The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Professor Brian Sargent and students in classroom

The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy curriculum balances academic theory with professional skills development and practical experience working on projects for clients. Students graduate uniquely prepared for the professional opportunities ahead of them.

SPP prepares students to solve problems for the common good. Our comprehensive approach to integrating social justice into our research, teaching, and hands-on work has received national recognition. Other areas of strength include sustainable development and technology in governance.

Students enjoy the benefits of both small class sizes and the rich and varied offerings available at UMass Amherst. The School of Public Policy serves as a hub for policy-related research and teaching across the UMass Amherst campus, creating opportunities for students to build their own areas of specialty based on their interests and career goals. 

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Our Graduate Degree Programs

Our Undergraduate Certificate

UMass Amherst students can complement their majors with our Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy, which offers a strong foundation for a career in government, nonprofits, or the private sector. Our students also go on to law school or graduate studies in public policy, education, public health, business, and other fields.

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