Graduate Education, Applied Research, Public Engagement

Heller is the only graduate school where the idealism of a social justice mission meets the rigor and prestige of a top-ranked school of social policy. We are a leading community of scholars committed to progressive social action, at a school specifically founded to advance careers committed to social change.

Here, students engage with—and become—policy analysts and researchers who are making an impact throughout society. Every student also has access to our 10 in-house research centers and institutes, which focus on policy areas ranging from health policy to asset inequality. Armed with evidence and bold ideas, our graduates go on to correct structural inequities and empower marginalized populations worldwide.

Every degree program at Heller benefits from the diverse perspectives and experiences of a faculty and student population like no other. Heller is a special place: our community is warm, collaborative, and respectful of difference. We question everything and thrive on lively debate. We encourage one another to explore new directions and challenge the status quo while staying committed to real-world sensibilities. We believe there’s no better environment to develop the expertise you’ll need to tackle the world’s most pressing social problems.

If a unique environment dedicated to social justice sounds like the school for you, then we invite you to browse our seven programs and numerous dual and joint degrees to find the best fit for your interests and needs. 

Heller Publications

The cover of the Spring 2017 Heller Social Policy Impact Report

Heller Social Policy Impact Report

THE HELLER SOCIAL POLICY IMPACT REPORT represents the last six months of research produced at the Heller School. The wealth of information we generate is formidable, and it connotes our collective commitment to advancing social justice through social science.

The summer 2017 cover of Heller Magazine with stylized image of Donald Trump's face

Heller Magazine

The stories in HELLER MAGAZINE show the breadth and depth of our community, their work and the issues they care about. The cover story for this issue asks leaders from six of our academic programs to share how their fields are responding to President Trump's policy agenda.

Cover of the Heller Viewbook with image of Heller building at twilight

Heller Viewbook

One mission. A million motivations. The HELLER VIEWBOOK outlines our graduate degree programs and explores how you can develop the broad knowledge and focused skills at Heller that will allow you to serve the communities you care deeply about.

Faculty member Eric Olson and student demonstrating bicycle in class