The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Public Policy & Higher Education

The MPPA/MEd is for students interested in policy issues that affect higher and postsecondary education, such as state governance and coordination, financial aid funding, and affirmative action in admissions and hiring. Graduates will be ready for research, policy analysis, and management positions at federal and state governmental agencies, consulting organizations, education research groups, and nonprofit organizations working on education issues.

Students enrolled in dual degree programs may begin their studies in either program. It is best to complete a full year in one program before beginning the second program. During the second year students fulfill the core requirements of the other program. Students fulfill the remaining requirements of both programs in the third year of study.

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To Apply

While applicants must meet both the School of Education’s and the School of Public Policy's admission standards, students only need to submit one application to the Graduate Admissions Office


Priority deadline: December 1

Final deadline: January 2

For More Information

Michael Marr
Recruitment and Admissions Manager
School of Public Policy
(413) 577-2396

Ryan Wells
Professor, Higher Education
Director of the Center for Student Success Research
(413) 545-0871