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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. 

And SPP is hiring! Our current search is for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Cybersecurity and Public Policy. Complete information about that position and application instructions are available here.

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 Speaker at 2nd Annual UMass Social Entrepreneurship Day

SPP Professor of Practice Elizabeth (Betsy) Schmidt will serve on a panel, "Pursuing Business and Social Goals Through Hybrid Organizing," on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 1:45-3:00 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge. 

SPP Students Compete for 2017 Hult Prize

Hadassah Minga Masudi and Zulekha Abu will compete as a team with Sustainability Science student Alicia Luhrssen in this year’s Hult Challenge on December 5. Supported annually by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Hult Challenge provides a $1 million award to a social enterprise designed to help the world's poorest and most vulnerable populations.    

Spring 2017 Public Engagement Fellowship Applications Due Nov. 21

Public Engagement Fellowships support faculty who want their research to make a difference in the world. Interested in becoming a Spring 2017 Fellow? Additional information and application available here.

School of Public Policy Offers Variety of Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2017

Six undergraduate courses in public policy are available for enrollment this Spring! Interested? Learn more about each course in this news item or visit our Undergraduate Course List and select "Spring 2017."

Five College Team Among NASA “Smart City” Competition Finalists

Palista Kharel (MPPA/MBA '18) and SPP Interim Director Charlie Schweik participated in the project that ranked fifth in the NASA World Wind Europa Challenge competition to design solutions for "smart cities."