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

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.

In 2015, our program was named among the most innovative public service programs in the United States by the independent group Best Value Schools. In 2011, we received NASPAA's inaugural social equity award for teaching, research and service aimed at advancing social justice and social change.

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!


Alasdair Roberts Named Director of the UMass School of Public Policy

Following a national search, renowned scholar Alasdair Roberts will become the inaugural director of the UMass School of Public Policy effective September 1, 2017.

Tropp Research on Intergroup Contact Featured at April 3rd SPP Faculty Colloquium

Tropp’s talk, “Are We Stronger Together? How Contact Between Groups Transforms Attitudes and Social Relations,” will draw on her years of research examining how contact between groups shapes people’s understandings of social relations and perspectives on social justice.

Fountain Delivers Keynote at E-Governance Conference in India

Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Jane Fountain's keynote, "Political Priorities and Administrative Performance: Building Cross-Agency Capacity," was presented at the 10th International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. 

SPP Co-Sponsors Talk by MA State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump

Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump will speak at UMass Amherst on Friday March 3rd, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in S340 Life Science Laboratories (LSL).

Schmidt Discusses 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 research by academic experts.