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.
For graduate students, who offer several degree options:
- A one-year Master of Public Policy, which combines online and in-person classes to allow students to get their degrees quickly and affordably
- A 4+1 Master of Public Policy, which allows exceptional students at UMass Amherst and the other Five Colleges to begin work on their master's during their senior year
- A two-year Master of Public Policy & Administration
- Dual-degree programs in business administration, higher education administration, public health, and regional planning
Graduate students can enroll on a full- or part-time basis. The GRE is not required to apply.
We strive to make our graduate programs financially accessible to all students and offer generous grants, including Commonwealth Policy Fellowships, which recognize academic excellence and leadership potential.
The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy received the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration’s inaugural Social Equity Award.