The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Declaring a Major

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For Current UMass Amherst Students

The public policy major is new, so it is currently open to those graduating in 2025 and beyond. Read more about the major requirements.

Want to learn more about the major or to declare it? Make an appointment via this link. For Advising Care Unit, choose “Explore How to Declare or Change Majors.” Then, select “Explore Public Policy Major” as the Service.

For New and Incoming Students

Admission to the undergraduate degree program in public policy is granted by the University Undergraduate Admissions Office. Their website shares all requirements and application deadlines. Please note that students may study the major as first year students or as transfer students from another college or university. For particular questions about the major, please email us publicpolicyba@umass.edu.

General Questions

Please email publicpolicyba@umass.edu.