Master's in Global Development and Justice

Transformational international development starts with people and right relationships. We need God to transform us, so that we can be agents in the process of transformation in our world.

The Global Development and Justice program addresses complex issues of our day with thoughtful engagement, in-depth study of best practices, adaptability to changing dynamics, and hope that sustains in the midst of suffering and loss.

Whether you are a mid-career practitioner looking for additional tools to increase your impact, or you're looking to join the field of justice and international development for the first time, faculty mentors are dedicated to helping you achieve your best in this professional career. 

What can you do with a global development and justice degree?

View your options here

What makes us different

As we face the complexities in our world today, many universities are developing programs in public policy and administration, economic development, and macro-level change. In contrast, we begin on the micro-level, focusing on relationships and understanding culture in ways that create transformation in people and communities, leading to impact on the local, societal and national levels.

This program prepares practitioners in holistic approaches to bring positive change to our world. Macro and micro-development perspectives provide tools that are essential when faith-based approaches to development and justice are correctly understood.

Program highlights

  • 38 semester credit hours in length
  • Cohorts begin once a year in the fall 
  • Complete in less than 2 years
  • Classes held two evenings a week
  • 300 hours of internship (local or abroad) or collaborative research project
  • Hybrid courses including online components
  • Global immersion courses (allows students to see best practices and understand issues in context around the world)
  • Peace and Reconciliation Emphasis option
  • Emphasizes personal spiritual formation
  • Mentored Community Groups*

*Monthly mentoring and social outings with MAGDJ faculty members during your first semester. The purpose of these activities is to create community and opportunities for deeper conversation.

Peace and Reconciliation Emphasis

This emphasis focuses on the place of peace in contexts of systemic injustices, war and conflict, tribal and racial tension, and communities where violence is common. 

The need for peace

Places where development and justice initiatives are needed have often been impacted by violence and imbalances of power. There are a number of global regions where NGO development, governmental development and relief initiatives are taking place.

In these contexts, reconciling communities and fostering restorative justice are critical steps for stability and long-term development. Addressing the issues of reconciliation at the community level can help impact larger systems while also preventing mass violence, large-scale disaster and displacement.

Peacebuilding and reconciliation initiatives are imperative for communities to heal and begin the process of rebuilding.

What to expect

Students who choose the Peace and Reconciliation Emphasis will take a distinct path of research and some specific courses designed to develop necessary skills for peacebuilding in global contexts. Internships and research projects will prepare our students to engage effectively in this field.

Online MA in Global Development and Justice program

If you're unable to join our residential program in Portland, Oregon, we offer a MAGDJ blended online program

Programmatic Distinctions

Holistic approach to development

We are committed to promoting best practices in non-profit service, strategic analysis and response, formulation of sustainable solutions that empower local communities, affirming strategic partnerships, and addressing spiritual dynamics and resilience as integral aspects in our work in development, justice and peacebuilding.

Personal formation

We care about your personal formation and your ability to apply professional skills and strategic approaches to issues in our world. Thus, Multnomah emphasizes development of the whole person, so that our graduates are prepared to engage effectively in some of the most challenging situations in our world today.

Prepare to work in faith-based and secular NGO's

We provide opportunities to serve in a variety of settings and develop your area of emphasis throughout your studies.

Support local communities

We focus on the importance of walking with others, learning from one another, partnering with communities, and affirming the skills and wisdom of local leaders.


We purpose to not just react to crisis, but help communities come together to promote healing and to develop vision and strategies to build a stronger future together.

TESOL opportunities

Students can choose to add additional courses in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), leading to either a Foundations in TESOL certificate or an advanced TESOL certificate, depending on interest and time.

Course layout

To view our courses and their descriptions, click here.

Cost and financial aid

Tuition for 2017-18 is $565/credit.

View cost details and financial aid options here.

Applying to the MAGDJ program

To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate with a B.S. or B.A. from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Submit the application with all required forms

Student story

Max Olwa traveled all the way from Kenya for this program, but he feels like he's right at home.

Learn more

You can meet the program director, visit classes and mingle with current students when you attend an MA Global Development and Justice Info Session. For more details on the program, or to receive an application by mail, contact Admissions at 800.275.4672 or