• 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 UMass Amherst School of Public Policy is a hub for policy-related research and teaching across campus. Our curriculum balances academic theory with professional skills development and practical experience, preparing students to solve problems for the common good and become leaders in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. 

We offer a two-year Master of Public Policy & Administration and a one-year Master of Public Policy, including a 4+1 Accelerated MPP for students at UMass Amherst and the other Five Colleges. We also offer an Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy

We strive to make our graduate programs financially accessible to all students. We offer grants of up to $25,000, including Commonwealth Policy Fellowships, which recognize academic excellence and leadership potential. Our Master of Public Policy program, which combines online and in-person classes, is one of the most affordable public policy degree programs in the region.  

The School of Public Policy received the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration’s inaugural Social Equity Award and has been named one of the most innovative public-service programs in the country by the independent group Best Value Schools.


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Fountain Named Among 100 Most Influential in Field of Digital Government

The list, by the global policy platform Apolitical, recognizes people for their influence on the transition to digital governments, whether through policymaking, research, advocacy, or other means.

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Alumni Profile: Liana Ascolese

"SPP’s classes were broadly applicable to many different policy areas. A policy degree opens a lot of doors, and you may not know you have a certain interest until you actually start working, so keep all your options open."

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Rep. Kulik, Tapestry CEO Zoll to Speak at School of Public Policy Kick-off Event

The luncheon event, open to the UMass Amherst community, will also include a welcome from Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.

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SPP Students Work with Food Bank on Policy Recommendations

For their capstone project, Sarah Brown-Anson, Elizabeth Leibinger, and Hadassah Masudi Minga took on the question of how food banks should handle donations of less-healthy foods. 

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Badgett Coauthors Study on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

The researchers found that the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides necessary protections in states without anti-discrimination laws.