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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Our online application for the Fall 2016 entering cohort is now open. Visit our Admissions section to learn more about the application process and submit an online application or 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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  • Two Students Receive Inaugural Fellowships from Leonard Schaeffer RAND-USC Initiative

    Aug 24, 2015

    The Leonard Schaeffer RAND-USC Initiative in Health Policy and Economics is pleased to announce that two PhD candidates in policy analysis, Dan Han and Ujwal Kharel, are the recipients of the inaugural fellowships for Pardee RAND Graduate School students.

  • Bringing Traditional Grains Back to the African Dinner Table

    Aug 18, 2015

    Although they are more nutritious and well-adapted to Africa's agro-ecological conditions, traditional grains have been losing market share to new grains—especially maize, rice and wheat. A joint initiative of Pardee RAND and the African Centre for Economic Transformation is exploring ways to bring sorghum and millet back to the dinner table.

  • The Ramifications of Repealing the Individual Mandate

    Aug 13, 2015

    As part of its goal of near-universal coverage, the Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty. Repealing that requirement would significantly reduce health insurance enrollment and cause individual market premiums to rise.

  • China's Airfield Construction at Fiery Cross Reef in Context: Catch-Up or Coercion?

    Aug 11, 2015

    Even if China really sees itself as undertaking legitimate activities to protect its rightful interests, it is not surprising that its rival claimants, as well as the United States and other countries in the region, see Beijing's island building activities as efforts to improve China's abilities to bully its neighbors.

  • Climate Targets: Values and Uncertainty

    Aug 11, 2015

    Policymakers know that the risks associated with climate change mean they need to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. But uncertainty surrounding the likelihood of different scenarios makes choosing specific policies difficult.

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