Applying: Master of Public Policy

Application Information

The Master of Public Policy is a two-year, full-time graduate program. Students must complete 49 credits, as well as a summer internship between the first and second year. The curriculum consists of ten three-credit core courses: analysis, leadership, foundations and contexts, and experiential. All application materials for admission must be submitted by the corresponding deadline by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 


Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
Decisions Released: March 4, 2020
Admitted Students Weekend: March 27-28, 2020
Deposit Deadline: April 15, 2020


Students with an undergraduate degree


Application Deadline: March 20, 2020
Round 2 decisions/deposits will be on rolling basis

Admissions contact

Jeff Chidester
Director of Graduate Admissions

Application Materials

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 pursue the Batten MPP? Please indicate your interest in addressing one or more policy areas or societal issues. What work, activity, or educational experience has best equipped you for graduate studies in leadership and public policy? (Please limit your answer to 500 words)​
  2. 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)
  3. What do you see as your greatest personal strengths? What are your biggest personal limitations or opportunities for personal growth? (Please limit your answer to 250 words)
  4. Consider a time when you’ve been in a role that was held accountable for the performance of other people. What did you like and not like about being in that role? (Please limit your answer to 250 words)

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Your recommenders must submit their letters of recommendation via the online application module. There will be more instructions regarding letters of recommendation within the application itself. 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test is required. Students applying for the joint JD/MPP may submit the LSAT in place of the GRE. Students applying for the joint MBA/MPP may submit the GMAT in the place of the GRE. Test(s) must be taken within five years of application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have official test results submitted to the University. Note: When registering for the GRE or sending additional score reports, applicants should use The Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy designated code #0587.

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded directly to your online application. Should you gain acceptance to the MPP program, a required official transcript will be requested at that time.

Your $75 non-refundable application fee can be paid via credit card at the time you submit your application. For certain applicants (including AmeriCorps and Peace Corp alumni, and U.S. veterans), the Batten School application fee is waived. If you qualify for a fee waiver, please indicate this in the relevant section of the application. Once your fee waiver is approved you will receive an email that you may complete your application. 

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 to consider. Feel free to amplify the positive dimensions of your background that are not covered in other parts of this application. Similarly, you may wish to put some seemingly negative information in your application into context. Please format this application addendum as a letter to the admissions committee, not to exceed one page.

If you believe you qualify for in-state Virginian status, you must apply directly with UVA’s Provost Office using the following link. Go to the Applications tab and choose Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy and follow the submission guidelines on the form. If you have any questions, please direct them to the contact listed on the form. The Provost’s Office will be in communication with the Batten School once they have reviewed your residency application.

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Dual Degree Applicants

If you are applying for any of the five dual degrees that we offer, remember that you must apply to and gain admission to both schools separately. 

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International Applicants

International applicants are required to provide additional information when applying to the Batten School.