Admissions & Financial Aid: MPP program

The MPP admissions committee assesses each student’s application based on academic record, letters of recommendation and work or volunteer experience. All applicants must have a strong cumulative grade point average and be either juniors or seniors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst or at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke or Smith colleges. Applicants will also be expected to have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service through internships, research or employment or volunteer experience with policy-oriented organizations. GRE scores are not required.

Download an application at the Graduate School web site or call the application request line at (413) 545-0721,
or send a request to:

Graduate Admissions Office
530 Goodell Building
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003   

Your application should include:

* Completed application form
* Statement of purpose
* Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
* Two letters of recommendation
For Five College students applying, there is no GRE requirement.

April 30  |

Applications for current Five College juniors must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office.

The University of Massachusetts financial aid office provides detailed information on the options available to all prospective UMass graduate students. Applicants are strongly encouraged to research all areas of financial aid that may be available to them. Some resources include:

Fellowship Opportunities for Foreign Nationals
Click here for a list of funding sources for international students.

Fellowship Opportunities for Domestic Students
Click here for a list of funding sources for domestic students.

Costs for the MPP program include tuition, university fees, health care costs and living expenses. A breakdown of all costs is available through the Bursar's web site. When calculating tuition costs, please remember that the MPP program requires the completion of 36 credits.

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