UMass Boston

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The McCormack School

Cutting-Edge Policy Teaching & Learning

Discover the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies—a nationally recognized leader in public service education dedicated to social justice and equity. With innovative interdisciplinary programs, cutting-edge research, and global partnerships, we address pressing societal issues.

Our strengths include:

  • Pioneering academic programs emphasizing innovation, applied learning, and equity.
  • Research supported by prestigious organizations like Carnegie and Fulbright.
  • International collaborations in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, and more.
  • Entrepreneurial centers focused on aging, peace, sustainability, and social policy.

Join us in shaping a better world. Explore our programs, engage in research, and collaborate with our community. Together, we can make a meaningful impact.

I hope to take with me the experience of working and contributing to something much larger than myself, the humbling satisfaction of knowing that I was part of a concerted effort to help the recovery of the great state of Massachusetts.
Violet Acumo, Public Policy PhD Student

Pioneering and Award-Winning Academic Programs

Noting the public service mission of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, ranks UMass Boston 29th in its list of the 50 Most Innovative Public Service Schools in the United States.

U.S. News & World Report ranks several of our offerings among its Best Graduate Schools:

Our Conflict Resolution Master’s Program was one of the first in the field of dispute resolution graduate education.

Our Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Program has earned awards from the University Continuing Education Association and the American Association of University Women for innovation and progress toward equity.

Our Global Governance and Human Security PhD Program is the first of its kind.