Master of Science in GMAP


The Master of Science in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (GMAP) is the first and only graduate degree of its kind.

This professional degree prepares graduates to analyze risk factors, formulate strategies, and implement policies and practices to reduce the occurrence, severity, and potential for
reoccurrence of genocides and other mass atrocities around the world. With a focus on the application of an atrocity prevention lens, the program educates students to recognize opportunities to engage in upstream (before conflict), midstream (during conflict) and downstream (post-conflict) prevention measures. Through an interdisciplinary approach integrating classroom learning, applied research, engagement with practitioners, and an intensive field placement, the program prepares graduates to be prevention actors at the micro- (individual), meso- (organizational), and macro- (societal) levels.

The program is University-wide and overseen by the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention which reports to the Provost.


  • MS in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention


A key feature of this MS in GMAP is a funded 4- to 6-month field placement, which will normally be completed during the second year of full-time study and will provide an opportunity for students to work alongside practitioners, to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities from their coursework, and then to reflect on the experience.

For the Mechanisms of Atrocity Prevention research project, students will work alongside the faculty and staff of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) on practical research targeted to a governmental or civil society client.

Many other opportunities exist to learn from leading agents in atrocity prevention, including a visiting and resident practitioner program, an annual conference and a monthly webinar series. 


Prospective students apply through the Graduate School. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. In addition to the standard requirements of the Graduate School, we require a résumé, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation.
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The curriculum requires completion of 45 credit hours which include a combination of required courses, electives within categories of classes, individualized tailoring of the curriculum to meet student interests, a field placement, project work linked to the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, and a final capstone project.

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The MS in GMAP prepares graduates to be leaders and practitioners with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to recognize and assess risk factors and to design and implement strategies to interrupt the processes that lead to genocide and other mass atrocity crimes. Graduates can bring these competencies to work across a variety of fields, including business, politics, humanitarianism, healthcare, anthropology and the arts.

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