Student in class responding to a conversation.The Heller MPP is a two-year program to develop the skill set that every policy analyst and social change agent needs to be successful.

It starts by learning how to conduct sophisticated structural analysis. Students can choose to study in a specific social policy concentration, such as poverty alleviation or behavioral health, and everyone gains experience on the ground through funded internships.
We are a small community that’s cooperative, not competitive. Our students, faculty and alumni have diverse social policy interests, but we all realize policy’s potential to advance social justice change both locally and nationally. Heller MPP graduates get policy jobs around the United States, with one-third working in Boston, one-third in Washington, D.C., and the final third spread around the country.
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Alumni Outcomes

Kaytie Dowcett ‘99, MPP’15

Kaytie Dowcett ’99, MPP’15, Executive Director at the Waltham Partnership for Youth

“We’re a tiny but fierce nonprofit...I’m trying to move toward a collective impact model, which I learned at Heller, by trying to think about shared goals among multiple sectors and be really strategic about how to work collaboratively toward those goals.”

Erin Robinson, MPP’16

Erin Robinson, MPP’16, Legislative Fellow in U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s office

“The other day the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities sent me some new research they’ve been doing on the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit, and these are things we talked about in class. I feel versed in what’s going on, I can speak the language and I know what family policy is concerned with today."

Calvin Harris, MPP’10

Calvin Harris, MPP’10, Senior Manager of Public Affairs at the Bipartisan Policy Center

“Neither political party has a monopoly on the best ideas. And the only way to get anything meaningful done in Washington is through the constructive collusion of ideas…The well of bipartisanship in Washington is not entirely dry. But we must focus on those shared values that bring us together rather than the small things that divide us.”