• Professional Training

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

  • Engage

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

  • Dedicated to Equity

    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 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.


Celia Grace wedding dress line, founded by Marcie Muehlke (MBA/MPPA ‘12), receives $50,000 award from Valley Venture Mentors

Celia Grace, a social enterprise founded by Marcie Muehlke (MBA/MPPA ‘12), received the highest award for participation in the 2016 Valley Venture Mentors program.

MPPA Alum Michelle Goncalves '06 Awarded Zuckerberg Leadership Prize

The Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair/Prize is designed to reward leaders of courage, conviction, and selflessness who have devoted their time and talent to helping the University of Massachusetts to accomplish its goals.

Emily Devenney, MPP ’16, Honored with Academic/Community Transformation (ACT) Award

The award recognizes student leadership, academic excellence, and community contributions through service-learning or community engaged research.

Schweik Named SPP Interim Director

Charles Schweik, professor of environmental conservation and public policy, will become interim director of the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy on June 1, 2016.

Michael Nicholson, UMass Amherst Senior and incoming MPP student, among ‘29 Who Shine’ Honored at State House

Michael Nicholson was honored May 9th at the State House during the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s “29 Who Shine” ceremony. Nicholson is going to enter into the accelerated Masters of Public Policy (MPP) program at the School of Public Policy this fall.