48 months
35515 USD/year
35515 USD/year
14542 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Philosophy and Public Policy major (PPP) from University of Massachusetts Boston is designed for students interested in the application of philosophical ideas and tools to the analysis of public policy issues.


The Philosophy and Public Policy interdisciplinary approach from University of Massachusetts Boston combines a solid preparation in political philosophy with study of public policy issues in philosophy and other departments. This major prepares students for eventual careers in government, politics, or the law.

Learning outcomes

This subject is both academic and practical: besides giving students an appreciation of the importance of philosophical investigation and study we aim to help them become reflective and responsible citizens. 

The students graduate equipped with interpretive, analytical, and argumentative skills, as well as with a broad knowledge of the history of ideas, which informs their understanding of the challenges of contemporary life and society. These skills can be applied in many fields, and our graduates pursue careers in law, government, journalism, the arts, business, education, and academia.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Contemporary Moral And Social Problems
  • Moral Debate In Society
  • Morals And Law
  • The Idea Of God
  • Equality And Justice
  • Privacy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed UMass Boston online admission application
  • Application fee of $100
  • An official high school record, leaving certificate and/or graduation examination results or their notarized copies. All documents in foreign languages must be translated by a certified professional. Records must be sent directly from the institution to be considered official.
  • Academic recommendation letter (from a school-based counselor and/or teacher)
  • 500-word essay
  • Test scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35515 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35515 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    35515 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35515 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    14542 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14542 USD per year during 48 months.

Regional: $25,448/year

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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