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Welcome to the School of Public Policy

Formerly the Center for Public Policy and Administration

The School of Public Policy 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.


Heim Receives 2016 SBS Outstanding Teaching Award

Economist and School of Public Policy professor Carol E. Heim, who has been at UMass Amherst since 1981, has been selected for the 2016 College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award.

2016 Capstone Conference Scheduled for April 28

Five individuals and six teams will describe the original research they undertook as part of their capstone course and discuss the policy recommendations emerging from their analyses.

School of Public Policy to Host Five College/Mellon Bridging Grant Reception

The School of Public Policy will be hosting a reception to mark the completion of the Five Colleges Public Policy Initiative grant to bridge liberal arts and professional education.

CPPA Becomes School of Public Policy

The School of Public Policy will support new curricular, research and outreach programs in policy and administration at the state's flagship campus. 

Badgett Completes Three-Week Speaking Tour in China, Korea

M.V. Lee Badgett's speaking tour through Asia focused on the economic and business costs of LGBT discrimination and her research on marriage equality.