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 two letters of recommendation.  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. 

Applicants to the Acclerated 4 + 1 option of the MPP must be a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst or at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke or Smith college, and are not required to take the GRE.
Download the course time line for the Accelerated (4 plus 1) MPP  here.
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.

MPP 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
*  The GRE is NOT required for the MPP program.  However, if students wish to submit GRE scores they can strengthen the application.


Application Deadline

March 15: Applications 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 MPP program.