The Batten School is pioneering a shift in policy education, designing and promoting best practices for achieving transformational impact. We’re reimagining the approach to developing the next generation of public leaders. To see how, view the curriculum for each of our degree programs.


Batten’s core curriculum provides students with a foundation in the concepts, methods and strategies of policy analysis and effective leadership. In addition, Batten attracts some of the nation’s best scholar-practitioners as faculty, providing students with topical knowledge to help prepare them to tackle the most pressing policy challenges. Browse Batten’s undergraduate and graduate course descriptions to learn more.


The Batten School considers not only academic rigor, but also real-world experience, political impact, teaching and mentoring when recruiting and promoting faculty members. In response to surging demand, our faculty has expanded to more than 60 interdisciplinary scholars. As researchers and professors of practice, they are shaping the future. Their areas of focus reflect the drive and research of some of the sharpest minds at work in policy today. Learn more by visiting the Batten faculty page.

Research Centers

The Batten School is a University-wide asset, a hub that facilitates cross-disciplinary research, teaching and training, and creates meaningful exchanges throughout UVA and beyond.  Our research centers are one of UVA’s essential points of convergence for interdisciplinary research and bring our initiatives further out into the world.