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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 we are hiring an inaugural director! For complete information about the position and application instructions, please visit the UMass Interview Exchange.

We also are accepting applications from students interested in our graduate programs. Our classes are small, and the impact our students have on the world is big. 

Interested in SPP? Apply here.


Bushouse Co-Edits Special Volume on Ostroms

The August 2016 issue of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly celebrates the legacy of the late Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom and her husband Vincent.

Murray-Close, Misra Awarded Grant to Study Parenthood, Gender Wage Gap

Marta Murray-Close, economics, and Joya Misra, sociology and public policy, have been awarded a one-year, $65,355 grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to construct estimates of how parenthood contributes to the gender wage gap.

Wellspring Cooperative Seeking Investment in Springfield Hydroponic Greenhouse Project

This greenhouse will contribute to economic vitality and rejuvenation of the Springfield region by creating jobs and supplying fresh greens year-round to institutional, retail and local community markets.

SPP Invites Applications for Inaugural Director

Outstanding scholar and leader sought to direct the new School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus. Details and application information available here.

Brandt Featured on NPR's Marketplace

Brandt's comments, on a new study about the worst pollution event in history, suggest the economic costs of pollution-fueled asthma in the U.S.