students ($39,530 CAD for international students) for 2018-19; MGA: $23,420 CAD per year for domestic students ($37,980 CAD for international students) for 2018-19 (at http://www.planningandbudget.utoronto.ca/Tuition_and_Ancillary_Fees_Cover/tuition/fees1819/dom_as1819.htm and http://www.planningandbudget.utoronto.ca/Tuition_and_Ancillary_Fees_Cover/tuition/fees1819/Intl_as1819.htm, accessed 7 October 2018).
MPP Summary: “In the first year, students take eight (8) core half-courses for a total of four full-course equivalents. In the second year, students take five (5) core half-courses and three (3) half-course electives, for a total of four (4) full-course equivalents. The program also includes a mandatory (paid) internship (worth one (1) full course), completed in the intervening summer between the program’s first and second year. As a component of the internship, students must prepare a written research report under the supervision of a faculty member, providing an original analysis of the policy and/or organizational issues dealt with during the internship and evaluated by the student’s advisor on a credit/no credit basis. Students are evaluated through a combination of examinations, term papers, and group projects, as appropriate to each individual course. Courses are offered once a year.”
MGA Summary: “Students in year one of the MGA program take the following nine core courses: Decision Making & Strategic Thinking in The Global System; Global Development; Global Innovation Policy; Global Policy Analysis; Global Security; Global Legal Challenges; Microeconomics for Global Affairs; Macroeconomics: Markets, Institutions and Growth
Statistics for Global Affairs. [For the required] Mid-Program Internship The Munk School of Global Affairs connects students with opportunities in top-tier businesses, international and national institutions, and civil-society organizations – and 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 in the second term of year two. … MGA students in the second year of the program focus their degree by taking a minimum of 1.5 FCEs out of the required 2.5 FCEs in a chosen emphasis. A letter of completion confirming a focus in a particular emphasis will be given to students upon completion of the program. Year Two Emphases: Development; Innovation Policy; Justice; Markets; Security; MGA year two students also take the required Capstone course and Financial Management for Global Organizations course. … Second year capstone projects are a true reflection of the real world – our students provide genuine insight on global problems for real clients. Students work together in a team, across geographies, to provide a client with value-added analysis and innovative solutions.”
Duration: 2 years.
Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 18
Number of Required Courses: MPP: 14.75 [Note: This number is derived through the PEACO Algorithm, which takes account of options within required courses. The required internship is counted by SPPG as 2 one-semester-course equivalents.] MGA: 12 [Note: This number includes the required internship is counted as 2 one-semester-course equivalents.]
Number of Electives Typically Taken: MPP: 3.25; MGA: 6
Number of Courses Offered within Program: MPP: 29; MGA: 23. Both programs also provide 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 encouraged for the MPP and strongly recommended for the MGA.
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: Yes. Public Policy and Governance Review at http://ppgreview.ca/
Applied Projects: Yes – the Capstone project.
Pro Bono Consulting: Yes. Public Good Initiative at http://publicgoodinitiative.ca/wordpress/
Courses Offered: The full list of 2018-19 MPP core and elective courses offered by the School, with brief course summaries, can be found at http://publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/programs/master-of-public-policy-program/mpp-courses/ (accessed 7 October 2018). The full list of 2018-19 MGA core and elective courses offered by the School, with brief course summaries, can be found at https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/courses/mga-courses (accessed 7 October 2018). With permission, students can also select graduate-level courses offered by other units at the University of Toronto. These courses have been assigned to Atlas subjects in the two course maps 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 Specimen Courses are marked with an asterisk (*).
Course Outlines and Syllabi Online: The School does not post its syllabi on its website.
Course Map for Toronto Munk MPP
R indicates required course; R/2 indicates two options in the requirement
Course Map for Toronto Munk MGA
R indicates required course
Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 7 October 2018.