Applying: Accelerated Master of Public Policy

Application Information

The Accelerated Master of Public Policy program is available to current UVA undergraduate students from any major outside of Batten. Students typically apply for admission in their third year. Applicants must demonstrate they will have earned at least 90 undergraduate credits before the start of their fourth year. Second year students who anticipate having 90 undergraduate credits before the start of their third year may also be eligible to apply. All application materials for admission must be submitted by the corresponding deadline by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 

We know the global pandemic has presented students with a unique set of challenges as they contemplate their future academic path.  In this moment, ethical, resilient, solutions-oriented policy leaders are needed more than ever.  Batten is committed to fostering an intellectual community that is innovative, inclusive, and equitable.  In this spirit, the application fee has been waived for all applicants to Batten programs for the 2021-22 academic year.



Current UVA undergraduate students from any major outside of Batten who will have earned 90 credit hours by the time of matriculation.

Admissions contact

Anne Carter Mulligan
Director of Undergraduate Admissions


Application Opening: November 16, 2021
Application Deadline: January 21, 2022
Decisions Released: February 18, 2022
Academic Program*: February 22, 2022
Decision Deadline: February 25, 2022
Admitted Students Weekend: March 25-26, 2022

*Academic Program is for the newly admitted Class of 2024

Prerequisites & Application Materials

  1. ECON 2010 (or equivalent) with a C or higher AND
  2. One of the following math courses with a C or higher
    • MATH 1190: A Survey of Calculus 1 with Algebra
    • MATH 1210: A Survey of Calculus I
    • MATH 1310: Calculus I
    • APMA 1090: Single Variable Calculus I
    • OR any more advanced calculus course

The math prerequisites can be fulfilled through either coursework or AP or transfer credit. 

Any prerequisite course taken during a semester in which the University has offered CR/GC/NC grading due to the global pandemic that receives CR will satisfy the requirement. Those who earned General Credit (GC) or No Credit (NC) in a prerequisite course will need to retake that course before their expected start term at Batten.

You will be prompted to upload this document in the online application. A Word or PDF document is recommended.

  1. What is the motivation behind your decision to study policy? What work, activity, or educational experience has best equipped you for graduate studies in leadership and  public policy? Please describe how this experience has impacted your personal growth. (Please limit your answer to 500 words.)
  2. One of our aims is to enhance students’ ability to lead in a diverse and divided world. Tell us about a time you had to work across lines of difference to improve some outcome. (Please limit your answer to 250 words.)
  3. Describe a time when you faced a significant failure or setback in something you were trying to accomplish and how you dealt with it. (Please limit your answer to 250 words)

This year, toward the goal of streamlining and standardizing the recommendation process, recommendations for the Accelerated MPP will be submitted using a form evaluating your candidacy along a set of criteria addressing your potential for success in the program.  If your recommender has prepared a traditional letter of recommendation, they will have the option to include it.

Consider asking for one academic reference at the collegiate level, and the other from an employer, mentor, research supervisor, coach, or other person who knows your work outside of the classroom.  We are happy to accept recommendations from your time prior to UVA, but be sure to balance that with information about your activities and aptitude now.

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded directly to your online application. 

In evaluating your academic performance, you will not be penalized for a transcript with CR/GC/NC grades during a semester in which the University has offered CR/GC/NC grading due to the global pandemic. We encourage you to use the optional application addendum to provide some additional context and insight into your decision.

There is no penalty for not submitting an application addendum. However, some applicants may have additional information that would be useful for the admissions committee. Feel free to amplify positive dimensions of your background not covered elsewhere or give insight into seemingly negative information in your application (e.g. course withdrawals, light course loads, gaps in your academic record, etc.).  In particular, you should use this space to detail extenuating circumstances relating to the coronavirus pandemic, including things like your decision regarding pandemic grades (CR/NC vs. letter grades), reduced internship or extracurricular opportunities, or personal hardship. Please format your response as a letter to the admissions committee, not to exceed one page.

If you believe you qualify for in-state tuition, you must apply directly with UVA’s Office of Virginia Status using the following form. If you have any questions, please email Their office will be in communication with the Batten School once they have reviewed your residency application. 

All supplemental materials (e.g. unofficial transcripts and recommendations) must be submitted by the date of the official deadline. Your application may be completed online and submitted electronically once you have answered all the required questions. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting – you may access your application and change your answers as many times as you like. To do that, use the Username and Password that you created when you first completed the Interest Page and/or started your application.