Analyzing Inequities. Crafting Solutions. 

At Heller's two-year Master of Public Policy program, we are committed to the concept of knowledge advancing social justice. We live at the intersection of research and public policy at a top-ten school of social policy, a place where policy impacts people. In a diverse and supportive community, we work to develop solutions that will expand opportunity more broadly and address persistent inequality.

Our MPP program teaches students to think beyond current structures and to pursue tangible progress through pragmatic, politically feasible approaches to social change. We build understanding of the broader context around social issues, the systemic inequities that exacerbate them and the analytical tools necessary to assess root causes and implement equitable solutions.

GRE Waiver due to COVID-19

Due to the extraordinary circumstances around COVID-19 and interrupted access to standardized tests, the Heller School will waive the GRE requirement for Fall 2020 applicants who earned their bachelor’s degree in the United States. Heller is also making recommendation letters optional for the remainder of this admission cycle, and waiving the application fee. Learn more about application requirements and deadlines on the Admissions site

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Master concepts and tools to drive policy

MPP concentrations are linked to Heller’s renowned research institutes and centers. Our research activities provide students with new perspectives on how to impact social problems in a range of important areas, such as closing the racial wealth gap or fostering better inclusion into mainstream society for people with disabilities.

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Gain experience for a career with impact

Heller MPP graduates are creating structural change across the country — whether from inside, like our graduates who work in federal, state or local government, or from outside, working for an advocacy organization to improve conditions for our most vulnerable populations.

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Work with collaborative, passionate peers

At Heller, you're part of a community of future policymakers who incorporate social justice into every aspect of their work. Make the world a better place while thriving in a supportive, cooperative environment. 

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MPP Graduates are well represented across sectors

(Accessible description: The pie chart above shows that 49 percent of MPP graduates from the last three years work in the nonprofit sector, 17 percent in government, 20 percent in academia, 12 percent in for-profits and 2 percent internationally.) See more MPP career outcomes data. 

Careers with Impact

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy, MPP'16, Policy Analyst, North Carolina Budget and Tax Center

“Almost everything I took out of the MPP program I’m using as a policy analyst, especially the focus on writing and communicating succinctly. The most important thing someone with this degree can do is speak up and make sure that the decisions we’re making will improve folks’ lives.”

Charley Francis, MPP'10, Assistant Director, Rhode Island Housing

“I like issues that have a big impact but might not be an issue everyone is focusing on, like housing. It’s a niche policy area, but if you think about it, it’s so basic: It’s not only about survival, but about outcomes like health, employment and more. There’s a lot of work to be done.”

Fran Hodgins

Fran Hodgins, MBA/MPP'18, Program Associate, Health Policy Commission

"I've always been interested in public policy and public sector work because of the potential to bring positive change to some of societies most pervasive challenges. Through my time at Heller, I became more attuned to the role that government can play in addressing social determinants of health and other upstream factors that can improve population health and reduce inequities."

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