This Master of Arts 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 overall educational goals, this program 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.
Learn from the best as you intern with churches and non-profit organizations in the city of Portland, Oregon or across the globe.
40-semester credit hours in length
Classes held in the afternoons or at night twice a week
Complete in less than 2 years
300 hours of internship (local or abroad)
Hybrid courses including on-line components
What can I do with a MAGDJ education from Multnomah?
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.
The program aims to prepare Christian leaders to serve as:
Development and relief specialists
Global justice leaders
Entrepreneurs in business as mission
Missionaries (including those serving in restricted access countries)
Mission and outreach pastors
Children at risk specialists
Community development workers
Volunteers in both local and cross-cultural contexts
Global: 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.
Development: 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.
Justice: In keeping with the biblical idea of shalom, social justice stresses an integration of biblical theology, Christian ethics and the social sciences 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).
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)
IS607 Cross-Cultural Communication (2)
IS604 Cultural Anthropology (2)
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)
Meet Your Professors
Dr. Martin Alphonse
Dr. Greg Burch
Chair of Intercultural Studies Department, Director of MAGDJ Program
Dr. Val Clemen
Chair of Pastoral Ministries Department, Educational Ministries
Dr. Karen Fancher
Dean of Students, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry
Dr. Paul Louis Metzger
Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture, Director of New Wine, New Wineskins
Dr. Roger Trautmann
Director of Mentored Ministry, M.Div./Chaplaincy Track Coordinator, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Director of Student Ministries