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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.

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!


Bushouse, Chang Kick Off Spring 2017 Policy "Bootcamp" for STEM Doctoral Students

The second in a series of workshops for doctoral students in science and engineering, the workshop this Thursday, January 19, will be led by SPP faculty member Brenda Bushouse and SPP lecturer Henry Chang. 

New Unmanned Aerial Systems Course Offered Spring 2017

A new course this spring, offered through UMass Continuing and Professional Education, will offer those enrolled a chance to gain practical experience using UASs in a variety of applications. Interested? Register here.

McDermott Co-Authors Policy Brief for National Coalition on School Diversity

Kathryn (Katie) McDermott (education and public policy) has co-authored an “issue brief” for the National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD).

SPP Offers Variety of Undergraduate Courses in Spring 2017

For the Spring 2017 semester, the School of Public Policy will offer six undergraduate courses this spring open to students in any major.