Welcome to the UMass School of Public Policy

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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 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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News

photo of UMass President Marty Meehan with School of Public Policy Students

Beacon Hill Project Wraps Up Successful Inaugural Year

In the project's first year, School of Public Policy students met with more than three dozen policy professionals from government, think tanks, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and higher education, many of them alumni of the program.

Headshot of Rebecca Lurie

Workshop Will Look at How Unions and Co-ops Can Work Together

Rebecca Lurie of the CUNY School of Labor and Union Studies will lead the workshop, which is presented by the Wellspring Cooperative. 

Group photo of Thomas Piñeros-Shields, Nikolay Anguelov, Michael Goodman, Satu Zoller, David Cash, Chad McGuire, Michael Johnson, Alasdair Roberts

UMass Public Affairs Programs Meet to Discuss Collaboration Possibilities

Leaders from the four campuses met to discuss ways to make it easier for students to access courses and other resources across the programs, among other initiatives.

Professor Lee Badgett sitting at a conference table

Badgett Lead Author of New Report on LGB Rights and the Economy

The study found that nations offering more rights to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people enjoy significantly higher per capita GDP than those who trail in LGB equality, and that nations fostering exclusion of LGB people are causing harms to their economies.

Professor Ellen Pader and students  Saachi Mukerjee, Janelle Sochet, James Mazarakis and Joseph Langlois

Class Project Builds Bridges between Students and Campus Workers

Stories and posters from the project will be on display at the UMass Amherst Building Bridges Showcase on April 9.