University of Denver

Division of Social Science

International and Intercultural Communication


2199 S University Blvd

Denver, CO 80208

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

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) prepares individuals to understand, describe and facilitate all modes of communication and media in a variety of local and global contexts.

Effective global communication requires that people understand both international and intercultural differences. Success is based on communicating goals and bridging differences. Students pursuing the MA-IIC establish a strong theoretical and applied foundation, while learning the nuances of the global environment. They then have an opportunity to extend this interdisciplinary base through courses in anthropology, foreign languages and literature, business and other areas.

The distinctive elements of this degree include the face that it's offered through an interdisciplinary partnership between the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, two active and well respected units at the University of Denver.  Additionally, it provides flexibility for students to choose courses from both units and develop their own areas of concentration. The degree also allows students to take advantage of electives in other departments, as well as internships, to develop expertise in their fields of interest.

Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue careers in international and intercultural public relations and marketing, TV, print and online journalism, government diplomacy, cross-cultural and diversity training, higher education and international education, conflict resolution and cross-cultural human resources/organizational communication.

About the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies:

The IIC program is administered by the department of media, film and journalism studies, a pioneer in 21st century media and digital studies and production. This well-established department is comprised of 17 full-time faculty members with a wide range of scholarly and production expertise, including global media and culture, and communication. Students may also take course work in other units on campus that offer courses in communication.

About the Josef Korbel School of International Studies:

Recognized worldwide for its excellence in educating future global leaders in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies assumes a leadership role in facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and people between the Rocky Mountain region and the world's economic centers.

Effective global communication requires that people understand both international and intercultural difference


The University of Denver is accredited as a doctoral degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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