In the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy’s Master of Public Policy and Administration program, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to become a leader in the nonprofit, public, or private sector while creating meaningful social change.
The MPPA curriculum will provide you with a strong analytical foundation that can be applied to a wide variety of policy issues. You can also opt to pursue a dual degree in Business Administration, Higher Education, Public Health, or Regional Planning or build an area of specialty based on your interests.
Our goal is to make the program financially accessible to all students, whether in state, out of state, or international. We offer generous grants, including Commonwealth Policy Fellowships, which recognize academic excellence and leadership potential. Students can also pursue other funding opportunities, including graduate assistantships across campus.
Download the MPPA course timeline.
Students typically complete the 48-credit MPPA in two years. We also welcome part-time students.
The GRE is not required to apply to the MPPA.