Applying: Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership

Application Information

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership is available to current UVA undergraduate students and undergraduate transfer students. Admitted students will enroll in the degree program for the final two years of their UVA undergraduate studies. To be eligible for admission, students must have accumulated 60 credits prior to their Batten School matriculation. In most instances, UVA undergraduates will apply to the program during their second year. However, first-year students who will have accumulated 60 credits prior to the start of their second year are also eligible to apply. All application materials must be submitted by the corresponding deadline by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 


Current UVA undergraduate students and undergraduate transfer students who have accumulated 60 credits

Admissions contact

Anne Carter Mulligan
Director of Undergraduate Admissions


Application Opening: November 15, 2019
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
Decisions Released: March 2, 2020
Decision Deadlines: March 9, 2020
Academic Program*: March 18, 2019
Welcome Reception*: March 18, 2019
*Academic Program and Welcome Reception are for the newly admitted Class of 2022

Prerequisites & Application Materials

In addition to the 60-credit requirement, students have to complete two prerequisites courses prior to enrolling in the fall term:

  1. ECON 2010 or equivalent (earning a C or higher)
  2. LPPL 3100 OR PSYC 2600 or equivalent (earning a C or higher) 

You will be prompted to upload this document in the application system as either a Word document or a PDF. 

  1. 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. (250 words)
  2. What is the motivation behind your decision to pursue the Batten BA? 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 studying leadership and public policy? (250 words)

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Your recommenders must submit their letters of recommendation via this online application module. You will be notified by email when your letters of recommendation are received.

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded directly to your online 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. 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 for the admissions committee. Please format this application addendum as a letter to the admissions committee, not to exceed one page.

Your $75 non-refundable application fee can be paid via credit card at the time you submit your application. If you would like to request a fee waiver, please indicate this in the relevant section of the 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.