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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to the School of Public Policy

Formerly the Center for Public Policy and Administration

The School of Public Policy (SPP) is the hub of interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, dedicated to realizing social change and solving problems for the common good.

In 2015, our program was named among the most innovative public service programs in the United States by the independent group Best Value Schools. In 2011, we received NASPAA's inaugural social equity award for teaching, research and service aimed at advancing social justice and social change.

Are you a student interested in our graduate programs? Our classes are small, and the impact our students have on the world is big, so apply here!

News

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) students are heading to Washington, DC

Public Policy group traveling to Washington, DC, to network and attend UMass alumni event

The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy (formerly the Center for Public Policy & Administration) is coming to Washington, DC on January 17, 2018, for our Annual Washington DC Networking Trip. In addition to our visits to organizations all over the city, we’ll be taking part in a panel discussion on the political outlook for 2018. The School and our students will join our founding director, John Hird, associate director Satu Zoller, and other UMass alums for the panel, featuring prominent alumni from both sides of the aisle, including:

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) annual report for 2017

School of Public Policy issues annual report for 2017

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) recently issued its annual report for the year of 2017. The report highlights changes at SPP, formerly the Center for Public Policy and Administration, including the naming of Alasdair Roberts as Director; achievements by alumni, faculty, and students; and SPP’s recent move across the UMass campus.

Read the report online here.

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Launches 1-Year Master’s in Public Policy degree

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 (MPP).

The new degree option builds on the success of other master’s programs offered by the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, including a two-year master’s program that allows for more specialized studies, and an accelerated program for students enrolled at one of the member campuses of the Five Colleges consortium. The new program will enable students to complete part of the degree online.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is located in Thompson Hall

School of Public Policy hiring Associate Director for Administration & Finance

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is accepting applications for a full-time associate director for Administration & Finance. The chosen candidate will partner with the Director in the overall administrative and operational management of the School.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) student Hadiya Williams

Accelerated master's student Hadiya Williams charts her journey with guidance from mentors

Hadiya Williams ’18 came to the University of Massachusetts to prepare for medical school, but she found a different path thanks to a network of inspiring mentors. She recently changed her minor in Anthropology to a major, and once she completes her undergraduate work she’ll continue at UMass another year to earn a master’s in public policy (MPP) through the accelerated master’s program.