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.
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 to fuel your success. Open to both full- and part-time students. GRE not required.
The 4+1 Master of Public Policy
Open to undergraduates at UMass Amherst and the other Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges), the 4+1 MPP allows you to begin earning graduate credits while you’re an undergrad, making it a fast and affordable way to get your degree. GRE not required.
The Master of Public Policy & Administration
A two-year program that provides a strong analytical foundation that can be applied to a wide variety of policy fields. MPPA students can opt to pursue a dual degree in Business Administration, Public Health, Higher Education, or Regional Planning. Open to both full- and part-time students. GRE not required.
“Every time I walk into a public school, I’m reminded that I took this job to support schools in low-income communities like the one I grew up in.”
Administrative Education Officer with the NYC Department of Education
Master of Public Policy and Administration 2011
An Engaged Approach to Learning
Our curriculum balances academic theory with professional skills development and practical experience working on projects for clients. You’ll graduate uniquely prepared for the professional opportunities ahead of you.
A Forward-looking Curriculum
The School of Public Policy prepares students to solve problems for the common good. Our comprehensive approach to integrating social justice into our research, teaching, and hands-on work has received national recognition. Other areas of strength include sustainable development and technology in governance.
The School of Public Policy serves as a hub for policy-related research and teaching across the UMass Amherst campus, creating opportunities for students to build their own areas of specialty based on their interests and career goals.
A Close, Supportive Community
At the School of Public Policy, you’ll enjoy the benefits of both small class sizes and the rich and varied offerings available at UMass Amherst. You’ll know and be known by our award-winning faculty members and work closely with them on projects. And you’ll develop lasting connections with your classmates that you’ll carry forward into your careers.