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.

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, there is no application fee to apply to the Batten Minor in Public Policy and Leadership.

Students applying for the Public Policy and Leadership Minor who also want to be considered for the Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership should submit one application for the Bachelor of ArtsA separate Minor application is not required. See more information below.

A walkthrough of the Minor application can be found here.


Current UVA undergraduate students from any major outside of Batten who will have earned 60 credit hours by the time of matriculation.

Admissions contact

Estrella Burks-Parra
Admissions Coordinator


Application Opens: November 1, 2023
Application Deadline: February 16, 2024
Decisions Released: March 15, 2024
Academic Program*: March 18, 2024
Decision Deadline
: March 22, 2024

*Academic Program is for newly admitted students

Prerequisites & Application Materials

Please note, you can indicate your interest in also being considered for the Public Policy and Leadership Minor in the BA application. You do not have to submit a separate Minor application.

To be considered for both programs, within the Bachelor of Arts application, answer “yes” to the question “Are you interested in also being considered for the Batten Minor in Public Policy & Leadership?”

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

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.

You will be prompted to upload this document in the application system as either a Word document or a PDF. Please ensure that this document includes, but is not limited to, the following information: leadership roles held, employment history, your interest in one/more policy areas or societal issues, relevant internships and jobs and your role(s) in those positions, and roles in relevant school- and community-based organizations. If you have questions about crafting a resume, we recommend you utilize the UVA Career Center resume resources!

A Personal Essay of 400 words: “What is the motivation behind your decision to pursue the Batten minor? Please indicate your interest in addressing one or more policy areas or societal issues. How will a minor focused on public policy complement your academic studies and career pursuits?

Unofficial transcripts from any post-secondary institution where you received college credit (including dual enrollment credits) can be uploaded directly to your online application. 

An application addendum is not required. 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 or unique grading scales, etc.). Please format your response as a letter to the admissions committee.