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

Deadline

December 1: Applications must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office to receive priority consideration for graduate assistantship funding from SPP.

January 2: Final deadline to apply.

For More Information

Satu Zoller
Associate Director for Academic Programs
School of Public Policy
szoller@pubpol.umass.edu
(413) 545-2714

Chrystal A. George Mwangi
Assistant Professor, Higher Education
Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration
chrystal@educ.umass.edu
(413) 545-0747