The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Master of Public Policy and Administration

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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.

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Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • International students should review Graduate School international applicant policies for any additional requirements

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

Application Deadlines

We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning October 1.

MPPA: 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.

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


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