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. 

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. 

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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.

Students in Strategies for Social Change with Sen. Jo Comerford

New Partnership Supports Women's Leadership

The School of Public Policy and UMass Civic Engagement and Service Learning are working with the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts on a course that helps students bring about social change in their communities.

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Internship Spotlight: Sarah Nordberg, Office of State Rep. Marjorie Decker

"The State House is a busy and exciting place, and it is important to be able to shift your focus from one issue to another at a moment's notice. Being able to understand the nuances of many different policy areas is a valuable skill when working in the legislature."