Master of Arts in Holocaust Studies

The Weiss-Livnat International MA Program, School of History

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  • Study in Multicultural environment 
  • Gain practical experience while learning theory 
  • Get trained for professional and academic career setting
  • 1-year program



Program description

The unique, multidisciplinary MA Program in Holocaust Studies is dedicated to creating and nurturing a new generation of Holocaust researchers and educators. In addition to a rigorous and varied curriculum with leading academics and researchers, our students gain professional experience through internship opportunities at a variety of Holocaust related institutions, seminars, a foreign study tour, and volunteering opportunities with Holocaust survivors to help foster personal relationship and dedication to the field of Holocaust Studies.


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What you will study

The program offers courses on the history of the Holocaust period and WWII as well courses on psychological aspects of trauma, the anthropology of memory, genocide and crimes against humanity, international law, museum studies, Holocaust education, and cultural expressions of the Holocaust in film and literature. Language instruction in Yiddish and German is also offered. Both thesis and non-thesis tracks are available.

Please click here for a list of courses currently offered.


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  • An undergraduate degree in the humanities or social sciences from a recognized university in Israel or abroad with a final grade of 80% or more (Israeli system) or 3.0 GPA equivalent.A minimum of 3.0 GPA, 80%, or equivalent

  • Candidates will be required to submit two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose.

  • Candidates who have not previously attended an institution of higher education where the language of instruction is English must submit official TOEFL scores or their equivalent.

  • Students who do not have a background in the study of History will be requested to take relevant courses. Each case will be considered on its own merit.

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Graduates of the program are well placed for pursuing careers in academic Holocaust research and archiving, as well as a variety of roles within the sphere of Holocaust education at museums, education facilities.


For international students tuition and fees for the full academic year is $US 10,630*. The fee breakdown appears below: 

Tuition  $9,700
Service Fees (Security, Library, Health Insurance, etc.)  $930
TOTAL (in US Dollars) $10,630

*This information is relevant for International applicants only. For Israeli citizens and ID holders please contact the Tuition Department here 

* Final tuition for the next academic year is updated each August. For more information on the cost of our programs, dormitories, etc. and payment instructions please click here. Information on financial aid can be found here.  

There is a non-refundable $100 application fee per academic year for the program.

Dormitories are available for $450 per month.

The fees for the study tour to Poland will be determined each year according to the number of participants and itinerary.



  • Anthropology of Memory
  • The Holocaust Remembrance and its Impact on the Memory Politics of Genocide 
  • Literature of the Holocaust
  • Visual Culture and the Holocaust
  • From Silence to Omnipresence-Holocaust in the Curriculum
  • From Violence to Tolerance: Psychological Aspects in Holocaust Education
  • Holocaust Education for Democratic Values
  • The Final Solution
  • German Jewry Under the Nazi Regime
  • The Jews of Poland in the Second World War and the Holocaust
  • Nazi Germany
  • The Second World War
  • Holocaust in the Former Soviet Union
  • The Specter of Genocide
  • German Language Course
  • Yiddish Language Course
  • Holocaust Museums: Three Continents, Three Generations
  • Practical Training in Curating
  • Psychological Aspects of the Memory of the Holocaust
  • Research Design and Thesis Writing
  • Research Methods for Holocaust Studies
  • Research Forum Course

Please click here for more information on the courses currently offered.


The experienced program faculty staff hold expertise in a variety of disciplines from within the field of Holocaust Studies. The department is headed by Professor Arieh Kochavi, who is the Head of the Strochilitz Institute for Holocaust Studies as well as a professor in the Department of History at The University of Haifa, and who to-date has published five books on historical aspects of the Holocaust in both English and Hebrew. For a full list of faculty staff and their fields of interest please click here.


The program offers scholarships based on academic merit and/or financial need.  For details please write to Dr. Yael Granot-Bein at program is also eligible for MASA scholarshipMore information on scholarships may be found here.

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