Heller School for Social Policy and Management

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The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Heller School for Social Policy and Management, January 2017, Brandeis University, Waltham MA.jpg
Motto"Knowledge Advancing Social Justice"
Parent institution
Brandeis University
EndowmentTotal revenues: $31.7 million
Total expenses: $30 million[1]
DeanDavid Weil
Academic staff
Location, ,
AffiliationsAPSIA - AACSB

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management is one of the four graduate schools of Brandeis University located in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States.[2] It is consistently ranked as one of the top ten schools of social policy and one of the top 50 graduate schools of public affairs in America since 2013 by the U.S. News and World Report.[3][4]

It is an AACSB[5] and APSIA[6] certified school. The school provides seven academic programs conferring both masters and doctoral degrees. It is also a leading research institution and is the home to 10 institutes and centers focused on both global and domestic social policy issues.[7] Founded in 1959 as the university's first professional school, Heller is located on the Brandeis University main campus along with the Brandeis University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis International Business School, and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies.[8][9]

Prominent current faculty members at the Heller School include Stuart Altman, Peter Conrad, Anita Hill, Robert Kuttner, and Thomas Shapiro.[10] Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich previously taught at the Heller School.[11] World Bank lists the Heller School as one of eight training institutions in the United States approved to host World Bank scholars pursuing graduate degrees.[12] Heller School has strong links with AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Tufts University and Northeastern University.[13] The school has a cross-registration consortium with Boston College, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University.[14] The school currently houses Our Generation Speaks, a fellowship program and startup incubator whose mіѕѕіоn іѕ to bring together young Israeli and Palestinian leaders through entrepreneurship.


Founded in 1959 as Florence G. Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare, it became Brandeis first professional graduate school.[15]

The building was designed in 1966 by Benjamin Thompson, built into a hillside on a fieldstone base.[16]

The school is named after Florence G. Heller the first female president of the National Jewish Welfare Board. Charles I. Schottland, a former Federal Commissioner on Social Security, was appointed as the first dean of the school.[17] In 1988, Heller faculty members conducted a research study titled, "Support Services in Senior Housing," that led federal policy makers to enact the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990.[18] In 1998, the 14th Dalai Lama visited Heller and accepted an honorary degree from Brandeis.[19] In 2007, Bill Clinton gave an inaugural lecture at Heller's new building.[20]


Heller has 3,700 alumni, with 81% living in the United States and 19% living abroad. As of Fall 2015, it has 533 students with a third of them coming from 65 countries. It has 68 faculty members including 29 scientists and 28 visiting scholars. In 2015, it had $19 million of sponsored research from corporations, foundations, and agencies including from United States Department of Justice, the National Institutes of Health and the World Bank.[21] Heller School is one of three New England schools (along with Harvard Kennedy School and University of Connecticut) to be placed in the U.S. News & World Report's top 50 graduate schools for public affairs, according to the magazine's 2016 rankings. The Heller School ranks in the top 7 schools for social policy in the United States.[22]

Joint degree programs:


Heller has 68 facility members.[23] The key members include, PhD program director Dr. Jeffrey Prottas (PhD, MIT),[24] M.A SID director Dr. Joan Dassin (PhD, Stanford),[25] health policy director Dr. Diana Bowser (PhD, Harvard),[26] MBA program director Brenda Anderson (PhD, Amherst),[27] MPP program director Michael Doonan (PhD, Brandeis),[28] Conflict Resolution Director Alain Lempereur (PhD, Harvard),[29] Director Executive Education Dr. Jon A. Chilingerian (PhD, MIT)[30] and undergraduate program director Darren Zinner (PhD, Harvard).[31] Its current dean is Dr. David Weil (PhD, Harvard)[32] while its dean from 2008 to 2014, Dr. Lisa M. Lynch (PhD, LSE), now serves as the president of Brandeis University.[33]


The Heller School is located on the campus of Brandeis University at Waltham, Massachusetts. The building occupied by the school is the Schneider building which was designed by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects) in 2007. It spread at 30,000 Sf, the building includes a library, media center lecture, and breakout spaces, lounges and study areas, faculty and administrative offices, and an open multi-story public "forum" space.[34]

Research Centers[edit]

Heller School is home to 10 research institutes.[35]

  • Schneider Institutes for Health Policy
  • Institute on Healthcare Systems
  • Institute for Behavioral Health
  • Institute for Global Health and Development
  • Institute on Assets and Social Policy
  • Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy
  • Center for Youth and Communities
  • Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
  • Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy
  • Center for Global Development and Sustainability


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  24. ^ "The Heller School Faculty and Researchers | Jeffrey Prottas". heller.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  25. ^ "The Heller School Faculty and Researchers | Joan Dassin". heller.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  26. ^ "The Heller School Faculty and Researchers | Diana Bowser". heller.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  27. ^ "The Heller School Faculty and Researchers | Brenda Anderson". heller.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  28. ^ "The Heller School Faculty and Researchers | Michael Doonan". heller.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  29. ^ "The Heller School Faculty and Researchers | Alain Lempereur". heller.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  30. ^ "The Heller School Faculty and Researchers | Jon Chilingerian". heller.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  31. ^ "The Heller School Faculty and Researchers | Darren E. Zinner". heller.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  32. ^ "The Heller School Faculty and Researchers | David Weil". heller.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  33. ^ "Lisa M. Lynch Biography | Office of the President | Brandeis University". www.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  34. ^ "Heller School | Brandeis University". LLT Architects. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  35. ^ "Graduate School for Social Policy and Management | The Heller School at Brandeis University". heller.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2016-02-20.

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Coordinates: 42°22′9.5″N 71°15′32.9″W / 42.369306°N 71.259139°W / 42.369306; -71.259139