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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Headshot of Jennifer Taub and the cover of her book Big Dirty Money

SPP Hosts Conversation with Jennifer Taub

Taub will discuss her book "Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime" on Monday, March 22, ar 12:15 p.m. ET.

Professor Marta Vicarelli and students in classroom

Students Take On Client Projects in Workshop Course

This semester, students will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Massachusetts communities, develop resources on nature-based solutions to pressing global problems, and work to support economic opportunities for LGBTI people around the world.

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Alumna Helps Lead Victory for Campus Assault Survivors

Liana Ascolese, SPP class of 2017, is national legislative director of the Every Voice Coalition, which works on legislation to address the pervasive problem of sexual assaults of college students. 

Headshot of Whitley Plummer

Internship Spotlight: Whitley Plummer, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

"Developing and implementing good policy takes a village! Municipalities, corporations, CDCs, foundations, universities, individuals—everyone must be on board, committed and tirelessly working towards equity to get things to change."

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Ash Report Names Top Climate, Air and Water Polluters

The report from the UMass Political Economy Research Institute includes environmental justice indicators, tracking unequal impacts on minorities and the poor.

SPP and JK Lakshmipat University Mark Second Year of Joint Program

Faculty from the two schools will speak at a series of talks on global policy issues, intended for Indian students interested in the UMass/JKLU program.