Master of Public Policy

Combine academic excellence with real-world experiences at UMass Amherst School of Public Policy

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Start your path to becoming a policy expert at the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy (SPP), where we combine academic excellence with real-world experiences. Our Master's of Public Affairs and Master’s of Public Policy & Administration graduate programs are top-ranked and equip you with both professional skills and hands-on experience, preparing you for a policy-based career. With small class sizes and the resources of UMass Amherst at your fingertips, you will thrive in an environment where over 20 full-time faculty, along with specialized instructors, nurture your growth. The GRE is not required for admission, and we strive to provide an affordable path to a master’s degree. Join us and chart your path to a meaningful and influential career in public policy.


Master’s of Public Affairs

Our one-year MPA program offers an affordable option for gaining public policy experience. 

Master’s of Public Policy & Administration

The MPPA is a two-year program focused on preparing graduates for leadership roles in public policy.

Earn a Dual Degree

Dual degrees are offered in Business Administration, Higher Education, Public Health, or Regional Planning.

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