• 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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Professor Brian Sargent teaching class

School of Public Policy Accepting Applicants for 2019 Program

The School now offers rolling admission and financial aid decisions for its one- and two-year masters programs.

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BBC Program Features School of Public Policy Students

The program, My Perfect Country, which examines successful public policies around the globe, spent three days with Professor Betsy Schmidt's “Making a Difference: Policies and Strategies for Social Change” class.

Two School of Public Policy students working together in a classroom

SPP Announces Concentration in Nonprofit & Arts Management

The new concentration is offered in conjunction with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts' Arts Extenstion Service, the nation’s leading provider of arts management classes and publications.

SPP student Michael Crowley

SPP Student Wins Udall Scholarship

The national scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment, Native American tribal sovereignty, and health care.

Headshots of legislators Jo Comerford, Natalie Blais, Lindsay Sabadosa, Mindy Domb

New Legislators to Speak at "Women Leading Western Mass." Event

The event is sponsored by the School of Public Policy and UWiL (UMass Women into Leadership).