Master of Arts Intercultural Conflict Management (MA-ICM)

Programme degree and name:

Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Intercultural Conflict Management - social action in global contexts.

Qualification Level – Preparing for the challenges of tomorrow

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Management (MA-ICM) was created as a programme of studies strongly oriented toward practical applications. It is a non-consecutive, Master's level programme, designed according to recognised higher-education criteria. The programme 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 programmes. The MA-ICM training is well suited to the requirements of the labour market.

Overview of the program

Since its inception 19 years ago, the Intercultural Conflict master programme at the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin has carried through profound changes in its initial structure. These changes represented the result of two interrelated causes. On the first place, they were associated with the observations and proposals made by its students in several programme evaluations over years. On the second place, they reciprocated the manifold changes experienced by the world in social, political, cultural and economic terms during the last two decades.

Thus, the programme came over from a semi face-to-face structure to a completely face-to-face structure in 2010, its original quantitative and qualitative methodological approach was thoroughly restructured in parallel, so that a more participatory and action-related approach could be accomplished, and a concurrent Spanish-spoken programme was established in 2014.

Proudly based on this tradition of continuous change and improvement, the Intercultural Conflict master programme brings forward three major changes on this occasion.

First, the length of the programme has been drawn out from three to four semesters. This change is associated with the programme’s constant search for a close interrelation among theory, methodology and practice. To this end, the length of the programme has been drawn out from three to four semesters so that students can establish a profounder relation with the social world surrounding them without time constraints. By participating in the social, political, cultural and economic conflicts occurring in Berlin for a longer period of time, students can commingle their learning in the classroom with their actions concerning real-life conflicts much more effectively.

Second, the programme has undertaken an international cooperation agreement with the Sociological Research Institute and the Educational Sciences Institute of the Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca, located in Mexico. This agreement brings about the creation of a "sister" master programme in Mexico, which will maximize the mobility opportunities for students between Berlin and Oaxaca for students. The development of this agreement commenced in 2014 and presupposed enormous efforts from both parties, with the common aim to maximize the radius of both study and action across broadly different social environments for students.

Third, the content modules have been thoroughly restructured into three transversal modules stretching out over three semesters, which commingle “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 stuff and the students of the Intercultural Conflict master programme, with the only aim to bring about an approach to social conflict in which theory, methodology and action coalesce into one another.

The MA-ICM is based on 19 years of education and teaching experience. Since 2000, 400 students from 34 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 programme. The programme's methodological and didactic design utilises this diversity to create a unique learning process. Consequently, the MA-ICM utilises and integrates the issues of diversity and difference, from the perspective of a living laboratory for students and teachers.

The Intercultural Conflict master programme represents a transdisciplinary and practice-oriented master course of study, which commingles a multidimensional theoretical and methodological approach to social conflict with a strong focus on participatory practical social action. Thus, the programme capacitates students for managing real-world social conflicts in transnational and intercultural contexts, so that students can carry out their work in a wide labour field, including NGOs, governments and international organizations.

The programme was established in 2000 with a strong accent on transnationality, interculturality and transdisciplinarity. Since then, more than 400 hundred students from over 50 countries have successfully carried it through. The transnational, intercultural and transdisciplinary character of the programme is delineated by the diversity of its students, lecturers and managers in terms of nationalities, languages, cultural backgrounds, scientific traditions and labour experiences. All these differences are coalesced in Berlin, which materializes as a space of social analysis, collaborative learning and discursive construction.

In addition, the programme maximizes its theoretical and practical potential through its recently created sister master programme at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, located in Mexico. Thus, a transnational space of knowledge breaks out, which advances the transnational mobility of in-coming and out-going students and lecturers between Berlin and Oaxaca. Based on this, students and lecturers can come across diverging social realities and worldviews in Europe and Latin America, broadening their skills out as professional agents of change.

Semester Overview
Semester Overview  © ICM

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 € 500. Should, however, the Master’s thesis be postponed to the fifth semester an extra fee will be charged for this final semester.

Please note that additional options like purchasing a public transport tickets for students may lead to extra costs of currently € 193,80 per 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 request that you 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.