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Ph.D. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies




What will I learn?

The first of its type anywhere in the world, Clark’s pioneering Holocaust and Genocide Studies doctoral program is internationally recognized for the original research of its students and faculty. Located within the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, an interdisciplinary institute, the landmark program confers a doctorate in history with specializations in Holocaust history and genocide studies. The Strassler Center aims to prepare Holocaust and genocide scholars, human rights advocates, and future leaders and decision makers in government, corporations and NGOs. Our doctoral students research the social, cultural and political history of the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the genocides in Rwanda and in Bangladesh, to name a few. Admission to the program is highly selective and most who are admitted choose to enroll. Graduate students receive tuition remission, an annual stipend, and research bursary for the entire five-year program.

Areas of study

Strassler Center students deploy innovative historical methods, as well as approaches drawn from anthropology, geography, legal theory, political science, psychology, and sociology to examine the economic dimensions of genocide, transnationalism, inter-ethnic violence, memory, gender theory, refugee issues, and the psychology of perpetrators and victims, the dynamics of rescue, sexuality, genocidal continuity, and victimhood in post-genocide societies.

Our objective to prepare future scholars and leaders begins with a deep understanding of the past. The program offers students a range of courses covering a spectrum of topics pertaining to the history of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and comparative genocide. Doctoral candidates earn a Ph.D. in history and as such learn relevant methodologies and historiography, while developing skills needed for independent research.

Which department am I in?

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$10,400.00 per year
Program cost: USD $52,000

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 August 2023


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Jonas Clark Hall, Room 114A,

950 Main Street,



01610, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to the program is based on the applicant’s undergraduate academic record.

For international students

Admission to the program is based on the applicant’s undergraduate academic record.

TOEFL: 85 overall, recommended sub-score minimum of 18, or

TOEFL: ITP Plus Scores, or

IELTS: 6.5 overall, recommended sub-score minimum of 6, or

PTE: 53 overall, or

Completion of ELS 112, or

Completion of EC English B2+ Pre-Advanced Level

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Clark University

“Clark University welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, divergent perspectives, and a desire to invest in academic growth and career success.”

  • International programs in the US and online
  • Main campus in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1
  • Merit scholarships available

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