Do you believe it’s possible to make this world a better place? Explore our dual graduate program designed to combine passions for holistic development and supportive education. Earn your M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and M.A in Global Development & Justice in three years through our Dual Master of Arts program. This program provides students with extensive study of linguistics, education, cultural responsiveness, and best practices in poverty alleviation, combating injustices in society, and advocating for the most vulnerable. This program cultivates your spiritual formation so that you can thrive in a rewarding career that serves the global community. If you want to have a global impact through teaching English with an eye for development, this program is for you.

Ways to study

Graduate | On-campus | Online

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Cultivating Compassionate Leaders

Expert faculty use a multidisciplinary approach to develop compassionate leaders who are prepared to engage with a plethora of human needs in multicultural contexts today. You will analyze historical and contemporary theories, evaluate socio-cultural contexts and socio-economic perspectives, and grow in your understanding of God’s heart for humanity. A faculty mentor will be assigned to work with you every step of the way, no matter where your journey takes you.

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Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

Intended as an introduction to the field of TESOL, this course examines current theoretical principles and methodological approaches in the field of second language teaching.

This course is designed to explore the influences between language and culture through the field of sociolinguistics. It will lead students to examine how learning experiences can be affected by cultural tendencies and expectations, and how learning about a target language culture enhances successful second language acquisition. This course will also review the diversity of comparative educational systems. These themes will all be connected to practical teaching strategies and implications.

This course examines biblical justice in relation to contemporary issues in both North American and international contexts. Issues such as race, immigration, human trafficking and sexual exploitation, poverty, violence, gender, creation care, and human dignity will be considered along with how to advocate for those who are oppressed and marginalized in society.

This course explores both theological and biblical principles in community development highlighting holistic ministry responses. Emphasis is placed on incarnational living, empowerment, and community participation in bringing about sustainable change and transformation to a variety of complex problems.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree. Whether you are beginning college for the first time or are a transfer student, we’ve got you covered.

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Meet Your Professors

Greg Burch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Global Studies; Director, Master of Arts in Global Development and Justice
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Karen Fancher, D.Int.St.
Assistant Professor, Global Studies and Master of Arts in Global Development and Justice
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Kristyn Kidney, M.A.
Assistant Professor and Chair, TESOL; Director, Master of Arts in TESOL

Program Distinctives

In this program, you can earn two respected Multnomah graduate degrees with the time and commitment many students spend for one graduate degree at other institutions. Prepare for your career by earning your degrees in less time and graduating with more skills to serve the global community.

TESOL student-teaching provides teaching experience in an authentic English-language learning classroom. You have the option to complete the TESOL practicum requirement by teaching community language learners on-campus or teaching anywhere in the world with an internet connection. You may also choose to participate in an MU-sponsored English Bible camp in Japan.

Internships are a great way to broaden your network and gain hands-on experience in the workplace. Our MAGDJ program partners with a number of organizations whose internships provide you the opportunity to start making an impact now as you continue to get your education.

A research thesis is also an option instead of the required traditional internship, it usually takes two semesters and includes working with a thesis advisor. For more on these options please consult with the Director of the MAGDJ program. Study abroad opportunities are offered every year with program faculty.

Career Placement

  • Community development
  • Educational leadership
  • Advocacy work
  • Community educator
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Language teacher
  • Curriculum Development Specialist

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