In today's increasingly globalized society, the world needs individuals who can navigate the complexities of communication across cultural and geographic borders. By combining courses from the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and the prestigious Josef Korbel School of International Studies, students in the International and Intercultural Communication program gain the cultural knowledge, international relations expertise and communications skills they need to be successful in this environment. As a student in the International and Intercultural Communication program, you will have the freedom to build a personalized, relevant coursework plan that prepares you to pursue your unique professional goals.

You will have access to internationally recognized experts in the fields of communication, strategic messaging, international health communication, and international relations. You will have the opportunity to develop creative campaigns for both corporate and nonprofit clients, participate in community-focused learning projects and integrate theoretical concepts with the professional skills needed for a successful career.

Our students complete internships at leading companies and nonprofit organizations such as CNN, the American Red Cross, the U.S. State Department, Habitat for Humanity and the United Nations. They go on to find careers in a wide range of fields such as global health communication, international relations, public diplomacy, international education and administration, international PR and marketing communication. Students in the program have access to tailored professional internships, career assistance and a global network of alumni.

Students in the International and Intercultural Communication program are also eligible to pursue a certificate in public diplomacy, global health affairs, or global business and corporate responsibility.

What Sets Us Apart

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    A flexible curriculum that allows you to design your own pathway based on your individual passions and career goals

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    An emphasis on multicultural and global communication, access to international relations experts, and a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice

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    Small classes that balance theoretical concepts with experiential learning and give you the personal attention and support you need to learn and thrive

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    An outstanding internship program and an extensive professional network of business, nonprofit and government partners in Colorado and beyond

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    A close-knit community of students, professors and alumni who will support and challenge you to find your voice and follow your passion


Become an effective communicator across cultures.

See where our joint master's program can take you. 

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Degree Requirements

  • The degree requires a minimum of 56 credits, which can be completed in two years.
  • You will 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 you choose.
  • All students must demonstrate two-year college level proficiency in a foreign language.
  • Students choose between two degree completion options: writing a thesis or substantial research paper, or completing an internship.
  • We are proud partners of the Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows program. Returned Peace Corps Veterans are automatically eligible for a two-course (8-credit) reduction in requirements.

See the DU Graduate Bulletin for full course requirements. 

Featured Faculty

  • Kareem El Damanhoury 

    Assistant Professor and Director of the MA in International & Intercultural Communication Program

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  • Renee Botta

    Renee Botta 

    Associate Professor

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  • Erika Polson

    Erika Polson

    Associate Professor and Director of Internships

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  • Christof Demont-Heinrich


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