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Undergraduate Students

About the Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership, offered through the Lott Leadership Institute and College of Liberal Arts at the University of Mississippi, is an interdisciplinary program that trains students to enter careers in public service. The B.A. in Public Policy Leadership prepares high-performing students for positions of leadership in an increasingly complex world. The interdisciplinary curriculum for the major incorporates economics, geography, history, philosophy and political science. While at the Institute, students learn the leadership qualities necessary to formulate and implement public policy, the methodological skills necessary for policy analysis, and the ethics of leadership.

Students learn to appreciate the global nature of responsible decision-making. The Lott Institute offers students the benefits of a small institute—selective admission through a holistic process, challenging academic programming, small classes, and commitment faculty—with the advantages of a large public university—affordable tuition and a wide range of resources and opportunities.

The B.A. in Public Policy Leadership prepares students for a variety of career possibilities, including academia, law, government, nonprofit work, or the private sector. Graduates of the Institute are prepared to serve as leaders in their local communities, states, nations, and abroad.

“The Lott Leadership Institute offers a community of faculty, administration and supporters united to help students turn ideas into action.” Bill Gottshall, Executive Director

Application to the Lott Leadership Institute/Public Policy Leadership for Incoming Undergraduate Students

To be considered for admission to the Public Policy Leadership degree program, students must first apply to the University by completing the University of Mississippi online application. Once admitted to the University, access to the Special Programs and Scholarships Application will become available. Complete this application to be considered for admission to the Lott Leadership Institute. The deadline for application to the program is January 5, 2022.

Application to the Lott Leadership Institute/Public Policy Leadership for Current Undergraduate Students

In order to major in Public Policy Leadership, a current undergraduate student must fill out the Application for Current Undergraduate Students. Once accepted, students will be added to PPL 101 in the semester following their admission.

All applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to the Lott Leadership Institute or emailed to Dr. Melissa Jones (

Note: Before applying to the program, transfer students must apply for undergraduate admission to the University of Mississippi.