PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

University of Virginia

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy


The mission of the Batten School is to educate and train the next generation of policy leaders, and to create and disseminate new knowledge to solve the toughest policy challenges in the world. Much like other public policy schools, Batten trains its students in public administration and policy analysis. However, Batten was built upon the belief that this is not enough, that to address the great challenges facing our society requires the highest caliber of leadership to not merely identify or design solutions, but to implement them as well. That is why we created a school of leadership and public policy. As a result, we are looking to bring into our Masters of Public Policy program individuals with the potential to lead meaningful change.

We are small by design and uncompromising on purpose. At the Batten School, you become a part of a tight-knit community committed to excellence.

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Dual Degrees Offered:
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 Department of Public Health Sciences
MPP/MUEP with the School of Architecture

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

International Development
National Security
Social Entrepreneurship
Social Psychology

Area Studies

Research Centers:

Global Policy Center
Social Entrepreneurship @ UVA
The Center for Health Policy
The Center for Leadership Stimulation and Gaming
The Center for Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness
The Center for Effective Lawmaking

Graduate Program Overview

At Batten, we have focused on how leadership works, why context matters in decision making and what action leads to tangible results.

We believe in:
- multidisciplinary perspective on the evolving context of public policy (collaborations with law, education and business schools).
- attention to the role of psychological and non-rational factors in decision-making and group behavior.
- hands on projects, policy simulations and field experiences.
- a small community that prepares leaders for challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our core curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, methods and strategies of policy analysis and effective leadership. The program emphasizes teamwork and close interaction among students and faculty. In addition to core courses, students are required to take 18 elective credits, which allow students an opportunity to gain substantive expertise in their areas of policy interest. Internships and one-credit short courses are also part of the program.

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. For some students, the project is an outgrowth of the summer internship, and in some cases it may lead to a post-graduation position with the client organization. Upon graduation, students are prepared for public service careers in government, non-profit organizations, and private firms engaged in public-private partnerships.

Admissions Deadline

Round 1: January 15
Round 2: April 2 (rolling basis)

Admissions Overview

Batten wants individuals who will not only succeed during their two years of Batten, but more importantly, will become leaders of consequence within the policy community throughout their careers.

The Batten Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to the admissions process. We evaluate all official transcripts of academic work, personal essays, letters of recommendation, extracurricular and leadership activities and community service, performance on standardized tests, and special factors brought to the committee's attention. For more information and to apply online, please visit www.batten.virginia.edu/admissions/

Contact Information

University of Virginia
235 McCormick Road
PO Box 400893
Charlottsville, Virginia
Phone: 434-924-0812
FAX: 434-243-2318

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