The 37-credit* interdisciplinary Master of Public Policy (MPP) program educates individuals to become public and nonprofit sector leaders, as well as effective advocates for social change. It is an accelerated degree program targeted to outstanding Five College students. The MPP program integrates theoretical learning with multiple opportunities for practical applications and offers students a more policy-focused degree option than our Master of Public Policy and Administration. Current juniors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst or at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke or Smith colleges are invited to apply.
The MPP curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong analytical foundation, applicable to a wide variety of policy issues. Students complete a three-credit internship the summer after completing their undergraduate degrees, then return to the UMass Amherst campus for two semesters of full-time studies. Because the MPP allows students to earn credits that count toward both a their bachelor's and master's degrees, this program is a less expensive option than earning undergraduate and graduate degrees separately.
* Beginning with the graduating class of 2019, the MPP will be a 37 credit program, allowing students to double count seven credits from their undergraduate year, instead of six which are allowed in the current program, and to transfer in five additional graduate credits taken while they are undergraduates (rather than three in the current model), for a total number of 12 credits that can be taken as undergraduates and applied to the MPP (vs. 9 in the current program).