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Program in Public Policy The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University

  • Waltham, MA
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 73%27%
    student ratio
  • 52
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 15
    fall application deadline
  • 56%
    acceptance rate
  • 7 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Masters of Public Policy Program at Heller School

The Heller MPP program is an interdisciplinary two-year masters of public policy program that equips future leaders to succeed in careers within government, advocacy, policy research and analysis, policy implementation, and community work. The MPP program at Heller has a rich tradition of being in the vanguard of public policy research, and its networks and leadership in these areas provide students with excellent internship and research opportunities as well as the chance to work with faculty and senior researchers on policy analysis. This dedication and experience makes Heller's masters of public policy program one of the best in the nation.

Poverty Alleviation in Masters of Public Policy Program

The students in Heller's masters of public policy program specialize in critical policy areas, including health; behavioral health; poverty alleviation; children, youth, and families; and aging. Other students of international public policy may pursue a general track.

The poverty alleviation concentration of the masters of public policy program enables students to develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of the causes, manifestations, and consequences of social and economic inequalities. It prepares students to develop and evaluate policy and programs aimed at reducing poverty.

The health and behavioral health concentrations in the MPP program prepare students to become international leaders in the changing global landscape and infrastructure of health care. The CYF concentration of the MPP program prepares graduates to lead organizations whose mission it is to foster healthy development of children, youth, and families, while the aging concentration of the program enables students to make an immediate contribution to improving the health and quality of life of elders in the United States.

Masters of Public Policy Core Curriculum

The MPP core curriculum of Heller's MPP program provides students with the broad range of tools that a policy analyst needs in order to evaluate, create, and recommend policy options to solve complex social problems. The contemporary policy analyst also needs a wide array of analytical frameworks for understanding and analyzing policy and the contexts that give rise to policy options. In a series of required courses and special events of the MPP core curriculum, students will acquire skills fundamental to assessing the policy process and policy environment. Students in the MPP program will learn how advocacy and communications strategies are also necessary to "frame" policies and social change to decision makers and the public. The MPP core curriculum combines theory and practice to ensure that graduates bring scholarly knowledge to bear on real-world problems.

Location & Contact

Program in Public Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University

415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
United States

Dr. Michael Doonan

Program Director

Phone: 781-736-4831

Ms. Shana Sconyers

Admissions Officer

Phone: 781-736-4229

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Aging Master of Public Policy (MPP)
    • General Social Policy Master of Public Policy (MPP)
    • Poverty Alleviation And Development Master of Public Policy (MPP)
    • Health Master of Public Policy (MPP)
    • Children, Youth And Families Master of Public Policy (MPP)
    • Behavioral Health Master of Public Policy (MPP)
    • Master of Public Policy/Master of Arts (MPP/MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 20
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


56% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 108
    • Accepted 61
    • Acceptance Rate 56
    • Enrolled 24
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $55
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 15th March 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, 3 letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose, 3 to 5 years of professional experience
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students52
    • Female Percentage73%
    • Male Percentage27%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students52
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian52%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian10%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown26%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchHealth and behavioral health, children and families, disabilities, aging policy, substance abuse, work, inequality and social change, women/gender, poverty alleviation
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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