The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Graduate Admissions

Admissions are now open for summer and fall 2022.

The priority deadline for funding is March 15. The final application deadline is April 1. Apply now.

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. 

We offer two paths to the Master of Public Policy: SPP's One-Year MPP is open to all applicants with a bachelor's degree and begins with summer classes in May. Our 4+1 MPP is 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.

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. 

MPPA students can opt to pursue a dual degree in Business Administration, Public Health, Higher Education, or Regional Planning.

Admissions Timeline:
October: Admissions are open and applications are accepted.
December 1: Application deadline for the dual MPPA/Master of Education in Higher Education program
February 1: Application deadline for the dual MPPA/Master of Business Administration, MPPA/Master of Public Health, and MPPA/Master of Regional Planning programs
March 15, 2023: Priority application deadline for MPP and MPPA applicants to be considered for a Commonwealth Policy Fellowship

April 1, 2023: Final application deadline for MPP and MPPA applicants
April 15, 2023: Deadline for accepted applicants to accept or decline admissions offer
May 30, 2022: Classes begin for the One-Year Master of Public Policy program
Early September 2023: Classes begin for the 4+1 Master of Public Policy and the Master of Public Policy and Administration programs 

Request information about our programs.

For More Information

Contact Admissions Manager Mike Marr
(413) 545-3940