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Brandeis University School for Social Policy & Management

City Year is proud to partner with Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, a leading graduate school focused on developing new knowledge and insights in the fields of social policy, health and human services management, offering guaranteed 50% partial-tuition scholarships.

Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management offers City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

50% scholarships

The Heller School is pleased to offer guaranteed partial-tuition scholarships equal to at least 50% of tuition for all City Year applicants admitted to a qualifying master’s degree program.

Scholarships will be provided in lieu of the Segal Education Award match.

City Year applicants are highly encouraged to apply for Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships—100% tuition scholarships awarded for one of Heller’s master’s degree programs to incoming full-time applicants who demonstrate commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion through their academic, professional and/or personal lived experiences.

Scholarships are awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alums who complete at least one term of service and City Year staff employed for at least two years.

The scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional merit-based aid depending on the academic strength of their application.

Eligible programs

Master’s degrees

Dual degrees

Additional benefits

  • Application fee waiver
  • Enrollment deferral: Admitted students may defer enrollment by one year if they decide to stay with City Year for additional time before starting their studies.

Why City Year loves Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management is the only graduate school where the idealism of a social justice mission meets the rigor and prestige of a top-ranked school of social policy. It is a leading community of scholars committed to progressive social action, at a school specifically founded to advance careers committed to social change. Students engage with—and become—policy analysts and researchers who are making an impact throughout society. Every student also has access to our 10 in-house research centers and institutes, which focus on policy areas ranging from health policy to asset inequality. Armed with evidence and bold ideas, Heller graduates go on to correct structural inequities and empower marginalized populations worldwide.

Every degree program at Heller benefits from the diverse perspectives and experiences of a faculty and student population like no other. Heller is a special place: its community is warm, collaborative and respectful of difference. It questions everything and thrives on lively debate, encouraging each other to explore new directions and challenge the status quo while staying committed to real-world sensibilities. Heller believes there’s no better environment to develop the expertise you’ll need to tackle the world’s most pressing social problems.

To apply

Visit the Heller School’s admissions website to learn more about the application process, deadlines and to apply online.

To identify your City Year affiliation

Please select “City Year” from the dropdown menu that asks if you are affiliated with a service program.

To access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship

To get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with “Heller School (specify which program)” in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your AmeriCorps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent back to you to upload to the online application.

To contact the admissions office

Please call (781) 736-3820 or email with any questions.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.

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