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

The application period for Fall 2017 begins September 1, 2016. Visit our Admissions section to learn more about the application process and fellowship and scholarship information. For personal feedback before you apply, submit a 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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  • Fatal Crash Shouldn't Kill Self-Driving Cars

    Jul 16, 2016

    The first known fatality in an autonomous vehicle occurred on May 7 and raises important questions. It does not, however, mean that self-driving cars are less safe than human drivers or that development of the technology should be stopped, writes Prof. Nidhi Kalra.

  • U.S. Department of Defense Experiences with Substituting Government Employees for Military Personnel

    Jul 14, 2016

    There is considerable opportunity to identify positions suitable for military-to-civilian conversion, but there are numerous impediments to authorizing and executing military-to-civilian conversions, according to research by (then-students) Julia Pollak and Brian Gordon (both cohort '12), and professors Jennifer Lewis and Ed Keating.

  • Improving Decision Support for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

    Jul 12, 2016

    Students David Manheim (cohort '12) and Meg Chamberlin (cohort '14), along with professors Melinda Moore and Raffaele Vardavas, offer nine best practices for using modeling and decision-support tools to inform public health policymaking.

  • Current and Future Exposure of Infrastructure in the United States to Natural Hazards

    Jul 12, 2016

    Infrastructure in some areas of the country currently faces disproportionate exposure to natural hazards, and this exposure is likely to increase in the future as a result of climate change, according to research by professor Henry Willis, alumni Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and Edmundo Molina-Perez (cohort '11), and students Lauren Kendrick and Katie Loa (both cohort '12).

  • Commencement Issue of Findings Features New Alumni

    Jul 7, 2016

    Eight students joined the ranks of Pardee RAND alumni since the last issue of Findings went to press; they and 37 others (a total of 45 Ph.D. grads and 46 additional M.Phil. recipients) are celebrated in this Commencement issue of our quarterly alumni newsletter.

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