Master of Public Policy

Lead change in turbulent times.

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.


Everything you need to begin the application process is right here.

At Batten, we’ve focused on how leadership works, why context matters in decision making and what action leads to tangible results. 

We believe in…

  • multidisciplinary perspective on the evolving context of public policy (collaborations with law, education and business schools).
  • attention to the role of psychological and non-rational factors in decision-making and group behavior.
  • hands–on projects, policy simulations and field experiences.
  • a small community that prepares leaders for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

Our core curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, methods and strategies of policy analysis and effective leadership. The program emphasizes teamwork and close interaction among students and faculty.

In addition to core courses, students are required to take 18 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 and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (with approval by the Batten School Office of Academic Affairs). Internships and one-credit short courses are also part of the program.

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 it may lead to a post-graduation position with the client organization. Upon graduation, students are prepared for public service careers in government, non-profit organizations, and private firms engaged in public-private partnerships.

Is this program only for those who seek civil service careers with the federal government?

Definitely not. The program aims to prepare students for a wide variety of policy-oriented careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

What are some examples of organizations that regularly hire MPP graduates?

Examples include Congressional committees, the EPA, the GAO, the CBO, the CRS, cabinet departments, the Federal Trade Commission, various state and local government agencies, the World Bank, and non-profits in many policy sectors, including environment, health, education, and international development. A more complete list is here.