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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Kelsey Shoub coauthors new study on police violence and community engagement
A new study co-authored by Kelsey Shoub, assistant professor of public policy, found that following a killing by a police officer, residents of the surrounding community are less likely to engage with local government. “The local community may go quiet after a police killing, and that’s not a good
July 3, 2024
Zuckerman coauthors new piece on the use of YouTube videos by AI companies
Ethan Zuckerman, associate professor of public policy and communication and information as well as director of the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure, has coauthored an article on how AI companies are now using YouTube videos to help train their large language models.
July 1, 2024
Sharrow wins APSA Kammerer Award
Libby Sharrow, associate professor of public policy and history, has won the 2024 American Political Science Association (APSA) Kammerer Award for her book Equality Unfulfilled: How Title IX's Policy Design Undermines Change to College Sports.
June 28, 2024