Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication

Connecting with People, Connecting with the World

One of only seven master’s in intercultural communication programs nationwide, and the only one in Northern California.

The Master of Arts Program in Intercultural Communication at Saint Mary's College of California is a two-year course of study in communication challenges and opportunities across cultures. We offer a project-based curriculum, a supportive cohort model, and exciting international learning experiences. Students work closely with faculty who bring intercultural communication expertise and experience into the classroom.

The Program

The Master of Arts Program in Intercultural Communication emphasizes shared inquiry and critical thinking to equip students to work, learn, and live in an increasingly diverse, globalized, and data-driven world. Our project-based curriculum ensures students translate classroom learning into experience and expertise relevant for a wide range of professional paths.

Passport Required

All students will spend the January Term month working in teams on an intercultural communication project in partnership with an international organization. Students are also encouraged to participate in a semester-long study abroad program during their third semester. Students who choose not to go abroad will engage in an internship at a local international, intercultural organization.

A World of Possibilities

With a degree in intercultural communication, a variety of career paths are possible for your future. You can make a difference in organizations and disciplines such as:

  • Foreign affairs
  • Refugee and immigration services
  • Student services in higher education
  • Human resources
  • Public relations
  • Tourism
  • Cross-cultural and intercultural consulting
  • Global news media
  • Campaign management and coordination
  • Independent intercultural training and consulting
  • International business

“Whether in business or nonprofits or government or service, graduates of this program have the opportunity to become intercultural leaders and really make a difference.”

-- Sheila Hassell Hughes, Dean, School of Liberal Arts

Apply Now