Annual Washington D.C. Networking Trip

Each year SPP graduate students visit Washington, DC as part of the Professional Development Seminar or Prosem. The Prosem has become an integral part of both the MPPA and MPP curriculum. This seminar offers students opportunities to sharpen their job-seeking and networking abilities in sessions that enhance their skills in writing cover letters and resumes, public speaking, interviewing, social networking and more.  The trip to DC is designed to give students exposure to the wide range of professional opportunities that are available to them as graduates of our programs.  Students meet SPP alumni and other policy professionals who are working in a variety of government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) students are heading to Washington, DC

The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy (formerly the Center for Public Policy & Administration) is coming to Washington, DC on January 17, 2018, for our Annual Washington DC Networking Trip. In addition to our visits to organizations all over the city, we’ll be taking part in a panel discussion on the political outlook for 2018. The School and our students will join our founding director, John Hird, associate director Satu Zoller, and other UMass alums for the panel, featuring prominent alumni from both sides of the aisle, including:

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) 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.

Read the report online here.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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