Dual Degrees

The School of Public Policy offers the following dual degree programs in cooperation with other departments and schools at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Master of Public Policy & Administration and Master of Business Administration

SPP and the Isenberg School of Management offer a joint degree program that makes it possible for students to earn both a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in two and a half years of full-time study. The MPPA/MBA program is ideal for students who plan to work in an environment that combines aspects of both public and private sector management. This dual degree program is also well-suited for students who expect to move between business and government positions during their careers.

Master of Public Policy & Administration and Master of Education in Higher Education

In today's world we see new technologies emerge almost daily and state budgets shrink each year. These are just two of the factors contributing to the rapidly changing face of higher education. This joint degree program allows students to earn a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) and a Master of Education in Higher Education (M.Ed.) in just three years of full-time study. Graduates from the program, offered by SPP and the College of Education, have the skills to succeed in research, policy analysis and management positions in federal and state governmental agencies, consulting organizations, education research groups and nonprofit organizations working on education issues.

Master of Public Policy & Administration and Master of Public Health

Health-related issues seem to garner more public attention and more public dollars each year. Students can prepare for a meaningful and effective career in this growing field through a joint degree program that allows them to earn a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in three years of full-time study. Graduates from this program offered by SPP and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences are equipped to hold influential positions in the public health policy arena and serve in managerial roles at public health nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups. This joint degree also prepares students to work as health policy analysts; research associates; program planners and evaluators; and risk analysts.

Master of Public Policy & Administration and Master of Regional Planning

Students can prepare for a successful career that links planning, policy and public management through a joint degree program that allows them to earn a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) and a Master of Regional Planning (MRP) in three years of full-time study. This dual degree program offered by SPP and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning gives students a rich educational experience in many areas of policy, management and planning, including sustainable development, policy analysis and implementation, social policy and planning, information technology, and planning tools and techniques.