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Analyze Inequities and Craft Solutions with an MPP

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-ranked school of social policy, a place where policy impacts people. 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.


MPP concentrations are linked to Heller’s renowned research institutes and centers. Students learn how to address critical social problems, such as closing the racial wealth gap or fostering better mainstream inclusion for people with disabilities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Social Policy

As an MPP program focused on social policy, we not only prepare students to address social injustice in their future careers, we also strive to walk the talk in our program’s curriculum, activities, policies and culture. Like the broader Heller School community, we are committed to building belongingness and affirmation for every MPP student and we aspire to build a program centered on equity, inclusion and diversity.

Public Policy Careers with Impact

Heller MPP graduates are creating structural change across the country — whether from inside, in federal, state or local government, or from outside, via advocacy organizations to improve conditions for vulnerable populations.

MPP Alumni Careers

Sam Hyun, MPP/MBA'22

Sam Hyun, MPP/MBA’22

Director of Federal Relations, City of Boston

“Not everyone [at Heller] is from the government. People come from AmeriCorps, think tanks, and there’s just a vast diaspora of intellect. I’m really inspired by my cohort members.”

Nicole Rodriguez, MPP'14

Nicole Rodriguez, MPP'14

President, New Jersey Policy Perspective

“When I was writing my policy reports and advocating at the Massachusetts State House, I had a jump-start because I had worked on these things in grad school.”

Bishar Jenkins

Bishar Jenkins, MPP'20

Health Policy Fellow, Office of U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson

“I had a full circle moment when I was able to present my capstone research (concisely) into a policy one-pager for Congresswoman Rep. Frederica Wilson to commemorate World AIDS Day.”

Heller MPP Careers

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MPP Cost and Funding

Over 95% of students receive a scholarship at Heller. There are several 100% tuition scholarships available. Learn more about funding your master’s in public policy

MPP Career Outcomes 

95% of Heller Graduates are employed, launching a new venture, or continuing their education*. Over half of the graduating class had jobs by graduation. Read more about our alumni and their efforts and commitment to social justice. 
*Data from the class of 2020

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