University of Denver - MA in International & Intercultural Communication

Why you should consider this program

Expand your international expertise and career opportunities after your Peace Corps service through the master’s in International and Intercultural Communication (IIC) at the University of Denver (DU). This is a joint master's program from DU’s award-winning Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies. This highly flexible program allows you to tailor your coursework and build expertise that best prepares you to pursue goals in international and/or intercultural settings, recognizing the centrality of communication and media to contemporary political, economic, and socio-cultural contexts, all while gaining and developing multimedia production and storytelling skills crucial for communication in today’s world.

IIC graduates pursue globally-oriented careers in a variety of fields, including: Global health communication; Public diplomacy & Public affairs; International PR and marketing; Nonprofit management; Cross-cultural and diversity training; International education; Human rights and Conflict resolution; International administration, and more. You’ll have the option to complete a Master’s thesis or a professional internship as your culminating experience. Returning Peace Corps Volunteers receive a 4-credit discount and qualify for additional dedicated RPCV scholarships. 

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 79,284 $ 41,912 $ 37,372
Out of state $ 79,284 $ 41,912 $ 37,372
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

All Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are accepted into the program will receive 4 credit hours (1 course) of waived academic credit. This reduces the required number of credits from 48 to 44 (Note, our academic calendar uses the quarter system, not semesters.) A minimum of two Coverdell Fellows each academic year will be accepted with a total equivalent of 50 percent financial assistance, as reflected in the chart above.

Other benefits or opportunities

All RPCVs are considered for two 12-credit scholarships, renewable for their second year. These scholarships are worth $15,840 per year. The program’s foreign language proficiency requirement is also waived for Fellows.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 23,194

Application fee waived?



All returning Peace Corps Fellows receiving the 8-credit tuition discount must do a 4-credit internship serving a high needs community in the United States. We offer a variety of support services to help you find the best internship to meet your requirements as well as prepare you for your future career goals, including a Director of Internships for the IIC master’s program as well as dedicated internship staff in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and in the University of Denver Career Center. 

Recent internships completed by Peace Corps Fellows include: 

  • The African Community Center – an organization focused on helping refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in Denver
  • The Aurora Welcome Center – helping to aid the integration of immigrants and refugees
  • Denver Open Media Foundation – working with underprivileged youth to express themselves through media production
  • Denver Police Department – consulting with the police on programs to avoid racial profiling and develop community inclusive policing
  • The Denver chapter of the Red Cross – developing outreach programs to Latino communities in Denver
  • The Center for African American Health – marketing communication and fundraising/development

Other details

Program length

2 years

Program begins

Early September

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Kareem El Damanhoury, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of MA in International & Intercultural Communication

Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies, University of Denver
2490 S. Gaylord St.
Denver, CO 80208