The University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Apply now to the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy

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. We look for applicants with a demonstrated commitment to public service and the drive to affect social change through public policy.

Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee, which typically consists of SPP's associate director and two faculty members. SPP offers rolling admissions beginning October 1.

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

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

Application Deadlines:

• Master of Public Affairs and Master of Public Policy and Administration:  Priority deadline for funding: March 15; final application deadline: April 15

• Dual Degree Programs:

MPPA/Master of Business Administration, MPPA/Master of Public Health, and MPPA/Master of Regional Planning application deadline: February 1

MPPA/Master of Education in Higher Education application deadline: December 1

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