▲ MAGG Class of 2018
A Unique Opportunity to Study Global Governance
The world faces increasingly complex problems that have taken on global significance, including conflict and peace-building, humanitarian crises and intervention, international economic inequality and instability, and global environmental change.
How are these problems addressed at the global level? And are the mechanisms adopted to address them effective and just?
The MA in Global Governance offered by the University of Waterloo, goes beyond the rigidities and formalities of established academic boundaries by drawing on a variety of disciplines, including economics, politics, history, sociology and environmental studies. Designed to be completed in sixteen months, the program typically consists of two terms of course work; a third term in which students complete a Major Research Paper (MRP) on a specific research topic of their choosing relating to the study of global governance; followed by a fourth term as an intern working on global governance issues in the public or private sector, a research institute or NGO. Students can also take advantage of a number of exchange opportunities. For more information, see Program Partnerships.
The Graduate Fellowship is an award granted to select students of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) enrolled in either the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) or the Master’s of Arts in Global Governance (MAGG) programs. The program complements the unique graduate studies experience at BSIA. It is designed to provide students an opportunity to gain mentorship and guidance from senior scholars as they advance their own policy research and writing skills. Since 2015, the Graduate Fellowship program has been run in partnership with Global Affairs Canada. For more information see Global Affairs Canada on our Program Partnerships page.
Master of Arts in Global Governance
“It is not an understatement to say that my year at BSIA was one of the best. I could not have predicted the opportunities and incredible experiences that BSIA has given me. I am especially grateful for the support of the faculty and staff, and will forever be inspired by, and cherish the relationships I cultivated while at BSIA. I am extremely proud to be part of the MAGG class of 2018.”
—Emilie Turner, MAGG Graduate 2018, Researcher for Project Knowledge Management at UNDP Indonesia
“Without a doubt, the MAGG program was the perfect fit for me. The support, knowledge and welcoming demeanour of the faculty made my experience at Balsillie unparalleled. The connections I made and the knowledge I gained will undoubtedly last a lifetime and positively impact my career. Without the MAGG program I would not be in my current position.”
—Emma Fingler, MAGG Graduate 2018, Special Assistant to the United Nations Resident Coordinator/Coordination Officer, Nepal
University of Waterloo-American University Pathways Program
Established in 2019, the University of Waterloo-American University pathways program is an exceptional educational experience that allows students access to world-class programs and faculty at both institutions. The program allows students to combine the interdisciplinary and experiential approach to the study of Global Governance with additional academic training in applied international affairs through the Master of International Studies-International Studies Track (MIS-IST).
University of Waterloo-University of Warwick Double Degree
Established in 2015, the University of Waterloo-University of Warwick double degree program offers students an opportunity to study in one of the UK’s best politics departments in combination with Canada’s leading school of international affairs. The program allows students to combine the MA Global Governance program with their choice of eleven masters programs offered by the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at Warwick. Students choose between two routes, either carrying out the first year of their studies at the University of Warwick before proceeding to Waterloo in their second year to complete their degree, or beginning with the first year at Waterloo and then completing the second year at Warwick. At the end of the two years, they receive degrees from both the University of Waterloo and University of Warwick.
