In the UMass Amherst Master's of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program, you'll gain the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to become a leader in the nonprofit, public, or private sector while creating meaningful social change.

The MPPA curriculum will provide you with a strong analytical foundation that can be applied to a wide variety of policy issues. You'll complete core courses in areas such as public management, economics in public policy, analysis, and statistical methods.

Through electives, you can hone your degree to best suit your personal interests and professional goals. Choose from subjects like negotiations, makerspace leadership, social and environmental enterprises, public policy, racism, and patriarchy.

Students also gain real-world experience through a required summer internship, senior capstone project, and a professional development seminar.

You can also opt to pursue a dual degree in business administration, higher education, public health, regional planning, or build an area of specialty based on your passion.