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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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  • Pardee RAND Awards Funding for Internships

    Apr 20, 2015

    It is always exciting to see our students put their knowledge to work outside of RAND and experience what it's like to work in organizations in their fields of interest. To that end, Pardee RAND is happy to announce funding for three external fellowships.

  • The Likely Effects of Price Increases at Military Commissaries

    Mar 27, 2015

    Commissaries run by the U.S. Department of Defense save service members and eligible family members an average of more than 30 percent compared to civilian marketplaces and are seen as an important benefit of service. Julia Polak (cohort '12) and Prof. Craig Bond examine how price increases might affect their use.

  • Interactive Map Highlights Research Related to Global Human Progress

    Mar 25, 2015

    Through the Pardee Initiative, Pardee RAND students and RAND researchers conduct extensive work and write about issues of global human development around the world. An interactive map allows users to learn more about—and more easily access—that research.

  • Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034

    Mar 16, 2015

    Mikhail Zaydman (cohort '12) helped run the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, which identified ten possible future scenarios and 30 high-priority technology needs for law enforcement based on consideration of current and future trends in society, technology, and law enforcement.

  • Substantial Productivity Growth in U.S. Hospitals from 2002 to 2011

    Mar 10, 2015

    In a study of U.S. hospitals treating Medicare patients with heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia, findings by Pardee RAND alum Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) and RAND colleagues suggest that productivity in U.S. health care could be higher than previous studies had indicated.

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