• 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) is located in Thompson Hall

School of Public Policy returns to Thompson Hall

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has moved to Thompson Hall from its former spaces across campus in Gordon Hall. All of SPP’s core faculty and staff are now located on the second floor of Thompson. SPP began there in 1998, when what was then called the Center for Public Policy and Administration was established.

“This move will strengthen our relationships with departments located nearby,” explains SPP Director Alasdair Roberts. “Our work is interdisciplinary, so everything the school does is focused on collaboration."

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) students

UMass School of Public Policy welcomes diverse and accomplished class for 2017-18

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is welcoming another large class for this academic year, with forty-three students newly registered in its accelerated and two-year master’s programs. Combined with other full- and part-time enrollment, the SPP community now includes almost 70 student members.

The University of Massachusetts welcomes Gina McCarthy to campus Sept. 10, 2017

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to speak on campus on Sept. 10

-- Via UMass News & Media Relations

Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under former President Barack Obama, will give the keynote address to the North East Graduate Student Water Symposium (NEGSWS) on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Engineering Lab II auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and open to the public.

Governor Charlie Baker signing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act into law

UMass School of Public Policy alum celebrates passage of legislation that originated from her graduate studies

Laura Sylvester, MPPA/MPH ’16, traveled to the Massachusetts State House in Boston on July 27 to celebrate Governor Baker signing a bill she helped create and shape as a graduate student -- the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

Elena Kvochko '10 climbs on Mount Everest for charity

She traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal and onward up the Nepali side of Mount Everest as part of a charity challenge to raise awareness for Refugees International