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.

Jeff Stupack

"I regularly meet with Congressional staffers to discuss current public policy and potential alternatives, walking them through how those changes would impact the program and potential impacts on the economy. It is very satisfying to assist legislators in making sound public policy."

Al Roberts & Juan Jose Ibarretxe

Juan Jose Ibarretxe, former president of the Basque Autonomous Community and director of the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies, sat down for a podcast with SPP Director Al Roberts during a recent visit to UMass Amherst.

Dan Desrcohers, 2018 Batten competition

Dan Desrochers, an MPPA student, was part of a team that won the Best Communications Strategy Award at the 2018 NASPAA‐Batten Student Simulation Competition.

Charlie Schweik & Pammy Eisner

Members of the campus-wide team, which includes a School of Public Policy professor and student, recently presented the project at a United Nations conference in Paris.

State Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose

Massachusetts State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose talked to students about a wide range of topics—from energy policy to electoral reform to the complex and sometimes frustrating process by which laws are made—during a visit to a class taught by School of Public Policy Professor Charlie Schweik.

Massachusetts State House

This fall, the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst launches the Beacon Hill Project, a new initiative that will bring SPP students to the Massachusetts State House for an inside look at the policymaking process.

Joya Misra

For decades, research has shown, mothers in the workforce have earned less than women without children. But as women have achieved higher levels of education and more extensive workplace experience, has that gap closed?

The School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst has seen a significant rise in its ranking in the newly released 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. 

SPP’s standing in the report’s Public Affairs category moved up 22 spots since U.S. News’ last review of graduate programs, in 2014. 

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.


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