Before your studies
The program Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Management (MA-ICM) takes four semesters to complete, starting in September 2020 and ending in September 2022. For the academic year 2020/2021, we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.
The application period starts October 15, 2019 and will end on:
- April 15, 2020 for visa applicants
- May 15, 2020 for non-visa applicants
As many of our applicants require a student visa and/or are intending to apply for a scholarship, we highly encourage you to submit all the required documents, including the online application form in the suggested timeframe stated above.
The processing of a student visa application at the German authorities usually takes three months or longer.
How to apply
First step: Please fill out the online application form.
Please submit the following documents via e-mail to icm@ ash-berlin.eu:
- Letter of Motivation (two pages, 1.5 spacing)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Certificates and Academic Records (to be validated upon arrival! Do NOT include high school or secondary school certificates)
- Two Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation from past or current employers and/or academic references
- Certificate(s) that attest at least one year of practical experience
- English Language Certificate
- Proof of financial ability
Please send digital copies; we are not going to accept any hard copies!
Also, please send your documents as one single PDF file!
We urge you to read the details carefully. However, do not hesitate to contact us for any further questions via E-mail: icm@ ash-berlin.eu or telephone +49(30)992 45 142
Kindly note : The Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences welcomes students from all countries. Students are selected without regard to sex, ethnicity, religion or national origin. All applications for admission to the M.A. program are evaluated by the Admission Committee. The application will only be considered, if the completed application has been submitted before the respective deadlines.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
To apply, applicants have to show:
- an undergradute degree in a relevant field of study
- at least one year of practical experience in a relevant field (conflict, human rights, humanitarian aid, voluntary or forced migration, social work or relief work, teaching a relevant subject.)
- two recommendation letters from past/current employers and/or academic references
- proficiency in the English language and computer competence
- a strong motivation
English Language Proficiency
The language of instruction is English. All applicants must demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in English language before being admitted to the Master program; unless one is a native or holds an undergraduate degree in English. The English language certificates should not be older than two years and shall indicate a high score.
ONE of the following tests is considered to be sufficient proof:
Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE):Test result should be 'GRADE B' or better.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Test result (from the internet-based test, iBT) should be 90 points or better.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)Test result should be 6.5 or better.
Proof of Financial Ability
To prove financial ability, please send one of the following documents
- a statement of financial support and a confidential bank statement from yourself, a relative or personal sponsor (voucher guarantee) showing that sufficient funds are available to support your studies at the Alice Salomon University and life in Berlin
- a sponsorship letter from a government agency, organization, institution or school etc.
If your country neither uses EURO nor US Dollar, please ensure that you also submit the value of your funds in either currency or the rate of exchange at the time of submitting the form.
Applicants should prefereably hold an undergraduate degree in one of the following disciplines:
|A. Social Sciences||Social Work - related to social justice, anti-discrimination and anti-racism|
|Sociology - related to migration, inequity and marginalization, social justice;|
|Political Science - related conflict, inter-state relations, inter-ethnic relations;|
|International Relations - related conflict, peace-keeping, inter-state relations;|
|B. Law||Related to human rights, international relations, conflict;|
|C. Humanities and Cultural Sciences||History - related to conflict and international relations;|
|Geography - related to voluntary and forced migration, dispersion of populations;|
|Philosophy - related to ethics, world views and the logic of arguing and reasoning;|
|Psychology - related to human behaviors such as communication, conflict, identity;|
|Anthropology/Ethnology - related to ethnicity, culture and cultural diversity, human behavior, communication, identity;|
|Theology - related to world religions, world views, human behavior, communication, identity.|
|D. Other||If you are able to logically argue why you would favor to pursue a Master in Intercultural Conflict Management, although your previous studies are not related to this field, you may apply for the program.|
Your previous academic studies should ideally amount to a workload of at least 180 ECTS.
Financing your studies
We have to make sure that you can afford your studies and life at ASH. This is why we ask all our applicants for a sufficient proof of financial ability. We highly encourage and support all candidates to apply for scholarships.
The Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences has a commitment to offer its students high quality courses at a fair price. As a non-consecutive Master's program students are currently required to pay tuition and registration fees. These non-profitmaking fees are charged to cover both classroom teaching as well as self-paced and online studies.
The fees for the full program consist of:
€ 300.00 administration fee
€ 8,420.00 tuition fee for 4 semesters
€ 193.80 per semester (optional public transport ticket to be acquired through the university)
€ 720.00 (approx.) on average for accommodation, food, health insurance, telephone etc.
Germany's Foreigner’s Registration Authorities expect visiting students to have around € 720 per month (€ 8,640 a year) to cover the cost of living. Depending on your nationality, the full amount for the duration of your stay in Germany must be deposited in a separate blocked bank account BEFORE a visa can be issued! You need further general information about proving your financial funds?
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Information for visa applicants
In recognition of the changes being experienced by many societies as a consequence of increasing global interdependence, the MA-ICM is a response to the challenges of conflict, cultural diversity, social inequality, violations of human rights and human exploitation.
These issues have heightened tensions for a growing number of individuals and groups on the local, national and international level. Thus there is an urgent need for professionals who can act effectively on issues of conflict management and social justice in multicultural contexts. Graduates will gain a solid understanding of these issues needed to achieve greater social justice through professional roles as field officers, managers, facilitators, advocates or researchers.
This four semester Masters of Arts (MA) comprises a total of 120 credits which are assigned according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The ASH is a state-recognized University of Applied Sciences and the MA-ICM was reaccredited in 2018.
The MA-ICM is an inter-disciplinary, research oriented study program, combining human rights with selected social sciences. The program’s principal focus is the study of conflict, particularly with regard to contexts characterized by cultural diversity in which human rights are ascribed a central role. A secondary focus is on the development of methods of conflict intervention and transformation that take into account the various issues of diversity. Particular elements of the curriculum will comprise units on transnationalism and community, democracy and social inequality, diversity and conflicts, human rights and socio-political action, cooperation and development, and conflict management.
This international program is taught in English and also offered in Spanish. It brings students together from various backgrounds and cultures to facilitate a cross-cultural learning experience. It is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to mediate conflicts, advance peace, and promote human rights based on social justice in a world characterized by increasing migratory movements and consequent cultural
The MA-ICM is offered once a year, starting each winter semester.
It is a study program based on classroom teaching and seminars which also include periods of self-depended learning and e-facilitated study time as well as written assignments. It requires a full-time commitment from students. The standard period of study is 24 months to be completed over four semesters.
During the first three semesters, students will attend classes and seminars as well as dedicate themselves to the completion of project elaboration and essay writing. The final semester is dedicated to the research and writing of the MA thesis (25 weeks).
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.
The Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (ASH) is Germany's
oldest and largest academic training institution in social work. It is
recognized as one of Germany's most research-intensive universities of
applied sciences in the social field and is committed to international
cooperation. The Alice Salomon University is located in Berlin, a
culturally vibrant, cosmopolitan city.
The Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences has a commitment to offer its students high quality courses at a fair price. The tuition fee is divided in an administrative fee of 300 EUR which covers admission and registration.
The total cost of the first three semesters is 8,420.00 Euros (2,640 Euros per semester).
Additionally, there is a fee of 500 Euros for the master thesis registration (last semester).
Further fees depend on the services you wish. For instance, the ticket of Berlin's public transport system (valid for 6 months) currently costs 193.80 Euros for MA-ICM students and is optional.
The costs for living - including rent, food, clothing, laundry, personal hygiene, travel, obligatory health insurance, telephone, leisure activities and other expenses - generally average between 700 Euros and 900 Euros per month.
Unfortunately, our university is not able to grant scholarships. However, there are many organizations where you can apply for funding. Attached you find an extensive list of scholarship opportunities. Keep in mind their application deadlines!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions:
- email: icm@ ash-berlin.eu
- phone: +49 (30) 992 45 142
You are also warmly welcome to visit us during our Office Hours (Monday and Wednesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) - just call for an appointment!