Welcome to the Pardee RAND Graduate School

The Pardee RAND Graduate School is the Original Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis

Unique in American higher education, the Pardee RAND Graduate School is the nation's largest public policy Ph.D. program and the only program based at an independent public policy research organization—the RAND Corporation. 

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How to Apply

Our online application for the Fall 2016 entering cohort is now open. Visit our Admissions section to learn more about the application process and submit an online application or pre-application.

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Degree Program

The Pardee RAND Ph.D. Program comprises an interdisciplinary core curriculum, optional analytic concentration, policy specialization, on-the-job training, and a policy-relevant dissertation.

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News & Featured Research


  • Educate Yourself! Attend an Online Information Session About the Pardee RAND Graduate School Ph.D. Program in Policy Analysis

    Oct 21, 2015

    The Pardee RAND Graduate School is offering two online information sessions and five U.S. information sessions this fall. Come learn about the Pardee RAND Graduate School's Ph.D. program in Policy Analysis from our students, faculty, and staff.

  • In Latin America, Breaking the Cycle of Intimate-Partner Abuse One Handwritten Letter at a Time

    Sep 30, 2015

    Latin America has one of the highest rates of intimate-partner violence in the world, writes Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13), but a series of high-profile cases, including the murder of a journalist by her policeman husband, have propelled intimate-partner violence to the fore of Bolivia's public agenda.

  • Principals Express Satisfaction with Teach For America Teachers

    Sep 24, 2015

    A majority of school principals are satisfied with teachers provided to their campuses through the Teach For America (TFA) program, according to research by Pardee RAND students Mollie Rudnick (cohort '11), Amanda Edelman (cohort '13), and Ujwal Kharel (cohort '11). Principals with more experience rated TFA corps members more highly. Principals who are TFA alumni, along with those at charter schools, were similarly satisfied overall but rated corps members' abilities lower in specific areas.

  • Pardee RAND Graduate School Names Paul C. Light First Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Sep 23, 2015

    Paul C. Light is an international leader in the field of public policy and public service. As the first-ever Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, he will teach a class, lead a seminar, and participate in events.

  • Managing Water Quality in the Face of Uncertainty

    Sep 9, 2015

    In a pilot study for the Environmental Protection Agency's National Water Program, Edmundo Molina-Perez (cohort '11), Abdul Ahad Tariq (cohort '10), and alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) determined that the EPA and its partners can better manage future uncertainty by employing iterative risk management processes and adopting watershed implementation plans that are robust and flexible.

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