Degree Programs

Batten Degree Programs

Of the 250-plus schools of public policy and administration in the United States, the Batten School has the distinction of being the only one explicitly committed to teaching leadership in addition to rigorous data analysis. Our multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and emphasis on ethics reinforce our focus on how leadership works, why context matters in decision-making, and which actions lead to tangible results. 

The Batten School transforms students into change agents prepared to address the most pressing societal problems through the following undergraduate and graduate programs:

Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) 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 curriculum consists of ten three-credit “core” courses: analysis, leadership, foundations and contexts, and experiential. Students are also required to take 15 elective credits, which allow them to gain substantive expertise in their areas of policy interest. The capstone of the program is an Applied Policy Project in which students perform a professional-quality study for a real-world client under faculty supervision. 

Accelerated Master of Public Policy

The Accelerated Master of Public Policy program allows students to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Public Policy degree in a total of five years of coursework. This program is available to students from all undergraduate majors at the University of Virginia. Students typically apply for admission in their third undergraduate year. Applicants must demonstrate that they will have earned at least 90 undergraduate credits before the start of their fourth year.

Students must complete 49 credits, as well as a summer internship between the first and second year in the Batten program. The curriculum consists of 11 three-credit “core” courses: analysis, leadership, foundations and contexts, and experiential. Students are also required to take 15 elective credits, which allow them to gain substantive expertise in their areas of policy interest. The capstone of the program is an Applied Policy Project in which students perform a professional-quality study for a real-world client under faculty supervision. 

Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy & Leadership

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership is a multidisciplinary, liberal arts program focused on understanding how public policy decisions are made, and how civic leaders in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector contribute to collective problem solving. Students typically apply for admission in their second undergraduate year. Applicants must demonstrate that they will have earned 60 credits prior to matriculation, including two prerequisites (ECON 2010 or equivalent, and either LPPL 3100 OR PSYC 2600 or equivalent). The major consists of 41 credits including a capstone seminar completed the final semester of the student’s fourth year.

Public Policy & Leadership Minor

The Public Policy & Leadership Minor is open to University of Virginia undergraduate students. Rooted in the social sciences, the minor focuses on public policy issues and decision-making processes through instruction in economic, political, historical and psychological factors in public policy formulation and application. The minor consists of a core curriculum and specialized courses that emphasize substantive knowledge, analytical rigor, and research skills. It also introduces students to leadership theory and concepts. Current University of Virginia undergraduates can apply for admission once they have completed the required prerequisites. The Public Policy & Leadership Minor consists of 18 distinct credit hours of coursework with no double counting of courses with a student’s major or second major. All minor courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Dual Degrees

The Batten School offers several dual degree programs with other professional schools at the University of Virginia. These programs allow students to complete two degrees in less time so that they can quickly put their new skills and knowledge into action. Current dual degree offerings include:

  • JD/MPP, with the University of Virginia School of Law
  • MBA/MPP, with the Darden School of Business
  • MPP/PhD, with the Curry School of Education
  • MPP/MPH, with the School of Medicine
  • MPP/MUEP, with the School of Architecture

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.