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Munk School of Global Affairs

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The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (also referred to as the Munk School) at the University of Toronto is an interdisciplinary academic centre with various research and educational programs committed to the field of globalization. It offers master's degrees in Global Affairs, Public Policy, European, Russian, and Asia-Pacific studies. The school also offers a certificate program in global journalism.

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
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Devonshire House, home to the Munk School
Established2000 (2000)
Parent institutionUniversity of Toronto
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
DirectorInterim: Randall Hansen[1]
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Toronto



It occupies the historic Devonshire House, a former residential hall of the university's Trinity College, and in 2012 opened a second location at 315 Bloor Street West (Observatory Site) after an $80 million collective contribution from the Peter and Melanie Munk Foundation, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Ontario.

The School is located in the north and south wings of Devonshire House building on Devonshire Place, which is shared with Trinity College's John W. Graham Library. In 2012 the School opened its second location at the Observatory site at 315 Bloor Street West (formerly Admissions and Awards) which houses the offices of the Citizen Lab and the Master of Global Affairs program.

It was founded as the Munk Centre for International Studies in 2000, named after Canadian businessman and philanthropist Peter Munk who made a $6.4 million donation to finance the construction.[2]

The current interim director is Randall Hansen, who is also the director of the School's Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.

On April 6, 2018, the University of Toronto announced that the Munk School of Global Affairs would merge with the School of Public Policy and Governance to become the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.[3] The merger took effect on July 1, 2018.


Master of Global AffairsEdit

The Munk School's Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program is two-year interdisciplinary professional degree aimed at equipping students with an awareness of global and financial systems, global civil society, and global strategic and security issues. Students are also encouraged to think critically and responsibly on global issues, and are provided with leadership training and management skill-building. The program requires students to complete a relevant internship with an NGO, an international organization such as the UN or WTO, or at an embassy or consulate abroad.

After a general first year of study, students specialize in one of three streams:

Global Economy and Markets
Global Civil Society
Global Institutions

MGA students can also complete their degrees concurrently with an MBA at the Rotman School of Management or with a JD at the University Of Toronto Faculty Of Law. The Munk School and the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) also offer a dual degree program between their respective MGA and Master in Public Policy (MPP) degrees.

Master of Public PolicyEdit

The Munk School's Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is a two-year professional degree, with a core curriculum emphasizing practical and applied dimensions of policymaking. Core courses include micro and macroeconomics, legal analysis, political science and quantitative methods for policy analysis. The curriculum also includes five electives, that allow students to bridge the spheres of domestic policy, law, and international policy. Invited visiting public sector leaders and external researchers bridge theory and practice, providing contact with senior professionals in government and the broader public, private and community sectors.

Second Year MPP students can compete for exchanges with partner institutions in Europe and Asia. Partner institutions include:

In addition to the two-year course work students are required to complete an internship during the summer between the first and second year. The school internship partners include the Canadian Federal Public Service, the Ontario Public Service, the City of Toronto, the City of Mississauga, as well as many non-governmental organizations and research think tanks.

Joint and Collaborative DegreesEdit

Collaborative Master’s/PhD Program in South Asian Studies
Collaborative Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies
Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Collaborative Graduate Program
Fellowship in Global Journalism
The Dynamics of Global Change Collaborative Doctoral Program

Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and JusticeEdit

Established as a degree program in 1985 and as a centre in 2001, this multidisciplinary undergraduate program attracts some of the top-achieving students who go on to take positions in prominent international organizations such as the United Nations, work on social justice issues through non-governmental organizations, and pursue graduate degrees in law and social science.

The Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice administers the Peace, Conflict and Justice program (PCJ) in the Munk School of Global Affairs.

It grew out of the Peace and Conflict Studies programme established by Anatol Rapaport in the early 1980s. In 1990, Thomas Homer-Dixon assumed the Directorship and continued in that role through 2001 when the programme was institutionalized as the Trudeau Centre. Homer-Dixon's Directorship ended in 2007. Jon Lindsay is the current Director.

Undergraduate programsEdit

American Studies
Contemporary Asian Studies
European Studies
Hungarian Studies
International Relations
Munk One Program
Peace, Conflict and Justice
South Asian Studies

Research centresEdit

  • Asian Institute
  • Canada Centre For Global Security Studies
  • Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
  • Centre for South Asian Studies
  • Centre for the Study of Korea
  • Centre for the Study of the United States
  • Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World
  • Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies
  • The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History
  • Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice


The school has been criticized by students and faculty for accepting $35 million from Peter Munk and the terms of agreement between the school and Peter Munk.[4] Paul Hamel and John Valleau, faculty members at University of Toronto, stated that that agreement will allow Munk family to determine the university’s priorities in place of the faculty and students, reduce the academic independence and allow the Munk family even shape academic work.[5][6][7]

Research and public educationEdit

  • R.F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies
  • The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Chair in Israeli Studies
  • The Global Ideas Institute
  • The Global Justice Lab


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  2. ^ news19971029 Archived April 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
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  4. ^ "MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT made as of this 23th day of November 2009 between The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation and the Governing Council of the University of Toronto" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Profs allege donor influence". The Varsity. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  6. ^ "The uneasy ties between Canada's universities and wealthy business magnates". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  7. ^ "U of T students protest Munk donation". The Star.

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