Intercultural Conflict Management (MA-ICM) (Master of Arts)

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The Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Management (MA-ICM) was created as a program of studies strongly oriented toward practical applications. It is a non-consecutive, Master's level program, designed according to recognised higher-education criteria. The program complies with the requirements of the Bologna Declaration and subsequent communiqués.
According to the Berlin Communiqué 3 and paragraph 35 of the Berlin Law on Higher Education (BerlHG), MA-ICM graduates may apply for PhD programs. The MA-ICM training is well suited to the requirements of the job market.


Fields of study

The Master's program represents a transdisciplinary and practice-oriented curriculum which commingles a multi-dimensional theoretical and methodological approach to social conflict with a strong focus on participatory practical social action. Thus, the program capacitates students for managing real-world social conflicts in transnational and intercultural contexts, so that students can carry out their own specific focus in a broader field of work opportunities, including NGOs, governments and international organizations.

Development and objectives

Since its inception in 2000, the program located at the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin has carried through profound changes in its initial structure. These changes represent the result of two interrelated causes: In the first place, they were associated with the observations and proposals made by its students in several and regular program evaluations over years. In the second place, they reciprocated the manifold changes experienced by the world in social, political, cultural and economic terms during the last two decades.

Consequently, the program moved from a semi face-to-face structure to a completely face-to-face structure in 2010 and its original quantitative and qualitative methodological approach was thoroughly restructured in parallel, so that a more participatory and action-related approach could be accomplished. A concurrent Spanish-speaking program was established in 2014, but unfortunately had to be terminated in 2020.

The length of the English-speaking program has been drawn out from three to four semesters. This change is associated with the program’s constant search for a close interrelation among theory, methodology and practice. To this day, the length of the program has been drawn out from three to four semesters so that students can establish a much more profound relation with the social world surrounding them without time constraints.

The contents of the modules have been thoroughly restructured into three transversal modules stretching out over three semesters, which mix “classroom learning” with social action training in the context of real-world conflicts from the beginning of the first semester until the end of the third semester. This modification represents the result of manifold discussions and multiple contributions from both the academic staff and the students of the Intercultural Conflict Management program, with the shared aim to bring about an approach to social conflict in which theory, methodology and action coalesce.

International orientation

Learning with international Classmates

The Master's program is based on 22 years of education and teaching experience. Since 2000, approximately 450 students from 50 different countries have successfully completed this curriculum. The cultural, professional, political, social, and linguistic diversity of the participants is one of the essential characteristics of the program toward a transnational, intercultural and transdisciplinary approach of study.

This diverse student body is brought together in Berlin, which materializes as a space of social analysis, collaborative learning and discursive construction.  Consequently, the MA-ICM utilizes and integrates the issues of diversity and difference, from the perspective of a living laboratory for students and teachers.

Employment prospects

The orientation of the MA-ICM is suited to the requirements of the job market. Former graduates work free-lance, in international governmental, non-governmental and private sector organizations in professional roles such as field officers, program managers, facilitators, trainers, advocates or researchers.


Upon registration a fee of € 300 is due. The tuition fee for the first to third semester is € 2640 each. Costs for the fourth semester (Master’s thesis) amount to € 1250.

Should, however, the Master’s thesis be postponed to the fifth semester an extra fee of € 300 will be charged for this final semester.


Our university of applied sciences is, unfortunately, not able to grant scholarships. However, we have compiled an extensive list of institutions where you can apply for a scholarship: List of Scholarships

Please note that the information on the different scholarship options was taken from the respective institutional websites. Since the latter are subject to constant changes, we are unable to guarantee that all information is still up to date. In order to verify, it is recommended to visit the organizations’ websites directly.

Furthermore, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that some scholarships require you to hold a specific nationality. Should you have questions about the exact requirements, please get in contact with the respective organization.

Finally, we ask you to take into consideration that in some cases the application process may take a very long time, in fact up to one year. Thus, we encourage you to inform yourself about suitable scholarships and apply to the institution(s) in question as early as possible.