• 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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photo of Professor Joya Misra and students

SPP Announces Rolling Admissions for Graduate Programs

The GRE is no longer required of applicants for the Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Policy & Administration degrees.

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SPP Student Honored by Legislative Caucus for Community Work

Israel Rivera received the award from the Black and Latino Caucus of the Massachusetts Legislature for his community work and leadership.

Headshots of legislators Jo Comerford, Natalie Blais, Lindsay Sabadosa, Mindy Domb

New Legislators to Speak at "Women Leading Western Mass." Event

The event is sponsored by the School of Public Policy and UWil (UMass Women into Leadership).

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Internship Spotlight: Clare McGladrigan, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus

"Every elected official has the potential to create meaningful change in their community, regardless of the position. While presidential, Congressional, and gubernatorial races are exciting, paying attention to state and local elections can bring substantive changes in your community, too."

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Alumni Profile: Raija Vaisanen, MPPA 2010

"The best part of my job is working with the community of partners across the state on the shared goal of connecting workers to good jobs that help keep businesses competitive in Massachusetts."