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Welcome to the School of Public Policy

Formerly the Center for Public Policy and Administration

The 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.

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!


Schmidt Discusses the Johnson Amendment in The Conversation

SPP Professor of Practice Elizabeth (Betsy) Schmidt's opinion piece, "How much does the Johnson Amendment curtail church freedom," appeared in the Feb. 19, 2017, issue of The Conversation, an online site that disseminates evidence-based research by academic experts. 

SPP Student Pamela Dutta '17 Named to Task Force

Dutta, associate director of the UMass Student Legal Services Office, will serve on the Chancellor's Federal Action Task Force to coordinate campus responses to presidential executive orders and related federal policies.

SPP Goes to the Big Apple!

For the first time ever, SPP students went to New York City as part of their annual Professional Development Seminar, visiting the UN, municpal agencies, and various NGOs,

Four SPP Students Represent UMass Amherst in NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition

Danielle Corrado '18 (MPPA with a specialization in Food Science Policy), Palista Kharel '17 (MPPA/MBA), Derek Krevat '17 (MPPA/MRP), and Estefania Marti Malvado '18 (MPPA), were invited to participate in the 2017 annual competition.

School of Public Policy Collaborating on Science, Technology, and Policy Workshop Series

In this Spring 2017 series of workshops, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to understand the interactions between science and the policy process.