The University of Massachusetts Amherst

The dual master’s program in higher education and public policy is for you if you’re interested in policy issues that affect higher and postsecondary education. State governance and coordination, financial aid funding, and affirmative action in admissions and hiring are just some of the concerns you’ll study in this program. 

When you enter the program, you may start by focusing on coursework for either degree. You’ll meet with advisors in both areas to determine where you’ll to begin. Typically, you’ll take a full year of classes in one program, then do the same at the other, and complete any remaining requirements in the third year. 

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to go on to research, policy analysis, and management positions on the local, state, or federal government levels. You’ll also be ready for work in higher education settings or with consulting organizations, research groups, and nonprofits working on education issues.