Genocide Prevention Certificate

Program Overview

The Online Genocide Prevention Certificate (GPC) is a program developed in 2015 by Dr. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey as part of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG) program at Stockton University. It aims to meet the need for extended specialized training among professionals in government, the business sector, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. The program offers rigorous instruction in frameworks of and strategies for genocide prevention. It is the first graduate certificate program of its kind in the USA and globally.

The courses are taught completely online by members of the MAHG faculty and by scholars and experts in genocide prevention around the world. Students in the program receive a broad education in the history of and the struggle against genocide and mass violence, including courses on early warning systems, international tribunals, perpetrator behavior, and transitional justice mechanisms. A required research seminar serves as the capstone in the GPC program.

GPC students who wish to pursue further study are encouraged to apply to the MAHG program after completing the Certificate; all GPC courses will count towards the MAHG degree.

For more information, please email Dr. Raz Segal, Director of the MAHG Program, at



Genocide Prevention Certificate- 15 graduate credits

All GPC courses are open to MAHG students.

Required Courses- 3 credits required (choose 1)

GPC 5000 History of the Holocaust
GPC 5001 History of Genocide

Elective Courses- 9 credits required (choose 3)

GPC 5037 Perpetrator Behavior and Genocide Prevention
GPC 5038 Early Prevention of Mass Atrocity
GPC 5039 Transitional Justice and Collective Memory
GPC 5040 Religion and Genocide Prevention
GPC 5048 National Mechanisms for Genocide Prevention
GPC 5058 Genocide, International Tribunals and Courts
GPC 5060 Transitional Justice and Regime Change

Required Research Course- 3 credits
GPC 5033 Genocide Prevention Research Seminar

For course descriptions, please visit The University's Course Catalog.


Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline

While graduate admissions selection committees review applications until the start of the semester, by applying prior to the Priority Deadline, you can ensure that your transition to Stockton is as smooth as possible: you will be invited to the New Student Orientation Event, and have access to priority registration which means you may have more options for monthly installments of a payment plan, as well as greater options for class selection.

Priority Deadlines

Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: March 15

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies Program, applicant must submit the following:

  1. Click here to start your application
      • If you are a recent Stockton graduate, check to see if you qualify for the Direct Entry Option.
  2. Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application
  3. Graduate application essay
  4. Three current letters of recommendation sent electronically via the Online Application
  5. Resume
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) showing a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    By mail:
    Office of Graduate Admissions, N-Wing 007a
    101 Vera King Farris Drive
    Galloway, NJ 08205-9441


Apply today. If you have further questions you can Request More Information or call the Office of Graduate Admissions at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail