Applying: Minor in Public Policy and Leadership

Application Information

The Minor in Public Policy and Leadership is available to current UVA undergraduate students from any major outside of Batten. Though students tend to apply Spring Second Year to complete the Minor over the course of their final two years at the University, in limited instances it is possible to complete the coursework on an alternative schedule.  Please contact the Admissions Team for more information. All application materials for admission must be submitted by the corresponding deadline by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.


Current UVA undergraduate students from any major outside of Batten

Admissions contact

Courtney Leistensnider
Assistant Director of Admissions


Application Opening: October 1, 2020
Application Deadline: March 5, 2021
Decisions Released: March 19, 2021
Academic Program*: March 24, 2021
Decision Deadlines: March 26, 2021

*Academic Program is for newly admitted students

Prerequisites & Application Materials

  • ECON 2010 or equivalent (earning a C or higher)
  • LPPL 3100 OR PSYC 2600 or equivalent (earning a C or higher) 

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 application system as either a Word document or a PDF. 

A Personal Essay of 250 words. “Why do you want to study the minor in public policy and leadership? In other words, what motivates you to apply to this minor program?

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 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 Spring 2020 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.

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.