Master of Arts in Global Governance

MAGG Class 2016
(Lisa Malleck/BSIA)

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?

MA Global Governance

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.

The MAGG program was a fantastic fit for me. The classes provided a breadth of knowledge on a variety of global governance topics, while also allowing students to gain deeper expertise in their own areas of interest. The faculty are, without exception, knowledgeable, friendly, and supportive. Having the opportunity to engage in policy work with CIGI added professional experience and the opportunity to finish this degree with a publication. I'm leaving having learned an incredible amount, having made deep personal and professional contacts with students and faculty, and with a new perspective on the world and my career options.

Elizabeth Fraser, 2014 MA in Global Governance Cohort

Putting the “Global” in Global Governance through international and experiential learning opportunities

Students in the Master of Arts in Global Governance (MAGG) program can take advantage of a number of dynamic international academic and experiential learning opportunities. They can participate in the University of Waterloo-University of Warwick double degree program (established in 2015), which offers students the chance to study in one of the UK's best politics departments and receive degrees from both the University of Waterloo and University of Warwick. They can spend a term abroad on exchange, either with the International Conflict Administration and Management program at the University of Konstanz in Germany (established in 2014), the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland in Australia (established in 2016), or the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in South Korea (established in 2016). And students have the possibility to intern with leading international non-governmental organizations (such as Amnesty International), think tanks (such as Bonn International Centre for Conversion), and United Nations agencies (such as the UN Development Programme). Our students cherish these internship opportunities. In the words of one student: 

“I did my internship in South Africa with CIVICUS: The World Alliance for Citizenship Participation. The placement jump-started my career in international development. Shortly after graduating from the MAGG I was hired on as staff. Since then I have represented the organization in over 11 countries, and expanded my professional network immensely. I would not be where I am today without the support I received during my internship.”

Suhani Bhushan (class of 2015)
Sustainable Development Programme Officer

New University of Waterloo-University of Warwick Double Degree

Warwick Double Degree Flyer

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. For more information, please consult the Warwick Double Degree FAQ page.

Program Information

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), economics component (Econ 637 Economic Analysis and Global Governance or equivalent) 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. For more information, please contact Andrew Thompson, Program Officer, Master of Arts in Global Governance.

Core Course: GGOV 600 Globalization and Global Governance

Economics component: ECON 637 Economic Analysis and Global Governance or equivalent (students who have higher than second year macro/micro economics are required to take an economics course other than Econ 637)

History component: HIST 605 Global Governance in Historical Perspective

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. Students receiving the Balsillie Fellowship have the option of counting their internship work at CIGI over the year (which amounts to approximately 10 hours/week over three terms) as meeting the internship requirement for the program. If Balsillie Fellowship winners choose not to take this option and they pursue a regular internship in the third term, their CIGI internship work for the third term can be deferred until the fourth (fall) term.

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 by the Director of the Internship Program of the Global Governance Program on a pass-fail basis. This report is distinct from the MRP, but can build towards it.

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.

CIGI Graduate Fellowship Program
A unique feature of the Balsillie School of International Affairs’ experience, the CIGI Graduate Fellowship Program is a professional development program in which students gain mentorship and guidance from senior scholars and policy practitioners as they advance their own research and writing skills. CIGI Graduate Fellows receive $15,000 over three terms, and are normally asked to conduct research for a CIGI or BSIA project and co-author a policy brief, which they present to senior policy makers at an end-of-year symposium. Briefs that are deemed to be of high quality are normally published as part of the CIGI Graduate Fellow Policy Brief Series.