The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Master of Public Affairs

Apply now to the University of Massachusetts Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) admissions committee assesses each student's application based on academic record, letters of recommendation, and work or volunteer experience.

All applicants must have a strong cumulative grade point average and two letters of recommendation. Applicants will also be expected to have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service through internships, research, employment, or volunteer experience with policy-oriented organizations.

The program is open to both full- and part-time students. 

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We offer two paths to the MPA:

  • The One-Year Master of Public Affairs is open to any applicant who has completed a bachelor's degree, in any field, by the time they begin courses in the summer.
    Download the One-Year MPA course timeline.
  • The 4+1 Master of Public Affairs is open to outstanding Five College students. Current juniors at UMass Amherst or Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, or Smith colleges are invited to apply. 
    Download the 4+1 MPA course timeline.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation

The GRE is not required for either MPA program, although applicants can submit their scores if they choose.

Application Deadline

We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning October 1. The priority deadline for funding is March 15. The final application deadline is April 15.*
*Late applications will be considered on the basis of program space. Please contact if considering applying after the April 15 deadline.


Apply online through the UMass Amherst Graduate School.