Master of Public Policy and Administration

The Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) admissions committee assesses each student's application based on GRE scores, academic record, letters of recommendation, work or volunteer experience, and demonstrated commitment to or passion for public service. 

We prefer to admit applicants who have at least two years of work experience in a job related to public policy or administration. However, we admit strong students who have just completed their undergraduate degrees if they have demonstrated a commitment to public service. In the case of students coming directly from an undergraduate institution, greater weight is given to traditional academic criteria, such as undergraduate records and GRE scores, than for those students with professional experience. 

Financial assistance is granted on a competitive basis, and might include a waiver of tuition and fees, a stipend and health insurance. Students who receive financial assistance through SPP work within the Center or on research projects with individual faculty members. To be eligible for any financial assistance, including assistantships, students must complete a federal financial aid application.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official Graduate Record Examination scores
  • International students are also required to submit an official TOEFL score report 

Application Deadlines

March 15: Applications must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office for students not interested in graduate assistantship funding from SPP.

Apply

Apply online through the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School.