Graduate Programs at George Fox University
George Fox University

George Fox University

About George Fox University

George Fox University welcomes and respects all students regardless of citizenship, ethnicity or religion. We value diversity as an essential dimension of what it means to be human. You are welcome here!

George Fox is a highly ranked private, liberal arts university near Portland, Oregon, in the Northwest United States. We are intentionally small, with a 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, so you will receive personal attention from professors who love to teach and who will know you by name.

The George Fox University Promise

At George Fox, we make a promise to each student – that they will be known. What does it mean to be known?

It is the hope each student brings to the college experience. To be known by name. To be understood, valued, encouraged and uplifted. At George Fox, to be known means that professors and staff connect with students in authentic ways – personally, academically, spiritually – recognizing that we all come to this place with different backgrounds, life experiences and dreams for the future. To be known means that students not only learn new ideas, they share their own. To be known means to be heard.

When students feel what it's like to be known in this way, they become inspired. And that's when real change happens. Knowledge moves from the mind to the heart. Careers turn into callings. Ideas turn into action. And that's why we begin with a simple promise, that each student will be known.

Rankings
  • George Fox consistently earns third-party recognition from publications such as Forbes and U.S. News & World Report, which annually rank it among the nation's top Christian colleges.
  • George Fox is classified by U.S. News & World Report as a "best regional university." The school is ranked in the publication's "Best Regional Universities (West)" category.
  • The Princeton Review lists George Fox as a "Best in the West" selection.
  • Washington Monthly ranks George Fox among the top colleges and universities in the West in providing the most value for the price. George Fox ranked sixth among West Coast-based governing-member schools in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in the publication's "Best Bang for the Buck" 2018 ranking.
  • In 2017-18, Money magazine listed George Fox among its "Best Colleges for Your Money," ranking the school first among Oregon schools and No. 5 among Christian colleges in the nation.
Location

George Fox University is located in the beautiful state of Oregon on the West Coast, between California (Los Angeles, San Francisco) and Washington (Seattle). Oregon is known for its lush, green beauty and fresh, clean air. The state boasts ocean shoreline, majestic deserts, dense forests, green valleys, snow-capped mountains, exciting city life, and quaint small towns. The nearby city of Portland is home to "hipster" culture, countless coffee shops, professional soccer and basketball teams, world-class dining, shopping, entertainment, cultural events, and a large selection of international grocery stores.

Our main campus is in the friendly town of Newberg, recently rated among the top 10 "safest cities in Oregon." It is easy to walk around town (no car is needed) to its stores, coffee shops and restaurants. Within an hour or two by car you can visit the country, city, the Pacific Ocean or the mountains.

Campus Life
We offer many opportunities to learn, grow and connect with others through campus events and activities. We offer:
  • More than 50 campus clubs
  • A brand-new student center with basketball/volleyball courts, a fitness center, and rock-climbing wall
  • Intramurals and Division III intercollegiate athletics
  • Music performance groups
  • An International Student Development program
  • A vibrant theatre program
  • An opportunity to serve others through outreach programs
  • Fun activities, including dances, movie nights and game nights
Our Christian Faith

George Fox is a Christian university, so students take Bible classes, attend weekly chapel and abide by the school's Lifestyle Agreement. Many of our international students appreciate the Christian affiliation of the university because it gives them a deeper insight into American culture. Christianity has been the predominant religion in the United States, and as a result it has been woven into many aspects of the nation's history and culture.

At George Fox, you will be taught about the Bible and Christianity by people who actively practice the faith. You will observe firsthand how it influences them in the workplace, in the classroom and their personal lives. Our students also appreciate the leadership skills and character development they acquire through the many Christian offerings.

Your Home Away From Home
George Fox University is the perfect environment for an international student to make their home away from home. We are a safe, caring, welcoming environment where students will receive a truly American experience and an excellent education.

