Accelerated Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) admissions committee assesses each student's application based on academic record, letters of recommendation and work or volunteer experience. All applicants must have a strong cumulative grade point average and be a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst or at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke or Smith college. Applicants will also be expected to have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service through internships, research, employment or volunteer experience with policy-oriented organizations. GRE scores are not required.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An interview is strongly recommended, but not required

Application Deadline

April 1: Applications for current Five College juniors must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office. 


Apply online through the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School.


Contact us for more information about the Accelerated MPP program.