Applying: Master of Public Policy

We’ve reinvented the Master of Public Policy, creating a new program that makes the most of the realities and possibilities of a complex, fluid world. We’ve focused on how leadership works, why context matters in decision making, and what action leads to tangible results. The Batten MPP: It’s essential for anyone who wants to lead more competitive, resilient, and fair societies.


*Application will go live August 1, 2017

Admissions Deadlines

Admssion Round 1

Application deadline - January 15, 2018 (midnight)

Decisions released - March 12, 2018 

Deadline - April 16, 2018

Admission Round 2

Application deadline - April 2, 2018 

**Round 2 decisions/deposits will be on rolling basis

Dual degree program students

If you are applying for any of the five dual degrees that we offer, remember that you must apply to both schools separately and gain admission to both schools separately before you can be admitted to the dual degree program. Additional admissions information for each program is contained in the description of each respective dual degree.

International students

In addition to references, online application, personal statements and GRE scores students must adhere to the certain requirements when applying to the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Learn more here. 

What you’ll need to apply

The following items will be 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.
  • Four (4) Mandatory Essays:
    • Which public policy area interests you? (Please limit your answer to 50 words.)
    • What work, activity, or educational experience has best equipped you for work on public policy? Please describe how this experience has impacted your personal growth and your view of the world. (Please limit your answer to 500 words.)
    • What is the motivation behind your drive to study leadership and public policy? (Please limit your answer to 250 words.)
    • Create a Top Ten List that tells us something about you. (Please limit your answer to 120 words.)
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. You are required to submit two letters of recommendation.  Your recommenders must submit their letters of recommendation via this online application module.  There will be more instructions regarding letters of recommendation within the application itself.
  • Test Scores. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test is required. Students applying for the joint JD/MPP (University of Virginia Law School and the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy) may submit the LSAT in place of the GRE. Students applying for the joint MBA/MPP (Darden School of Business and The Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy) may submit the GMAT in the place of the GRE. Test(s) must be taken within five years of application and preferably no later than the December preceding admission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have test results submitted to the University. Note: When registering for the GRE or sending additional score reports, applicants should use The Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy designated code #0587.
  • 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.
  • Unofficial Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded directly to your online application. Should you gain acceptance to the MPP program, an official transcript will be requested at that time.
  • $75 Non-Refundable Application Fee. You must submit your application fee via check payable to the University of Virginia. For Americorps and Peace Corp alumni, the Batten School application fee is waived. Our admissions office can give you instructions on providing this information for your application. For questions about payment, or if you believe you qualify for an application fee waiver, please call 434.924.3477. Checks (please include the applicants name in the memo line on the check) should be made out to the University of Virginia and mailed to:

Postal mail should go to:

Director of Outreach & Engagement
Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
235 McCormick Road, PO Box 400893
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4893

Physical Address (for overnight of mail, FEDEX, UPS and DHL):

Director of Outreach & Engagement
Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Garrett Hall
235 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA  22904-4893

  • If you qualify for an admission fee waiver (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or U.S.Veteran), please send documentation of your service to