Graduate Education, Applied Research, Public Engagement

Heller is the only graduate school where the idealism of a social justice mission meets the rigor and prestige of a top-ranked school of social policy. We are a leading community of scholars committed to progressive social action, at a school specifically founded to advance careers committed to social change.

Here, students engage with—and become—policy analysts and researchers who are making an impact throughout society. Every student also has access to our 10 in-house research centers, institutes and collaboratives, which focus on policy areas ranging from health policy to asset inequality. Armed with evidence and bold ideas, our graduates go on to correct structural inequities and empower marginalized populations worldwide.

Every degree program at Heller benefits from the diverse perspectives and experiences of a faculty and student population like no other. Heller is a special place: our community is warm, collaborative, and respectful of difference. We question everything and thrive on lively debate. We encourage one another to explore new directions and challenge the status quo while staying committed to real-world sensibilities. We believe there’s no better environment to develop the expertise you’ll need to tackle the world’s most pressing social problems.

If a unique environment dedicated to social justice sounds like the school for you, then we invite you to browse our seven programs and numerous dual and joint degrees to find the best fit for your interests and needs. 

Heller Publications

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Heller Magazine

The stories in Heller Magazine show the breadth and depth of our community, their work and the issues they care about.

*The winter 2020-21 edition of Heller Magazine is entirely digital, with no print issue. 

Heller Magazine Archives

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Heller Social Policy Impact Report

As of 2020, the Heller Social Policy Impact Report is published once a year. This report showcases a selection of high-impact research and public engagement from the faculty, researchers and students of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management from July 2019 through June 2020.

Download an accessible PDF of the Impact Report

Impact Report Archives

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Heller Viewbook

One mission. A million motivations. The Heller Viewbook outlines our graduate degree programs and explores how you can develop the broad knowledge and focused skills at Heller that will allow you to serve the communities you care deeply about.

Download an accessible PDF of the viewbook

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