• 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

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Launches 1-Year Master’s in Public Policy degree

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 (MPP).

The new degree option builds on the success of other master’s programs offered by the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, including a two-year master’s program that allows for more specialized studies, and an accelerated program for students enrolled at one of the member campuses of the Five Colleges consortium. The new program will enable students to complete part of the degree online.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is located in Thompson Hall

School of Public Policy hiring Associate Director for Administration & Finance

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is accepting applications for a full-time associate director for Administration & Finance. The chosen candidate will partner with the Director in the overall administrative and operational management of the School.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) student Hadiya Williams

Accelerated master's student Hadiya Williams charts her journey with guidance from mentors

Hadiya Williams ’18 came to the University of Massachusetts to prepare for medical school, but she found a different path thanks to a network of inspiring mentors. She recently changed her minor in Anthropology to a major, and once she completes her undergraduate work she’ll continue at UMass another year to earn a master’s in public policy (MPP) through the accelerated master’s program.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) director Alasdair Roberts

Centre for Public Impact interviews Alasdair Roberts about upcoming book

The Centre for Public Impact (CPI) recently spoke with SPP Director Alasdair Roberts about his upcoming book, Can Government Do Anything Right?, on its podcast. Speaking with CPI's Katie Rose, Roberts explains the reason for the book, and how governments are able to make an impact.

"It's a reaction to the wave of writing about the apparent crisis of government in Western democracies particularly, and it's intended to be a bit of a reality check," explains Roberts.

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

Fountain Speaks on Information Technology and Innovation at the World Bank

Jane Fountain, distinguished university professor of political science and public policy, and department chair of political science, delivered an invited lecture, “Using Technology to Change Public Administration,” at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2017.