In the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy’s Master of Public Affairs program, students gain the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to become a leader in the nonprofit, public, or private sector while creating meaningful social change.

Our mix of online and in-person classes allows students to move quickly toward their professional goals with the skills needed to fuel their success. Internships and client projects provide invaluable real-world experience.

We offer generous grants to both in-and out-of-state students, making the MPA one of the most affordable public policy degrees in the region.

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Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $474
Registration Fee per semester $60
Application Fee $80
Returned Check Fee per semester** $30

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled.

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course

There is also a one-time $507 Graduate Registrar's Service Fee, which is a one-time fee paid by all entering matriculated graduate students.


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

  • The Master of Public Affairs is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any field.
  • The GRE is optional.
  • Open to full-and part-time students.

Learn more: https://www.umass.edu/spp/admissions

Financial Aid: 

At the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, our goal is to make our graduate programs financially accessible to all students, whether in state, out of state, or international. We offer generous grants, including Commonwealth Policy Fellowships, which recognize academic excellence and leadership potential.

Students can also pursue other funding opportunities, including graduate assistantships across campus. UMass Amherst's Financial Aid Services provides detailed information on the options available to all prospective graduate students.

More information: https://www.umass.edu/spp/admissions/finances