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University Partnership: Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Heller School for Social Policy and Management







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


Heller 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. We are a leading community of scholars committed to progressive social action, at a school specifically founded to advance careers committed to social change.

Here, 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, our 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: our community is warm, collaborative, and respectful of difference. We question everything and thrive on lively debate. We encourage one another to explore new directions and challenge the status quo while staying committed to real-world sensibilities. We believe there’s no better environment to develop the expertise you’ll need to tackle the world’s most pressing social problems.

If a unique environment dedicated to social justice sounds like the school for you, then we invite you to browse our seven programs and numerous dual and joint degrees to find the best fit for your interests and needs. 

Benefits offered by The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Scholarship Amount 

 50% partial-tuition scholarships towards all   programs (see below)

Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually         

 All admitted

Application Fee Waiver  Yes


Eligibility & Additional Info

  • 50% Tuition scholarships.  Heller is pleased to offer guaranteed partial-tuition scholarships of at least 50% to City Year members admitted to one of the following Heller Degree Programs: MPP Master of Public Policy, MBA in Nonprofit Management, MBA/MPP Dual Degree, MA in Sustainable International Development (SID), MBA/SID Dual Degree, MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX), MBA/COEX Dual Degree, SID/COEX Dual Degree, MS in Global Health Policy and Management (GHPM), MBA/GHPM Dual Degree, and SID/GHPM Dual Degree.
  • Scholarships awarded to City Year corps members and alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.

  • The Heller School is especially interested in City Year corps members, staff and alumni that have at least a year or two of work experience. A senior corps year is considered valuable work experience.

  • Scholarships will be provided in lieu of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Match.

  • Scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional merit-based aid based on the strength of the application.
  • City Year members are highly encouraged to apply for Diversity and Inclusion scholarships - 100% tuition scholarships awarded to incoming full-time applicants to one of our master's degree programs who demonstrate commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion through their academic, professional, and/or personal lived experience. Learn more.

To Apply

  • Click here to access The Heller for Social Policy and Management's admissions website and apply online.

  • Deadline:  Please check the Heller School's website for more deadline details for each program.

To Obtain Application Fee Waiver and Be Eligible for City Year Scholarship

  • Online application:  Please select "City Year" from the dropdown field that asks to identify if you are affiliated with service programs.

  • Request a City Year verification letter:  To get the application fee waived and to be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with "Heller School (Please indicate which program or dual degree program you are applying to)" in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your corps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent back to you to upload to the online application.
To Contact the Admissions Office

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David Weatherly '08 & '09
MBA, The Heller School '13

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Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni 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.