Master of Public Policy

Transforming Leadership

Our two-year, full-time Master of Public Policy program offers more than the typical policy research and data analysis education found at other public policy schools. We focus on the result of policy — solving society’s most pressing problems. We stand distinguished by teaching and cultivating effective, value-based leadership so our graduates can make significant strides toward becoming the dynamic leaders the world demands.

The program’s core curriculum combines rigorous data analysis with hands-on policy experience and a foundation in the concepts of leadership — how it works, why context matters in decision-making, and which actions lead to tangible results.

The culmination of the program is an Applied Policy Project that challenges students to perform a professional-quality study for a real-world client. For the truly vigorous, it may even lead to a post-graduation position.

MPP APPLICATION TO REMAIN OPEN UNTIL JUNE 15: The coronavirus pandemic has generated a range of unanticipated challenges in all of our lives.  For some of you, this means that previously-made plans for Fall 2020 and beyond have been disrupted.  In an effort to maintain maximum flexibility and grace in these challenging times, we have decided to keep our MPP application open until June 15, 2020.  We will also work with applicants to make accommodations for those unable to collect the required applications materials.  We have a limited number of seats available for the MPP each year, so admissions between now and June 15 will be rolling.  If you would like to speak to a representative of the Admissions Office, please do not hesitate to contact us at BattenAdmissions@virginia.edu.  

Eligible Applicants

Students with an undergraduate degree

Application Deadlines

Round 1: January 15, 2020
Round 2: June 15, 2020

Admissions contact

Jeff Chidester
Director of Graduate Admissions
jchidester@virginia.edu

Many Backgrounds. One Ethos.

Many backgrounds. One ethos.

We strive to be a community that exemplifies equality and tolerance; where inclusion is a given and public service is an expectation

"I can think of no better preparation for the work I’m doing now than the Batten curriculum. My ability to work calmly and efficiently is a direct result of the training I received at the Batten School."

Connor Maxwell (MPP ‘17)
Research Associate, Center for American Progress