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

You are eligible to apply for the accelerated Master of Public Policy if you are a current junior at UMass or at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke or Smith college and would like to earn a graduate degree in one year after completing your bachelor’s degree.

The Master of Public Policy and Administration would be the right degree for you if you already have an undergraduate degree, have been working for a few years or more, and are interested in a career in public service. Most MPPA students have at least two years of work experience; some have less experience but have had an internship or other demonstrated commitment to public service.