Which program—the MPP or the MPPA—is right for me?

In our Master of Public Policy program, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to become a leader in the nonprofit, public, or private sector while creating meaningful social change. Our mix of online and in-person classes will allow you to move quickly toward pursuing your professional goals. Our MPP is one of the most affordable public policy degrees in the region. 

We offer two paths to the Master of Public Policy degree: The One-Year MPP is open to any applicant who has completed a bachelor's degree, in any field, by the time they begin courses in the summer. The 4+1 MPP is open to outstanding Five College students. Current juniors at UMass Amherst or Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, or Smith colleges are invited to apply.

The MPP is open to full- and part-time students. The GRE is not required to apply to the MPP program.

In our Master of Public Policy and Administration program, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to become a leader in the nonprofit, public, or private sector while creating meaningful social change.

The MPPA curriculum will provide you with a strong analytical foundation that can be applied to a wide variety of policy issues. You can also opt to pursue a dual degree in Business Administration, Higher Education, Public Health, or Regional Planning or build an area of specialty based on your interests.

The MPPA is open to full- and part-time students.