Applying: Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership

Admitted students will enroll in the degree program for the final two years of their undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia.

To be eligible for admission, students must have accumulated 60 credits prior to their Batten School matriculation. Thus, in most instances, University of Virginia undergraduates will apply to the program during their second year. However, first year students who will have accumulated 60 credits prior to the start of their second year are also eligible to apply.


In addition to the 60-credit requirement, students have to complete two prerequisites courses prior to enrolling in the fall term:

  • ECON 2010 or equivalent (earning a C or higher)
  • PPOL 3100, PSYC 2600 or equivalent (earning a C or higher) 

Application Deadlines:

Application deadline - February 5, 2018 

Decisions released - March 1, 2018

Decision deadline - March 13, 2018

Academic Program* - March 20, 2018

*Academic Program is for the newly admitted BA undergraduate Class of 2020

All application materials for admission must be submitted by the corresponding deadline by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Additionally, all supplemental materials (e.g. unofficial transcripts and recommendations) must be submitted by the date of the official deadline. Your application may be completed online and submitted electronically once you have answered all the required questions. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting – you may access your application and change your answers as many times as you like. To do that, use the Username and Password that you created when you first completed the Interest Page and/or started your application.

Collected through the Online Application

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae. You will be prompted to upload this document in the application system. A Word or .pdf document is fine.
  • A Personal Essay of 500 words answering the questions: “Why do you want to study public policy and leadership? In other words, what motivates you to apply to this program?”
  • Application Addendum (OPTIONAL). There is no penalty for not submitting an application addendum! However, some applicants may have additional information that would be useful for the admissions committee. Feel free to amplify the positive dimensions of your background that are not covered in other parts of this application. Similarly, you may wish to put some seemingly negative information in your application into context for the admissions committee. Please format this application addendum as a letter to the admissions committee, not to exceed one page.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Your recommenders must submit their letters via this online application module. There will be more instructions regarding letters of recommendation within the application itself.
  • Unofficial SAT or ACT Scores must be reported via the online application.
  • Unofficial Copy of All College Transcripts should be uploaded to your online application. Should you gain acceptance to the BA undergraduate major program, we will request an official transcript at that time.