The Heller School for Social Policy and Management


Policy research is distinct from theoretical research in its application to specific problems in government, business, or nonprofit organizational settings. The MPP core curriculum will provide you with the broad range of tools that today’s policy analyst needs in order to evaluate, create, and recommend policy options to solve complex social problems.

You will graduate from Heller with a set of core competencies, including:

  • the highest level of communications skills with a focus on professional writing and public speaking;
  • the ability to apply statistics and quantitative and qualitative research;
  • tools to evaluate social policies and programs;
  • both a theoretical and practical understanding of how policy-related organizations operate and are constructed;
  • an understanding of the history of social welfare policy;
  • insight into how American ideology, institutions of government, interest groups, political parties and leaders shape public policy;
  • knowledge of how advocacy and communications strategies frame policies and influence policy adoption;
  • the opportunity to demonstrate competence in research, policy design and evaluation of social policies through course work, internships and a capstone policy analysis project;
  • in-depth knowledge in a specific social policy area such as health, behavioral health, children, youth and families, poverty alleviation or an area of your choice.