Who We Are

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The Heller School is an internationally recognized leader in social policy research, teaching, and service and is ranked among the top 10 schools of social policy by U.S. News & World Report. Since its founding in 1959, the Heller School has endeavored to answer a pioneering question: how can we use policy to work towards the well-being of all members of society?

The Heller School advances its mission through the graduate education of students in its seven core academic programs and numerous dual and joint degree programs , the pursuit of applied interdisciplinary research in its ten research centers and institutes , and active public engagement across sectors and disciplines. The Heller School constantly examines policies and programs that respond to inequities and disparities among social groups in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Heller’s History

When the Heller School was founded in 1959, it offered a small, pioneering doctoral program whose graduates would break a barrier by using social science disciplines and the most advanced research methods toward building a more equitable nation. Heller’s academic scope has since expanded to include numerous master’s degrees in both domestic and international policy, with a common focus on assessing and managing relevant social issues. Today, Heller is consistently ranked among the top schools of social policy and is recognized as a leading research institution shaped by the social justice roots it shares with Brandeis University.

Why Robert Kuttner loves teaching Heller students

Heller visiting professor and American Prospect co-founder/co-editor Robert Kuttner says he especially loves teaching Heller students because they are committed to a social justice career.