Master’s in Intercultural Communication

Shape the future through successful communication

Today, intercultural competence is a more crucial skill than ever. In international companies, non-profit organisations, non-governmental organisations as well as the political sphere. This strength combined with a sound professional qualification is the perfect basis for your successful career; be it as an executive, project manager or expert. After all, shaping the future depends on successful communication. And successful communication requires the ability to think beyond one's own cultural horizon.

This is exactly where the Master’s degree programme in Intercultural Communication comes into play – developing and broadening your intercultural competence in the fields of communication, moderation and conflict management, marketing, human resources management and organisational management; from theoretical basis to practical implementation.

You will expand your professional expertise with one of the following three specialisations to choose from. Do you want to pursue a career in the corporate environment with business administration? Or would you like to expand your skills in a language of your choice with intercultural project management? Or would you rather make digitalisation your main focus, choosing digital workplace? It goes without saying that language is an integral part of this. Proficiency in German and English is to be expected. It is also possible to add another foreign language.

If you need to boost your German language skills (B2 level), start your time in Munich with our summer course intensive programme (A1–C1) – the ideal preparation for your studies!

Benefits for you

  • Hands-on – lecturers and professors with considerable professional experience, many business cooperations

  • International – students, lecturers and partner universities from all around the world

  • Personal – close professional relationship with professors and lecturers

  • Study and work – 3-day university compatible with a part-time job

  • Multilingual – with two foreign languages ​​in the programme

  • Individual – small groups, various options

  • Creative – come up with new ideas

  • Liveable – comfortable campus atmosphere with student apartments

  • Future-oriented – exciting and promising career prospects

Master of Arts (MA)
3 semesters
3-day university
90 CP (ECTS)
International campus

Intercultural communication opens up many opportunities. After all, intercultural competence is considered one of the central key competences. The main issues of our time are climate change mitigation, migration, entirely new forms of cross-border cooperation and also health. This affects all of us in both our private and professional lives. Without successful communication and understanding, however, solutions are virtually impossible. Therefore, my goal as Programme Director is to open up excellent career prospects for our students so that they can actively work on solutions for the challenges of the present and the future. That is why we combine solid business management training with intercultural competence and language – always keeping in mind the bigger issues.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wilhelm, Programme Director

Study programme

Key facts at a glance

Academic degree

Master of Arts (MA)

European Credit Transfer System

90 Credit Points

Start date

Winter semester (October)


3 semesters full-time on three days a week


State-recognised and accredited


German, English and – depending on the specialisation – one additional language


  • Business administration
  • Intercultural project management (in a chosen foreign language)
  • Digital workplace

Module programme

As a study variant –
customisable & with flexible scheduling

This degree programme is right for you ...

  • if you are interested in the conditions for successful communication, both interpersonal and organisational.
  • if you are looking for a communication-oriented Master's degree programme with a specialisation of your choice.
  • if you want to play an active, creative and solution-oriented role in your studies.
  • if you have a particular interest in global issues and challenges in business, politics and society.
  • if you want to show groups of people ways of successful cooperation later in professional life.

Career prospects

Perfect conditions for starting your professional career

Intercultural competence is one of the key competences of our time. Combined with communication skills and professional expertise, it lays the foundation for your successful path into the future.

The Master's degree programme in Intercultural Communication qualifies you for future management tasks, project management roles and expert jobs in an intercultural context. The degree programme is accredited for the higher grade of civil servants in Germany.

If you complete your studies and do particularly well, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation. In this case, the partnerships and projects of the International University SDI München can also be of use.

Career prospects

  • International companies, organisations and associations

  • International marketing / HR / project management

  • International sales

  • International corporate communication

  • Market research

  • Intercultural human resources management

  • Human resources development and expatriation management

  • Intercultural coaching, training

  • Diplomatic service

  • Development assistance

Graduate testimonials

For me, the Master's degree programme in Intercultural Communication perfectly complements my Bachelor's degree programme. I enjoy studying at the SDI, as the programme is very hands-on and you work in small groups, and you can make great connections that will certainly be helpful later in professional life. Communication in different languages and marketing with an international focus in a cultural context is the perfect combination for me. I consider this programme an excellent basis for a successful career in the future.

Franziska, graduate

At the International University, I was always treated as a person, never just as a student ID number. The teaching was consistently very good, informative, well-founded and always fun!

At the SDI, I had the opportunity to combine my passions for business, communication, digital media, languages and interculturalism. I was able to acquire the necessary skills for working in an international company with an intercultural environment, which proved very helpful in my current job.

Kristina, graduate


Frequently asked questions and answers

All you need for your application is a certificate or other proof that you have completed a Bachelor’s degree programme or are about to complete one. The subject area of your Bachelor’s degree programme does not matter, as the Master’s degree programme in Intercultural Communication is non-consecutive in terms of content.

Generally, the following language skills are required for this degree programme:

  • German: B2 competence level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

If you acquired your university entrance qualification in Germany, your qualification serves as proof of the required language skills.

Our Student Advisory Service is happy to advise you on this.

The Master’s degree programme in Intercultural Communication combines a transfer of knowledge from very different fields, including intercultural communication, conflict management, international business administration, languages and many more. If you are generally interested in these fields and would like to work in similar job fields later in professional life, this degree programme could be the one for you!

The degree programme is designed in such a way that you only attend seminars and lectures on a maximum of 3 days; you can work or do an internship the rest of the week without any problems. The programme content has a strong practical focus, so that you can already gain a lot of hands-on experience during your studies.

Our lecturers help students find internships, jobs as working students and Master's theses with practical relevance. Since the lecturers and the university have a wide network of contacts, current requirements of the job market are continuously incorporated into the programme content.

In addition, our students can find out about the latest job advertisements and internships at the Career Center.


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