During the first two terms of study in the MA program, students are normally required to take six courses which must include the Globalization and Global Governance (core course), HIST 605 Global Governance in Historical Perspective (history component), or an alternative History course that is related to Global Governance, an economics component, and a political science component as well as two electives. In addition, all students participate in the Program Seminar which meets regularly throughout the first and second terms and includes visiting speakers, guest talks and discussions of the research plans of students for the Major Research Papers. Students wishing to enroll in courses outside of those that are listed by the program are required to provide a copy of the course outline. See full list of courses
Core Course: GGOV 600 Globalization and Global Governance
Economics component: Students may choose one course from a menu of political economy and economics courses. Please note that some courses may not be offered in a given academic year (see 2018-2019 course offerings). Eligible courses include but are not limited to:
GGOV 610/PSCI 688/ PACS 630 Governance of Global Economy
GGOV 611/PSCI 686 Emerging Economies in Global Governance
GGOV 613/PSCI 668 The Politics of National Innovation Systems
GGOV 614/PSCI 614 Global Business and Development
GGOV 615/PSCI 615 Global Poverty
GGOV 618 Special Topics in Global Political Economy
GGOV 619 Readings in Global Political Economy
GGOV 621/PSCI 606/ERS 606 Governing Global Food and Agriculture Systems
GGOV 663/PSCI 619 China and Global Governance
PSCI 683 Topics in International Political Economy
ECON 637 Economic Analysis and Global Governance
ECON 631 International Trade
ECON 635 International Trade and Development
ECON 673 Special Topics in Economics
History component: Students may choose one from a menu of history courses. Please note that some courses may not be offered in a given academic year (see 2018-2019 course offerings). Eligible courses include but are not limited to:
HIST 605 Global Governance in Historical Perspective
HIST 606 International Development in Historical Perspective
HIST 607 Human Rights in Historical Perspective I
HIST 608 Human Rights in Historical Perspective II
HIST 612 Indigenous Rights and Claims: A Global Perspective
HIST 660 Transnational and Global History: Old Problems and New Directions
Political Science component: One of the following courses:
GGOV 610/PSCI 688 (UW) Governance of the Global Economy
GGOV 620/ERS/PSCI 604 (UW) Global Environmental Governance
GGOV 630/PSCI 678 (UW) Security Ontology
GGOV 640/PSCI 658 (UW) Human Rights in a Globalized World
GV 760 (WLU)/GGOV 641 (UW) International Human Rights
GGOV 642/PSCI 639 (UW) Global Social Governance
GGOV 650/PSCI 657 (UW) International Organizations and Global Governance
Elective component: Students must take two additional courses chosen from the list of course offerings; subject to approval from the program directorship, students may also take courses offered by other departments provided the courses contain sufficient Global Governance content.
All students are required to spend the equivalent of one academic term as an intern working on global governance issues in the public or private sector, at a research institute, or for a non-governmental organization. The work-term will normally take place in the third or fourth term of the program.
All students will meet with the Program Officer early in the first term to discuss potential internship options. Students must declare their intentions to the Program Officer by no later than the end of their first semester in the program. A written report (approximately 10 double-space pages in length) arising out of the internship experience will be required and will be evaluated on a pass-fail basis. This report is distinct from the MRP, but can build towards it. For a list of some of the placements that students have done in the past, see Internships.
Program Seminar Component
In addition to their six courses, all students must attend the program seminar. The seminar will meet regularly (sometimes weekly, but usually less often) on Fridays between 12:30-2:00 throughout the first and second terms. Meetings will include visiting speakers (at both the University and at CIGI) and discussions of the research plans of students for the MRP. A preliminary schedule will be distributed at the beginning of each term. Attendance at the Program Seminar is required, but grades will be assigned on a credit/non-credit (or pass/fail) basis.
Master’s Research Paper
The MRP provides students with an opportunity to pursue a specific research topic of their choosing relating to the study of global governance. The minimum length is 40 pages double-spaced and the maximum is 60 pages double-spaced (~15,000 words). Students are encouraged to meet informally with faculty members early in their graduate studies to discuss possible topics for their MRP. Students will need to identify their supervisor and second reader on a form they submit in mid-November. Both the supervisor and second reader must be satisfied with the MRP, and either can ask for minor or major corrections or reject the MRP outright. Upon its completion, the MRP is assigned a grade by the supervisor and second reader. To complete by the end of the fourth term, students should normally expect to submit a complete draft by November 1. Students also should normally expect to submit a subsequent final draft for grading by November 30. Note: The supervisor must be a faculty member who is affiliated with the University of Waterloo. The second reader may be a faculty member who is affiliated with the University of Waterloo or with Wilfrid Laurier University.
For more information, please contact Andrew Thompson, Program Officer, Master of Arts in Global Governance.