Knowledge Advancing Social Justice
The Heller School’s MPP program at Brandeis University is an interdisciplinary two-year graduate program focusing exclusively on social policy. Located in a top ten school of social policy in the U.S., the Heller MPP empowers future social policy leaders to analyze and solve complex problems in diverse work environments at the national, state and local level.
Heller students develop:
- Critical thinking and communication skills through academic and hands-on experiences.
- Expertise in critical policy areas (concentrations), including health, behavioral health, poverty alleviation, children, youth, and families, and aging.
Specialization Aligns with Heller Research Institutes
Each social policy concentration is aligned with one of Heller’s research institutes. This is a unique advantage as students access connections to networks and leaders in the field that lead to internship and research opportunities as well as career opportunities.
The flexibility exists to create your own concentration to provide a better fit with your career goals. With nine research institutes and centers, Heller offers great resources with which to do so.
The opportunity to work directly with faculty and senior researchers on a policy analysis capstone in the final semester is another great benefit of being a student in a policy research environment.
The Heller MPP program draws students who are committed to social change, are open, bright and often experienced. The MPP program helps prepare graduates for advanced careers within government and non-governmental settings involving advocacy, philanthropy, policy research and analysis, policy implementation and community work.
With the Heller School’s rich tradition of being in the vanguard of critical public and social policy research, analysis and practice, the Heller MPP is specifically designed to help students maximize their career impact.
Working as senior policy analysts, executive directors, program managers, vice presidents, COOs, evaluation coordinators, advocates and researchers, Heller MPP graduates make a policy difference in the areas of children, youth and families, health, poverty alleviation and aging. With the help of a dedicated Career Development Center and an alumni network of 3,000+ professionals working around the world, Heller MPP graduates are able to launch careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
The Heller alumni network has more than three thousand members who often help each other with career moves and professional advice. Heller faculty members are deeply engaged in policy fields and share their connections and networks liberally with students and alumni.
The Heller School has helped launch countless careers dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable populations. We invite you to learn more about the Heller MPP to see if advancing social justice through social policy aligns with your career goals.
MPP students are fully engaged with the program and in the life of the Heller School. Students are active through the MPP Student Association (MPPSA), which creates opportunities for current and former students to connect while building upon our shared knowledge of current policy issues. The MPPSA is committed to the academic and professional development of all Heller students interested in public policy and values the unique perspectives offered by the diverse backgrounds of the student body. Through publications, networking opportunities, community partnerships, guest lectures and social events, the MPPSA helps students enhance their in-class experiences in the spirit of the Heller mission: knowledge advancing social justice.
The aim of the MPPSA is four-fold:
- Professional and career development, with an emphasis on outside speakers and networking with alumni
- Socialization among and between the two MPP classes in residence at Heller, and among all the graduate students in residence at Heller
- Foster a culture of reflective, critical engagement with community problems and opportunities
- Production of a student-run Journal
Visiting campus is an excellent way to experience the Heller community and immerse yourself in a day of student life while learning more about your program(s) of interest. We're happy to set up an individual visit on a weekday of your convenience. This visit may include a course observation, and meetings with admissions staff, current students and faculty. Please notify us at least one week in advance of when you would like to visit. Request a visit online here.