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

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

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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.


Kicking Off the Challenge for Tomorrow's Leaders

The Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) is excited to announce the Challenge for Tomorrow’s Leaders — a fundraising campaign that will provide our students with twice as many ways to connect ideas with action.

Badgett Assesses Economic Impact of SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

CPPA Director M.V. Lee Badgett has been quoted in several news articles in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Kaplan Building a Foundation for a Cleaner Planet

While Miriam Kaplan takes the next step on her career path, she is also building a foundation for a cleaner planet. At the same time, she is, literally, researching building foundations.