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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.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) annual report for 2017

School of Public Policy issues annual report for 2017

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) recently issued its annual report for the year of 2017. The report highlights changes at SPP, formerly the Center for Public Policy and Administration, including the naming of Alasdair Roberts as Director; achievements by alumni, faculty, and students; and SPP’s recent move across the UMass campus.

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) 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.