Global Governance

University of Waterloo

M.A. On Campus
18 months
14084 CAD/year
4508 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Balsillie School of International Affairs offers four world-class academic programs through Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, advancing ambitious, new approaches to Global Governance and international public policy.


Program Overview

The BSIA campus brings together scholars, students, and policy makers in a unique, collaborative format to identify meaningful solutions to humanity’s most critical problems.

With more than 60 affiliated teaching faculty, drawn from political science, economics, history, sociology, business, geography and environment studies, the Global Governance program offered by the University of Waterloo provides students with a truly interdisciplinary environment that fosters comprehensive global learning.

Through the BSIA’s partnership with the Foreign Policy Bureau of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), students in all programs can contribute to the foresight and research activities of the department by identifying new and emerging trends that could significantly impact the world in five- to ten-years’ time, and developing recommendations to adapt Canadian foreign policy to the changing and evolving nature of the global operating environment in the 21st century.

Are you interested in a graduate program that:

  • addresses the most pressing global problems?
  • goes beyond traditional academic programs by applying a mulitdisciplinary perspective?
  • offers the possibility to work with public policy practitioners at Canada’s leading think-tank on international affairs?
  • develops policy papers that feed into the Canadian Foreign Policy decision-making process?
  • provides internship opportunities with the United Nations system, governments and civil society groups?
  • has options for studying abroad?
  • offers small class sizes so you can work closely with leading international researchers?

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conflict and Security
  • Global Environment
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Global Political Economy
  • Global Social Governance
  • Multilateral Institutions and Diplomacy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful completion of an Honours Degree in Political Science, Economics, History or a related field (including international, environmental or global studies undergraduate degrees) with an overall average of at least 78% in the final 20 courses.
  • Successful completion of at least one introductory course in economics at the university level before commencing the program.
  • Experienced professionals in the private or public sectors will be considered for admission, but additional course work may be required.
  • Three references, at least two academic
  • Transcripts
  • References
  • Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
  • Resume, letter, writing sample
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Sponsorship
  • Portfolio

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14084 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7042 CAD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    4508 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2254 CAD per semester and a duration of 18 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Global Governance
University of Waterloo


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