Heller Master of Public Policy (MPP)

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Scholarship Partners

AmeriCorps Scholarships

Master of Public Policy (MPP) and MBA/MPP Dual Degree:   The Heller School is pleased to offer scholarships of at least 50% ($21,879 per year at 2013 tuition rates) to AmeriCorps alumni admitted to the MPP and MBA/MPP programs.  Additionally, one or more 100% tuition scholarships may be offered to AmeriCorps alumni of exceptional merit admitted to one of these  programs.  All AmeriCorps scholarship awards include and often exceed the match provided by the AmeriCorps education award.  The application fee will be waived for all AmeriCorps alumni. 

City Year Scholarships

The Heller School is pleased to offer a guaranteed $10,000 scholarship to City Year alumni admitted to one of our master’s degree programs.  The application fee will be waived for all City Year alumni.

Commonwealth Corps Scholarships

The Heller School is pleased to offer a guaranteed $10,000 scholarship to Commonwealth Corps alumni admitted to one of our master’s degree programs.  The application fee will be waived for all Commonwealth Corps alumni.

Peace Corps Scholarships

The Heller School is pleased to be a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, ranked #5 in the U.S. on the Peace Corps’ list of top Coverdell Fellows programs.

Master of Public Policy (MPP) and MBA/MPP Dual Degree:  The Heller School is pleased to offer scholarships of at least 50% ($21,879 at 2013 tuition rates) to Peace Corps alumni admitted to one of these programs. All RPCV applicants should submit a copy of their Description of Service (DOS) as proof of their Peace Corps experience.  The DOS may be submitted within the electronic application for admission.  The application fee will be waived for all RPCVs.

Over the last decade, our Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) have served in over 55 countries around the world. To learn more about the development contributions of RPCVs, read "A Call to Peace, Perspectives of Volunteers on the Peace Corps at 50", a report sponsored in part by the Heller School.

Starting Bloc Scholarships

Master of Public Policy (MPP) and MBA/MPP Dual Degree:  Three 50% scholarships are offered to Starting Bloc Fellows who have completed their fellowship and are admitted to the MPP or MBA/MPP program.  The application fee will be waived for Starting Bloc Fellows.

Young Government Leaders Scholarships

Master of Public Policy (MPP) and MBA/MPP Dual Degree: Two 60% scholarships are offered to YGL members admitted to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program. The application fee will be waived for YGL members.

Application Requirements

We invite you to apply for admission to the Master of Public Policy (MPP). It is recommended that you begin this process by reviewing the application requirements, noting the additional information linked to each requirement. 

MPP applicants must choose a specific concentration, or may choose a general social policy concentration.  We ask that the applicant choose the one which best matches his/her interests, but please note that this choice is not binding.  Applicants to the joint MPP/MA in Women's and Gender Studies will apply directly to that program, but will not choose a specific concentration.

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.

Application Form

In addition to the other supporting credentials, all applicants must complete and submit an application form.

The preferred method is to submit your application electronically. Applicants should have the following information close at hand when completing the application:

  • Names and email addresses of recommenders.
  • Names of undergraduate and graduate institutions and dates of attendance.
  • GRE, 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.

If you are unable to submit an online application, you may download a Printable Application Form.

Application Fee

The Application Fee is US $55.00. This fee is waived for current or returned Peace Corps volunteers or AmeriCorps, City Year, and other service organization volunteers. 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 reasons for applying to the MPP degree program. The admissions committee is looking for applicants with an understanding of one or more areas of policy as measured by any or all of the following indicators: awareness, voluntary or educational work experience, and/or actual employment in a social policy setting. Please be sure to include any relevant experience – educational, volunteer or professional - and provide concrete examples.

Use your creative and analytical abilities to express your interest in pursuing the MPP degree. Why does a career in social policy at any level, sector and stage interest you and what appeals to you particularly about the Heller School MPP degree? The committee would like to know what you hope to gain from the degree and what you believe you can bring to the program. The statement of purpose should be no more than three or four pages in length.

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).

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. This is preferable for the admissions 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.

Transcripts

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and study abroad courses that they have taken.

Transfer credits or supplemental course work taken at an institution other than the degree-granting school will need to be sent under separate cover even if the courses appear on the degree-granting institution’s transcript.

Transcripts may be sent directly from the academic institution to the Heller Admissions Office. Applicants may include their transcripts with other credentials in an application package as long as the original signed and sealed registrar’s envelopes have not been opened.

International applicants whose transcripts are not in English must have them translated by a certified translation agency, and both the original language documents and English certifications must accompany the application.

Submit the transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University
415 South Street, MS035
Waltham, MA 02454-9110

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants to the MPP program must submit three letters of recommendation. One should be a professional assessment from a supervisor at the institution at which you are employed or were recently employed. The second letter should be an academic assessment from a former professor or advisor. However, you are not required to submit an academic letter if you last attended university ten or more years ago. The third letter can be either professional or academic.

  • 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 the application, your recommenders will receive an email from us requesting that they upload a letter directly into our system.
  • Please note: your recommender will not be contacted by us until you complete and submit your online application.  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 admissions 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 MPP and the PhD in Social Policy programs must submit test results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Test scores will be sent directly by ETS, Educational Testing Service. The GRE code is 3097.

The various admissions committees do not set specific standards for GRE test results. We cannot accept any test score older than 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 (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.

All TOEFL and GRE test score results should be sent directly to the Admissions Office using Heller’s institution code for each exam: 3097. Information regarding the GRE or TOEFL exams can be obtained from the testing agencies directly at www.gre.org or www.toefl.org, or from the Admissions Office. IELTS test score results may be mailed to the Admissions Office; additional information can be found at http://www.ielts.org.

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