The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Amherst School of Public Policy Leaps 22 Spots in U.S. News & World Report Ranking

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The School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst has seen a significant rise in its ranking in the newly released 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. 

SPP’s standing in the report’s Public Affairs category moved up 22 spots since U.S. News’ last review of graduate programs, in 2014. 

“The national reputation of the School of Public Policy is on an upward trajectory thanks to the high quality and achievements of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Alasdair Roberts, the school’s director. 

“This is an exciting time for the School,” added Satu Zoller, SPP’s associate director for academic programs. “We’re expanding programs that prepare students to become effective leaders in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.”

Those initiatives include a new one-year Master of Public Policy degree, an affordable program that gives students both theoretical training and real-world experience. The new Beacon Hill Project will connect students with legislators and other leading policymakers through meetings in Boston, regular videoconferences, and research projects focused on legislation. 

SPP also offers an accelerated MPP program for undergraduates at UMass Amherst and the other Five Colleges; a Master of Public Policy and Administration; dual-degree programs in which students earn an MPPA along with a Master of Business Administration, Education in Higher Education, Public Health, or Regional Planning; and an undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy.

The School of Public Policy was ranked 64th in the U.S. News and World Report guide, up from 86th in 2014.

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