The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Welcome to the UMass School of Public Policy

School of Public Policy students sitting at a table and talking at orientation

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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School of Public Policy students at orientation 2019

School of Public Policy Announces Expansion Plans

“This is a crucial investment in preparing the next generation for leading careers in public service,” said John A. Hird, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

headshot of Liz Berman

Internship Spotlight: Liz Berman, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

In her fellowship, through the Civic Action Project, Berman researched legislative initiatives, crafted strategic messaging, wrote testimony to present to the Massachusetts Legislature — and gained experience and connections that helped her land a job as a legislative aide. 

Lenore Palladino testifying before the House committee

Palladino Testifies Before Congress on Stock Buybacks

Palladino, a new member of the School of Public Policy faculty, testified in favor of a corporate stock buyback ban in front of a U.S. House Committee on Financial Services subcommittee.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Michael Havlin

Alumni Profile: Michael Havlin, MPPA 2016

An economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Havlin also is the chief statistical consultant for the start-up political polling company Point Blank Political. 

headshot of Jane Fountain

Fountain Named to "Most Influential" List in Digital Government

This is the second year in a row Fountain has been named to the list, which recognizes academics, politicians, civil servants, and activists who are shaping digital government around the world.