Local Opportunities for Global Degrees

Local Opportunities for Global Degrees is a GlobalPDX endeavor to create a comprehensive resource for prospective learners. Supporting Global Changemakers as they expand their skills is an essential part of putting Oregon on the map as a hub for international impact. In an effort to make this resource as comprehensive as possible, we welcome all educational institutions around Oregon to highlight their globally oriented degrees on this site. 



Dollars and degrees: Which Oregon college has the best value?

A higher education is one of the biggest investments most people are likely make. Which Oregon college provides the best value for students' investments in a degree?

The website SmartAsset tries to answer that question with its ranking of 10 campuses according to students' return on their investments. It looked at the schools' tuitions, average scholarships and grants, living costs and average starting salary for graduates and used those to assign a score to each institution.

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Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising

Learn to apply fundraising methods and theory so your organization (and your career!) can thrive.

The Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising, offered in partnership with Portland State University, is the only comprehensive fundraising certification program in Oregon. If you’re seeking a holistic understanding of philanthropy and the core functions of a development professional, you’re in the right place.

Who it’s for: Current nonprofit staff looking to level up. Mid-career professionals looking to enter the nonprofit sector. Anyone looking to hone their fundraising skills.

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Welcoming Lewis & Clark to the GlobalPDX Community

Exploring is at the core of Lewis & Clark’s identity, and our liberal arts education reflects that. Studying the liberal arts means that all of your classes will be grounded in critical thinking, written and verbal communication, teamwork, and problem solving. You’ll draw on these skills throughout your life, no matter where you work or what you do.

Lewis & Clark is an internationally-oriented campus that proudly values overseas study. Nearly 60 percent of Lewis & Clark undergraduates study overseas or off‐campus, choosing from more than 30 programs each year — most offered outside of Western Europe. The College’s commitment to international education is deeply rooted and widespread. In fact, many students report that they chose to attend Lewis & Clark expressly because of its robust international programming.

Local Opportunities for Global Degrees

Oregon's opportunities for becoming a better global changemaker are ample - whether you are seeking your first degree, exploring master's degree options, or looking to expand your education through one or two classes, opportunities abound

Resource Guide:

  • Oregon State University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Multnomah University
  • Institute for Global Learning
  • Portland State University
  • University of Oregon

Oregon State University

Oregon State was founded more than 150 years ago as a land grant institution, building on the idea that everybody deserves access to an education that transforms their lives. Yours could be next.

Adapting to today’s challenges, we continue to deliver innovative, high-quality courses and programs. We put the safety and success of our community as our top priority. As Oregon’s largest university, we draw people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Our mission is constantly evolving to serve all learners.

Undergraduate Degrees

Global Health - Gain strong foundational knowledge about the social factors that influence the health of individuals and populations in Oregon State University’s online minor in global health – the only program of its kind in the nation.

Sustainability - Sustainability impacts all aspects of global business, politics, economics and society, creating a need for leaders who have the skills and knowledge to address issues such as climate change, reliance on traditional energy sources, water issues and the demand for socially and environmentally responsible products and services.

Environmental Economics and Policy - The environmental economics and policy (EEP) undergraduate degree program focuses on development of strong economic and data analysis skills and their use in the analysis of environmental and natural resource stewardship, while providing flexibility to incorporate interests in the biological, physical or social sciences.

Minor in Humanitarian Engineering - Students majoring in any traditional engineering programs can minor in humanitarian engineering, science, and technology (HEST). Many of these courses count toward the general education requirements for the majors and include interdisciplinary studies that address the social, economic, and environmental aspects of science and engineering-based solutions that provide access to basic human needs, enhance life quality, and advance the level of community resilience in the local and global community.

Minor in Global Development Studies - The undergraduate minor program in Global Development Studies housed in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU is designed to help students understand the challenges faced by developing communities and countries, including economic inequality, poverty, health and wellness, and the sustainable use of natural resources. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary and practical solutions to international development problems.

Masters Degrees

Master's in Environmental Sciences - Oregon State’s M.S. in Environmental Sciences online program has a narrow focus within the science industry, and it will prepare you to understand complex interrelationships among biological, physical and human components of ecosystems.

The M.S. coursework aims to develop scientists who will be able to analyze and understand environmental systems, predict environmental change and participate in the management of the environment.

Humanitarian Engineering - While OSU does not offer a transcript-visible graduate option in humanitarian engineering, graduate students from disciplines across campus can participate in the humanitarian engineering program by pursuing research with affiliated faculty, enrolling in HEST courses, and taking advantage of dedicated fellowship (Evans Fellowship) and co-curricular opportunities such as seminar speakers or workshops. Many of our affiliated faculty advise our graduate students in humanitarian-engineering related projects and a number of the HEST courses are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Virtual Learning Opportunities

All Ecampus degree programs are developed by the same OSU faculty who teach on campus. All online and hybrid courses meet identical learning outcomes as traditional face-to-face classes. And all distance learners earn the same diploma as on-campus students.

