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Explore 8 Graduate Degrees & Hybrid Learning Opportunities with Concordia University-Portland

March 23, 2016

CULogoGrad_KO_200x200This month’s sponsored blog is written by Concordia University-Portland which is proud to offer special AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarships for their graduate programs that range from $4,000 – $10,000.  Concordia University-Portland has been fulfilling the school’s mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society since 1905. Learn more about eight graduate degree pathways at the university, and click here to browse all graduate programs.

Want to become a stronger leader, advocate, and change agent while earning your graduate degree? Consider Concordia University-Portland. Our graduate programs are varied and designed to provide students the knowledge, skills, and experiences they will need to make a positive impact in the organizations and communities where they live.

AmeriCorps alumni who have already served to make a difference in the lives of others are an ideal fit for our university, and we offer alums like you the flexibility to learn on campus, online, or in a hybrid of the two. Additionally, we offer special AmeriCorps alumni scholarships that range from $4,000 – $10,000. Below, are eight graduate programs that have proven to be a great fit for AmeriCorps alumni.

  1. M.A. in International Development & Service: Combine scholarly study with meaningful service opportunities. Graduates develop intercultural competencies, gain international development experience and form a deeper understanding of how to navigate complex partnerships in and between global communities. (Class Delivery: two semesters on campus and two semesters at international locations including Uganda, Northern Ireland, and Ecuador).
  2. M.A. in Social-Community Psychology*: A degree in Community Psychology prepares students to advocate for a community’s well-being, building collaborative relationships between individuals, groups, government agencies, and nonprofits. Graduates will have the ability to be social change agents. (Class Delivery: on campus with international internships available).
  3. M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages): Graduates will be qualified to teach in ESL programs in universities, community colleges or social service agencies in the United States and abroad. In addition, graduates can seek employment abroad as teachers of English as a second language at any educational level. (Class Delivery: on campus with international internships available).
  4. M.A. in Teaching (for initial teacher licensure)*: Graduates from the MAT program are recognized by principals and school leaders as teachers who are extremely well equipped and ready for today’s classroom. (Class Delivery: on campus with international student teaching available).
  5. M.Ed. in Leadership*: This degree is designed for classroom teachers desiring to develop leadership skills and teachers considering careers in educational administration that facilitate quality learning experiences for all students. (Class Delivery: on campus, online, or hybrid).
  6. Doctorate of Education*: Designed to rigorously prepare candidates to become transformational leaders, the doctoral program offers an intensive curriculum taught by a faculty of highly regarded scholars from diverse universities and businesses. The program offers specializations in education administration, teacher leadership, higher education, transformational leadership, and professional leadership, inquiry, and transformation. (Class Delivery: on campus, online, or hybrid).
  7. MBA: This program prepares learners for fulfilling management careers in business, government, and nonprofit sectors. The program places particular emphasis upon functions such as business management, leadership, and finance, as well as rapidly expanding fields such as healthcare and project management (Class Delivery: on campus or online).
  8. Law: The School of Law’s core mission includes service to students and, through them, to a society in desperate need of affordable legal services. Students will learn from rigorous classes, entrepreneurial faculty, and practicing lawyers so that they are “practice-ready” when they graduate. (Class Delivery: offered at our Boise, ID campus)

[On campus = at our campus in Portland, Oregon | hybrid = combination of online and on campus classes]

* Students in these graduate programs also have the opportunity to participate in 3 to PhD®, an innovative and unique initiative that focuses on Faubion Elementary, the public school adjacent to our campus. Concordia is collaborating with Portland Public Schools, Trillium Family Services, and other organizations to help with the following:

  • Construction of the new school building,
  • One-on-one tutors, mentors, and coaches from Concordia,
  • Health and wellness programs,
  • Backpack food programs,
  • Wrap-around services for children and families,
  • And early childhood education.

As this program gains national attention, we hope that more schools and universities adopt similar initiatives. Watch the 3toPhD® video: One Child’s Story to see this intersection of learning and community engagement happening in Portland.

Meet some of our current students who are AmeriCorps alumni, and hear why they would recommend their program and studying in Portland.

Kelley Engman
CU Portland Kelley March 2016Kelley Engman is a current student in Concordia’s M.A. in International Development and Service program. She served as an AmeriCorps member for two years in New Orleans.

What Do You Love about Your Graduate Program? The professors really take an interest you, challenge your worldview, and through the semester change from being professors to mentors and confidants. 

Graduate school is about growth and change and going abroad is about experiences that you wouldn’t have otherwise. Don’t try and dictate your future, let your trials and successes guide you, wherever that may be.

Why Study in Portland? The city is small enough to navigate by bike and has great public transportation, but also has big city perks like a fabulous music scene, breweries/wine bars on every corner, and amazing outdoor experiences like hiking.

Michael Blair
CU Portland Michael Blair March 2016 squareMichael Blair is also in Concordia’s M.A. in International Development and Service program (M.A. IDS). He served as a Team Leader for AmeriCorps FEMA Corps, in Vicksburg, MS.

What Do You Love about Your Graduate Program? As a professional, the M.A. IDS program has been integral in helping me to understand the intricacies of participating in positive development work and the critical elements inherent within it. Whether that means understanding how to deal with culturally unique or different situations, or developing an awareness of how different international structures function, the M.A. IDS program has been critical in helping me to navigate the development world.

Why Study in Portland? Portland is a perfect place to pursue this degree. It has a significant amount of both local and international NGOs, along with many other development actors that can be useful in helping students to pursue their passions within the program.

Scott Ferguson
CU Portland Scott F March 2016Scott Ferguson is Concordia’s Associate Dean for Student Engagement. He began his experience at Concordia in 2008 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member volunteer working in partnership with Oregon Campus Compact as the service learning and community engagement coordinator. Scott is currently pursuing his doctorate of education at Concordia.

What Do You Love about Your Graduate Program? When choosing a university to pursue my doctorate, it was important that the program would allow me to balance both my professional and personal life. In addition, the program needed to align with my values and beliefs and allow me to be surrounded by supportive instructors who drive their students to ask better questions about key areas of research and practice related to the field of higher education. My experience with the Ed.D. thus far has exceeded my expectations.

Concordia Ed.D. instructors encourage each doctoral student to use the coursework as a catalyst to build a professional and scholarly framework that aims to inspire academic engagement to transform the professional society to which each student belongs. The high level of personal and professional support that is offered from the program faculty, staff, and students creates a supportive and academically challenging environment focused on student success.

Interested in learning even more about graduate studies at Concordia University-Portland?  Visit 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ernst-Stephen Pompilus permalink
    March 24, 2016 10:08 am

    Hi, Could you please sent me the application for the “AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarships for graduate programs (from $4,000 – $10,000) to attend Concordia University? Thank you in advance!

    On Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 8:07 AM, A Lifetime Of Service wrote:

    > AmeriCorps Alums posted: “This month’s sponsored blog is written by > Concordia University-Portland which is proud to offer special AmeriCorps > Alumni Scholarships for their graduate programs that range from $4,000 – > $10,000. Concordia University-Portland has been fulfilling the sch” >

  2. March 24, 2016 10:18 am

    Thanks for your interest! Please visit the financial aid page of Concordia’s website and reach out to their team with further questions:

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