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Graduate Programs

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 you 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 master's in International and Intercultural Communication is a unique program offered jointly through the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies . Students are able to choose from the wide variety of courses offered in each department to develop their own tailored 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.

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Degree Requirements

Master's in International and Intercultural Communication students take two foundational courses in the Media, Film and Journalism Studies department, followed by any four courses in the Media, Film and Journalism Studies Department and any four courses in the School of International Studies that they choose. 

All other courses are electives and may be taken in the Media, Film and Journalism Studies Department, the School of International Studies, or another academic department on campus (some restrictions apply). 

One course must have a research methods focus.

Students must also choose to fulfill either an internship requirement or a written thesis or substantial research paper (SRP) project. 

Finally, all students are required to prove two-year college level proficiency in one language other than English (or the student's native language). 

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 and Production
  • Global and 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 .


Our students complete internships in top public relations and advertising agencies, digital marketing companies, government institutions, nonprofit organizations, major media outlets, sports organizations, and more. We will help you find an internship that matches your interests and goals and allows you to start building your professional network before graduation. Read more about our internship program


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 and multicultural strategic communication and public relations
  • Media production and journalism
  • Global health communication
  • Global and 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 master's in International and Intercultural Communication 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.

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Graduate Certificates

Students who are admitted to the master's in International and Intercultural Communication program are also eligible to apply for two additional graduate certificates from the University of Denver. Find out more about these certificates and their requirements by following the links below. 

Student Handbook 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance
For the 2020-2021 school year, the cost per credit is $1,461. International and Intercultural Communication students beginning this year can expect to spend about $82,000 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 1. The deadline for continuing students is March 1. 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
The Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies offers a number of scholarships and Graduate Teaching Assistant positions, including the Anders & Terena Eisner Scholarship. These awards are based on merit and are allocated on a competitive basis. If you apply to the M.A. in International & Intercultural Communication, you will be considered for funding support automatically. For best consideration apply by January 29.
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)
  • 2020-2021 Academic Calendar (PDF)
  • 2021-2022 Academic Calendar (PDF)

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Ask us Anything

We are happy to answer any questions you have. 

  • Talk to our Communications and Recruitment Specialist
  • Talk to our MA in International and Intercultural Communication Graduate Program Director, Dr. Erika Polson
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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. 

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                                           Start Your Application!

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

(The MA in International and Intercultural Communication application is listed under the division of Social Sciences.) 

Application Deadlines: 

  • Winter Quarter 2021 (January 4, 2021 start date): November 15, 2020
  • Spring Quarter 2021 (March 29, 2021 start date): February 15, 2021
  • Fall Quarter 2021 (September 13, 2021 start date: 
    • January 29, 2021 priority application deadline (for best financial aid consideration)
    • July 15, 2021 final deadline