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Program details

  • 38 credit hours in length with 8 week terms
  • Cohort based
  • Complete in about 18 months
  • Two weeks on the ground in Rwanda or Thailand to inaugurate the program
  • Program emphasizes community and networking opportunities
  • Program includes 300 hours of internship or a collaborative research project*

*For those with three years or more of experience in the field, a collaborative research project can supplement the internship requirement.

Vocational opportunities

The Global Development and Justice program is thoroughly missional and seeks to prepare Christian leaders to serve in global development, justice, and mission initiatives around the world where there is great need.

The program aims to prepare Christian leaders to serve as:

  • Development workers
  • Global justice leaders
  • Inter-governmental workers
  • Entrepreneurs in business as mission
  • Missionaries
  • Mission and outreach pastors
  • Children at risk specialists
  • Volunteers in both local and cross-cultural contexts

Applying to the program

To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a BS or BA from an accredited college or university
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Submit the application with all required forms

Courses offered (in this order)

  • Foundations in International Development Practice (3)
  • Introduction to Advocacy and Justice Studies (3)
  • Principles of Spiritual Formation I (2)
  • Social Justice, Development, and Culture (2)
  • Theology of Cultural Engagement (2)
  • Conflict, Refugees, and Complex Disasters (2)
  • Applied Field Research Methodology (3)
  • Holistic Mission with Children at Risk (2)
  • Community Development in Practice (2)
  • Non-profit Leadership and Administration (3)
  • Internship or Collaborative Research Project (4)
  • Topics in Global Development and Justice (2)
  • Approaches to Economic Development (3)
  • Public Policy, Human Rights, Law, and Ethics (3)
  • Principles of Spiritual Formation II (2)

Student experiences

“The MAGDJ program is the best program I have been a part of in my entire college career! It’s Bible-infused with Jesus at the heart of the program.” – Simona Gherghisan

“The MAGDJ has exceeded my expectations. I have enjoyed the breadth of viewpoints, the complexity of issues studied, and the strength of the lecturing staff. The course content is immediately applicable to my work in International Development, and there has been great support from professors to refine assignments to serve my specific interests.” – Colleen Milstein

“I love the program because it integrates Christian principles in development and justice work. The class times have been perfect and convenient for me.” – Maxwell Olwa

Residential MA in Global Development and Justice program

If you’re more interested in a traditional, on-campus option, we offer a residential MA in Global Development and Justice program in Portland, Oregon.

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