• Transform your potential into engaged policymaking, effective public management and creative social enterprise.

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    Transform your potential into engaged policymaking, effective public management and creative social enterprise.

  • Your education and your impact extend far beyond our classroom walls.

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    Your education and your impact extend far beyond our classroom walls.

  • SPP is recognized nationally for integrating social equity into our academic and practical work.

    Dedicated to Equity

    SPP is recognized nationally for integrating social equity into our academic and practical work.

Welcome to the School of Public Policy

Formerly the Center for Public Policy and Administration

The School of Public Policy (SPP) is the hub of interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, dedicated to realizing social change and solving problems for the common good.

In 2015, our program was named among the most innovative public service programs in the United States by the independent group Best Value Schools. In 2011, we received NASPAA's inaugural social equity award for teaching, research and service aimed at advancing social justice and social change.

Are you a student interested in our graduate programs? Our classes are small, and the impact our students have on the world is big, so apply here!

News

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) Professor Lee Badgett

Spotlight Scholar M.V. Lee Badgett fights for LGBT rights and measures the cost of discrimination

When economist M.V. Lee Badgett published her 1995 study on the wage gap faced by gay men and lesbians, there was nothing like it in the field. In fact, conventional wisdom held just the opposite.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Jane Fountain

Jane Fountain elected to Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration

Photo credit: John Solem for UMass Amherst

Jane Fountain, distinguished university professor of political science and public policy and chair of the Department of Political Science, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty David Mednicoff speaks about Iran Nuclear Deal

This Week at the School of Public Policy

Faculty at the UMass School of Public Policy are undertaking vital research to offer solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. These faculty are avid writers and researchers who are often called upon by press for their expertise. Below is a summary of recent publications and interviews of our faculty.

Alum Rebecca Richards ’84 (Political Science) visits campus, speaks with class about working at the National Security Agency

From left: SPP students and Rebecca Richards during a question and answer session.
Photo Credits: Matthew Medeiros / University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) Professor Lee Badgett

Badgett among faculty honored by university at convocation

Courtesy of University of Massachusetts Office of External Relations and University Events

Professor M.V. Lee Badgett, who holds a joint position in Economics and the School of Public Policy will be honored along with seven others at the University’s Faculty Convocation at 2 pm on October 11, in the Campus Center Auditorium.