Careers & Skills


Tiffancy Manuel, PhD Public Policy Alumna
"I came to the Public Policy PhD Program at UMass Boston looking for a firm grounding in applied social science research techniques, policy analysis, and economics. Mission accomplished - that's exactly what I received! If you are looking for a PhD program that has a diverse student body, outstanding faculty who genuinely care about your academic and professional development, then the program at UMass Boston is definitely for you!"

--Tiffany Manuel, PhD; Senior Vice President of Knowledge, Impact and Strategy at Enterprise Community Partners (MD)

Careers in Public Policy

Our graduates seek employment in a wide range of policy areas, from teaching and research to policy change including professional positions in state and local government, community organizations, public and private research firms, and nonprofit agencies.

Sample Alumni Positions

  • Energy Policy Research Analyst
  • Executive Director of a community organization offering services for Latino immigrants in metro-Boston
  • Executive Director of a large, nonprofit child welfare and re-unification agency in Michigan
  • Health Planner
  • Policy Advisor to a regional office of a federal health agency
  • Post-doc Fellow and Environmental Consultant at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Regional Capacity Building Director for a national nonprofit, health promotion agency
  • Researcher/Community Liaison at a university policy institute
  • Senior Project Manager at Jobs for the Future
  • Superintendent of Schools, Knoxville County, Tennessee
  • Tenure-track, visiting, and adjunct university faculty

Meet our alumni.

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