The UMass Difference

Become a leader in public service.

At the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, you'll get the skills and experience you need to make positive social change and become a leader in public service. Our curriculum balances academic theory with professional skills development and practical experience, preparing students for careers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

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Make Positive Change

As a public policy student, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to understand complex issues like climate change, policing, technology, immigration, and more.

Accolades and Awards

The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy has been named among the most innovative public service programs in the United States by the independent group Best Value Schools and received the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration's (NASPAA) inaugural Social Equity Award in recognition of its commitment to teaching, research, and service aimed at advancing social justice and social change.

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Houston and Williams present at 2024 Social Equity Leadership Conference
Brittany Houston, assistant professor of public policy, presented “Circle of Trust: Factors Impacting Police Officer Trust Orientation” and Rylyn Williams, doctoral student in Political Science focused on DACSS, presented “Algorithmic Decision-Making systems (ADMs) within Government Structures and
July 23, 2024
Kristina Becvar and the Human Security Lab: Afghan fathers more likely to believe in gender equality
Kristina Becvar, Data Analytics and Computational Social Science '23, and her coauthors at the Human Security Lab released a new study titled "The 'First daughter' effect: Human rights advocacy and attitudes toward gender equality in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan" in PLOS ONE.
July 19, 2024
Viviana Chiu Sik Wu publishes systematic review of nonprofit social media research
Viviana Chiu Sik Wu, assistant professor of public policy, conducted a systematic review of 43 studies that analyzed social media data from philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. She then devised and tested a computational model that pairs supervised machine learning with human oversight to
July 19, 2024