The Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) admissions committee assesses each student's application based on academic record, letters of recommendation, work or volunteer experience, and demonstrated commitment to or passion for public service.
We prefer applicants to have at least two years of work experience in a job related to public policy or administration but do admit strong students who have just completed their undergraduate degrees if they have demonstrated a commitment to public service. For those students, greater weight is given to traditional academic criteria, such as undergraduate records, than for students with professional experience.
The MPPA is open to both full- and part-time students.
- Completed application form
- Statement of purpose
- Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
- Two letters of recommendation
- International students are also required to submit an official TOEFL score report
The GRE is not required for the MPPA program, although applicants can submit their scores if they choose.
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.
Apply online through the UMass Amherst Graduate School.