STG, Law, Juris Doctor / Master of Global Affairs

STG JD / MGA: Introduction


The Combined Degree Program (CDP): STG, Law, Juris Doctor / Master of Global Affairs is designed for students interested in studying the intersections of law and global affairs. The CDP permits the completion of both degrees in four years rather than the five years it would take to acquire them independently.

For a general description of CDPs, see General Regulations section 1.4.3.


Law, Juris Doctor / Master of Global Affairs

Juris Doctor Program
Faculty of Law

Master of Global Affairs Program
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

STG JD / MGA: Application Process

  • Applicants must apply to the Juris Doctor (JD) program, the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program, and the CDP.

  • Applicants may be considered for the CDP after they have gained independent admission to the JD and MGA programs.

  • Applicants admitted to both the JD and MGA must inform both programs of their status and request admission to the CDP.

    • Applicants may also be considered for the CDP while they are in Year 1 of the JD program. Interested students should contact the Faculty of Law about this before applying to the CDP.

STG JD / MGA: Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the JD program, the School of Graduate Studies, and the MGA program.

Academic Path to Completion

Every CDP involves a specific combination of approved degree programs. The CDP requirements build on those of the two separate degree programs. Each CDP has a unique pattern of academic activity year by year.

Year Progression Specific Requirements
  • Year 1 JD program requirements.
  • Complete all Year 1 courses of the JD program at the Faculty of Law.
  • 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in Year 1 MGA program requirements.
  • Required law course.
  • At the end of Year 1, declare an emphasis as part of the degree program.
  • 3.0 required FCEs in Year 1 MGA courses as follows:
    • GLA1001H Macroeconomics: Markets, Institutions, and Growth;
    • GLA1003H Global Security;
    • GLA1010H Microeconomics for Global Affairs;
    • GLA1011H Global Innovation Policy;
    • GLA1012H Statistics for Global Affairs; and
    • GLA1014H Global Development.
  • 0.5 FCE: LAW252H1, which will count towards the MGA program requirements. This course is graded on the graduate scale.
  • 1.0 elective FCE from the following Year 1 MGA courses:
    • 0.5 FCE from GLA2027H Ethics and Global Affairs, GLA2029H The Sustainability Imperative: Implications for Global Affairs and Public Policy, or GLA2034H Decision Making and Strategic Thinking;
    • 0.5 FCE from the MGA elective course list.
  • 1.0 required FCE: complete GLA1007Y Global Internship in the Summer session between Years 2 and 3.
3 and 4
  • 3.5 FCEs in MGA program requirements.
  • JD credits.
  • 2.5 FCEs in 2000-level elective MGA courses. Of these, 1.5 FCEs are taken in the chosen emphasis.
  • 1.0 FCE in required Year 2 courses: GLA2000H Capstone Seminar and GLA2111H Research Methods for Capstone.
  • Complete 41 to 45 JD credits including all upper-year course requirements. At least 6 credits must be in the area of international law.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

5 years