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.

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 also offer a specialized track in

  • Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy

Learn more about our MPA Program.

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.

Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy, Graduate Certificate (On-campus and Online)

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.

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.

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.

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 our MPA program 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.

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.