The World Languages and Cultures Department, along with Oregon State Ecampus, are on the forefront of delivering language programs online using the latest technologies, including interaction with live speakers. You will be learning from OSU's renowned faculty that have taught languages for decades. Learn more about the nearly 90 language or culture courses delivered online, including a B.A. or minor in French, German and Spanish.

Lewis & Clark College

Exploring is at the core of Lewis & Clark’s identity, and our liberal arts education reflects that. Studying the liberal arts means that all of your classes will be grounded in critical thinking, written and verbal communication, teamwork, and problem solving. You’ll draw on these skills throughout your life, no matter where you work or what you do.

Lewis & Clark is an internationally-oriented campus that proudly values overseas study. Nearly 60 percent of Lewis & Clark undergraduates study overseas or off‐campus, choosing from more than 30 programs each year — most offered outside of Western Europe. The College’s commitment to international education is deeply rooted and widespread. In fact, many students report that they chose to attend Lewis & Clark expressly because of its robust international programming.

Undergraduate Degrees

International Affairs - Understand the dynamics of conflict and cooperation by examining the political, military, economic, legal, and cultures relations among nations, states, international organizations, and NGOs.

World Languages and Literatures - We offer students the unique opportunity to study two different languages, with a choice of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Learning a language well is hard work; it requires openness and inquisitiveness toward other cultures, to ways of being and ways of doing things that are different and can feel unfamiliar. Our students demonstrate this curiosity and courage. Although we believe that the study of languages and literatures is important and worthwhile, we also know that in an increasingly competitive job market, the mastery of a second (or third or fourth) language can be a key advantage.

Environmental Studies - Environmental studies (ENVS) at Lewis & Clark is unique: you will learn the newest concepts in the field and cultivate cutting-edge technical and leadership skills to make a creative difference. We will challenge you to cross intellectual, geographic, and communication boundaries as you weave insights drawn from across the sciences and humanities, apply them in local, regional, and global contexts, and learn strategies to connect with the people and institutions you encounter.

Interdisciplinary Programs

At Lewis & Clark College, we recognize that academic disciplines are constructs that help us understand the world—not necessarily reflections of the way the world works.

Life is not divided neatly into chemistry and physics, economics and sociology, or English and history. In fact, these areas are deeply intertwined, affecting each other in sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle ways.

To help you explore and uncover these connections, Lewis & Clark offers a number of interdisciplinary majors and minors. These programs combine courses and faculty from many traditional academic subjects. They provide a way to move beyond traditional disciplines to a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the relationships that shape our world.

Asian Studies
Environmental Studies

Asian Studies
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies
Latin American Studies
Middle East and North African Studies
Political Economy

Study Abroad Opportunities

Africa: Morocco, East Africa, Cameroon

Asia: China, India, Japan, SE Asia, South Korea, Taiwan

North & South America: Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Chile

Europe: England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain

Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

Multnomah University

When you join the Multnomah family, you join a community of driven learners, passionate explorers, and Christ-followers. Motivated by academic excellence and rooted in a biblical vision of faith, we step out in boldness. We don’t shy away from the effort or sacrifice required for education or for the life of faith, because we know that perseverance produces character.

Undergraduate Degrees

Environmental Science - Are you interested in the relationship between humans and the natural environment?
This program analyzes environmental problems from a variety of disciplines including biology, chemistry, economics, political science, business, and ethics. As you pursue a B.S. in Environmental Science, you will study Christian theological principles and effective communication while you research and approach problems like climate change, pollution, and sustainable agriculture from a scientific perspective.

Global Studies - With a B.A. in Global Studies from Multnomah University, you will develop into the change that you long to see in the world. If you have a heart for others and a desire to address global and cultural issues with empathy and understanding, pursuing your degree in Global Studies will broaden your perspective and expand your impact more than you ever thought possible. Learn from faculty who share real-world experience from nonprofits and ministries that they started or worked in during their careers and research.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Do you have a heart for teaching and a desire to effectively meet language needs in our world? The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program equips students with linguistic knowledge, pedagogical skill, cultural competency, and professional resources necessary to become competent, highly-effective teaching professionals. You will collaborate with classmates as you learn best-practice teaching methods and versatile techniques from faculty experts.

Graduate Programs

M.A. in Global Development and Justice - What stirs you to act? Injustice against the weak? Sustainable solutions?
If you desire to be a source of lasting hope in the midst of suffering, then the Master of Arts in Global Development and Justice (MAGDJ) is for you. This program builds on a foundation of biblical justice and international development with an emphasis on compassion initiatives, poverty alleviation, and combating injustices in society. We prepare community leaders, mission pastors, and cross-cultural workers in mission, justice, and humanitarian aid work in local or global contexts. If you are inspired by holistic, sustainable solutions that empower the hurting and strengthen the vulnerable, the MAGDJ program is made to unleash you as a dynamic agent of Christ-like change.