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Programs

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)
A master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from George Fox will prepare you to work with clients of all ages, either individually or in group counseling. You will be able to work in a variety of settings, such as private, institutional, community, Christian, and cross-cultural. More specifically, you can work in private practice (group or individual), for-profit and non-profit organizations, hospitals, schools, etc.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (MA)
This degree will prepare you to provide counseling to individuals, couples, families, and groups across the life cycle. You will be able to work in a variety of settings, such as private, institutional, community, Christian, and cross-cultural. You can work in private practice (group or individual), profit and nonprofit organizations, hospitals, schools, etc.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
George Fox University’s 11-month, full-time MBA program will give you the advantage you need to succeed in the business world. We develop promising leaders by offering an ethics-based, holistic curriculum with a global perspective. A commitment to one year of accelerated study will help you to improve your marketability, gain self-confidence and improve your presentation skills.
Duration: 11 Months
Deadline: Ongoing
Master of Social Work (MSW)
The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a nationally accredited 62-credit-hour program, with a 32-credit-hour Advanced Standing alternative for qualified graduates of baccalaureate social work (BSW) programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
This program prepares students with a bachelor's degree to become a teacher. Graduates are trained to work in public and private schools in Oregon as early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Many international students use their MAT to teach in America and then return to their home countries to teach or lead educational institutions.
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: Ongoing

Testimonials

Geneva García

Hometown: Ensenada, Mexico
Major: Cinematic Arts and Marketing

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

I would describe my time at Fox as one filled with loads of personal growth. I think having people around you see some of your darkest moments and still love you anyway is impactful.

 

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I have grown immensely, from my experiences with culture shock in moving to this country to go to Fox, to being an RA, to studying abroad (where I solo traveled and went to a school very different than Fox). I have become a deeper thinker and a more vulnerable person.

 

What’s next?

I have no idea what’s next because I truly don’t have my life figured out. First of all, I want to finish my documentary on higher education that I have been working on for almost two years. Eventually, though, I want to move abroad (or move home to Mexico) and work in documentary filmmaking or video journalism.

Geneva García
Murray Noble

Hometown: Sydney, Australia 
Major: Organizational Communication

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at George Fox was unique. Coming into the college, I was presented with a place that immediately offered itself as a home away from home. From my raucous soccer boys, to the community of honors pioneers, to the family that res-life provided, I have been surrounded by people ready to love and care for me from the very beginning. As a stranger in an unknown environment, it was immediately clear that others desired to know my story, my walk of life. My experience has been one of great joy, as even in the challenges, there has always been a community ready to support me in my endeavors. 

 

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

During my time at Fox I have grown to appreciate people for who they are. I think that when I first came into college I wanted people to be the best that they possibly could be, but over time I was shaped to realize we all come from a different place and we all carry the stories of our past. The diverse community of George Fox helped open my eyes to the beauty that comes in a community made up of unique individuals. Sometimes this means sitting with those who are stuck at a point of despair, other times it’s celebrating the small joys of everyday life. But regardless, it is a loving community that is unparalleled. Alongside my incredible education, it was the exceptional community of Fox that profoundly impacted my life.

 

What’s next?

I'll be heading into an unknown space of life. I’d love to stick around the Portland area for a couple more years, either heading to grad school or working within higher education. In the long term, I’ll be heading back to Australia, but for now I am loving the Pacific Northwest.

Murray Noble
Yixuan Pan

Hometown: Changsha, China
Major: Art (concentration in studio art)

 

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?
Two years ago I transferred here as an exchange student from China. George Fox made Oregon become my second hometown. I thought it would just be an adventure – to taste and check out different things and go back home. However, my experience here has definitely been richer than that.

The first week of school, my professor Mark Terry says, “Artists are very special, there is a hand of God that has touched them.”

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox? 
I switched the concentration of my major from graphic design to studio art. I learned to follow my interests, to allow myself to explore. More important, I learned to appreciate my talents and became more confident.

 

What’s next?
It is quite exciting that I got an offer from the graduate glass program at California College of the Arts, but I decided to take a year off. One of the reasons I decided not go to graduate school right away is I’m still not very satisfied with my portfolio – I know I can do better. So, this year I’ll be a teacher’s assistant in the George Fox Department of Art and Design to gain experience, develop my portfolio and share my knowledge. In addition, I’ll try to get in more exhibitions to stretch myself and broaden my horizons. I think I will never stop experiencing and learning wherever I am.

