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.

  • Maternal Deaths: Turning the Tide in a Nigerian State

    Apr 16, 2014

    Bold and innovative approaches are being developed in different parts of the African continent in the quest to reduce maternal mortality, writes Pardee RAND student Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13) in this inaugural blog for the Pardee Global Human Progress Initiative. A noteworthy example of these innovative approaches is the Abiye Safe Motherhood program in Ondo State, Nigeria.

  • High and Dry? From the Rockies to the Sierra, Water Managers Gauge Implications of Climate Change

    Apr 1, 2014

    Case studies by Pardee RAND alumni/faculty David Groves (cohort '01) and Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), and student Evan Bloom (cohort '09), looking at the Colorado River Basin and the Sierra Nevada, show how water managers can factor climate change — and the uncertainty surrounding it — into their long-term plans.

  • Instead of Promoting STEM Education Indiscriminately, Try This

    Mar 31, 2014

    With all the evidence demonstrating the importance of STEM education for success in the 21st century, well-intentioned policymakers may be tempted to indiscriminately promote all STEM curricula, across all levels of education, writes Pardee RAND professor Rafiq Dossani. But unpacking what STEM really means reveals the need for a more nuance approach.

  • Healthcare Reform Class: A Real-Time Examination of the Affordable Care Act

    Mar 12, 2014

    In a new, 5-week elective offering, Healthcare and Healthcare Reform, seven faculty members co-taught a course designed to expose participants to the complexities of the U.S. healthcare system and the reforms that it is now undergoing.

  • IDSS Speaker Discusses "Rebooting Africa"

    Mar 7, 2014

    The International Development Speaker Series welcomed Calestous Juma of Harvard University, who discussed strategies for enabling Africa to harness the power of platform technologies for the technological catch-up and leapfrogging needed to spur economic development and prosperity. A video of his presentation is available online.

  • Brooks Argues Conservatives Need Social Justice Agenda

    Feb 24, 2014

    AEI president and Pardee RAND alum Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) believes that conservatives need a social justice agenda of their own. In one recent commentary he argues, "The fact that many Americans continue to suffer years after the technical end of the Great Recession should offend any sense of plain justice." Columnists in the New York Times and Washington Post each discussed his call for a social justice agenda.

  • Professor Muses, Are We Smarter than the Dinosaurs?

    Feb 17, 2014

    "Are we smarter than the dinosaurs?" asked Pardee RAND professor Bill Welser, director of RAND's Engineering and Applied Sciences Department, as he began his presentation at the 2013 TEDx Manhattan Beach conference in November. If the dinosaurs had the "tools and technologies we have today, [they] would have fared better, right?" Welser is not so sure.

  • Ryu Receives Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

    Feb 13, 2014

    Pardee RAND student Youngbok Ryu (cohort '11) was recently named a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at The National Academies. The fellowship program provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

  • Pardee RAND Researchers Develop Framework for Change Through Accountability

    Feb 12, 2014

    To prioritize the goals, actions, and initiatives in the Department of Defense Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, 2012–2017, Pardee RAND student Abigail Haddad (cohort '09), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Nelson Lim developed a "Framework for Change Through Accountability."

  • Analyzing Global Societal Trends and their Impact on the EU

    Feb 4, 2014

    Pardee RAND student Marlon Graf (cohort '12), alum Jeremy Ghez (cohort '06) and colleagues in RAND Europe suggest that the EU needs to invest in citizens, prepare for a new growth paradigm, and reinvent government to ensure that Europe is resilient in the face of global societal trends in the next two decades.

  • Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Jan 30, 2014

    Pardee RAND students Jodi Liu and Deborah Lai (cohorts '12 and '08) and professor Jeanne Ringel, and alum/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) offer a series of proposals that would substitute lower-cost treatments for higher cost interventions and that promote greater patient safety could save the U.S. health care system $13 to $22 billion per year.

  • Pardee Initiative Offers Bold Ideas for Global Human Progress

    Jan 27, 2014

    Launched in December 2013 with a generous grant from Frederick S. Pardee, the Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress is a new approach to chronic problems faced by the developing world, most notably food insecurity and challenges of urbanization.

  • Ask Me Anything: Deborah Cohen on How to End the Obesity Epidemic

    Jan 8, 2014

    Perhaps the most common New Year's resolution is improving our eating habits. According to Dr. Deborah Cohen, who hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit yesterday, that's much easier said than done.

  • India Embraces MOOCs, but What if It Is a 'Lousy Product'?

    Jan 7, 2014

    One hundred engineering colleges around India will rely heavily on virtual instruction under a new program. Rafiq Doussani raises some issues surrounding online education that could help get the most from the investment.


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