Heller School of Social Policy and Management

The Hornstein/MBA dual degree program is truly unique in that it combines graduate studies focused on preparing you to become a leader in the Jewish community with the delivery of rigorous management skills that comprise the Heller MBA curriculum.  The latter “toolkit” will complement your Hornstein studies to empower you as an effective Jewish leader and will optimally position you to make a significant impact. The Heller MBA is one of very few MBA programs worldwide that trains early to mid-career professionals for leadership roles in mission oriented organizations and business units in the nonprofit, public and for profit sectors. You will have the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals who are passionate about social justice issues not only via the MBA Program but also through taking MBA classes with students from Heller’s  sister programs:  Masters in Sustainable International Development, Masters in Coexistence and Conflict, Masters in Public Policy and the Masters in International Health Policy and Management. Come visit the Brandeis Hornstein/Heller MBA and see how you can make a difference!”

Brenda Anderson
Brenda Anderson
Director, MBA Program
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Degree Options


Hornstein has four unique dual-degree programs, spanning five semesters for a total of 21 months. Students in all programs have field experiences in innovative Jewish organizations, are mentored by outstanding Jewish professionals, and participate in seminars in Israel and New York City.

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Dual MBA-MA in Jewish Professional Leadership

In partnership with Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management, ranked as one of the top ten graduate schools of social policy in the United States by US News and World Report

This innovative program prepares future Jewish community executives with the full complement of MBA/non-profit skills and specialized knowledge of Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish life.

It is specially designed to provide a strong foundation in management practices and Jewish professional studies. In addition to courses with scholars throughout the university, students take management courses focused on non-profit organizations, as well as courses specific to the Jewish community. [curriculum chart]

Recent graduates of this program hold positions, such as: Chief Program Officer, Moishe House; Chief Financial Officer, Genesis Philanthropy Group; Director, Camp Kadimah; Assistant Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League of New England; Senior Development Associate, Jewish Home Lifecare; Hillel Director, University of Western Ontario.

Dual MPP-MA in Jewish Professional Leadership

In partnership with Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management

This newer program blends the Heller School's public policy curriculum with the Hornstein Program's integrated approach to Jewish leadership training. By preparing professional leaders with a full array of policy analysis and development skills, as well as specialized knowledge of Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish life, it trains students to design and implement innovative solutions to the Jewish community’s most critical problems, and to analyze and reform existing practices. [curriculum chart]

Recent graduates of this program hold positions, such as: Associate in Planning and Allocations, United Jewish Communities of Metrowest New Jersey; jData Project Manager, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies; Research Analyst, Joint Committee on Education, Massachusetts State House; Program Associate, Uri L'Tzedek; Social Justice Coordinator for Young Adults, Jewish Community Relations Council.

Dual MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

In partnership with Brandeis' Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department

This rigorous program prepares future Jewish leaders to understand contemporary Jewish issues within the context of Jewish history, culture and tradition. The program is designed to provide the tools necessary to articulate a leadership vision for the Jewish community. Students have the opportunity to study with some of the foremost Judaic scholars in the world and to consider how what they learn can be put to practical use in shaping 21st century Jewish life. [curriculum chart]

Recent graduates of this program have gone on to doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina, Boston University, and Brandeis University. They are also working in positions, such as: Policy Analyst, The David Project; Development Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; Assistant Director, Camp Tawonga; Assistant Director, Philadelphia Chapter, American Jewish Committee.

Dual BA-MA in Jewish Professional Leadership

In partnership with Brandeis' Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department

The Hornstein BA/MA degree supplements undergraduate study in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Hebrew, or Yiddish with a master’s degree in Jewish Professional Leadership. Achieved in a fifth (graduate) year of study, the Hornstein MA provides the professional skills and deep knowledge of the American and world Jewish communities that will position graduates for work in a wide range of careers in the Jewish community.

Highly motivated and academically successful Brandeis undergraduates who are NEJS or Hebrew majors or minors, or Yiddish minors, are invited in the spring of their junior year to apply for admission to the five year BA/MA. Students must complete all requirements for the BA at the end of the fourth year, including successful completion of the major or minor in NEJS, Hebrew or Yiddish.