• Professional Training

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

  • Engage

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

  • Dedicated to Equity

    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!


In Memoriam, Amanda Fadum Hall (1995-2017)

The School of Public Policy mourns the passing of work study student and communications assistant Amanda Fadum Hall.

McSweeney, Sexton Receive Hertz, Badgett Awards

Anne McSweeney received the Philip Hertz Scholarship Award and Stacey Sexton received the M.V. Lee Badgett Award at a reception at the Lord Jeffrey Inn on May 11, 2017.

Congratulations to 2017 SPP Grads!

The UMass Amherst Graduate School conferred master's degrees on 25 students from the School of Public Policy at its May 12, 2017 Commencement ceremony.

Abu, Ascolese Winners of Commonwealth's Best Capstone

Zulekha Abu (MPPA/MEd '17) and Liana Ascolese (MPP '17) won this year's MassASPA Keogh Best Capstone competition in Boston on May 4, 2017.

Coakley Named 21st Century Leader

Lauren Coakley '17, a political science major and member of SPP's MPP Class of 2018, will be honored for her achievements at UMass Amherst's commencement on May 12.