MA in Global Development & Justice

You might find yourself providing comfort to orphans in southern India. Lending your energy to a cultural development project in Africa. Or helping homeless women locate permanent shelter right here in Portland.
Those are just some of the internship opportunities you’ll discover in our MAGDJ program. As you work side by side with professors and practitioners, you’ll gain expertise in issues ranging from sustainability and social justice to global poverty and human trafficking. Become a change agent with a thorough understanding of God’s desire to heal lives and transform communities everywhere.

MA in Global Development & Justice Online 

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

Program Highlights

  • 38 semester credit hours in length (plus additional 12 credits in Bible and Theology for those who have not met these prerequisites)
  • Classes held in the afternoons or at night twice a week
  • Complete in less than 2 years
  • 300 hours of internship (local or abroad)
  •  Intern with partner churches and non-profit organizations in the city of Portland, Oregon or across the globe.
  • Hybrid courses including online components
  • Faculty Family Groups*

*Enjoy monthly mentoring times and social outings with MAGDJ faculty members. Outings sometimes consist of dinners in the home of faculty members, food cart visits or late night visits to downtown Portland. The purpose of these outings is to create community and opportunities for deeper conversation.

Program Focus


The program includes a global emphasis, and moves away from just an “overseas” or “domestic” priority, recognizing the effects of globalization on the Church and a shift in missiological studies today.


Focuses on positive change in society and community with emphasis on holistic transformation and sustainable development. By “holistic transformation” we mean bringing reconciliation, restoration and renewal to whole communities, families and individuals through Christ. Sustainable development places the emphasis on permanent change and restoration by involving local communities in the transformation process.


In keeping with the biblical idea of shalom, social justice stresses an integration of biblical theology, Christian ethics and human rights with an emphasis on restoration (spiritually, physically and emotionally) for those oppressed and marginalized in society. Biblical justice seeks restored relationships both vertically (God and humanity) and horizontally (human relationships).

The program focuses on equipping students with practical skills in the areas of compassion initiatives, poverty alleviation, and combating injustices with an emphasis on biblical insights and best practices in the field of global development and justice studies.

As part of Multnomah’s educational goals, this program also aims to develop biblically competent students within the field of international development, humanitarian studies, and biblical justice. In addition, it will prepare cross-cultural workers and those working in local contexts to engage with sensitivity as they work with people from distinct socio-cultural backgrounds. Courses include an emphasis on intercultural communication, socio-cultural studies, and transformational Christian witness.


  • 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

Read more about program outcomes.

The Global Development and Justice 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.

Course Layout

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  • SF511 Principles of Spiritual Formation I (2)
  • SF512 Principles of Spiritual Formation II (2)
  • IS501 Foundations in International Development Practice (3)
  • IS505 Introduction to Advocacy and Justice Studies (3)
  • IS609 Justice, Development & Culture 
  • IS615 Conflict, Refugees and Complex Disasters (2)
  • IS618 Mission with Children at Risk (2)
  • IS621 Non-profit Leadership and Administration (3)
  • IS624 Applied Field Research Methodology (3)
  • IS632 Community Development in Practice (2)
  • IS642 Theology of Cultural Engagement or IS612 Biblical Theology of Missions (2)
  • IS660 Topics in Global Development and Justice (Thematic Courses) (2)
  • IS714 Micro-Finance and Business in Mission Contexts (3)
  • IS711 Public Policy, Human Rights, Law and Ethics (3)

Required for Second Year (or Summer)

  • IS630 150 hour Practicum/Internship I (2)
  • IS640 150 hour Practicum/Internship II (2)

Cost and Financial Aid

Current pricing can be found on the Graduate Program Financial Aid page. Books and other fees are not included in that price.

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
  • Bible and Theology prerequisites (must be completed prior to graduation)

Student Stories

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

Regina Molokomme is confident that she is being called to minister to world leaders.

Learn More

You can meet the program director, visit classes and mingle with current students when you attend an MA Global Development & Justice Info Session. For more details on the program, or to receive an application by mail, contact Admissions at 800-275-4672 or  

Meet Your Professors

  • Dr. Martin Alphonse Dr. Martin Alphonse Global Studies
  • Dr. Greg Burch Dr. Greg Burch Director of MAGDJ Program, Chair of Global Studies Department
  • Dr. Val Clemen Dr. Val Clemen Assistant Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, Practical Theology Division Chair, Pastoral Ministries Department Chair
  • Dr.  Karen Fancher Dr. Karen Fancher Global Studies, MAGDJ Professor
  • Mark Loomis Mark Loomis Adjunct MAGDJ Professor
  • Dr. Paul Louis Metzger Dr. Paul Louis Metzger Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture, Director of New Wine, New Wineskins
  • Dr. Ulf Spears Dr. Ulf Spears Adjunct MAGDJ Professor
  • Dr. Roger Trautmann Dr. Roger Trautmann Director of Mentored Ministry, M.Div./Chaplaincy Track Coordinator, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Director of Service Learning