The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Welcome to the UMass School of Public Policy

Make Positive Social Change. Become a Leader in Public Service.

At the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, students prepare to solve problems for the common good and become leaders in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors through a balance of academic theory and professional skills development and practical experience.

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 Team Contributes to "Catalog of Commoning"

The publication profiles "commoning" initiatives, including nonprofits, co-ops, collaborative efforts supported by government programs, and citizen-led self-governed efforts. SPP Professor Charlie Schweik and students Trevor Campbell, Kathrine Esten, Maddy Leue, Bradley Riley, and David Wasielewski contributed to the project.

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Alumni Profile: Danielle Corrado, MPPA '18

"The School of Public Policy provided me with an extensive network that ultimately led me to the position I am in today," says Corrado, who focused on food policy during her time at SPP and now works for Coca-Cola.

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Students Named Civic Action Project Fellows

“I’m looking forward to learning more about the inner workings of our government, all while receiving guidance and mentorship from experienced public sector professionals,” said Khalif Nunnally-Rivera, one of SPP's five CAP fellows.

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Students Present Capstone and Workshop Projects

Students in the School of Public Policy’s Capstone and Workshop in Public Policy courses recently presented their final projects, for which they took on in-depth research in policy areas of particular interest to them.

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Grant Funds Civic-engagement Project

SPP Professors Jane E. Fountain and Ethan Zuckerman will work with College of Information and Computer Sciences colleagues Narges Mahyar and Ali Sarvghad on the project, funded by the Institute of Diversity Sciences.

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Vicarelli Wins Grant for Research on Climate Change Adaptation

Students from the School of Public Policy and other UMass departments are working with Vicarelli on the project, which looks at the economic benefits of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction strategies.