2021-2022 University Catalog

Global Development and Justice, M.A.

Requirements for Master of Arts in Global Development and Justice

Required: 39 semester hours; minimum 2.5 GPA.

GLS 501Foundations in International Development Practice

3

GLS 505Introduction to Advocacy & Justice Studies

3

GLS 615Conflict, Refugees & Complex Disasters

3

 

GLS 617Peacebuilding & Transformative Justice

3

OR

GLS 650Global Immersion Studies

3

 

GLS 618Children at Risk in Global Contexts

3

GLS 621Nonprofit Leadership &Administration

3

GLS 624Applied Field Research Methodology

3

GLS 632Community Development in Practice

3

GLS 630Global Development & Justice Internship I

2

GLS 640Global Development & Justice Internship II

2

 

GLS 660Topics in Global Development & Justice

3

OR

GLS 650Global Immersion Studies

3

 

GLS 711Public Policy, Human Rights, Law & Ethics

3

GLS 714Approaches to Economic Development

3

SF 511Principles of Spiritual Formation I

2

Both the residential program and online program require internships or a thesis research project.  Internships are to be completed either over the summer or during second year of the program. In some cases a student may choose to complete a thesis project.  This is usually completed their second year in the program.  A thesis usually takes two semesters and includes working with a thesis adviser.  For more on these options please consult with the director of the MAGDJ program. 

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Peace and Reconciliation Emphasis (Optional):

Contexts where development and justice initiatives are needed have often been impacted by violence and imbalances of power. Addressing issues of reconciliation at the community level can help to create stability, impact larger systems, and prevent mass violence and large scale disaster and displacement. Peacebuilding and reconciliation initiatives are imperative for communities to heal and begin the process of rebuilding. Peacebuilding and Reconciliation is a natural fit and integral component of our Global Development and Justice program. The concept and skills acquired in this emphasis are applicable in numerous contexts. This emphasis can be chosen by students in either the residential or online program.

To complete the Peace and Reconciliation Emphasis students are required to enroll in GLS 617 Peacebuilding and Transformative Justice, GLS 660 Topics in Global Development & Justice, GLS 730 Peacebuilding/Transformative Justice Field Research Project and GLS 740 Peacebuilding Internship.  If desired, the Peace and Reconciliation Emphasis may also be accomplished by choosing a thesis project instead of GLS 730 and GLS 740.  This usually takes two semesters to complete.  For more on these options please consult with the director of the MAGDJ program.

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Bible and Theology Emphasis (Optional):

This emphasis is for those who plan to work in a vocational ministry or a church context and do not have previous biblical training (or need to refresh their training).  The Bible and Theology emphasis in the MAGDJ includes earning a certificate offered by Multnomah Biblical Seminary (MBS) in Bible Foundations.  This emphasis will ensure that you integrate biblical and theological education in the field of Global Development and Justice in a way that prepares you for Christian ministry.  Your biblical and theological literacy will increase as you develop knowledge of both historical figures and biblical passages in the Old and New Testaments.

For those interested in pursuing the Bible and Theology Emphasis in the MAGDJ you will be offered a customizable track which will allow 6 credits from the MAGDJ program to be substituted with MBS courses (if you wish) in the Bible Foundation Certificate.  You will need to complete an additional 7 credits from choices made available to you by MBS.  For more on this optional emphasis, please consult the MAGDJ director.