Welcome to the UMass School of Public Policy

School of Public Policy students outside the Massachusetts State House

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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students working in the Internet Governance seminar

Internet Governance Class Takes Global Perspective

Students in the School of Public Policy seminar will work on an international collaborative project focused on consumer protection and online privacy rights in the Americas.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Jane Fountain

New SPP Course Looks at Future of Government

The seminar, taught by Distinguished University Professor Jane Fountain, will consider the benefits and negative consequences of an increasingly digitalized society, economy, and governments.

UMass President Marty Meehan, state Rep Mindy Domb, Jake Binnall and Gov. Charlie Baker as Binnall joins the Board of Trustees

Public Policy Student Joins UMass Board of Trustees

Jacob Binnall, a Master of Public Policy student, will represent the Amherst campus as one of five University of Massachusetts student trustees. 

composite of headshots of Jo Comerford and Samantha Hamilton

SPP Considers "The Future of Public Service" on August 29

State Sen. Jo Comerford and Samantha Hamilton of the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts will speak at the event, which kicks off the new academic year.

Headshot of Brianna Sunryd

Student Joins Digital Strategies Advisory Board

Brianna Sunryd, a Master of Public Policy & Administration student, is also the president of the UMass International City/County Management Association student chapter.