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What You Learn

Learn diverse perspectives from faculty in history, English, political science, sociology, education and philosophy. You can also pursue a regional specialization in Asia, Latin America, Native Americans, Ukraine and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Ireland, Africa and African-Americans; as well as Jewish studies, theology, law and religion.

  • Investigate transitional justice, social policy, anti-Semitism and the sociology of global oppression

  • 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

You 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.)

Course Requirements

Application Deadline
Fall: June 30
Spring: December 1

Program Coordinator:
Gilbert Kahn, Ph.D.
Phone: (908) 737-3996

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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LIVE Information Session - Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Be inspired with a conversation with Program Coordinator, Dr. Dennis Klein, as he tells you about the Holocaust & Genocide Studies program. Our program is one of four graduate programs of its kind. Email Dr. Klein at for updates.

Clock tower through view of flowers

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 '18
Sarah Coykendall

After Kean

Our graduates have exciting and rewarding careers in:


  • Human rights and public policy

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

  • 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

Conferences and Events

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies program maintains an online Justice After Atrocity social network with announcements about conferences and events email

The 2017 international conference, “Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths: The United States and the World,” held at Kean, drew more than 100 participants. The conference explored measures dealing with the global legacies of large-scale, collective violence and atrocity crimes — including crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.

View the conference here:

Global Atrocities - > Click here for event recording (Passcode: !+0957*F)

View more conference and event information for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Students in building studying

The program has been an enriching experience for me. The world is, unfortunately, full of examples of one group seeking to destroy another, and too many of them are largely unknown to the public. I would like to change that."

John LeStrange '16
John LaStrange
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