Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Social Policy

Design a custom concentration with faculty support at a top-ranked graduate school of social policy

The social policy concentration is for students who wish to design a customized concentration in collaboration with an advisor. Under faculty supervision, students in this concentration select graduate courses from offerings at the Heller School, Brandeis University, and the Boston Consortium for Higher Education. The Heller School has cross-registration agreements with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, the Graduate School of Business at Bentley University, Boston University, Boston College, and Tufts University. 

Students in this concentration also benefit from access to Heller’s many research institutes and centers. Like the other concentrations, graduates of the social policy track gain the skills to work successfully in a wide range of roles in government, advocacy, policy research, policy implementation, and the private sector.

Concentration Chair: Mary Brolin, PhD’05

“Students who are eager to blaze their own path can develop a custom concentration that allows them to dig deep in a specific, often under-studied policy area.”

Course Requirements

In addition to the MPP Core Curriculum, concentrators in General Social Policy choose a minimum of three courses in the concentration, allowing for three electives.