Yixuan Pan
Imani Njoki Kamau

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya 
Major: Economics and philosophy (double major)

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

It was a rough start having been so different from home, but soon it became a home. I will remember the people. The professors have had a big impact in my life. They have taught me to think deep and wide. They’ve challenged me by educating me and believing in my abilities. The friendships I've been blessed with have bolstered the level of confidence in myself and, above all, in the power of Christ to work through people. Getting involved in various ways has helped cultivate my leadership abilities. George Fox University is definitely an environment of inspired people. I will miss everything about it – even the Oregon rain.

 

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

The critical thinking skills I’ve gained from my philosophy courses have also helped me become more open-minded. My economics courses have ignited my passion for economic and social justice. I feel empowered spiritually, socially and intellectually from my entire experience. I hope to keep moving in the same direction even when I am no longer at Fox.

 

What’s next?

I plan to pursue a graduate degree in public policy and eventually a law degree to gain the tools I need: an excellent education, great influence and a reputation among the Kenyan – and even global sphere – that can work wonders in implementing positive change in public policy to reinforce integrity and transparency in the government. My goal is to see the day that the African continent is seen in a better light by the rest of the world. More importantly, I’d like to see more people live beyond just survival. Thus, I’ll work toward the eradication of extreme poverty worldwide for the sake of promoting justice.

Imani Njoki Kamau
Philip Groth

Hometown: Skomielna Biała, Poland 
Major: Philosophy

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

My experience at George Fox was a little bit strange. Not only did I have to deal with academic studies and living away from family for the first time, but I also had to adjust to a new culture and language, since I lived in Poland my entire life prior to college. In the beginning, I carried an English-Polish dictionary with me to classes. Although I had a difficult time with the cultural differences and I wasn’t sure how to navigate my relationships (Americans and Polish view “friendship” very differently), I met a wonderful person during my sophomore year: Elizah was also in Agrarian Philosophy class with me. She became my best friend and, eventually, my girlfriend. She’s amazing for putting up with me.

 

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

For starters, I no longer carry a dictionary to class with me, and people I meet don’t realize that English isn’t my first language. I have also become much more focused. I was interested in philosophy before even starting college, but during the last four years I dedicated my time to contemplating “the big questions.” As it turns out, I didn’t find the answers. However, I learned a lot in the process of thinking about them and about myself, the world, and about God. In some ways, studying philosophy has helped me reestablish my faith in God.

 

What’s next?

After the summer, I will be starting a PhD program in philosophy at UC Santa Cruz. Eventually, I will join the ranks of professors chasing after tenure-track positions, but in the meantime I’m looking forward to my studies and choosing my area of specialization (which will most likely be 20th-century phenomenology and Heidegger, or the philosophy of Immanuel Kant).

Philip Groth
Yueyang Wang

Hometown: Dalian, China

Major: Accounting & Finance

 

How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

I would describe my experience at George Fox as nourishing. George Fox has nourished me in my professionalism. With the help of my professors, classmates and the IDEA Center, I have developed skills such as time management, multitasking, research, critical thinking, networking, etc. I am excited to see how I can refine these skills, develop new skills, and use my gifts to fulfill God’s calling. I’ve had many good conversations with my professors and friends. These relationships/friendships/mentorships are very precious to me. These people have made a great impact on my life, and they are definitely a big part of my beautiful memories at Fox.

How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

I don’t necessary recall a turning point. I feel like it is the little moments at Fox that have shaped me and nourished me. I have grown more confident and more adventurous. My professors always encouraged me to take challenging courses or projects. I felt a little nervous at first. After a prayer, I tried my best and discovered my potential.

What’s next?

After graduation, I will spend some time in Oregon to enjoy the sun as much as I can. Then I will go to China and Canada to visit my family and friends there. I will also study for the CPA exams. In January 2017, I will start working as an audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. I look forward to developing my career in accounting/finance and networking with professionals. I will also keep in touch with all of my awesome friends and professors at Fox!

Yueyang Wang
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