Heller School Admissions

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Application Deadlines

The deadlines to submit an application to our degree programs are listed below. All full-time degree programs officially begin in the fall semester (end of August) each year. Please note the following:

  • Master's degree applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once the first deadline has passed. Admissions decisions are typically released 4-6 weeks after your application has been confirmed as complete, including all required support materials.
  • Master's degree applicants who are interested in receiving priority scholarship consideration should apply by the Round 1 deadline (if applicable).
  • PhD applicants can expect to receive an admissions decision by the end of March.
  • All applicants will receive an email notification from us as soon as a decision is available, directing you to login to your application status page

Heller Degree Programs

PhD in Social Policy:
December 15

Master of Public Policy:
January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final - International Students
June 1: Final - US Citizens/Permanent Residents

MBA in Nonprofit Management:
November 1: Early Decision*
January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final - International Students
July 1: Final - US Citizens/Permanent Residents

*Apply by the early decision MBA deadline to receive your admissions decision by December 1. Early decision is non-binding, and simply provides applicants with the opportunity to receive their admissions decision earlier.

MA in Sustainable International Development:
January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final - International Students
June 1: Final - US Citizens/Permanent Residents

MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence:
January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final - International Students
June 1: Final - US Citizens/Permanent Residents

MS in Global Health Policy and Management:
January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final - International Students
June 1: Final - US Citizens/Permanent Residents

Dual Degrees (within Heller)

Applicants applying to one of the following dual degrees should refer to the deadlines listed below.

Dual MA in Sustainable International Development / MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence
Dual MA in Sustainable International Development / MS in Global Health Policy and Management
Dual MBA / Master of Public Policy
Dual MBA / MA in Sustainable International Development
Dual MBA / MS in Global Health Policy and Management
Dual MBA / MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence
Dual MS in Global Health Policy and Management / MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final - International Students
July 1: Final - US Citizens/Permanent Residents

Please note the Early Decision round is not available for dual MBA applicants. 

Dual and Joint Degrees (with other Brandeis Departments and Universities)

Joint MPP in Social Policy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
January 15

Joint MA in Sustainable International Development and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
January 15

Joint MA in Conflict Resolution & Coexistence and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final

Dual MA in Conflict Resolution & Coexistence / MA in International Law and Human Rights from the University for Peace in Costa Rica
January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final - International Students
July 1: Final - US Citizens/Permanent Residents

Dual MA in Sustainable International Development / JD from Northeastern University School of Law*
January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final - International Students
July 1: Final - US Citizens/Permanent Residents

*Applicants must submit two separate applications. Please refer to Northeastern University's School of Law website for further application details and deadlines.

Dual MA in Sustainable International Development / LLM from Northeastern University School of Law*
January 15: Round 1
March 1: Round 2
May 1: Final - International Students
July 1: Final - US Citizens/Permanent Residents

*Applicants must submit two separate applications. Please refer to Northeastern University School of Law website for further application details and deadlines.

Other Dual and Joint Degrees

Interested in one of the following programs? Please note a Heller application is not required. Navigate to the appropriate link below for further information on the application process and deadlines:

Knowledge Advancing Social Justice

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