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

 

 

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.