The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Joint MA in Social Policy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

This is a joint degree

Joint degree programs are created by special agreement between programs, allowing students to fulfill a modified set of requirements. Please note that students in joint degree programs earn only one degree.

This is not a dual degree. Students in dual degree programs fulfill the complete requirements for each degree, earning degrees for both programs.


The Heller School offers a joint MA with Brandeis University's Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. The joint degree provides an opportunity to mesh the Heller School's research and analytical training, along with a focus on a social policy issue, with issues that affect women.

Program Description

The joint MA is for a select group of students who essentially wish for one more interdisciplinary perspective. You must be willing to do additional coursework, take part in a colloquium series, and write a thesis.

Enrollment in the joint MA takes place after formally enrolling and being accepted to the Heller PhD in Social Policy program. To inquire about applying to this joint program, please contact the Heller Admissions Office by phone at 781-736-3820 or by email at


Visit the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies web site for program requirements.