The Master of Public Policy program at UMass Amherst integrates theoretical learning with opportunities to apply that knowledge in real-world settings. The program prepares students to be leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors and effective advocates for social change.
The program offers two paths to the Master of Public Policy degree:
• The One-Year Master of Public Policy
The thirty-seven-credit interdisciplinary MPP is one of the most affordable master’s degrees in public policy in New England. The program allows students to complete the degree in one year by taking up to twelve online credits in the first summer (which may include the three-credit internship requirement), then finishing the remainder of credits during two semesters in residence.
The one-year MPP is open to any applicant who has completed a bachelor's degree, in any field, by the time they begin courses in the summer (including current seniors).
• The Accelerated Master of Public Policy
The accelerated, or 4 + 1, MPP option is open to outstanding Five College students. Current juniors at UMass Amherst or Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, or Smith colleges are invited to apply.
The accelerated MPP program allows students to earn credits as an undergraduate that count simultaneously toward their bachelor's degree and a master of public policy—making it a less expensive option than earning separate undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Students in the accelerated program may apply twelve credits earned as undergraduates (seven from undergraduate courses and five from graduate courses taken as an undergrad) toward their MPP. They complete a three-credit internship the summer after finishing their undergraduate degree, then return to campus for two semesters of full-time studies.