• In 2018, the University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) will launch a one-year degree option for students interested in earning a master’s in public policy.

    Fast, Affordable, & Progressive

    A Master's in Public Policy (MPP) is in your reach.

  • University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy students at the Annual Washington DC Networking Trip

    Professional Training

    Transform your potential into engaged policymaking, effective public management and creative social enterprise.

  • University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy alum Kyle Wedberg


    Your education and your impact extend far beyond our classroom walls.

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    Dedicated to Equity

    SPP is recognized nationally for integrating social equity into our academic and practical work.

Welcome to the UMass School of Public Policy

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 grants of up to $25,000, 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 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 Announces Rolling Admissions for Graduate Programs

The GRE is no longer required of applicants for the Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Policy & Administration degrees.

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Alumni Profile: Raija Vaisanen, MPPA 2010

"The best part of my job is working with the community of partners across the state on the shared goal of connecting workers to good jobs that help keep businesses competitive in Massachusetts."

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Internship Spotlight: National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

"I would like to play a role in helping people both individually and systemically. I believe that policy, when done right, is the best avenue for helping large numbers of people and creating a better future."

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is located in Thompson Hall

SPP Hosts New Student Chapter of International City/County Management Association

The UMass Amherst student chapter will introduce students to the local government management profession and will organize activities such as talks, panels, webinars, and group field projects.

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Remembering Professor George Sulzner

 “He was an outstanding professor, but, more important, George Sulzner was a living example of the greater principles he taught," said alumnus Larry Kocot. "The UMass community will be less without him.”