Academic Programs

Our programs provide interdisciplinary study of a wide range of political and economic philosophies and theories of public policy and public affairs including experiential learning components.

Our distinguishing features include small student-centered classes and dedicated and supportive faculty. Our curriculum focuses on social equity and efficient and effective governance at the local, national, and international levels.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Programs

Qualified UMass Boston undergraduates can earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in either public administration or global comparative public administration in less time and for less money.

Learn more about our Accelerated Master’s Degree Programs.

Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy, Graduate Certificate

Our award-winning, first-in-the-nation, applied program prepares women to serve at all levels of government, take on leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, hold elected office, or pursue advanced degrees, most frequently in law and public policy.

Learn more about our Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy, Graduate Certificate Program.

Global Comparative Public Administration, MPA

This award-winning, in-class or online program provides a global perspective to the study of public administration and prepares students to lead and manage state, national, and international organizations, both in the public and nonprofit/NGO sectors. 

Learn more about our Global Comparative Public Administration, MPA Program.

Public Administration, MPA

Gain skills in budgeting and finance, economics, ethics, organizational behavior, politics, and statistics to effectively manage public programs. Graduates go on to become leaders in government, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations. 

We offer specialized tracks in

  • Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy
  • Municipal Management

Learn more about our Public Administration, MPA Programs.

Public Administration, MPA; Gender, Leadership & Public Policy Track

Learn to unpack the intersectional influence of gender, along with race/ethnicity and class, in the context of the larger policy environment. Students will gain the technical, professional, analytical, and managerial skills for public sector careers. 

Learn more about our specialized track in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy.

Public Administration, MPA; Municipal Management Track

Acquire analytical, managerial, and political skills and expertise crucial for effective municipal management. Advance your understanding of local public administration in a self-designed experiential capstone project. 

Learn more about our specialized track in Municipal Management.

Public Policy, PhD

With a commitment to social equity, our students conduct interdisciplinary research and examine policy issues related to economic development, education, immigration, health care, nonprofit organizations, racial justice, urban affairs, and more.

Learn more about our Public Policy PhD Program.

Awards and Accolades

Noting the mission of the McCormack Graduate School, ranks UMass Boston in the Top 30 Most Innovative Public Service Schools in the United States.

U.S. News & World Report ranks two of our programs as top-tier:

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 Comparative Public Administration Program earned top 30 honors as one of the best online master's in public administration by

The Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) has chosen Professor Amy E. Smith for its Graduate Faculty Teaching Award which recognizes excellence and creativity in the teaching of graduate students with an emphasis on pedagogy, including classroom-based and/or distance learning instruction.