Accelerated Master of Public Policy

The Batten School is pioneering a new model of leadership and policy education.  We provide a powerful interdisciplinary learning environment to foster the next generation of policy leaders and analysts focused on getting things done. Batten students train to execute tangible solutions to real-world problems through rigorous cost benefit analysis, innovation and teamwork. Graduates of the Batten School join a growing network of change agents committed to working collaboratively and successfully to tackle the most complex issues of our time. At Batten, we better the world by producing the leaders of positive disruption.

The Batten Accelerated MPP

The Accelerated Master of Public Policy program allows students to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Public Policy degree in a total of five years of coursework. This program is available to students from all undergraduate majors at the University of Virginia. Students typically apply for admission in their third undergraduate year. Applicants must demonstrate they will have earned at least 90 undergraduate credits before the start of their fourth year.

The two-year Accelerated MPP program provides students with a strong foundation in the concepts, methods and strategies of policy analysis and effective leadership. To earn the Accelerated MPP, students must complete 49 credits and a 400-hour policy-based internship in the summer between the fourth and fifth year. The core curriculum consists of 11 three-credit courses—four analytic courses, three leadership courses, three experiential courses, and one context course—plus the one-credit Applied Policy Project Preparation Seminar. View the full Accelerated MPP curriculum.

In addition to core courses, students are required to take 15 elective credits, which allow students an opportunity to gain substantive expertise in their areas of policy interest. Students may enroll in electives offered at the Batten School and across the University—the Law School, the Darden School of Business, the Curry School of Education, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and others (with approval by the Batten School Office of Academic Affairs). Internships and one-credit short courses are also part of the program. View Batten School graduate course descriptions.

The capstone of the program is an Applied Policy Project in which students perform a professional-quality study for a real-world client under faculty supervision. For some students, the project is an outgrowth of the summer internship and, in some cases, may lead to a post-graduation position with the client organization. Batten graduates are highly sought after and prepared for public service careers across sectors and issue areas.

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* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.