Master of Public Policy

The MPP program integrates theoretical learning with multiple opportunities for practical applications, and educates individuals to become public and nonprofit sector leaders, as well as effective advocates for social change.

The 37-credit interdisciplinary Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is one of the most affordable master’s degrees in public policy in New England.  The program allows students to complete the MPP degree in one year by taking up to 12 credits of online courses in the first summer (and may include the three credit internship requirement), while finishing the remainder of course credits during two semesters in residence. 

Download the course timeline for the one year MPP here.

The 4 +1 or Accelerated option of the MPP is targeted to outstanding Five College students.  Current juniors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst or at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke or Smith colleges are invited to apply. 

Students in the accelerated option 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

The accelerated MPP allows students to double count seven credits from their undergraduate year, and to transfer in five additional graduate credits taken while they are undergraduates, for a total number of 12 credits that can be taken as undergraduates and applied to the MPP. 

Download the course time line for the Accelerated (4 plus 1) MPP  here.

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