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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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Our online application for the Fall 2015 entering cohort is now closed. If you are interested in learning more about the application process for 2016, visit our Admissions section.

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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

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  • Are Changing Constituencies Driving Rising Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives?

    Feb 17, 2015

    Long-term geographical clustering of voters is responsible for roughly 30 percent of the increase in polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives between the 93rd and 112th Congresses, according to research by alum Jesse Sussell (cohort '10) and former RAND president James Thomson.

  • Individual Empowerment: Global Societal Trends to 2030

    Feb 16, 2015

    Marlon Graf (cohort '12), Prof. Dmitry Khodyakov, and colleagues analyzed how human development, grassroots movements and access to the internet and social media are likely to empower citizens in Europe and beyond, forming a significant societal challenge for the EU in the coming decades.

  • Singer Describes Research for Annals of Internal Medicine

    Feb 9, 2015

    Despite national efforts to improve end-of-life care, proxy reports of pain and other alarming symptoms in the last year of life increased from 1998 to 2010. Adam Singer (cohort '11) describes his research, which was published in the February issue, in a video as well as author Q&A.

  • Assessing Options for Public Health Emergency Planning and Response

    Feb 9, 2015

    When public health emergencies arise, policymakers must assess and compare interventions to determine the best way forward. Using Ebola as an example, Pardee RAND students Margaret Chamberlin (cohort '14) and Shira Efron (cohort '11), along with Prof. Melinda Moore, developed a simple, practical, proof-of-concept tool that may fill gaps in a decisionmaker's ability to systematically assess options in a public health emergency.

  • Premium Tax Credits and the Affordable Care Act: The Potential Ramifications of King v. Burwell

    Feb 3, 2015

    In this February 2015 Congressional Briefing, Christine Eibner discusses the role of premium tax credits in ensuring stability in the individual health insurance marketplace and the ramifications of King v. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act.

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