M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - In the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, you will learn how to empower diverse populations of English language learners with sensitivity toward sociopolitical, economic, cultural, and educational contexts. You will develop a rich balance of linguistic knowledge, pedagogical skill, cultural competency, research proficiency, and spiritual development. Your M.A. in TESOL will help you advance to the next level of teaching in colleges, universities, mission organizations, and language schools around the globe. If you want to increase your impact, to sharpen your skills, and to deepen your faith, pursuing your M.A. in TESOL at Multnomah is the next step for you.

Dual M.A. in TESOL and Global Development & Justice 

Online Programs

The Online Programs at Multnomah University are convenient, comprehensive, challenging, and designed with you in mind. At Multnomah, you will experience an engaging education and community regardless of your geographic location or stage of life. We make earning your degree simple.

Institute for Global Learning

IPSL is an institute within the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), an institution accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. IPSL is known as the IPSL Global Institute at NUNM, designing and delivering global programs that unite academic study, ethical volunteer service, and engaged research opportunities for service-minded people.

IPSL is committed to its mission and dedicated to promoting an ethic of service. We invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where we serve.

Undergraduate Service Learning Programs

Austria - German Language & Volunteer Service

Colombia - Post-Conflict Studies, Afro-Caribbean History and Culture

Greece - Refugees, Migration and Resilience & Micro-Entrepreneurship

Guatemala - Food Justice, Permaculture, Indigenous Rights

Ireland - Identity, Emigration and Religion & Film Making for Social Justice

Peru - Environmental Justice, Indigenous Health & Human Rights

South Africa - Apartheid's Footprint, Community Health and Transportation

Vietnam - Environmental Science & Youth Leadership and Development

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in International Development & Service

Master of Arts in Community Organizing & Social Activism

IPSL Global Institute at NUNM graduate programs are designed for individuals who are committed to contributing to local and global communities through their leadership skills, personal involvement, and service to others. Ideal candidates are social justice-minded, independent thinkers, love to travel, are flexible, have the ability to problem-solve, and can communicate effectively with diverse communities in challenging situations and environments. The programs involve active learning through hands-on field placements in several countries with students quickly putting the theories they have learned from their coursework into practice in local and global communities.

Research Abroad

Ethics board reviewed, social-behavioral research in a global setting.

Advocating and serving through research  is IPSL's unique program of professional skill-building, and deep cultural immersion, providing tangible, human-focused data for real-life solutions.

Why "Advocacy" Research?
For over 40 years, IPSL Institute for Global Learning has focused on ethical, reciprocal and collaborative service with and for others. In 2012, IPSL launched Advocacy Research in a desire to take service to the next level and in recognition that students hungered for the opportunity to take on meaningful real-world work whose impact could be measured and sustained. We believe that Advocacy Research, research in the service of others, is carried out by people who are deeply concerned about social justice. Their research seeks to measure social problems with a view to increasing awareness and influencing political, economic, and social decision-making.

Portland State University

Portland State University is leading the way to an equitable and sustainable future through academic excellence, urban engagement and expanding opportunity for all. We pursue excellence through accessibility, innovation, collaboration, engagement, sustainability and transformation.

Undergraduate Degrees

Language Degrees - Russian, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian (minor), Japanese, Modern Hebrew, Persian (minor), Spanish

Anthropology - A bachelor’s degree in anthropology at PSU gives you a foundational understanding of how humans operate and interact in a global perspective. PSU Anthropology supports three subfields: Sociocultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology. Our department is committed to research and scholarship in “Applied Anthropology” – where anthropological scholarly products address “real world” problems; and knowledge is returned to the peoples and places where the research is conducted.

Climate Change Science and Adaptation - Climate change is one of the most critical issues facing the world today. Become better informed and engaged on this pressing issue with PSU's Climate Change Science and Adaptation minor. You'll gain a broad understanding of the physical science underlying human-caused climate change, what those changes mean for society and the environment, and how society can best manage these changes.

Earth Sciences - As an earth sciences major, you'll gain foundational knowledge about the Earth's materials, evolution, resources, and sustainability. Our program grounds you in the geologic framework of inquiry and problem solving while encouraging you to explore the link between the geologic perspective of earth systems and concepts of sustainability.

Environmental Minors - Environmental Engineering, Environmental Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Global Studies - The Global Studies major provides both a global perspective and a deep understanding of major themes and events in global affairs. Under the guidance of expert faculty and advisors, students develop an understanding of world cultures, societies, media, and politics within the framework of globalization. Whether going on to graduate school, or a career in the U.S. or abroad, graduates are well-equipped to address global issues of social justice and equity, civil, labor, and gender protections, environmental change, sovereignty, peaceful alternatives to conflict, and explore ways to make a difference in the world.

