M.A. in Holocaust & Genocide Studies

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Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies - MAHG

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Program Brochure

The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG) at Stockton University offers an interdisciplinary and wide-ranging education on genocide and mass violence. The program prepares its graduates for employment in education, museums, and organizations that aim to stop and prevent mass atrocities. The MAHG program’s diverse and growing faculty work to ensure the success of our students. Two faculty members are devoted solely to Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Elisa von Joeden-Forgey and Raz Segal), with an additional core faculty member from the history program (Michael Hayse), and three associated faculty members from the programs in communications (Christina Morus), political science (Lauren Balasco), and social work (Elma Kaiser). We also host a distinguished senior visiting scholar every year.

The challenges that MAHG faculty and anyone working in this field face are immense. Genocidal violence is currently unfolding in a number of places around the world. The government in Myanmar has been conducting a campaign of destruction against Rohingya Muslims since 2012, which has pushed more than 700,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh where they languish, unwanted, in refugee camps. More than five million people have fled the civil war and mass violence in Syria since 2011, with almost half a million people dead and destruction of unprecedented dimensions. Rohingya Muslim and Syrian refugees count among more than 65 million refugees today; around half of them are under the age of 18.

The MAHG program is designed to help students explore and understand central historical processes in the making of this reality—our world in which the post-Holocaust cry of “never again” has remained an empty slogan, certainly for these tens of millions of refugees. We strive to fill these words with meaning. To this end, we study the Holocaust as an integral part of modern genocide and mass violence—before, during, and after World War II. Students read and learn about European empire building, settler colonialism, and destruction of indigenous societies around the world; the trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery in the US; the rise of exclusionary nationalism and the nation-state system in the twentieth century, including post-colonial states in the Global South; and the threat of nuclear weapons. And they discuss issues and questions that intersect with the dynamics of genocide, including human-induced environmental destruction, sexual violence, human security, and genocide prevention. Indeed, the program includes the first university-based Genocide Prevention Certificate Program in the world, a 15-credit online program founded and directed by Dr. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey and taught by the best minds in the field. The Certificate can be taken on its own or as a track within the Master’s program. The Certificate program has allowed us to offer the option of completing the entire Master's program online.

The MAHG program emphasizes excellence in scholarship, teaching, and student learning. We are proud of our small classes, our seminars designed to meet student interests and needs, our generous fellowships and scholarships, our partnerships with university programs and organizations across the globe, and the diverse learning experiences we offer, which include internships with institutes throughout the United States and beyond, independent studies, lecture series and workshops at Stockton University, study tours, and research opportunities.

I invite you to contact my office at 609-652-4542 or e-mail Raz.Segal@stockton.edu for further information and with any questions.


Raz Segal, Ph.D.

Director, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG)
Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Endowed Professor in the Study of Modern Genocide
School of General Studies
Stockton University


Did you know? ...

Dr. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey was a panelist at the United Nations in New York City on April 28, 2016. To watch her panel titled, "Christian and Yazidi Women and Girls: Sexual Victims of Crimes Against Humanity" please click here.

The Program

We live in a world in which the post-Holocaust cry of “never again” has remained an empty slogan, certainly for tens of millions of refugees and victims of genocidal violence. Ongoing mass violence includes the murderous civil war in Syria since 2011, the destructive assault in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims since 2012, and the uprooting and elimination of indigenous societies and cultures throughout the world. The MAHG program was founded in 1998 as the first program of its kind in the country. Through face-to-face and online courses taught by internationally renowned faculty, it offers a rigorous interdisciplinary approach to understanding central historical processes in the making of this reality, and how these histories point us to possibilities in the struggle against genocide. The MAHG program is thus committed to Stockton University’s mission to develop engaged and effective citizens, both locally and globally.    


MAHG Curriculum- 36 credits (Note: All GPC courses are open to MAHG students.)  To access the GPC curriculum, please see: Genocide Prevention Certificate.

