• 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 generous grants, 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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Professor Brenda Bushouse and students in a class discussion

School of Public Policy Accepting Applicants for 2019 Program

The priority deadline for applications is March 15. Admissions and financial aid decisions are made on a rolling basis.

School of Public Policy alumna Lauren Coakley

Alumni Profile: Lauren Coakley, MPP 2018

As a health policy analyst at the Center for Health Information and Analysis, the recent graduate prepares reports used by stakeholders and policymakers across the Commonwealth.

Headshot of School of Public Policy Professor Betsy Schmidt

Schmidt Awarded Public Engagement Project Fellowship

“Like the nonprofit and social enterprises I study, I would like to make an impact on the world," Schmidt said. "Helping the next generation of leaders learn the tools to make their own impact is one way to amplify mine."

photo of Jane Fountain

Fountain Invited to Contribute to New Policy Journal

"Technology and governance is a key area of emphasis in the School of Public Policy,” said SPP Director Alasdair Roberts. “We're fortunate to have one of the world's leading experts on this topic on our faculty."

headshot of Crystal Green

Internship Spotlight: Crystal Green, the Postsecondary National Policy Institute

"Public policy and higher education are closely related and play a major role in college access. One of my goals is to get a better grasp on this larger context so that I can contribute to the development of these policies in order to guide students towards the best path of success."

School of Public Policy students meeting with Rep Jim McGovern in his office

Students Connect with Legislators and Policy Makers in DC

“This trip introduced me to a variety of jobs ranging from state policy to ocean policy, proving that anyone interested in policy can find their niche in the nation's capital," said SPP student Jessica Sizer.