Heller School Admissions

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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MBA Application Requirements

We invite you to apply for admission to the Heller MBA program. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated leadership potential, a commitment to social justice, significant work experience, and an aptitude for graduate study as evidenced by scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  It is recommended that you begin this process by reviewing the application requirements, noting the additional information linked to each requirement.

When completing the application form, applicants should pay special attention to questions regarding area of intended concentration, citizenship, full-time/part-time status, and requests for funding. Funding opportunities include all merit- and need-based scholarship opportunities. The application process for both full-time and part-time status is the same.

Visit the MBA program page for more information about the curriculum, careers, and further details.

If you have questions, feel free to contact our team at HellerAdmissions@brandeis.edu. We look forward to connecting with you!

Application Deadlines

All full-time degree programs officially begin in the fall semester (end of August) each year. Review the application deadlines here.

Application Form

In addition to the other supporting credentials, all applicants must complete and submit an application form. Applicants should have the following information close at hand when completing the application:

  • Names and e-mail addresses of recommenders.
  • Names of undergraduate and graduate institutions and dates of attendance.
  • GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS scores, percentiles and dates taken (if applicable).
  • Personal statement and a curriculum vitae or resumé saved on the computer on which applicant is working.

Application Fee

The application fee is US $55.00. This fee is automatically waived for applicants from developing nations and current or returned Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, and other service organization volunteers. For a complete list of the nations for which the application fee is waived, please refer here. Please contact HellerAdmissions@Brandeis.edu if you are unsure if you are required to pay the application fee.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is a pivotal piece of the entire application package and should discuss the applicant's reasons for applying to the MBA program. Applicants should articulate how the MBA will help them meet their personal and professional goals and cite experiences that have influenced their interests, social concerns, and career goals. Applicants may also include any information they deem relevant to their potential as a graduate student including special circumstances affecting prior course work or standardized test results.

The statement of purpose must be your own original work, and should be between 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced. The statement should be submitted in paragraph format, not as a bulleted list. Be sure to include your name and proposed program on each page of your statement of purpose.

The statement of purpose must be submitted electronically when you complete the application.  Documents should be saved on your computer and uploaded in PDF format. If you are unable to upload documents in PDF format, you may also use .doc, .docx, and .rtf. Other file types will be unreadable. Please do not email us or mail to us a copy of your uploaded documents. Doing so will delay the processing of your application.

Please note that, upon admission, the statement of purpose may also be used in assessing an applicant's candidacy for various merit-based scholarship opportunities (see Financial Aid).


A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution is required.

We must receive transcripts from every university, college, or graduate institution you have attended. Transcripts should show the name of each course and the grade received, as well as the year/term in which it was taken. We encourage you to submit scanned, electronic copies of your transcript with your online application to ensure the quickest review. 

Transcripts must be electronic copies of the official transcript issued by the institution and include one or more of the following features: the registrar signature, the registrar's seal, an institutional watermark, or be printed on official institutional paper. Please do not mail paper-based transcripts to us until you have been offered admission and you have accepted that offer, or we have specifically requested them.

  • International applicants whose transcripts are not in English must have transcripts translated by a certified translation agency, and both the original and translated transcripts must accompany the application. Applicants may not translate their own transcripts.
  • We realize that it can be difficult for international students to obtain more than one official copy of their university transcript. To assist you, we can accept certified true copies of your transcripts. A certified true copy is one which is certified as an exact replica of the original by either school officials or legal authorities such as embassies or a notary public.

If you are unable to upload your transcript, we will also accept mailed transcripts sent by your institution to the Heller School in a sealed envelope. Transcripts sent by mail may take up to 10-15 business days to be matched with your application.

If your college or university does not use a traditional 4.0 grading scale, please provide an explanation of the grading system, including systems of designation for honors and distinction.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Applicants to the MBA program must submit two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a current/recent employer or volunteer experience supervisor who can comment on the applicant's ability to perform on the job and his or her future as a management professional. The second letter should come from a former professor or academic advisor who can attest to the quality of the applicant's academic achievement. 
  • Applicants to the MBA/MPP, MBA/MA SID, MBA/COEX, or MBA/MS program must submit three recommendations. One letter should be from a current/recent employer or volunteer experience supervisor. The second letter should come from a former professor or academic advisor. The third letter should be a professional reference.
  • For those who have been out of school for some time and for whom getting an academic reference is difficult, submitting two professional recommendations (or three for dual degree programs) is acceptable if at least one of the recommendations can address the applicant's abilities to be analytic and reflective, and to express ideas, both orally and in writing.
  • We prefer that letters of recommendation be submitted online directly from the recommender. You will be asked for email addresses of your recommenders as you complete the online application. Upon submission of their contact information, your recommenders will receive an email from us requesting that they upload a letter directly into our system.
  • Please note: It is the responsibility of all applicants to contact their recommenders after beginning the application to ensure that recommenders have adequate time to submit their letters prior to the deadline.
  • If your recommenders prefer to submit a hard copy letter, we ask they use this recommendation form so that we know if you have waived your right to read the recommendation. We will, however, accept letters without the form. All letters of recommendation sent by post should be printed on official letterhead or include the recommender’s official business card. All letters of recommendation should be submitted in signed, sealed envelopes.
  • All hard copy letters should be printed on official letterhead or include the referrer's official business card.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Applicants should submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae outlining all work and educational experiences, including any volunteer activities, detailing particularly those relevant to their proposed field of study; any academic and non-academic honors or prizes awarded; and publications and research projects with which the applicant has been associated.

The resume or CV must be submitted electronically when you complete the application.  Documents should be saved on your computer and uploaded in PDF format. This is preferable for the admission committee.  If you are unable to upload documents in PDF format, you may also use .doc, .docx, and .rtf. Other file types will be unreadable. Please do not email us or mail to us a copy of your uploaded documents. Doing so will delay the processing of your application.

Standardized Test Scores

Applicants to the MBA Program must submit test results of either the Graduate Management Admission Test  - GMAT (preferred) or the Graduate Record Exam - GRE. Applicants must request the test scores to be sent directly to the Heller School by the appropriate code when taking the test.  The code for the GMAT is 3FD-ZX-31. The code for the GRE is 3097.

The admissions committee does not set specific score requirements. Test scores expire after five years.

Proof of English Proficiency

International applicants whose native language is not English or who have not completed a degree program in the United States must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL scores should not be more than two years old and must be at least 600 (paper-based exam), 250 (computer-based exam), or 100 (internet-based exam). The IELTS score must be a minimum of 7.0.

You may submit a photocopy of your score report to hasten the review of your application, but an official report sent directly from ETS or IELTS must be received to finalize any offer of admission. Please contact the admissions office at HellerAdmissions@brandeis.edu if you feel that you have extenuating circumstances which may exempt you from this requirement.


Official TOEFL scores must be sent directly through ETS to our institution code 3097 at the time that you apply.


In order to fulfill your application requirements, you may submit a scanned copy of your official IELTS score report. Admitted students who accept the offer of admission will be expected to send hard copies of official score reports, or bring the report during orientation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the Heller Admissions officers at HellerAdmissions@Brandeis.edu. We look forward to working with you.

Submit any hard copy application credentials to:

Office of Admissions
Heller School for Social Policy and Management
415 South Street  MS 035
Waltham, MA   02454-9110


Upon submission of your application, you may be invited to participate in an interview with an admissions representative. Selected applicants will receive an email invitation to schedule an interview through an online portal. The interview is one of many ways in which we evaluative an applicant’s candidacy. Interviews are approximately 30 minutes in length and are conducted in-person or via Skype.

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