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 2015 entering cohort is now open. The deadline for applying is January 8, 2015. All applications and supporting components must be received on or before this date.

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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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  • In Remembrance: Kakha Bendukidze, Pardee RAND Governor

    Nov 14, 2014

    Kakha Bendukidze helped to connect aspiring public policy candidates from the former Soviet republics with Pardee RAND. The businessman, political reformer and statesman in the nation of Georgia, a member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, passed away on November 13, 2014

  • Early Childhood Educators and Technology

    Nov 3, 2014

    Early childhood education (ECE) providers are in a position to help ensure that technology is used effectively. A Pardee RAND trifecta — student Cameron Wright (cohort '12), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Rafiq Dossani — finds that while there are obstacles, there are also courses of action that might be helpful in creating ECE providers who can ensure appropriate, intentional, and productive use of technology among young kids.

  • Pardee RAND Graduate School Receives $1 Million Gift, Establishes Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Scholarship

    Oct 22, 2014

    A $1 million gift from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick will help Ph.D. candidates at the Pardee RAND Graduate School receive exceptional training today to embark on careers in public service.

  • The Legacy of John M. Cazier

    Oct 14, 2014

    John M. Cazier, engineer and philanthropist, friend and valued stakeholder of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, died on August 24 after a brief illness. He was 89, and leaves a legacy at the Pardee RAND Graduate School for initiatives and research in environmental and energy sustainability.

  • RAND Joins Coalition to Tackle Youth Unemployment

    Oct 9, 2014

    The RAND Corporation has joined the World Bank and other corporate and civil society leaders to establish Solutions for Youth Employment, a global coalition that acts to address the pervasive challenges of youth employment.

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