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

UMass Amherst

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.

“As the state’s flagship public campus, we’re committed to providing greater access to quality graduate education,” according to Alasdair Roberts, director of the School of Public Policy (SPP).  “This new degree option was designed for improved affordability for students who would like an advanced degree in public policy.”

SPP’s new program will offer one of the most affordable master’s degrees in public policy in New England, according to Roberts.  The estimated cost of tuition and fees for an in-state student is about $21,000.

Approximately one-third of the 37 credits required for degree completion will be completed online. “Enrolled students can take up to 12 course credits online during the summer, requiring only two semesters in residence,” according to David Mednicoff, co-chair of SPP’s curriculum committee. “Students can begin the program in mid-May and have their degree in hand by the following May.”

Additional information about the program is available by contacting Satu Zoller, SPP’s associate director for academic programs, and by visiting the School of Public Policy website. Applications for the inaugural class will be accepted until March 15, 2018.

The School of Public Policy, established in 2015, continues the work of the former Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA). SPP faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for the breadth and quality of their scholarship. SPP has been named one of the most innovative public service programs in the United States by Best Value Schools, and received the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration’s inaugural social equity award for its teaching, research and service on behalf of advancing social justice and social change.

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