Transformational international development starts with us. We need God to transform us so that we can be agents in the process of transforming our world. At Multnomah University, you’ll work with faculty mentors who will help you make the most of your calling, whether you’re a mid-career professional or you’re just starting out. You’ll address complex issues and changing global dynamics with thoughtful engagement and in-depth study of best practices, and you’ll become a source of hope that sustains in the midst of suffering and loss.
- 38 semester credit hours in length
- Cohorts begin once a year in the fall
- Complete in less than two 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.
How we stand out
Micro versus macro
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. Macro and micro-development perspectives provide tools that are essential when faith-based approaches to development and justice are correctly understood.
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 peace building.
We care about your personal formation and your ability to apply professional skills and strategic approaches to issues in our world. We emphasize 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 NGOs
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 to help communities come together to promote healing and to develop vision and strategies to build a stronger future together. We even offer a Peace and Reconciliation Emphasis.
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 commitment.