Accepting applications for summer and fall 2024

The priority deadline for funding is March 15. The final application deadline is April 15.* Apply now.
*Late applications will be considered on the basis of program space. Please contact @email if considering applying after the April 15 deadline.

The Master of Public Affairs 

A one-year program of online and in-person classes that allows you to move quickly and affordably toward pursuing your professional goals with the skills you need. 

We offer two paths to the master of public affairs: SPP's one-year MPA is open to all applicants with a bachelor's degree and begins with summer classes in May. Our 4+1 MPA is open to outstanding current juniors at UMass Amherst or Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, or Smith colleges, which allows you to begin earning credits toward your graduate degree while an undergrad.

The Master of Public Policy and Administration

A two-year program that allows students to take more elective courses, at SPP or other UMass departments, and develop an area of specialization. 

MPPA students can opt to pursue a dual degree in business administration, public health, higher education, or regional planning.


Join us for an upcoming information session to learn more about our graduate programs. 

Our graduate programs are open to both full- and part-time students. The GRE is not required. We offer several graduate degree options so you can pick the program that best fits your interests and needs:

Admissions Timeline:

In-Person Master's Programs

Programs of Study

Start Date

Priority Admission Deadline

Regular Admission Deadline

4+1 Master of Public Affairs

Summer/Fall

March 15

April 15

Master of Public Affairs

Summer

March 15

April 15

Master of Public Policy and Administration

Fall

March 15

April 15

 

Dual Master's Programs – with Master of Public Policy and Administration

Programs of Study

Start Date

Priority Admission Deadline

Regular Admission Deadline

Master of Education in Higher Education/Master of Public Policy and Administration

Fall

N/A

December 1

Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Policy and Administration

Fall

N/A

February 1

Master of Public Health/Master of Public Policy and Administration

Fall

N/A

February 1

Master of Regional Planning/Master of Public Policy and Administration

Fall

N/A

February 1

 

Financing Your Education

Graduate students seeking financial assistance can consult the UMass Amherst Financial Aid Office to learn more about financial aid, eligibility, and more. All students seeking financial assistance are encouraged to start by submitting a FAFSA. Any student who enrolls in at least 6 credit hours worth of coursework is eligible for federal financial aid during that time.

Students in the School of Public Policy are not eligible for tuition and fee waivers, including official Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant positions on campus. Limited, partial fellowships are available to outstanding applicants. Graduate students are eligible for hourly positions on campus that do not result in a tuition waiver.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to research all areas of financial aid that may be available to them, including fellowship opportunities for international and domestic students. International students should also research scholarship opportunities through their home country's department or ministry of education.

State employees are eligible for discounted tuition, currently set at 50% of the cost of online courses and 100% for in-person courses. Members of the military, including veterans, active duty, and National Guard, should contact UMass Amherst Veteran Services to inquire about services and to learn about eligibility for VA Education Benefits. Please contact @email or call 413-545-5792 for more information.

Prospective students who are currently employed are encouraged to investigate whether or not their current employer offers full or partial tuition support through a tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement plan. 

Also note that if after graduation you go on to work for a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. See the Public Service Loan Forgiveness section of the federal student aid website.
 

 

 

Have specific questions?

Contact our admissions team at @email.

Old Chapel and Library in Fall

Visit Us in Person

On your visit, you'll meet students and faculty, have the chance to attend classes, explore the UMass campus, and ask any questions you have about the program.