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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!


Schmidt Named Summer 2017 Innovation Fellow

As part of her fellowship, SPP Professor of Practice Elizabeth (Betsy) Schmidt will attend several symposia at UMass in June about new instructional technologies and developing a campus innovation "think tank."

Rice Featured at Final 2016-17 SPP Colloquium

Doug Rice (legal studies) will conclude this year's SPP Faculty Colloquium with a talk about policymaking and the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, May 1, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Thompson 620.

Mednicoff on the U.S. Airstrike in Syria

Professor David Mednicoff (public policy and Middle Eastern Studies) writes in The Conversation about next steps for U.S. policy following the April 6, 2017, airstrike on Syria.

April 25 Event Features Migration Expert Susan Martin

Internationally-acclaimed migration expert Susan Martin will draw on her book, A Nation of Immigrants, to place the Trump Administration's actions and proposed plans in historical perspective on April 25 at 4 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room.

SPP Students Represent UMass in Global Simulation Competition

Four students from the UMass School of Public Policy (SPP) were selected from policy programs around the world to take part in a competition designed to address global hunger.