Munk School of Global Affairs


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Munk School of Global Affairs
and Public Policy
TypeGraduate school
Established2000 (2000)
Parent institution
University of Toronto
DirectorPeter Loewen[1]
Location, ,

The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy 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 Munk School is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, a group of schools that educate students in international affairs. Admission to the Munk School is highly competitive.


Devonshire House, the main building of the Munk School
The Munk School's secondary building at 315 Bloor Street West

Founded in 2000 as the Munk Centre for International Studies, it was named after Canadian businessman and philanthropist Peter Munk, who made a $6.4 million donation to finance the construction.[2] 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 after an $80 million collective contribution from the Peter and Melanie Munk Foundation, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Ontario.[3]

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

The founding director was Janice Stein, who held the position until 2014. The school was then headed by Stephen Toope until he became the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 2017. After Toope's departure, the interim director was Randall Hansen, who served as head 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 university's School of Public Policy and Governance to become the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.[4] The merger took effect on July 1, 2018.[5][6]

On November 12, 2019, Michael Sabia was named as the Munk School's director, starting in February 2020.[7] He served in that role until December 2020, when he was appointed by the Government of Canada as Deputy Minister of Finance.[8][9] Professor Cheryl Misak was announced as the interim director of the Munk School, effective December 15, 2020.[1]


Master of Global Affairs

The Munk School's Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program is a 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. 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. Admission to the MGA is highly selective and only 80 students are admitted each year.

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

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 Sciences Po also offer a dual degree program between their respective MGA and Master in Public Policy (MPP) degrees.[10]

Master of Public Policy

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. Approximately 80 students are admitted each year.

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.[11]

Joint and Collaborative Degrees

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

Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice

Established as a degree program in 1985 and as a centre in 2001, the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice administers the Peace, Conflict and Justice (PCJ) undergraduate programme in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

The PCJ programme, while administered by the Munk School, is a joint initiative with the Faculty of Arts & Science. Students are required to take several Arts & Science courses to complete the programme – including in political science, economics, statistics, psychology and international relations, among others.

The Centre 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.[12]

Other Undergraduate programs

In addition to the PCJ programme, the Munk School offers several undergraduate academic programmes through the Faculty of Arts & Science.

American Studies
Contemporary Asian Studies
European Studies
Hungarian Studies
Munk One Program (First-year undergraduate seminar series)
Public Policy
South Asian Studies

Unlike the PCJ programme, while these programmes’ courses are taught and syllabi are set by Munk School instructors, the Faculty of Arts & Science administers the programmes and sets rules for enrolment and completion.

Research centres

  • Canada Centre For Global Security Studies
  • Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
  • Centre for the Study of Global Japan
  • 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 (jointly overseen by Trinity College)
  • 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.[13] 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 to shape the academic work.[14][15][16]

Additionally, several students and faculty criticized the decision to name the school after Munk, citing allegations of environmental damage and human rights violations by Barrick Gold in foreign countries. The mining company was founded by Munk and was the principal source of his wealth.

Research and public education

  • 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


  1. ^ a b "Welcoming Interim Director Cheryl Misak". Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. December 17, 2020. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  2. ^ news19971029 Archived April 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Our Founding Donors". Munk School of Global Affairs.
  4. ^ School of Public Policy & Governance and Munk School of Global Affairs to merge, University of Toronto.
  5. ^ "School of Public Policy and Governance and Munk School of Global Affairs Merge to Create New School".
  6. ^ "Students Protest Munk Donation". The Toronto Star.
  7. ^ "Michael Sabia leaving Caisse to head University of Toronto's Munk School". CBC News. November 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Michael Sabia to be named next deputy minister of Finance Canada,
  9. ^ Michael Sabia, Deputy Minister, Department of Finance.
  10. ^ "U of T's Munk School offers dual master's degree in global affairs and public policy with Sciences Po in Paris". University of Toronto - News.
  11. ^ "Master of Public Policy Program". Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
  12. ^ "Program". Munk School of Global Affairs.
  13. ^ "MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT made as of this 23rd day of November 2009 between The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation and the Governing Council of the University of Toronto" (PDF).
  14. ^ "Profs allege donor influence". The Varsity. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  15. ^ "The uneasy ties between Canada's universities and wealthy business magnates". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  16. ^ "U of T students protest Munk donation". The Star.

External links

  • Official website
  • Centres and Programmes at the Munk School

Coordinates: 43°39′43.1″N 79°23′34.6″W / 43.661972°N 79.392944°W / 43.661972; -79.392944