• In 2018, the University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) will launch a one-year degree option for students interested in earning a master’s in public policy.

    Fast, Affordable, & Progressive

    A Master's in Public Policy (MPP) is in your reach.

  • University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy students at the Annual Washington DC Networking Trip

    Professional Training

    Transform your potential into engaged policymaking, effective public management and creative social enterprise.

  • University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy alum Kyle Wedberg


    Your education and your impact extend far beyond our classroom walls.

  • University of Massachusetts students meeting with former Chair of the Federal Reserve Board Janet Yellen

    Dedicated to Equity

    SPP is recognized nationally for integrating social equity into our academic and practical work.

Welcome to the UMass School of Public Policy

The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy is a hub for policy-related research and teaching across campus. Our curriculum balances academic theory with professional skills development and practical experience, preparing students to solve problems for the common good and become leaders in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. 

We offer a two-year Master of Public Policy & Administration and a one-year Master of Public Policy, including a 4+1 Accelerated MPP for students at UMass Amherst and the other Five Colleges. Students can pursue either program full or part time. The GRE is not required to apply. We also offer an Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy

We strive to make our graduate programs financially accessible to all students. We offer grants of up to $25,000, including Commonwealth Policy Fellowships, which recognize academic excellence and leadership potential. Our Master of Public Policy program, which combines online and in-person classes, is one of the most affordable public policy degree programs in the region.  

The School of Public Policy received the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration’s inaugural Social Equity Award and has been named one of the most innovative public-service programs in the country by the independent group Best Value Schools.

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SPP Director Roberts Receives Pedagogy Award

Roberts was recognized for curricular innovations in his Strategies in Governing course.

Joya Misra

SPP's Misra on Team Working on Advancement of Underrepresented Faculty

The five-year, $3 million NSF grant brings together an interdisciplinary team from across campus to develop an innovative model that focuses on using collaboration as a tool for fostering equity for faculty of color and women in STEM fields.

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Alumni Profile: Evelyn Brand, MPP 2017

"The experiences and knowledge School of Public Policy faculty advised me to seek throughout my MPP were instrumental in placing me in and preparing me for my career."

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Fountain to Advise on Digital Economy for the Arab World

Fountain, founder and director of the National Center for Digital Government, will serve on a League of Arab States experts group on the development of a digital economy.

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School of Public Policy Seeks Adjunct Faculty

The faculty members will teach online courses for the Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Policy & Administration programs.