Academics
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Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs

PhD in Public Policy

The PhD Program in Public Policy at UMass Boston is a full-time day program for the first two years of study or part-time day program for the first three years. Our commitment to social change is anchored in our interdisciplinary, applied policy curriculum. Students typically complete their coursework and dissertation research in five to seven years.

Application deadline: February 10 for fall admissions.

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is an 18-month, interdisciplinary, professional degree program with evening classes and occasional weekend seminars to accommodate working professionals. The MPA prepares students for careers in public service and enhances the skills of those already employed in the public sector. Graduates of this program will analyze current policy issues and concentrate on topics relating to metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts and New England.

Application deadlines: April 15 for priority consideration for fall admission; May 15 is the final deadline for U.S. students; May 1 is the final deadline for international students. Applications received after April 15 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy

The Graduate Certificate Program in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Certificate Program is a nine-month program that prepares students to serve at all levels of government, take on leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, hold elected office, and pursue advanced degrees, most frequently in law and public policy.

Application deadlines: June 1 for fall admissions; May 1 for international students