At the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, students prepare to solve problems for the common good and become leaders in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors through a balance of academic theory and professional skills development and practical experience.
Our graduate programs are open to both full- and part-time students. The GRE is not required. We offer several graduate degree options so you can pick the program that best fits your interests and needs:
The Master of Public Policy
A one-year program of online and in-person classes that allows you to move quickly and affordably toward pursuing your professional goals with the skills you need. You’ll take courses in policy analysis, research methods, economics, and other subjects. Elective courses include management and a capstone project.
We offer two paths to the MPP: the regular One-Year MPP, open to all applicants with a bachelor's degree, or the 4+1 MPP, open to outstanding current juniors at UMass Amherst or Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, or Smith colleges, which allows you to begin earning credits toward your graduate degree while an undergrad.
“My work is informed by a duty to create a better and more just world through equitable access to resources—a theme that was present in much of my coursework at SPP.”
Marketing and Communications Director, Pedal Movement
Master of Public Policy 2013
The Master of Public Policy & Administration
A two-year program that allows students to take more elective courses, at SPP or other UMass departments, and develop an area of specialization. You’ll take a management course and complete a capstone — a culminating project in which you apply what you’ve learned in your core courses — either as an individual research project or as a team workshop project.
MPPA students can opt to pursue a dual degree in Business Administration, Public Health, Higher Education, or Regional Planning.