2020-2021 University Catalog

Master of Arts in Global Development and Justice

DR. GREG W. BURCH, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The MA in Global Development and Justice builds on a foundation of biblical justice and international development with emphasis on compassion initiatives, poverty alleviation, and combating injustices in society. These and other topics, coupled with biblical insights and best practices in the field prepare community leaders, mission Pastors, cross-cultural workers and volunteers in mission, justice and humanitarian aid in local or global contexts. The curriculum seeks to develop compassionate leaders who are prepared to engage with a plethora of human needs in multicultural contexts today. In addition to course work, internship opportunities* are required for all graduates of the program.

Blended Online Program Option

This is an 18 month cohort-based blended online program. The program consists of 39 credits. This includes two weeks in ‘contextual residency’ outside of the U.S. (i.e. Africa, Asia, Latin America) in partnership with non-governmental organizations in distinct countries. Foundational courses (GLS501 & GLS505) and study tours will be a part of the time spent in these contextual residency experiences. The remaining courses will be offered online (8 week courses) and managed by the Distance Ed dept. and Global Studies faculty. The program emphasizes community and networking opportunities with 300 hours of internship or a thesis research project that takes at least two semesters to complete.

Program Outcomes


The Global Development and Justice program at Multnomah University is guided by the following outcomes:
  • Understand theological and biblical foundations for responding to human needs through compassionate care and service. This includes a thorough understanding of God’s purposes and mission in the world and His desire to bring reconciliation and transformation to the human condition. Students will be trained in personal evangelism and compassion ministries through a multidisciplinary approach to learning. (GDJ.1)
  • Analyze socio-cultural and socio-economic perspectives through multi-faceted models that present the means to carry out intercultural communication, relationship building, cross-cultural witness and human solidarity. (GDJ.2)
  • Integrate and analyze both historical and contemporary theories and best practices in global development work (including theories of poverty) and justice action with the poor and those suffering from natural catastrophes or other human calamities such as disease, oppression and economic pressures. (GDJ.3)
  • Appreciate the place of Scriptures concern for those who suffer from sinful actions (both personally and structurally) and its consequences and separation from God. (GDJ.4)
  • Reflect critically on the role of the Church in socio-cultural contexts of oppression, crises and injustice. (GDJ.5)
  • Recognize the importance of community and individual participation and empowerment in the development process. (GDJ.6)
  • Gain God’s heart and love for humanity and respond with compassion to a plethora of human conditions that exist today. (GDJ.7)
  • Develop communication techniques and socio-cultural sensitivity through specialized learning in intercultural communication theory and cultural anthropology. (GDJ.8)
  • Incorporate evangelism and church based ministry in development and justice settings with an emphasis on the expansion of the Gospel in unique cultural and religious settings. (GDJ.9)
  • Carry out field research as part of intercultural ministries in development and justice studies. (GDJ.10)
  • Gain leadership skills in non-profit organizational innovation, fundraising and management as essential tools in international development work. (GDJ.11)
  • Develop business and professional management skills, which will enable students to develop new creative opportunities for working in sensitive and restricted access countries. (GDJ.12)

Application Procedure

The priority deadline to apply for both the MAGDJ residential program and our online program is March 1. MAGDJ residential cohorts begin only in the fall. Applications are welcome after March 1st and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis as space allows. The Admission Committee generally makes decisions on application files upon receipt of a signed MAGDJ Application for Admission, including the admission essay and $40 application fee, three reference forms (a Spiritual Life Reference Form and two Personal Reference forms), official academic transcripts for all postsecondary coursework, and completion of an admission interview with the MAGDJ program director (or designee).

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or a nationally accredited program that has the academic breadth required to ensure success academically in graduate studies at MU), with an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  • Evidence of a personal faith, having committed his/her life to Jesus Christ as personal Savior, and of a commitment to the mission and values of Multnomah University.
  • Evidence of capability to succeed academically and professionally.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all general graduation requirements as listed earlier in this section.
  • Complete required program credits with at least 20 credits earned at Multnomah.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale).
  • Complete 300 hours internship experience
  • The program is normally completed within a five-year period from the date of matriculation.
FACULTY:  Leroy Barber, Sean Benesh, Greg W. Burch, Karen Fancher, Paul Metzger, Michael Pucci, Elizabeth Sethi, Leah Wheeler.