About the Heller School

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Through the graduate education of students, pursuit of applied interdisciplinary research and active public engagement, the Heller School constantly examines policies and programs that respond to the changing needs of vulnerable individuals and groups in our society.

As a graduate school and research institution, the Heller School has pioneered in a variety of policy areas, including health; mental health; substance abuse; children, youth, and families; aging; international and community development; developmental disabilities; philanthropy; and work and inequalities.

The faculty, students and staff of the Heller School are culturally and professionally diverse with broadly varied academic and organizational backgrounds. The school provides a setting where students who are experienced practitioners are exposed to innovative ideas, and those with less experience are prepared to enter the field.

The Heller School's vision is focused and clear, believing in the power of knowledge advancing social justice.


Our mission at the Heller School is to drive positive social change through research, education, and public engagement that inform policies and programs designed to address disparities in well-being and promote social inclusion in a sustainable way. We are dedicated researchers, applying social, economic, and political science to solve pressing domestic and global problems. We are also steadfast idealists, working toward a better world through the knowledge we generate, the leaders we educate, and the communities we engage with globally.

Heller Degree Programs

Dual and Joint Degrees

  • MA in Sustainable International Development and MA in Coexistence and Conflict
  • MBA and MA in Sustainable International Development
  • MBA and MPP
  • MBA and MS in International Health Policy and Management
  • MBA and MA in Coexistence and Conflict
  • MBA and MA in Jewish Professional Leadership
  • MPP and MA in Jewish Professional Leadership
  • MA in Sustainable International Development and MA in Women's and Gender Studies
  • MPP and MA in Women's and Gender Studies
  • MA in Coexistence and Conflict and MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
  • PhD in Social Policy and MA in Women's and Gender Studies
  • PhD in Social Policy and Sociology
  • MBA and MD from Tufts University School of Medicine
  • MBA and MBS (Master of Biomedical Sciences) from Tufts University School of Medicine
  • MA in Sustainable International Development and JD from Northeastern University School of Law
  • MA in Sustainable International Development and LLM from Northeastern University

By the Numbers

STUDENTS (2012 - 2013)
  • PhD:   137
  • MA in Sustainable International Development:   130
  • MS:   27
  • MBA:   101
  • MPP:   47
  • MA in Coexistence and Conflict: 28
  • PhD: 14
  • MA/SID: 70
  • MS:  23
  • MBA:  35
  • MPP:  20
  • MA/COEX: 25
  • There are more than 3,500 Heller alumni, with 83% living in the United States and 17% living abroad. Heller alumni hold positions in social policy and management all over the world, making a significant difference in their communities.
  • 37 Professors, Associate, Assistant (12 with tenure)
  • 28 Lecturers/Senior Lecturers
  • 44 Part-time adjuncts
  • 7 Emeritus Professors
  • 41 Scientists, Senior Scientists, Distinguished Scientists
  • 22 Fellows and Visiting Scholars
  • 175 active grants in the past year
  • $21 million of sponsored research from corporations, foundations, and agencies such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Total revenues: $40.8 million
  • Total expenses: $38.3 million
  • Research revenues: $21.1 million

Knowledge Advancing Social Justice 

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