The University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris are launching a dual master's degree program, in which students will get a window into public policies and global affairs from a European and North American context.
Aimed at “students who combine intense curiosity about the world with ambition to take leadership in changing it for the better,” the combined two-year program begins in 2018.
Students will spend their first year at Sciences Po in Paris, complete a summer internship and then spend their second year at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto. They will receive master's degrees from both institutions.
“This dual master’s degree is a first for the Munk School, and we’re thrilled to have an experienced partner in Sciences Po,” said Stephen Toope, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. “It’s fashionable today to focus on cracks in Europe, but however the winds shift, these are strong countries that will be leaders in shaping the world’s future. We need to build bridges and understanding.”
Graduates of the dual degree program will be uniquely positioned to enter the field of global affairs worldwide, Toope said.
Students who enrol will interact with colleagues from many countries, gaining new perspectives that will help them engage in a deeper way in cross-cultural environments. They will learn how to adapt to education systems with different roots and methods. They will build international networks that will help them professionally and enrich their lives personally.
The dual master’s degree program builds on a long-standing collaboration between Sciences Po and the University of Toronto, whose first exchange program was created in 2001.
“We are very glad to combine for the first time our Master in Public Policy with a Master of Global Affairs provided by the Munk School,” said Yann Algan, dean of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs. “This dual degree aims to bring to our future public affairs professionals a unique and complementary understanding of global challenges.”
Students may choose to study in English or French at Sciences Po. At the Munk School of Global Affairs, courses will be taught in English. The first cohort of students in the dual degree program will start classes in Paris in September 2018 with an expected intake of 10 to 12 students.