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The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy seeks students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives who will contribute to the academic and public life of the program. Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee, which typically consists of SPP's associate director and two faculty members.

We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning September 1. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by March 15. After that date, applications will be considered as space is available. 

The GRE is not required for the Master of Public Policy, the Master of Public Policy & Administration, or the joint MPPA/Master of Education in Higher Education. It is required for the joint MPPA/Master of Business Administration, MPPA/Master of Public Health, and MPPA/Master of Regional Planning.

Both programs are open to full- and part-time students.

Master of Public Policy

Application deadline: We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning September 1. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by March 15. After that date, applications will be considered as space is available. 

Master of Public Policy and Administration* and Dual Degree Programs: MPPA/Master of Business Administration, MPPA/Master of Public Health, and MPPA/Master of Regional Planning

Application deadline: We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning September 1. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by March 15. After that date, applications will be considered as space is available. 

For dual degree programs, apply by February 1 for priority assistantship consideration.

Dual Master of Public Policy and Administration/Master of Education in Higher Education

Application deadline: Priority review deadline is December 1.

*International applicants to the MPPA program can find detailed information on the Graduate School website.