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

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017. 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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  • Investing in Infrastructure? Don't Forget the Electric Grid

    Dec 7, 2016

    To maximize the potential benefits of a multibillion-dollar smart grid investment, student Kathleen Loa (cohort '12) and professor Aimee Curtright say a closer examination of technology and policy is needed. First, weigh the preferences and constraints of the various stakeholders and how technology can or cannot meet their objectives.

  • Fall 2016 Findings Features New Look, New Students

    Dec 5, 2016

    In our quarterly alumni newsletter, we feature our new cohort, a new design, and a look back at the life of our beloved founding dean, who passed away in October.

  • One-Stop Social Services Efforts May Improve Community College Outcomes

    Nov 30, 2016

    Students participating in programs that provide a comprehensive range of support services are more likely to persist in attending community college, according to research by alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05).

  • Distinguished Professors to Visit Campus

    Nov 29, 2016

    Pardee RAND will welcome four Distinguished Visiting Professors next quarter. Stanford's Alain Enthoven, Harvard and NBER's Martin Feldstein, and NYU's Paul Light will each be in residence at Pardee RAND this winter. The Ohio State University's Ann Pendleton-Jullian will be visiting until June.

  • Building a More Sustainable U.S. Blood System

    Nov 28, 2016

    Medical advances have dramatically reduced demand for blood, putting financial stress on blood centers. Student Jakub Hlavka (cohort '14) and colleagues examine how policymakers can ensure the safety and sustainability of the blood supply.

  • Thorpe Says Schools Can End America’s Health Crisis

    Nov 17, 2016

    Schools are uniquely situated to whip kids into shape, writes alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80), chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Children spend most days at school — and typically have at least one meal there. So teachers and administrators could provide students with the resources to stay healthy.

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