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International & Intercultural Communication

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Now, more than ever, the world needs individuals who recognize the importance of complexities of communication across cultural and geographic borders.

The M.A. in International and Intercultural Communication (IIC) program prepares individuals to understand and facilitate all modes of communication and media in a variety of local and global contexts, bridging the gap between both international and intercultural differences.

The IIC program is offered jointly through an interdisciplinary partnership between two large and active entities, the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Students are able to choose from the breadth of coursework available in these two schools, while developing their own specific areas of concentration. Additionally, students are able to take advantage of electives and internships to develop theoretical and applied expertise in their field of interest.


What You'll Learn

The Degree

The MA in International & Intercultural Communication is a joint degree between the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at DU. Students take courses in both departments and have the flexibility to focus on the fields that most interest them. 

The MA is worth 56 credits and typically takes 2 years to complete. 

Degree Requirements
  • Core curriculum
    • 2 foundational courses in IIC
    • 4 courses in Media, Film, & Journalism Studies
    • 4 courses in International Studies
  • Research Methods course
  • Two-year college level proficiency in one language other than English (or the student's native language)
  • Internship, Thesis, or Substantial Research Paper (4 credits)
  • Assessment (0 credits)

See our page on the DU Bulletin for more information: IIC Degree Requirements


IIC students are asked to identify a specialization of study within the program, so they can make the best use of their time.Here are some specializations that other students have chosen: 

  • Global Health Communication
  • Media, Globalization and Culture
  • Global Environment
  • Human Rights
  • International Administration
  • International Politics
  • Media Practices & Production
  • Global & Multicultural Strategic Communication (Non-Profit or Corporate)
  • Strategic Communication and Non-Profit Management
    • For students interested in strategic communication, public relations and nonprofit work, we have created a specific coursework plan. Find more information here .

Two (2) foundational courses are required for all IIC students. Students are required to take both of these classes during their first year.

  • MFJS 4654: Intercultural Communication
  • MFJS 4650: Global Media & Communication



What You'll Do


IIC students who choose to complete an internship do so with the help of our departmental Internship Director. Find out more about the process and possible internship opportunities on our Internship Page


Students have access to both DU's Career Services Center and the School of International Studies' more targeted Korbel Office of Career and Professional Development

Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue careers in:

  • Global & multicultural strategic communication and public relations
  • Media production & journalism
  • Global health communication
  • Global & multicultural non-profit management
  • Government diplomacy
  • Higher education and international education
  • Conflict resolution
  • Multicultural human resources/organizational communication


Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program

The IIC program is a proud partner with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program and is happy to offer special opportunities to returned Peace Corps Fellows. Find out more.


The Details 

Money Matters
  • Cost of Attendance: For the 2017-2018 school year, the cost per credit is $1,320. IIC students beginning this year can expect to spend about $74,000 on tuition, before additional campus fees.
    • Things to remember: 
      • DU is a private school, so there is no difference in price for out-of-state students.
      • Most domestic students receive a financial aid package from DU's Office of Financial Aid, which is typically made up of loans. 
      • The cost of living in Denver is high, so remember to factor that into your budget. 
      • Part-time on-campus jobs are available. Check our Office of Student Employment for details.
      • DU employees may be eligible for a tuition waiver. See the Human Resources website for more information.  
  • Federal Aid: New students who wish to obtain federal aid must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) by February 15. The deadline for continuing students is March 15. Federal aid may be awarded in the form of loans or work study hours. For more information please see the Financial Aid website.
  • Departmental Aid: we are able to award a limited number of scholarships and teaching assistant positions to new and continuing students, including international students. Just check the box on your application to let us know you're interested in Departmental Aid.
  • External Aid: Unfortunately we are not always able to provide the level of aid that our students need. Students are always welcome to apply external scholarships and grants to their DU tuition. Find a list of resources to help you find more aid here: Graduate Student External Funding Opportunities (pdf).


Academic Calendar
  • The University of Denver operates on the quarter system, rather than the semester system. Each quarter is 10 weeks long. 
    • Fall Quarter: mid-September through mid-November
    • Winter Quarter: January through mid-March
    • Spring Quarter: mid-March through May
    • Summer Quarter: mid-June through mid-August (summer courses are offered, but not required)
  • 2017-2018 Academic Calendar (PDF) 
What to Expect From Us

We are updating this information now and will make it available as soon as possible. 



Ask us Anything

We are happy to answer any questions you have. 

  • Talk to our Communications & Recruitment Specialist:
  • Talk to our IIC Graduate Program Director, Dr. Erika Polson
Set up a Campus Visit

Meet with a faculty member, tour campus, talk to a current student, and get to know the program even better by scheduling a campus visit! Contact us at or 303-871-2166 to get started. 

Hear from a Student

Our graduate students love to talk about their experiences. Email us at to schedule an online chat session or to start an email conversation with a current student.



                                           Start Your Application!

Find out more about our application deadlines and requirements here: Admission requirements.

(The IIC application & admission requirements are listed under the division of Social Sciences.)