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 will open in a few months. Until then, visit our Admissions section to learn more about the application process and submit an online 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

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  • The Effect of Attending Full-Day Kindergarten on English Learner Students

    Jul 23, 2015

    Research by Alum Alison Jacknowitz (cohort '99) and Prof. Jill Cannon published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management finds that English learners in Los Angeles benefitted from full-day kindergarten for reading and retention outcomes.

  • Family Planning Must Be Part of the Humanitarian Response in Africa's Conflict Zones

    Jul 1, 2015

    Worldwide, nearly 800 women die every day due to mostly preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. More than half of these deaths occur in fragile states torn by armed conflict and generalized violence, writes student Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13).

  • In the Interest of Justice

    Jun 26, 2015

    As the line between criminal justice and national security continues to blur, alum K. Jack Riley (cohort '88) offers three principles that can help young criminology practitioners and scholars.

  • Aging in Asia: Can the 'Tigers' Continue to Roar?

    Jun 16, 2015

    Changing demographics will force Japan and the “Asian Tigers”—Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan—to find ways to remain economically dynamic while increasingly looking after their elderly. Professor Rafiq Dossani and Associate Dean Rachel Swanger ask, how might public policy help accomplish this?

  • Reaching the 80 Percent: Q&A with Krishna Kumar

    Jun 15, 2015

    Pardee RAND professor Krishna Kumar discusses studying agriculture in China, low-income housing in India, and labor markets in Bangladesh, and how research can help the developing world.

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