New Public Policy and Jewish Leadership Degree Program

Brandeis University has been in our news quite a bit recently. In December, we learned of a $22.5 million transformative gift from the Cleveland based Mandel Foundation for a new center to study and protect the humanities.

So far this year, we have been exposed to an exhibition on the Healing Power of Art at their Women’s Studies Research Center; heard about the five finalists for the new Bronfman Visiting Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation; and just a few days ago welcomed the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy.

Now, comes official word of a brand new degree program to help train the next generation of Jewish leaders. I first heard of this addition during December, but all the pieces were not in place until a few days ago. Now, according to Dr. Jonathan Sarna…

I am writing with the exciting news that the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University has received approval to begin accepting applications for a new two-year dual degree program in Public Policy and Jewish Leadership.

Now Accepting Applications
Beginning in September, Hornstein students will be able to get a dual Masters of Public Policy (MPP), along with a Masters (MA) in Jewish Professional Leadership. Hornstein is collaborating with Brandeis’ renowned Heller School for Social Policy and Management to offer the new program. The program aims to prepare students for policy analysis positions in Jewish communal organizations and organizations concerned with social policy development.

The new program complements our two existing tracks: an MA/MBA in Management and Jewish Leadership (offered jointly with the Heller School) and a Double MA in Jewish Studies and Leadership offered jointly with the University’s distinguished Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

Full Scholarships Available
Our goal is to recruit top quality students for all of these programs. We seek exceptional applicants with strong academic records and demonstrated leadership potential. Full scholarships, as well as generous stipends, are available to talented applicants.

We have already begun accepting students into our program for next year, but have received the authorization to accept students into the new MPP/MA Program and to extend our application deadline for each of our three programs until the class for each program track is filled.

Students may apply through our website or by writing to us at Hornstein Program, MS 037, Brandeis University, P.O. Box 549110, Waltham, MA 02454.