Gratz College's 36-credit (12 courses) Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and continuing education offerings are designed for educators in public and private schools, museum staff, community professionals, religious and lay leaders, those involved in interfaith dialogue, and adult learners taking classes for personal enrichment or credit.
The 48-credit (16 courses) Doctor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Ph.D.) at Gratz College is the only program of its kind in the world. The doctoral program is designed for students already holding a graduate degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, history, or another related discipline. Doctoral students will engage in a meta-study of genocide to understand the phenomenon from a comprehensive range of academic approaches—historical, sociological, geographical, psychological, legal, theological and scientific—to inform their dissertations while reviewing significant literature and conducting in-depth original research in the field.
Holocaust and Genocide Studies degree and certificate program students have access to the Holocaust Oral History Archive at Gratz College's Tuttleman Library, which comprises one of the largest collections of audio-taped testimony in the United States. The Tuttleman Library itself houses a collection of over 2,200 titles of Holocaust and related resources. In addition, there are approximately 1,400 titles on World War II.
As of May 2019, the following ten states require that their schools provide Holocaust and/or genocide education: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island. Another twelve states strongly recommend such a curriculum.
Gratz College's graduate programs in Holocaust and Genocide Studies may be applied to teacher professional development hours if aligned with an individual Professional Development Plan. Teachers are advised to obtain approval from a supervisor prior to registration. For Pennsylvania teachers, ACT 48 professional development credits are available.
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Comprehensive Exams (*Optional*)
Three comprehensive exams (on the Holocaust, the other modern genocides, and the student's dissertation area) may be taken upon completion of doctoral course requirements. Students who elect to take "Comps" to increase their competitiveness in the academic market should contact the Program Director to discuss preparation and scheduling. Comps are non-credit examinations but they will be listed with grades on the student's transcript if the student decides to take them. Additional fees apply.