The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Finance Your Education

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At the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, our goal is to make our graduate programs financially accessible to all students, whether in state, out of state, or international.

We offer generous Commonwealth Policy Fellowships, which recognize academic excellence and leadership potential. Fellowships are available to both in-state and out of state students and help make SPP one of the most affordable policy programs in the region.

To be considered for a Commonwealth Policy Fellowship, apply by the March 15 priority deadline.

Accepted applicants will be notified of their funding award with their acceptance letter. 
 

The University of Massachusetts’ Financial Aid Services provides detailed information on the options available to all prospective UMass graduate students.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to research all areas of financial aid that may be available to them, including fellowship opportunities for foreign nationals and domestic students.

 

Program Costs

Massachusetts Residents:

• One-Year Master of Public Affairs:

Full-time students (12 or more credits)

First Summer:

Two online courses: $1,469/course (total: $2,938)

Internship/Practicum: $707

Total summer cost: $3,645

Full year in residence:

Tuition plus fees for 12 or more credits = $8,507/semester, or $17,014/year

Total program cost: $20,659

 

• 4+1 Master of Public Affairs:

Tuition plus fees for 12 or more credits = $8,507/semester, or $17,014/year

Internship/Practicum: $707

Total program cost: $17,721

 

• Two-Year Master of Public Policy & Administration:

Full year in residence:

Tuition plus fees for 12 or more credits = $8,507/semester, or $17,014/year

Total program cost, two years: $34,029

 

Out-of-State Students

• One-Year Master of Public Affairs:

Full-time students (12 or more credits)

First Summer:

Two online courses: $1,469/course (total: $2,938)

Internship/Practicum: $707

Total summer cost: $3,645

Full year in residence:

Tuition plus fees for 12 or more credits = $17,886/semester, or $35,772/year

Total program cost: $39,417

 

• 4+1 Master of Public Affairs:

Tuition plus fees for 12 or more credits = $17,886/semester, or $35,772/year

Internship/Practicum: $707

Total program cost: $36,479

 

• Two-Year Master of Public Policy & Administration:

Full year in residence:

Tuition plus fees for 12 or more credits = $17,886/semester, or $35,772/year

Total program cost, two years: $71,545