Core Courses- 6 credits

(H= Holocaust Electives; G= Genocide Electives, GPC= Genocide Prevention Program)

For the master's degree, a minimum of two Holocaust Electives and two Genocide Electives required

MAHG/GPC 5000 The History of the Holocaust (online)

MAHG 5001 The History of Genocide (online)

Electives- 27 credits:

MAHG 5002 Rescuers and Bystanders (H)

MAHG 5003 Holocaust and Genocide Education

MAHG 5004 Holocaust and the American Experience (H)

MAHG 5005 Contemporary Genocide (G)

MAHG 5006 Jewish History and Culture Before the Holocaust (H)

MAHG 5007 Selected Topics with the Ida E. King Distinguished Scholar 

MAHG 5008 Jewish-Christian Relations in the Shadow of Auschwitz

MAHG 5009 Antisemitism

MAHG 5010 Gender, War, and Genocide (G)

MAHG 5011 The Psychology of Genocide (G)

MAHG 5012 Resistance During the Holocaust (H)

MAHG 5013 Art and Propaganda under National Socialism (H)

MAHG 5016 Europe in the Twentieth Century

MAHG 5017 Women During the Holocaust (H)

MAHG 5018 Non Jewish Victims of the Nazis (H)

MAHG 5019 The Holocaust in Literature & Film (H)

MAHG 5020 Literature of the Holocaust (H)

MAHG 5021 Modern German History & the Holocaust (H) 

MAHG 5026 Holocaust, Terrorism, & Genocide

MAHG 5027 Germany & Holocaust after 1945

MAHG 5028 Genocide: Special Topics (G)

MAHG 5029 The UN, Human Rights & Genocide (G)

MAHG 5030 The Armenian Genocide (G)

MAHG 5032 Literature and Genocide (G)

MAHG 5034 Genocide Prevention (G)

MAHG 5035 Contemporary Genocides in Africa (G)

MAHG 5036 Holocaust, Memory and Commemoration (H)

MAHG/GPC 5037 Perpetrator Behavior:  Implications for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (online)

MAHG/GPC 5038 Early Prevention of Mass Atrocities (online)

MAHG/GPC 5039 Aftermath:  Transitional Justice and Collective Memory in the Wake of Genocide (online)

MAHG/GPC 5040 Religion and Genocide Prevention (online)

MAHG 5042 Theories of Genocide (G)

MAHG 5046 Genocide Prevention and the Law

MAHG 5052 Research Methods

MAHG/EDUC 5353 Literature & Culture: Special Topics

MAHG 5800 Independent Study

Capstone Experience- minimum 3 credits 

These courses can be taken in person or online (with approval).

MAHG 5022 Study Seminar to the Sites

MAHG 5880 Thesis (6 credits)

MAHG/GPC Genocide Prevention Research Seminar (online)

MAHG 5850 Independent Study Capstone Project

MAHG 5900 Internship (3 or 6 credits)


Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline

Fall: July 1

Spring: November 26

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

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application (you must create a Discover Stockton Account)
      • If you are a recent Stockton graduate, check to see if you qualify for the Direct Entry Option.
      • Auschwitz Institute alumni applying to the Genocide Prevention Certificate (GPC) Program need only fill out the Discover Stockton Online Application and submit the graduate essay and resume. All other application requirements mentioned in this section are waived.
  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 Discover Stockton Application
  5. Resume
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) showing a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher mailed or dropped off directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.

 Program Overview

The Online Genocide Prevention Certificate (GPC) is a new program developed by the Master of Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG) program at Stockton University with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) in 2015 to meet the need for extended specialized training among professionals in government, the military, the business sector and non-governmental organizations around the world. The aim of the program is to offer rigorous instruction in frameworks of and strategies for genocide prevention based on ethical insights of liberal arts study. It is the first graduate Certificate program of its kind of both in the USA globally.

For more information regarding the Genocide Prevention Certificate please click here.

A student must complete a total of 36 hours of graduate credit. This includes four Core Courses listed in the Stockton Bulletin.

A student may choose to complete a Master's Thesis for the equivalent of 6 credit hours that he or she will defend as part of the degree requirements. The alternative track is to take 30 hours of graduate course work plus an additional 6 credits of course work within the graduate program or as fieldwork, or as a directed study program or internship.

Students choosing to complete a Master's Thesis will engage in a Research Tutorial directed by the faculty member serving as the thesis advisor.

No, however, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. If you are a recent Stockton graduate, you may qualify for the Direct Entry Option.

No standardized tests are required.

Students are admitted in both Fall and Spring semesters.
The deadline for completed Fall applications is July 1. The deadline for completed Spring applications is November 26.
Yes. Up to two courses may be attempted on a non-matriculated basis. However, performance in these courses does not guarantee admission. Please visit the Website for the Non-Matriculated (Non Degree) Option.

Yes, the program can be completed as a part-time student.

Students with additional questions are encouraged to call the Office of Graduate Studies at 609-626-3640 or email gradschool@stockton.edu.

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

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