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Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

As the nation’s only school of leadership and public policy, the Batten School prepares undergraduate and graduate students for public service careers in today’s increasingly globalized world. Graduates will assume leadership positions in local, state, and federal government; the nonprofit sector; consulting firms; and the private sector. Others choose to pursue domestic and international post-graduate fellowships, or advanced degree programs at the nation’s top law, business, and graduate schools.

The Batten School’s interdisciplinary teaching faculty includes outstanding economists, political scientists, psychologists, lawyers, and ethicists, as well as distinguished practitioners who bring real-world experiences to the classroom. While students are encouraged to chart their own unique academic and professional paths, they benefit from specialized expertise and opportunities available through seven academic centers in the areas of health policy; social entrepreneurship; education policy and workforce competitiveness; leadership and simulation; simulation; global policy; legislative effectiveness; and national security policy. Given the school’s proximity to Washington, D.C., students likewise value the opportunity to learn directly from national policymakers, whether they are serving as guest lecturers in the classroom or are leading the students on interactive visits to Capitol Hill.

The Batten School offers both undergraduate and master’s degree programs. Second-year undergraduates may apply for the Batten School’s selective Public Policy and Leadership major, completing the program over the course of their remaining two years at the University. Undergraduates also may apply for the Batten School’s Public Policy and Leadership minor once they have completed the required prerequisites.

Third-year undergraduates in virtually any major across Grounds may apply for the rigorous accelerated Master of Public Policy degree, a program that allows them to earn a master’s degree only one year after receiving their bachelor’s degree. The Batten School also offers a traditional two-year post-graduate Master of Public Policy degree.

Finally, the Batten School partners with several schools across Grounds to offer five joint degrees: MPP/JD, MPP/MBA, MPP/PhD in Education Policy, MPP/MPH, and MPP/MUEP. Competitive admission to all of the Batten School’s degree programs is predicated upon demonstrated academic excellence and a record of leadership, either through co-curricular involvement or engagement in the community and workplace.

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