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Intercultural Conflict Management

Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin (ASH Berlin)

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In recognition of the changes being experienced by many societies as a consequence of increasing global inter-dependence, the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (ASH) is offering a Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Management (MA-ICM) in order to capacitate professionals from all over the world for their work promoting social development and mitigating existing and upcoming conflicts. Consistent with the values of social justice and human rights and supported by the University’s long-standing tradition in social advocacy, the MA address issues and complexities raised by a globalizing world from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The program is a response to the challenges of conflict, diversity, social exclusion, migration, violations of human rights and human exploitation.

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Management is designed to provide students from different cultures and a wide range of professional backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between Democracy, Participation, Social Exclusion, Human Rights and Conflict Management theory and practice. The curriculum, strongly application-oriented, prepares participants to work in Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations of international cooperation and development cooperation, humanitarian aid agencies and local, regional or international organizations promoting social development and dealing with existing and upcoming conflicts.

Level of qualification – preparing for future challenges

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Management (MA-ICM) has been designed as an application-oriented, non-consecutive study program set at Master’s level according to acknowledged standards of Higher Education. It fulfills the requirements of the Bologna Declaration and following communiqués.
According to the stipulations of the Berlin-Communiqué and Paragraph 35 of the Berlin Law on Higher Education (BerlHG), graduates of the MA-ICM are entitled to register for a Ph.D. program. The orientation of the MA-ICM is suited to the requirements of the job market.

Fields of study – Intercultural? Conflict? Management!

The MA-ICM is an interdisciplinary, application-oriented study program, combining studies in international development, human rights, diversity and democracy with methodological approaches, tools and techniques of international development cooperation, humanitarian aid, and conflict management.
It aims at providing students with the necessary theoretical understanding of culture, conflict, and the international context while at the same time lying special emphasis on a profound understanding of participatory approaches in social intervention. The MA-ICM is directed at qualifying students to work in a wide variety of fields and organizations that refer to the context of conflict management, development work or humanitarian aid and as such can be conducted on the level of a local NGO or even on that of international organizations.

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Mode of study – learning with international classmates

The MA-ICM is based on 12 years of experience in teaching and learning. Since 2002, 165 students from 34 different countries have successfully completed this study program. The cultural, professional, political, social, and linguistic diversity of participants is one of the main characteristics of the program. The methodological and didactical design aim at employing the very diversity and differences that characterize the students in order to create a unique setting of learning: the students not only deal with these issues from a theoretical point of view but they are additionally given the possibility to practically experience and deal with differences and diversity within the context of lectures, discussions, working groups and every-day life. Consequently, the MA-ICM works with and integrates the issues of diversity and differences and thereby resembles a living laboratory for students and teachers.

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Application of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

According to the regulations of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), 90 ECTS credits (about 2,700 working hours) are to be acquired during the MA-ICM. One ECTS credit represents 30 estimated working hours, including the time spent attending lectures, seminars, independent study, and preparation for oral and written assignments that are required to achieve the expected learning outcomes.
Each semester of the MA-ICM comprises a workload equal to 30 ECTS credits, so that a total of 900 working hours per semester is to be expected. As each semester on average refers to a studying period of 22.5 weeks (including weeks of attendance as well as periods dedicated to independent studies) and a standard of 40 working hours per week, a full-time commitment from students is inevitable.
In the third semester, the accomplishment of 30 ECTS credits (about 900 working hours) are allocated to the research and writing of the M.A. thesis.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Master program must have:

1. An undergraduate degree preferably 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 at least 210 ECTS. In case your Bachelor studies account for less ECTS, you will be required to obtain additional credit points prior to your graduation from the Master program.

2. One year of practical (including internships and/or voluntary work) or professional experience in fields related to conflict, human rights, humanitarian aid, voluntary or forced migration, social work or relief work, teaching a relevant subject.

3. Referees to be contacted by the Alice-Salomon-University such as university instructors or employers willing to support the candidate's application.

4. Proficiency in English and computer competence.

5. Motivation and interest to study Intercultural Conflict Management.

Fees and Finances

On this page you find information on fees and application instructions for the Alice-Salomon-Scholarship (for full-time students only). For more detailed information please visit the "frequently asked questions" page or consult the student handbook to be downloaded at the "student services" page or contact us at

The tuition fee for the Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Management program for the Academic Year is Euro 7920.- . The tuition fee can be paid in one sum or in 3 installments, Euro 2640,- each. Please note that information about tuition is correct upon publication, but may be revised without notice. 

Depending on the chosen services, costs start with a non refundable basic payment of Euro 300.- which includes registration fees for three semesters. The students can choose out of two service options: 

  • Option 1:
    (Euro 300.- + Euro 172.60)
    includes the basic payment and the ticket for public transport for the Winter Semester) 
  • Option 2:
    (Euro 300.- administrative fee) 
    Other costs arising must be paid by the students separately (e.g. travel expenses, accommodation, health insurance and living costs). 


Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences
Alice-Salomon-Platz 5
D-12627 Berlin

Tel.: 0049-30-99 245-352/333
Fax: 0049-30-99 245-245
E-mail: icm@no-spamash-berlin.eu / infomaster@no-spamash-berlin.eu

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