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What You Learn

You 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

Holocaust and Genocide Studies (M.A.)

(Educators who have earned a 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.)

Application Deadline
Fall: June 30
Spring: December 1

Program Coordinator
Dennis Klein, Ph.D.
(908) 737-0256

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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
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

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 program invites to campus leading scholars, critics, and artists through the academic year and especially in April, Genocide Awareness Month. Visit Events Calendar for a listing.

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:

View more conference and event information for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

After Kean

Graduates of the Holocaust and genocide program have gone on to have vibrant careers:

  • University professors/adjuncts

  • Nonprofit development directors

  • Scholars/researchers

  • High school teachers specializing in Holocaust and genocide education

  • Holocaust educators in non-traditional (i.e., non-school) settings

  • Archivists at libraries, museums, NGOs

  • Writers, journalists, bloggers on Holocaust and genocide issues

  • Holocaust museum educational projects and content coordinator

  • Further graduate education




Students in the program

6 – 10

Average class size

20s – 60s

Age of students

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