MA in Genocide Studies and Prevention

The Genocide Studies Program, is a graduate level (Masters) program that provide candidates with an understanding of the complexities of genocide, the history of various cases of genocide, the intricacies and complexity of vis-à- vis the prevention and intervention of genocide, challenges and complexities faced by post-genocide societies. As a society that suffered from genocide just twenty one years ago, Rwanda has an understandable interest in the issue of genocide – its antecedents, issues of prevention and intervention, the post-genocide period. In light of the recent history of Rwanda, there seems to be few better places in the world to house a Genocide Studies Program than the nation of Rwanda. Throughout many of the courses, the 1994 Genocide Against Tutsi in Rwanda will be addressed, offered for comparative purposes.
Indeed, such a master’s program is the ideal in Rwanda, as a nation still in the process of recovering from the 1994 Tutsi genocide and continues to face immense problems as a result of the catastrophe of the genocide (including genocide ideology, bringing alleged perpetrators to trial, providing for the social, educational and health needs of survivors of genocide), and reconciliation between the former perpetrators and the survivors, and national unity.
The graduates of the masters program in the Genocide Studies Program are well suited to serve as consultants to the Rwandan government on genocide-related issues, to memorials on matters of commemoration and memory, and to international and nongovernmental organizations concerned with the prevention and intervention of genocide. Ideally, the top graduates of the Masters Degree in Genocide Studies and Prevention are also hired to serve as instructors/professors within the program. Graduates of the program are also ideal candidates to pursue doctoral degrees in such fields as international relations, international humanitarian law, political science and history. This, in turn, will prepare them to pursue careers as academics in universities, consult- ants to international and nongovernmental organizations, and directors of projects within non-governmental organizations.

An ever-increasing number of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are hiring individuals who have an expertise in genocide prevention and intervention. Such individuals will also be ideal candidates for possible positions with human rights organizations, conflict resolution organizations, and peace development organizations. For individuals to be top candidates for such positions they will need to be well versed in such areas as conflict management is- sues, humanitarian law, and peacemaking and peace building, all of which are germane to the issues of the prevention and intervention of genocide. Significantly, the Masters Degree in Genocide Studies Program at the University of Rwanda is the first program of its kind on the African continent.


MA Degree


1. Theories of Violence, Conflict, Human Rights Violation and Genocide
2. Comparative Study Of Genocides
3. Humanitarian And International Law
4. Early Warning, Intervention and Prevention of Genocide
5. Prevention of Genocide
6. Intervention Mechanisms During And After Genocide
7. The Post-Genocide Period: Critical Issues
8. Genocide Denial and Negationnism
9. Literature And Film of Genocide, Denial of Genocide, Religion and Genocide
10. Research Methods
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