Transfer Students

Transfer Resources

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership takes place over the final two years of undergraduate study at UVA. To be eligible for admission, students must have accumulated 60 college credits prior to beginning the program.

Each year, we directly admit a limited number of incoming third-year students into the undergraduate major who apply to UVA through the general admissions process. You can find out more information about transferring to UVA from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. When you submit your Common Application, please specify an interest in being considered for admission into the Batten School.

Incoming second-year transfers to UVA who are interested in the undergraduate major or the minor will follow Batten’s regular application process. Prerequisites completed at your previous institution will count if they are accepted for course credit by UVA through the transfer process. You may also take them during your first year at UVA, or even the summer after you apply to Batten. We also encourage you to sample our open introductory coursework to see if it is a good fit for you!

In order to be considered for admission into the Minor in Public Policy and Leadership, you must be a current UVA student and have already declared a major. If you are an incoming, rising third-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences, you will declare a major during your first fall term. You may be eligible to apply to the Batten minor in the spring, but will face tight scheduling requirements, especially if you have College area requirements still to fulfill. The minor is traditionally completed over two full academic years, so schedule a time to come talk to us to find out if you can complete it along an expedited timeline.

The Accelerated Master of Public Policy is available to students from all undergraduate majors at UVA. Students must earn 90 undergraduate credits before the start of their first year in the Accelerated MPP. As a transfer student, you may be eligible for this program depending on what credits you have left to fulfill while at UVA. Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Representative to learn more.

Because of the way the Batten School is set up — from orientation to the student-run organizations to the Monday Batten Hours, it’s a very inclusive, close-knit community and made me feel at home immediately. I don’t think this would have necessarily been the case had I transferred to another university.

Eric Ramputh
BA '19