• The Russell Senate Office Building dome

    New Online Course

    The Batten School launches the first comprehensive public policy course online in February. "Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century" is a massive open online course or MOOC featuring discussions with top leaders, such U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, former Congressman Tom Davis, Congressman Gerry Connolly, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and more.
  • Associate Professor Christine Mahoney in the classroom

    Inspired Learning

    Our innovative approach to public policy has attracted some of the best scholar-practitioners in political science, psychology, law, history and economics. They’re driven by policy issues and eager to abandon academic silos. They’re published and accomplished, a combination of the sharpest minds at U.Va., as well as some of the best research institutions in the country.
  • Batten School students visit Capitol Hill

    Real World Experience

    Batten School students do not only study public policy, they interact with the nation's policy makers. Professor Gerry Warburg's MPP class recently visited with legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill.
  • Garrett Hall, University of Virginia

    Make a Difference

    Social entrepreneurship is an approach to creating system-level change through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social ventures, non-profit organizations, government institutions and NGOs to create economic, environmental and social value for multiple stakeholders.
  • Professor Eileen Chou speaks with students

    Batten Community

    At Batten, you’ll join stellar faculty and driven students at one of the nation’s top “public ivy” universities. Whether you’re in the MPP program, an undergraduate in the accelerated MPP track or a pioneer in a dual degree program, you’ll graduate ready to lead from day one.

Batten News

The latest edition of Batten Reports, the magazine of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, is now available online.

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MPP student Zachary Blackburn and his team of fellow graduate students' proposal won the 2015 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Student Simulation Competition. Blackburn and fellow MPP student Jenni Jung traveled to the University of Maryland School of Public Policy to join other graduate students from around the Mid-Atlantic region. NASPAA press release below:


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The Virginia legislature has been debating whether to add misdemeanor convicts to the state’s DNA database. This is primarily in response to the murder last year of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, which might have been prevented if such a policy were in effect years ago.

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