• In 2018, the University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) will launch a one-year degree option for students interested in earning a master’s in public policy.

    Fast, Affordable, & Progressive

    A Master's in Public Policy (MPP) is in your reach.

  • University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy students at the Annual Washington DC Networking Trip

    Professional Training

    Transform your potential into engaged policymaking, effective public management and creative social enterprise.

  • University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy alum Kyle Wedberg


    Your education and your impact extend far beyond our classroom walls.

  • University of Massachusetts students meeting with former Chair of the Federal Reserve Board Janet Yellen

    Dedicated to Equity

    SPP is recognized nationally for integrating social equity into our academic and practical work.

Welcome to the UMass School of Public Policy

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is the hub of interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, dedicated to realizing social change and solving problems for the common good.

In 2015, our program was named among the most innovative public service programs in the United States by the independent group Best Value Schools. In 2011, we received NASPAA's inaugural social equity award for teaching, research and service aimed at advancing social justice and social change.

Are you a student interested in our graduate programs? Our classes are small, and the impact our students have on the world is big, so apply here!

* Attention, current students: when registering for classes, you'll find School of Public Policy classes under "SPP" in the SPIRE system. *


Amy Zucchero

Alumni Profile: Amy Zucchero, MPA 2003

"At IGNITE, I get to work with amazing women from all walks of life. It’s the young women we train. The elected women who are dedicated to feeding the leadership pipeline and offer countless hours of mentorship. And our dedicated group of supporters who understand how important it is invest in the next generation of women."

Linda Tropp

Tropp Publishes on Benefits of Interracial Contact in Schools

The research brief urges policies that will help children thrive in a multiracial society.

Palista Kharel & Toby Armstrong

School of Public Policy Recognizes Students for Achievement, Social Justice Work

Palista Kharel, MPPA/MBA, received the Philip Hertz Scholarship Award, while Toby Armstrong, MPP, received the M.V. Lee Badgett Award for Social Justice.

Kathy Colon

Colon Wins College's Outstanding Staff Award

Colon, who's been with the public policy program since its inception, was recognized for creating a positive work environment, implementing innovative work processes, and exemplifying integrity and dedication.

Massachusetts State House

Beacon Hill Project to Connect Students with State House

This fall, the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst launches the Beacon Hill Project, a new initiative that will bring SPP students to the Massachusetts State House for an inside look at the policymaking process.