National Security Policy Cohort

The Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy is the nation’s only school explicitly committed to teaching both evidence-based leadership and rigorous policy analysis. We have reinvented the Master of Public Policy degree, creating a new program that better equips future leaders for the realities and possibilities of a complex, fluid world.

In the Fall of 2017, the Batten MPP will welcome its inaugural National Security Policy (NSP) Cohort. The unique challenges of our time require leaders who can bring imaginative thinking, problem-solving skills, and constructive dialog to the most pressing security policy issues. The Batten School’s focus on leadership and practical training will equip the NSP Cohort to become the next generation of security policy innovators.

The program will consist of 12-15 scholars and national security professionals from the United States and our international partners. Over the course of the two-year program, these students will complete the Batten MPP core curriculum, which provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, methods, and strategies of policy analysis and effective leadership. This curriculum consists of four courses in policy analysis concepts and problem-solving skills, two courses in leadership, and one course on policy context, as well as three applied and experiential learning courses building applied policy analysis skills.

In addition, students are required to take 18 additional credits in graduate elective courses to focus their studies in a policy area of their choice. For their electives, the NSP Cohort will complete a sequence of courses on net assessment-based national security policy. Students will also engage with current and retired members of the U.S. security community. This will yield opportunities for focused discussions and site visits that will extend student’s knowledge of and relationships in the intelligence and national security communities in the greater Washington, D.C. area. 

For additional information about the 2017 NSP Cohort, please contact Jeff Chidester, Director of Outreach and Engagement, at jchidester@virginia.edu.