Accelerated MPP Curriculum

Accelerated MPP Curriculum

Prerequisites: The Accelerated Bachelor/MPP Program is available to students from all undergraduate majors except Public Policy and Leadership. Applicants are required (prior to enrollment in the Accelerated Bachelor/MPP Program) to have completed and earned a C or higher in the following two (2) courses: ECON 2010 or equivalent, and one (1) of the following math courses: MATH 1190-A Survey of Caluculus 1 with Algebra; MATH 1210 –A Survey of Calculus 1; MATH 1310-Calculus 1; APMA 1090-Single Variable Calculus 1; or any more advanced calculus course. The Math prerequisite can be fulfilled through either equivalent coursework or AP credit.

Summer: Completely Integrated Batten Orientation [August 12-27, 2018]. Two-week summer program designed to strengthen quantitative skills, enhance leadership style, build cohort camaraderie, and provide framework to start Batten studies on the right foot.

Year 1

Economics of Public Policy I
Research Methods and Data Analysis I
Leadership in the Public Arena
Economics of Public Policy II
Research Methods and Data Analysis II
Introduction to Policy Analysis

Summer: Required 400 hour Policy Based Internship

Year 2

Psychology for Leadership
Political & Moral Dimensions of Public Policy
9 Elective Credits
Applied Policy Project Prep Seminar (1 credit)
Applied Policy Project
Applied Policy Project Workshop
9 Elective Credits

To earn the accelerated Master of Public Policy degree, a student must complete 49 credits of coursework, consisting of 10 three-credit core courses: 4 analytic courses, 2 leadership courses, 3 experiential courses , and 1 context course, plus the one-credit Applied Policy Project Preparation Seminar; and 18 elective credits (including three-credit electives and one-credit short courses). Students must also complete a 400 hour policy based internship in the summer between Year 1 and Year 2 of the program.

Analytic Core (4 three-credit courses)
Economics of Public Policy I & II
Research Methods and Data Analysis I & II

Leadership (2 three-credit courses)
Leadership in the Public Arena
Psychology for Leadership

Foundations and Contexts (1 three-credit course)
Political and Moral Dimensions of Public Policy

Experiential (3 three-credit courses + 1 one-credit required Applied Policy Project Preparation Seminar)
Introduction to Policy Analysis
Applied Policy Project & Thesis Workshop (students earn 6 credits)

Electives (18 credits, including three-credit courses and one-credit short courses)
Courses on substantive areas of public policy and advanced courses on leadership skills, research methods, institutions, and policy instruments. Students may take graduate electives in other schools at U.Va. pending approval by Academic Affairs.

*Classes and course sequence are subject to change*

Last updated 9-29-17

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