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

Welcome to the Center for Public Policy and Administration

The Center for Public Policy and Administration 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.


Student Crowdfunding Campaign Raises 50% of Goal in First 48 Hours

Students are raising funds to support a trip to Washington, D.C., during the Winter Intersession. Every donation counts!

CPPA Graduate Students Travel to Boston

This year's CPPA annual Prosem trip to Boston was on November 6th. It gave the 20 graduate students who participated the opportunity to get acquainted with employees in a range of organizations and agencies where they might want to work in the future.

Schmidt Speaks at Yale Law about Social Entrepreneurship

Professor of Practice Elizabeth Schmidt is speaking with Yale University law students on Oct. 28 about the intersection of social entrepreneurship, law and public policy.