Office of Admissions

As a top 10 school of social policy, the Heller School is proud to offer six exemplary social policy programs -- each providing students with the theoretical skills, practical experience, and diverse perspectives they need to impart meaningful change in their communities and around the world. No matter which Heller program or dual degree you pursue, you’ll learn from globally respected faculty who have spent decades informing social discourse, advancing social justice, and empowering change agents all around the world.

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Policy
Social Impact MBA
MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence
MA in Sustainable International Development
MS in Global Health Policy and Management
PhD in Social Policy
Dual and Joint Degree Programs

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Child / Family Policy
Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Healthcare Policy / Management
International Development
Nonprofit Management
Social Policy / Poverty

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia

Graduate Program Overview

Master of Public Policy (MPP) - Unlike other degree programs that cover a range of policy areas, the Heller MPP program focuses specifically on U.S. social policy. In a diverse and supportive community, we work to develop solutions that will expand opportunity more broadly and address persistent inequality. 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.

Social Impact MBA - Heller's AACSB-accredited, 16-month MBA program prepares students to take on leadership roles in the nonprofit, public and for-profit sectors – roles where you’ll have lasting, sustainable, and positive impact on society through ethical, mission-driven organizations. It’s an education focused on creating social value, not just shareholder value. It offers all the quantitative skills, experiential learning, and intellectual rigor of a top-tier traditional MBA, but in an environment steeped in the values of justice and equity.

MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) - Heller's COEX program offers a practical, skills-based curriculum that prepares students to become responsible peacebuilding practitioners in conflict areas in the U.S. and around the world. The program is built around three key pillars: understanding the problems of conflict, developing the process for coexistence intervention, and supporting people and communities through conflict resolution skills.

MA in Sustainable International Development (SID) - Heller's SID program seeks out students who are passionate about addressing poverty, inequality and environmental devastation in their home countries—including the United States—and provides cutting-edge knowledge and skills to professionals who plan to work in the development sector. Students learn to design, implement and evaluate programs and projects to promote equitable economic growth, socially-inclusive societies, improved access to education and health services, and resilience to climate change.

MS in Global Health Policy and Management (GHPM) - Heller's 9-month GHPM program emphasizes a holistic understanding of health system design and function, with an eye toward structuring systems to improve health outcomes for people around the world. We believe that effective policy is the key to expanding access to high quality health care for all who need it — which is why we place health policy at the center of our curriculum through a focus on system design and financing, data analytics, and management.

PhD in Social Policy - Heller's PhD program advances social justice through research. Our students do more than just analyze data to form new knowledge—they use that knowledge to inform and influence the policymakers and practitioners capable of affecting real and lasting structural change. During the course of the program—in which every full-time student receives tuition and stipend support—students focus on a concentration that aligns with their long-term interests, while also learning alongside students across concentration areas, thereby gaining a multifaceted perspective on critical social policy issues.

Admissions Deadline

Master's Degree Deadlines:

November 1: Early Decision (MBA only)
January 15: Round 1*
March 1: Round 2

May 1: Final - International Students
June 1: Final - U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents (non-MBA programs)
July 1: Final - U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents (MBA only)

*Master's degree applicants who are interested in receiving priority scholarship consideration should apply by the Round 1 deadline (January 15).

PhD Deadline: December 15: Final

Admissions Overview

Application requirements vary by program. You can review all application requirements online here. Have questions about the application requirements? Feel free to contact us via email at [email protected] or by phone at 781-736-3820.

Contact Information

415 South Street MS 035
Waltham, MA

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