• 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. 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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An Interview with Theda Skocpol on American Political Polarization

Deep divisions have led the US to a “very dangerous” political moment, the Harvard sociologist and political scientist said in a School of Public Policy podcast interview.

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School of Public Policy Launches Beacon Hill Project

The program brings students on monthly trips to Boston where they meet with legislators, government officials, and advocacy groups and gain an inside look at the policymaking process. 

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Alumni Profile: Jake Hawkesworth, MPP 2013

"The School of Public Policy has a fantastic alumni network, and it is likely to be one of the most important aspects of the degree. Participate as early and as fully as you can!"

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SPP Kicks Off New Year with Chancellor, Rep. Kulik and Tapestry's Zoll

“The School of Public Policy is preparing future generations for leadership roles in the public and private sectors, both across the commonwealth and around the globe,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.

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Fellowship Program Bridges Gap between Food Policy and Science

The only program of its kind in the US, the Food Science Policy Fellowship offers students invaluable experiences and industry connections.