IC has an average of 23 students per cohort
2018 marks 50 years since American University established its Intercultural & International Communication program. It is regarded as the first masters program of its kind in the United States and remains a leader and innovator in its field.
Please consider donating to the Gary R. Weaver Endowment.
Kiara Earle, SIS/MA '21
The program is what you make of it; there's no cookie-cutter IC student.
As an IC student, I regularly examined developments in international relations as the consequences of actors' cultural identities influencing their perceptions of the national security field. That practice in critical thinking directly benefits my current role at a national security nonprofit when I am assisting my principal or providing input in substantive discussions.
First established in 1968 making IC the first program of its kind
When you should apply to the program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes in and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MA in Intercultural and International Communication are as follows:
- Fall semester (all applicants): January 15
- Spring semester (domestic applicants): October 1
- Spring semester (international applicants): September 15
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
The IC program prepares students for diverse careers in government, public service, finance, telecommunications, international business, NGOs, consulting firms, research institutions, and educational and cultural exchange programs.
Employers of recent IC graduates include the US Department of State, Booz Allen Hamilton, Human Rights First, the Institute for International Education, and various foreign embassies.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission. SIS also has partnerships with a number of organizations like the Peace Corps and Pickering Fellowship that provide qualified individuals with funding.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.