Welcome to the UMass School of Public Policy

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The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy is a hub for policy-related research and teaching across campus. Our curriculum balances academic theory with professional skills development and practical experience, preparing students to solve problems for the common good and become leaders in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. 

We offer a two-year Master of Public Policy & Administration and a one-year Master of Public Policy, including a 4+1 Accelerated MPP for students at UMass Amherst and the other Five Colleges. Students can pursue either program full or part time. The GRE is not required to apply. We also offer an Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy

We strive to make our graduate programs financially accessible to all students. We offer generous grants, including Commonwealth Policy Fellowships, which recognize academic excellence and leadership potential. Our Master of Public Policy program, which combines online and in-person classes, is one of the most affordable public policy degree programs in the region.  

The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy received the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration’s inaugural Social Equity Award and has been named one of the most innovative public-service programs in the country by the independent group Best Value Schools.

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SPP Students Chosen for Inaugural Civic Action Project Fellowships

The new program provides internship experience, training, and mentoring for the next generation of public service leaders. 

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Palladino Joins School of Public Policy and Economics Faculty

“There’s such a need now for people who are motivated to solve big public policy problems,” Palladino said. “I’m really excited to engage with students who are motivated, passionate, committed.”

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Graduating Students Receive School of Public Policy Honors

Pammy Eisner received the Philip Hertz Scholarship Award, while Alex Plowden received the M.V. Lee Badgett Award for Social Justice.

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Alumni Profile: Michelle Goncalves, MPPA 2006

"I was able to create UMass Women into Leadership from scratch, so that in itself is amazing. As I reflect on our fifth year, I am grateful for the network of supporters that we have cultivated, too. These supporters—including many SPP alums, faculty, and staff—have helped to mentor UWiL students in countless ways."

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School of Public Policy Announces New Summer Online Courses

The three new courses are in public budgeting and finance, local government administration, and strategic fundraising and philanthropy.