Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership

Pursue Your Passion

The coalescence of a multidisciplinary liberal arts degree and practical experience, the Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership initiates students to the many facets of public policy—from the economic and political to the psychological and cultural—and prepares them for robust participation in public life.  The program focuses on understanding how public policy decisions are made; how civic leaders in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector contribute to collective problem solving; and how policy decisions affect public problems in communities.

The program provides undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree from a professional school, allowing for easy progression to advanced degree programs and employment across the sectors. The major consists of 42 credits including a capstone seminar completed the final semester of the fourth year.

Eligible Applicants

UVA students who will have 60 credits and will have successfully completed and earned a C or higher in ECON 2010 (or equivalent), social psychology (either LPPL 2600 OR PSYC 2600 or equivalent), and LPPP 2200 by Aug 1, 2024.

Application Dates

Opens: November 1, 2023
UVA Student Deadline: January 26, 2024
Transfer Student Deadline: March 1, 2024

Admissions Contact

Anne Carter Mulligan
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

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.