The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Master of Public Policy

Apply now to the University of Massachusetts Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) 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 MPP:

  • The One-Year Master of Public Policy 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 MPP course timeline.
  • The 4+1 Master of Public Policy 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 MPP course timeline.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An interview is strongly recommended but not required

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

Application Deadline

We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning September 1. Application deadline is April 15. 


Apply online through the UMass Amherst Graduate School.

For More Information

Contact Satu Zoller
(413) 545-2714