• In 2018, the University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) will launch a one-year degree option for students interested in earning a master’s in public policy.

    Fast, Affordable, & Progressive

    A Master's in Public Policy (MPP) is in your reach.

  • University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy students at the Annual Washington DC Networking Trip

    Professional Training

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

  • University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy alum Kyle Wedberg


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

  • University of Massachusetts students meeting with former Chair of the Federal Reserve Board Janet Yellen

    Dedicated to Equity

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

Welcome to the UMass School of Public Policy

The University of Massachusetts 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!

Featured News

New Policy Fellowships Available for MPP Students

The new Commonwealth Policy Fellowship program at the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy will award grants of $10,000 each to ten incoming students in the one-year Master of Public Policy program.

The fellowships will recognize students for academic excellence and demonstrated leadership potential.  

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira Community Salute

Alumna's Dedication to Campus and Region Earns Community Salute

School of Public Policy alumna Jackie Brousseau-Pereira, academic dean and director of first-year seminars at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has received a Community Salute in recognition of her positive contributions to campus and the greater western Massachusetts area.

Palista Kharel

SPP Student to Present Research on Technology and Education in Nepal at Conference

Palista Kharel, a UMass Amherst School of Public Policy graduate student, has been invited to present her capstone research project at an Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) conference.

Kharel, who will receive a dual Master of Public Policy & Administration and Master of Business Administration this spring, will take part in a panel on “Topics in Education Policy” at APPAM’s regional student conference in Washington, DC, on April 6 and 7.