• 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.

  • University of Massachusetts students meeting with former Chair of the Federal Reserve Board Janet Yellen

    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 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 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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Deadline to Apply for SPP Graduate Programs is April 15

The School of Public Policy offers generous grants that make the program one of the most affordable in the region.

School of Public Policy and UWiL students outside the United Nations

Public Policy and UWiL Students Network in New York

 The students visited the United Nations and the Alliance for Downtown New York, met with UMass Amherst alumnae working in the city, and learned about career opportunities in the public service field. 

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Internship Spotlight: Liz Berman, Freedom for All Massachusetts

"The state’s political circle is fairly small—if you do not know someone directly, someone else in your professional contacts does. I was surprised how willing people were to introduce you to their professional contacts to help the cause in any way possible."

Head shot of Professor Carol E. Heim

Heim to Speak in Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Heim will deliver her lecture, “Who Pays, Who Benefits, Who Decides? Property Developers and the Political Economy of Urban Growth,” on Wednesday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in the Old Chapel.

School of Public Policy Continues to Rise in US News & World Report Rankings

Over the past two years, the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy has leaped 26 spots on the list of top graduate programs.