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What You Learn

You learn about transitional justice, social policy, anti-Semitism and the sociology of global oppression, benefitting from perspectives of faculty in history, English, political science, sociology, education and philosophy.

  • Choose to pursue a specialization in Asia, Latin America, Native Americans, Ukraine and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Ireland, Africa and African-Americans; or Jewish studies, theology, law and religion.
  • Take part in face-to-face encounters with degree candidates from across the United States and countries overseas

  • Create curricula for schools at local and state levels

  • Work with visiting scholars and graduate faculty who are noted leaders in their fields

  • Gain the skills to curate museum exhibitions and sites of conscience

  • Study government and its role in human rights and social justice issues

  • Become prepared to launch a rewarding career as an interpreter of genocide and its global repercussions.

Admission Requirements

If you have admissions questions, contact Graduate Admissions at or (908) 737-4723.

Holocaust and Genocide Studies (M.A.)

Application Deadline
Fall: June 30
Spring: December 1

Chair, Department of History:
C. Brid Nicholson, Ph.D.
Telephone: (908) 737- 5320

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Educators who have earned a Kean University post-bacculaureate Certificate in Teaching the Holocaust and Prejudice Reduction, by completing four tuition-free graduate courses in response to state mandates, may apply those 12 credits to the M.A. program.

Program Description and Admission Requirements

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The knowledge that I have gained so far is overwhelming. I have spent years learning the history of genocide, but the museum has given me the tools needed to apply that material to work experience. I learned how to speak to survivors and collaborate with educators."

Sarah Coykendall
Sarah Coykendall

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning and professional growth extend far beyond the walls of our classrooms. That's why we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of research opportunities, internships and more that we offer to advance your career and set the stage for continued success.


Students present papers at national conferences, including the Annual Scholars Conference and the Annual Millersville University Holocaust and Genocide Studies conference.

Research is conducted in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies master's program.


Opportunities for internships and fellowships, including at NGOs and other human rights organization, broaden the experience for Kean students.

Thesis readers

After Kean

Our Kean graduates pursue exciting and rewarding careers in:

  • Human rights and public policy
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Holocaust resource centers and human rights institutes
  • Museums and other sites of conscience
  • Government agencies
  • Journalism and news media
  • Education
  • Education policy
  • Business and global economic policy


Students in the program

6 – 10

Average class size

20s – 60s

Age of students

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