What can you do with a master's in global development and justice degree?

The Global Development and Justice program at Multnomah University is guided by the following outcomes:

Cognitive Area

  • Understand theological and biblical foundations for responding to human needs through compassionate care and service. This includes a thorough understanding of God’s purposes and mission in the world and His desire to bring reconciliation and transformation to the human condition. Students will be trained in personal evangelism and compassion ministries through a multidisciplinary approach to learning.
  • Analyze socio-cultural and socio-economic perspectives through multi-faceted models that present the means to carry out intercultural communication, relationship building, cross-cultural witness and human solidarity.

  • Integrate and analyze both historical and contemporary theories and best practices in global development work (including theories of poverty) and justice action with the poor and those suffering from natural catastrophes or other human calamities such as disease, oppression and economic pressures.

Affective Area

  • Appreciate the place of Scriptures concern for those who suffer from sinful actions (both personally and structurally) and its consequences and separation from God.
  • Reflect critically on the role of the Church in socio-cultural contexts of oppression, crises and injustice.
  • Recognize the importance of community and individual participation and empowerment in the development process.
  • Gain God’s heart and love for humanity and respond with compassion to a plethora of human conditions that exist today.

Skills Area

  • Develop communication techniques and socio-cultural sensitivity through specialized learning in intercultural communication theory and cultural anthropology.
  • Incorporate evangelism and church based ministry in development and justice settings with an emphasis on the expansion of the Gospel in unique cultural and religious settings.
  • Carry out field research as part of intercultural ministries in development and justice studies.
  • Gain leadership skills in non-profit organizational innovation, fundraising and management as essential tools in international development work.
  • Develop business and professional management skills, which will enable students to develop new creative opportunities for working in sensitive and restricted access countries.


This program is thoroughly missional and seeks to prepare Christian leaders to serve in mission, global development, and justice initiatives around the world where there is great need. This also includes preparing mission pastors and Christian leaders residing in the U.S. where there is an increasing desire to serve those who are poor, homeless and living in difficult circumstances.

A master's in global development and justice will prepare you for any of the following careers: 

  • Development and relief specialists
  • Global justice leaders
  • Inter-governmental workers
  • Entrepreneurs in international business and outreach
  • Mission and outreach pastors
  • Children at risk specialists
  • Community development workers
  • Volunteers in both local and cross-cultural contexts