The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

Why you should consider this program

The Heller School is the only graduate school where the idealism of a social justice mission meets the rigor and prestige of a top-ranked policy school.  We are a leading community of scholars committed to progressive social policy and development, at a school specifically founded to advance careers committed to social change.  Whichever cause you are most committed to – ending poverty, improving health policy, spurring community development,  resolving conflict, or protecting the rights of women, children and minorities – you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to better serve the communities you care deeply about and have a positive impact on society.  In every classroom and degree program, you’ll work with students and faculty who are relentlessly focused on improving lives locally and globally through smart social policies and leadership in mission-driven organizations.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 53,070 $ 26,125 $ 26,945
Out of state $ 53,070 $ 26,125 $ 26,945
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

The Heller School at Brandeis is increasing the scholarship for Fellows from 50% to 60% for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 enrollment cycle. In addition, Heller awards five 100% tuition scholarships to Fellows.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

In addition to the five 100% tuition scholarships specifically for Fellows, all applicants may apply for Heller’s Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships that cover 100% of tuition.  There is a separate essay requirement to apply for the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships.

Note: The financial information above reflects the MA in sustainable International Development One-Year Program.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 25,150

Application fee waived?



Internship requirements vary by program.  Recent internships placements include the Carter Center, International Committee of the Red Cross, National Partnership for Women and Families, Oxfam America, Save the Children, and United Nations.

Jobs for program alumni

Recent employers of Heller graduates include Abt Associates, Boston Foundation, Brookings Institute, John Snow Inc., Mercy Corps, Nike, Root Cause, RTI International, United Nations Population Fund, USAID, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Oxfam, Urban Institute, World Bank, World Education, and World Food Programme.

Other details

Program length

One to two years depending upon the program.

Application requirements

Social Impact MBA: Due to COVID-19 we are waiving the GMAT or GRE requirement for the Social Impact MBA for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. Letters of recommendation are optional. This also applies to dual degree programs with the MBA. Admission is rolling, with a final deadline of July 1.

Master of Public Policy: Due to COVID-19 we are waiving the GRE requirement for the MPP program is waived for Fall 2021. Admission is rolling, with a final deadline of June 1.

MS in Global Health Policy and Management, MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, and MBA in Sustainable International Development: The GRE is not required. Admission is rolling, with a final deadline of June 1.

All programs require submission of the online application form, a resume, a personal statement, and college transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application process, with official transcripts due upon enrollment.

Admissions process

Check the box on the online admissions application form that you are a Peace Corps alum. You should also include this information in your resume.

Program begins

Late August

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Most classes are offered during the day.  Coverdell Fellows may choose to enroll halftime with the same tuition scholarship benefits.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Lynn Davis, Assistant Dean

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Waltham, Massachusetts 02453