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What makes us different

Micro verses 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 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.

Peacebuilding. 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. We even offer a Peace and Reconciliation Emphasis.

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.

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

Learn more

You can meet the program director, visit classes and mingle with current students when you attend an M.A. in 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

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Greg Burch

“Our students are so passionate about reaching out to people on the fringes of society. If you’re looking to serve people and see lives change, this is the program for you.”