Institute on Assets and Social Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

The Heller School for Social Policy and ManagementReturn to this website's homepageBrandeis University

Education and Engagement

Graduate Programs

Moving policy knowledge into action requires informed and engaged leaders. The PhD and Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management are designed to share cutting edge theory, research, and models in the assets field and related policy arenas, as well as to build leadership for policy development and implementation. Students in the PhD concentration in Assets and Inequalities and the MPP concentration in Poverty Alleviation explore in depth the root causes of social and economic inequality as well as new initiatives and new policy frameworks to address these issues, bringing a wide range of empirical and theoretical tools to bear on this process.

PhD Concentration in Assets and Inequalities

PhD candidates in the Assets and Inequalities policy concentration develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of the causes, manifestations and consequences of social and economic inequalities.

Our PhD candidates take a sequence of courses designed to move them in a natural and logical way from the root causes of inequalities, to the measurement of inequalities, to the manifestations of inequalities, to the evolution of programs, policies, and legal structures intended to reduce inequalities in the short run and to eventually eliminate them. Finally, candidates in Assets and Inequalities thoroughly explore the asset framework for its promise and potential in understanding inequalities and providing new policy directions.

PhD candidates in this concentration learn through participation in research that applies current theory, analytical methods, and findings from multiple social science disciplines in multiple contexts to understand and address the causes and consequences of inequalities in health and human services. They explore in depth the organization of work as an outcome of social-structural inequalities linked to the root causes of oppression, as well as initiatives to develop humane and inclusive institutions.

For more information visit the Heller School PhD Concentration in Assets and Inequalities web page.

Masters in Public Policy (MPP) Concentration in Poverty Alleviation

The Heller MPP is an innovative and interdisciplinary two-year graduate program that equips future leaders to succeed in careers within government, advocacy, policy research and analysis, policy implementation, community work, and the private sector. The program draws accomplished students who are committed to social change, helping to prepare them with the intellectual and professional tools to become the next generation of leading researchers and policy makers.

The Poverty Alleviation concentration enables MPP students to develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of the causes, manifestations and consequences of social and economic inequalities. The asset framework provides powerful tools to understand causes and consequences of poverty and inequality associated with race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, education, work, social class, and age. Together we examine and evaluate policies that reduce poverty by building and supporting opportunities for communities, families, and individuals to achieve security, stability and well-being, and to contribute fully in all aspects of society and our economy.

For more information visit the Heller School MPP Concentration in Poverty Alleviation web page.


Copyright 2014 • Brandeis University • All rights are reserved