The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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    Ready to be a changemaker?

    A Master of Public Affairs (MPA) is in your reach.

    Available as a 4+1 MPA for outstanding undergraduates from UMass Amherst and the 5 Colleges.

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    Professional Training

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

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    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 Amherst School of Public Policy

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

Learn to solve problems for the common good and become a leader in the nonprofit, public, or private sector in programs that balance policy and management analysis, professional skills development and practical experience.

For undergraduates, we offer a new bachelor's in public policy, launched in the fall of 2022. Undergraduates can also pursue a certificate in public policy.

For graduate students, we offer several degree options:

Graduate students can enroll on a full- or part-time basis. The GRE is not required to apply. 

We strive to make our graduate programs financially accessible to all students.

The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy received the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration’s inaugural Social Equity Award.

Request information about our graduate degree programs.


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Schweik Named President-Elect of International Association for the Study of the Common

Professor Charles Schweik of the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy and the Department of Environmental Conservation has been elected the next president of the

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New Industrial Policy Requires Reforms

In a new Boston Review article titled "Why Biden’s New Industrial Policy Won’t Work Without Reforms,"  Lenore Palladino, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy, tackles the problems with the new Inflation Reduction Act. 

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SPP Graduate Students in Boston

SPP students met with state elected leaders and a variety of SPP alumni in public service leadership positions last week during a visit to Boston. Senator Jo Comerford arranged for a tour of the Senate Chambers. SPP masters students joined with the Women of Color Leadership Network and UMass Women into Leadership for this trip to explore career options in public service.

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Preserving Ukraine’s Culture Amid War

Nara Narimanova ’23 MPPA , spent this past summer utilizing satellite data to document and preserve cultural sites in her war-torn home country of Ukraine.

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Sharrow Reflects on 50th Anniversary of Title IX

SPP and History Professor Elizabeth Sharrow offered an historical perspective on Title IX for the LePage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University on September 7, 2022.

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Shoub on How Legislators Communicate

Elected representatives have more options than ever before for public-facing communications including press releases, e-newsletters, Facebook posts and messages on Twitter. What platforms do they choose? And what difference does their choice make?

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SPP Bids Farewell to Satu Zoller

Satu Zoller, associate director for academic programs at the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, will retire at the end of this summer after 24 years at the program.

Zoller has long been “the backbone” of the UMass public policy program, said Professor John Hird. Zoller helped launch what was then known as the Center for Public Policy and Administration back in 1998, with colleagues Kathy Colon, who retired in 2020, and Hird, the program’s founding director, who went on to serve as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.