Holocaust & Genocide Studies

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A Message from the Director:

Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center
Program Brochure

Thank you for visiting the website of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Stockton University. We are the oldest master's program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the United States and we take our mission very seriously — to educate tomorrow's leaders in Holocaust and genocide education and prevention.

In this new century, humanity is confronted with opportunities and crises that will have an impact for centuries to come. On the heels of what was called the "Century of Genocide", the twenty-first century is threatening to be just as violent, if not more so. In the past two decades, we have seen genocide and mass atrocity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Gujarat region of India, in the Darfur and Nuba regions of Sudan, in South Sudan, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Syria, in Myanmar, in Burundi, in Libya, in Mali, and in the Central African Republic. Many of these crises are still on-going and responses to them have been dispiriting.

Nevertheless, the twenty-first century also has the potential to be a "Century of Hope", as the progress that has been made since the Holocaust leads to a greater international consensus that genocide and mass atrocity are illegitimate weapons of war and politics. Moreover, we are rapidly developing more refined and effective tools for prevention. Crucial to fighting the crime of genocide is making sure that more and more people are educated in history, the theory, and the psychology of genocide as well as in the research on and practice of prevention.

That's what we try to do in our Master of Arts Program in Holocaust & Genocide Studies (MAHG) — give students a well-rounded, up-to-date, and dynamic education in Holocaust and Genocide Studies that can serve them in whatever field they choose. One thing that the history of genocide teaches us is that genocide is not inevitable. Nor are any of the events related to it. The Holocaust and other genocides emerge from decisions made by human beings who were, and are, responsible for their actions and who could have acted differently and can do so in the future. We believe that everyone has a vital role to play in ensuring that the future is free from this scourge.

As part of this mission, we have started the first university-based Genocide Prevention Certificate Program in the world, a 15-credit online course of study 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.

As faculty, we emphasize excellence in scholarship, teaching, and student learning about and from the Holocaust and other genocides. We are proud of our small classes, our courses of study designed to meet student interests and needs, the diverse learning experiences we offer (which include internships, special projects, independent studies, and teaching and research opportunities), our generous fellowships and scholarships, our relationships with partner institutions all over the United States and the world, and our growing faculty. Stockton now has two tenure-track faculty positions dedicated solely to Holocaust and Genocide Studies. As teachers in a state university, we accept the responsibility to help form citizens who can think, reflect, and act responsibly in our diverse American society — and globally as well. And as teachers of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, we endorse and seek to pass on to our students Yehuda Bauer's challenging admonition, "Never be a victim. Never be a bystander, and never, never be a perpetrator."

I speak for all my faculty colleagues when I say that we are very pleased you are interested in our MA Program in Holocaust & Genocide Studies. We are ready to help you in any way we can.

I invite you to contact my office at (609) 626-3824 or elisa.forgey@stockton.edu for further information.


Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Director, Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies Program


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

The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG) was founded in 1998 as the first program of its kind in the country. The MAHG program is a central component of Stockton University's commitment to study the history of the Holocaust and other forms of genocide, and to teach the lessons which can be derived from such study. Stockton was the first four-year institution of higher education in the United States to offer a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. New Jersey teachers, in preparing youth for responsible citizenship, are required both primary and secondary schools to include Holocaust and genocide studies in their classes. In addition to educators, the program has been accessed by other professionals who may seek individual growth, a first step toward doctoral work, or a means to upgrade their post-graduate qualifications.

The Holocaust, or Shoah, is taught with reference to primary sources available from survivors, perpetrators, liberators and rescuers. The MAHG Program considers the Holocaust a watershed event in the history of Western civilization and studies it in in its setting, with reference to the Jewish civilization that was destroyed, not only with regard to its impact on subsequent Jewish life and culture, but also as related to the legal and intellectual dimensions in the history of genocide.


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

MAHG/GPC Genocide Prevention Research Seminar (online)

MAHG 5850 Independent Study Capstone Project

MAHG 5900 Internships


Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline

Fall: July 1

Spring: December 1

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 December 1.
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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