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

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

  • Dedicated to Equity

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

Welcome to the Center for Public Policy and Administration

The Center for Public Policy and Administration is the hub of interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our faculty teach and conduct rigorous research to realize social change and solve problems for the common good. Our classes are small, and the impact we have on our students and on the outside world is big.


Gift from Alumnus Keel to Support CPPA Students

A generous donation from Kristen Keel (BS ’88, MPA ’92), a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, includes funds for summer internships, a requirement for all of CPPA’s master’s students.

Fulbright Scholar Highlights Tunisian E-Government Advances

On Wednesday, April 22, Nizar Ben Neji, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, will present an overview of e-government initiatives in his home country during a seminar hosted by the National Center for Digital Government from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Global Fieldwork Shows Students Policy Constraints and Possibilities

Four CPPA students spent their spring break conducting field research in Nepal and Thailand for an international environmental conservation project. One realization filled their minds: Creating, implementing and enforcing effective and lasting policies is complicated. Very complicated.