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 core curriculum consists of eleven 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. 

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.

Applications for Fall 2022 entry are now open! All applications go through the same evaluation process, independent of the date in which they are submitted. However, this is a competitive program with limited seats available, so we encourage all interested students to submit their application as early as possible.


Application Deadline: November 15, 2021
Decisions Released: January 25, 2022
Deposit Deadline: April 15, 2022


Application Deadline: January 15, 2022
Decisions Released: March 2, 2022
Deposit Deadline: April 15, 2022


Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
Round 3 decisions/deposits will be on rolling basis


Students with an undergraduate degree by the time of matriculation

Admissions contact

Jeff Chidester
Executive Director of External Affairs

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 experiences have best equipped you for graduate studies in leadership and public policy? (Please limit your answer to 500 words)​
  2. 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)
  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)
  4. One of our aims is to enhance students’ abilities 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)

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. 

For the 2021-2022 application cycle, the Batten School has removed the standardized test requirement. If you have already taken the GRE (or, for dual degree applicants, the GMAT or LSAT), you are welcome to submit your scores if you believe they provide another useful data point for your application. 

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.

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 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.

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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.