Welcome to the Pardee RAND Graduate School

The Original Ph.D. in Policy Analysis

The Pardee RAND Graduate School is unique in American higher education. It is the largest public policy analysis Ph.D. program in the nation and the only program based at an independent public policy research organization—the RAND Corporation. Faculty are largely drawn from the RAND Corporation and offer exceptional training and access to some of the world's leading policy practitioners.

All PRGS students receive fellowships to cover their education costs and engage in research projects that provide on-the-job training. Along the way, PRGS students receive an M.Phil. in public policy analysis—equivalent to a master's degree in public policy (MPP). Graduates leave with a Ph.D. in policy analysis and essentially two years of full-time work experience.

PRGS students want to make a difference in the world by helping to shape and lead public policy. Our graduates go on to jobs in government, in the private sector, at universities and other research organizations, and in the non-profit sector. One hundred percent of the 2009-2012 graduates found a job in the field of their choice.

  • Could Alternatives Ease the Misery of South Africa's Housing Crisis?

    Jul 10, 2014

    The government's plan to replace cardboard shacks with cement houses may not be the only route to easing South Africa's housing woes, writes Pardee RAND student Julia Polak (cohort '12). Increasingly, academic researchers, non-governmental organizations, and private companies are demonstrating pragmatic, low-cost, alternatives.

  • Why Japan's Military Shift Is Necessary for South Korea

    Jul 7, 2014

    With its collective self-defense policy, Japan assumes its responsibilities to support the defense of South Korea and regional security in general, an appropriate action given the economic and other interdependencies of the regional countries, writes Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Sen. Elizabeth Dole Urges Graduates to Use Storytelling to Advance Policy

    Jun 24, 2014

    Facts and objective analysis are important, but for policy analysts to make a difference in the real world they also have to be able to tell a story, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said at the June 21 Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement.

  • Pardee RAND Holds Biennial Commencement Weekend

    Jun 21, 2014

    Pardee RAND Graduate School's Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 21, featured a keynote address by Sen. Elizabeth Dole, graduate address by Jack Clift (cohort '06), and remarks by RAND president Michael Rich and Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis.

  • Cazier Gift to Pardee RAND Graduate School Launches Environmental and Energy Sustainability Initiative

    Jun 20, 2014

    A $5 million gift from engineer and philanthropist John M. Cazier will turbocharge research in environmental and energy sustainability at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

  • Commencement Weekend Policy Dialogue on Criminal Justice

    Jun 20, 2014

    In this podcast, recorded during the Pardee RAND Graduate School’s 2014 commencement weekend, Susan L. Marquis, the school’s dean, moderates a policy discussion on criminal justice with a panel of experts.

  • Maxwell-Jolly Receives Alumni Leadership Award

    Jun 20, 2014

    To honor his significant contributions to the advancement of health reform and coverage expansion over a 31-year career with the State of California, David Maxwell-Jolly (cohort ’77) received the second Pardee RAND Graduate School Alumni Leadership Award on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Commencement Weekend Celebratory Dinner.

  • Jeremy R. Azrael Scholarship Supports Students from Former Soviet States

    Jun 19, 2014

    Jeremy Azrael was an expert on the Russian economy who devoted his career to promoting better understanding between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. A scholarship in his name supports a first-year Pardee RAND Graduate School student from a former Soviet state.

  • Iran's Interests in Afghanistan Provide Opportunities for Cooperation with United States

    Jun 19, 2014

    U.S.-Iranian relations have been strained but both countries want to see a stable Afghanistan free of Taliban control. In the event of a nuclear deal, Iran and the U.S. can work together to counter narcotics trafficking and resolve water disputes between the neighboring nations, according to analysis by Pardee RAND student Ahmad Rahmani (cohort '08).

  • Hackers Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market

    Jun 18, 2014

    Pardee RAND student Julia Pollak (cohort '12) and colleagues examined the current status of the labor market for cybersecurity professionals — with an emphasis on their being employed to defend the United States. They determined that the difficulty in finding qualified cybersecurity candidates is likely to solve itself, as the supply of cyberprofessionals currently in the educational pipeline increases, and the market reaches a stable, long-run equilibrium.

  • First Steps Toward Addressing DR Congo's Rape Crisis

    Jun 11, 2014

    A recent effort to begin to address atrocities against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo has fallen short of advocates' hopes for justice for rape victims, writes Pardee RAND student Mahlet Woletsadik (cohort '13). The initiative focused on criminal prosecution of offenders, a strategy that failed to consider the weak infrastructure of the nation’s judicial system, left the needs of victims unmet and did little to address the issue of prevention.

  • Insurance and Incentives: A Dual Approach to Try to Improve Maternal Health in Nigeria

    Jun 10, 2014

    Less than 5% of Nigerians have insurance; two-thirds of all health care costs are paid out of pocket. When people must pay out of pocket for health care at the point of service, writes Pardee RAND student Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13) in The RAND Blog, this restricts access, excludes the poorest and most vulnerable, and leads to delays in patients seeking help.

  • The European Democracy Paradox

    May 21, 2014

    While social media and other tools have enhanced opportunities to participate in the political process, these new drivers do not seem to translate easily into offline political participation, writes Pardee RAND student Marlon Graf (cohort '12) in The RAND Blog.

  • Climate Change, Uncertainty Cast Clouds on Malawi's Food Policies

    May 20, 2014

    Malawi has the highest per capita maize consumption in Africa, but it may need to consider alternatives, taking into greater consideration weather, climate change and water needs, writes Pardee RAND student Tobi Oluwatola (cohort '12) for the Pardee Global Human Progress Initiative.

  • In South Africa, Hard Choices on Housing

    May 7, 2014

    South Africans go to the polls today, marking 20 years since apartheid ended and the country's first democratic elections brought the African National Congress (ANC) to power. But while much has changed, writes Pardee RAND student Julia Pollak (cohort '12), many challenges remain, including the developing nation's dire need for housing.

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