International Business - The international business certificate adds value to your business degree and sets you apart in the job market. You’ll develop specialized, highly marketable skills that complement your business major, including international business expertise focused on a specific industry, country, or region. The international business certificate includes the option of spending a term abroad.

Undergraduate Degrees

International Development Studies - A major in International Development Studies prepares students to understand the challenges that developing nations face in achieving improved living conditions for their inhabitants. In our courses, we emphasize how development is shaped by the intersections of politics, economy, social and political power, and culture at global, national, and regional levels. Our majors acquire a critical understanding of environmental vulnerabilities and socio-economic inequalities in the developing world, grounded in an appreciation of global history. The International Development Studies majors are well-prepared for further graduate education and to work in NGOs and state agencies alike.

International and Global Studies - A minor in International & Global Studies adds a global perspective to any degree. Under the guidance of expert faculty and advisors, you will get an introduction to world cultures, politics, and economics, within the context of globalization. Whether you go on to graduate school, or a career in the U.S. or abroad, you will be well-equipped to address global issues of social justice, human rights, development, health and the environment.

Sustainability (minor) - Our program helps you understand the many concepts and practices integral to sustainable living by making connections between a healthy environment, just societies and a vibrant economy to meet the needs of today and the future. Organizations and communities are looking for ways to operate and live more sustainably.

World History (minor) - This minor offers a great deal of flexibility, allowing students to choose electives for most of their credits, in world history as well as in the history of science, women, transnationalism, and the environment.

World Language Pedagogy - The field of world language education will face and, in some regions, is already facing a dire need for teachers. With PSU's certificate in World Language Pedagogy, you can explore teaching as a future career choice by gaining the basic knowledge, skills, and initial experience of teaching in a world language of your choice.

Graduate Programs

Applied Conflict Resolution - In today's increasingly divided world, understanding the root causes of conflict and how to peacefully resolve it are sought-after skills in many fields. Portland State's graduate certificate in applied conflict resolution can help you develop the skill-set you need to effectively approach, manage, and resolve conflict between individuals, families, and groups, organizations, even nations.

Earth, Environment and Society - PSU's Earth, Environment and Society doctoral program is a collaborative degree, primarily drawing students from the disciplines of environmental science and management, geography, and geology. Our Ph.D. program prepares you for an impactful career as a professional scientist or launches your continued studies in geology, conservation, geography, GIS, or climate science.

Gender, Race, and Nations - In our program, you will promote innovative and nontraditional approaches to learning that are consistent with the communities you serve. Our students are empowered to expand critical analytical frameworks of race, gender, and nations to better illuminate the interconnected and complex issues of today's society while engaging in community-based research projects that incorporate Portland’s growing diversity. By the time you graduate, you will have developed collaborative leadership skills that better address diversity and equity initiatives.

Global Supply Chain Management - Ranked among the nation's best online graduate business programs, Portland State University’s rigorous online master’s degree in global supply chain management equips you for leadership roles with organizations of every size, from the world's biggest corporations to medium-sized and small firms.

Nonprofit Leadership - PSU's Master of Nonprofit Leadership is for those who believe in the power of collective action for meaningful social change. MNL students are a part of the next generations of nonprofit leaders who work for the common good. In the MNL curriculum, we marry the best of theory and practice so that students gain critical insights into nonprofit leadership and management and the skills to affect meaningful change. 

World Languages and Literature - The master's in World Literature and Language is a graduate degree with a concentration in a primary language, a secondary language, and linguistics. The primary language may be French, German, or Spanish, and the second language may be Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish.

Global Management and Leadership (Masters of Public Administration) - Along with specialty courses, we offer one of the strongest sets of skill development courses of any MPA program in the nation, including project management, contract management, strategic planning, program and policy evaluation, sustainable development implementation, and more. Our global leadership and management specialization faculty and students make a difference that counts, across the globe.

University of Oregon

Welcome to the life of the mind. Our faculty members are as busy learning as they are teaching. This ongoing pursuit—and sharing—of fresh ideas and better ways is what sets apart top-tier research universities like the UO. We want to energize you with a liberal arts education that rewards your curiosity, sharpens your thinking, and challenges you to live your best life. In the process, the fruits of our teaching, research, and public service efforts return billions to Oregon’s economy every year. The benefits for society and our world? Priceless.

Virtual Resources

Ready to find out what it's like to be a Duck? We’re committed to providing a digital experience that's customized just for you. Get the large-scale feel of a virtual campus visit, schedule a one-on-one Zoom meeting with a counselor or current student, or just explore all of the online resources for you while you’re at home.

Guide to Graduate and Masters Degrees.

Study Abroad

This is intended to be a comprehensive resource - we are always welcoming new additions.

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