Welcome to the Pardee RAND Graduate School

The Original Ph.D. in Policy Analysis

The Pardee RAND Graduate School is unique in American higher education. It is the largest public policy Ph.D. program in the nation and the only program based at an independent public policy research organization—the RAND Corporation. Faculty are largely drawn from the RAND Corporation and offer exceptional training and access to some of the world's leading policy practitioners.

All PRGS students receive fellowships to cover their education costs and engage in research projects that provide on-the-job training. Along the way, PRGS students receive an M.Phil. in public policy analysis—equivalent to a master's degree in public policy (MPP). Graduates leave with a Ph.D. in policy analysis and essentially two years of full-time work experience.

PRGS students want to make a difference in the world by helping to shape and lead public policy. Our graduates go on to jobs in government, in the private sector, at universities and other research organizations, and in the non-profit sector. In the last five years, one hundred percent our graduates have found a job in the field of their choice.

  • In Memoriam: John M. Cazier

    Oct 9, 2014

    John M. Cazier, engineer, philanthropist, and friend and valued stakeholder of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, died on August 25 after a brief illness. He was 89. Cazier leaves an extraordinary legacy at Pardee RAND for initiatives and research in environmental and energy sustainability.

  • Ebola Outbreak: Putting the Public Back in Public Health

    Oct 9, 2014

    Medical and public health systems are crucial to controlling the transmission of Ebola and treating patients. But the public's role in becoming aware and engaged, both in West Africa and the United States, cannot be overstated, writes Professor Melinda Moore.

  • The Realities of Silicon Valley's Lack of Workforce Diversity

    Oct 2, 2014

    Major Silicon Valley tech firms have released statistics indicating their workforces are largely made up of white men, write Professors Lawrence Hanser and Nelson Lim. Corporate America is on the receiving end of a complex chain of social and educational factors that continue to leave minorities behind in terms of college graduation.

  • Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Are Scary, but Do They Work?

    Sep 30, 2014

    “Graphic warning labels” pair gruesome images with warnings about the dangers of smoking, covering anywhere from 30 to 80 percent of cigarette pack “faces” (the front and back). Professor Deborah Scharf asks, do they prevent people from starting to smoke or cause current smokers to quit?

  • Using Education to Stop the Prison Revolving Door

    Sep 30, 2014

    Providing education and vocational training to inmates is a cost effective way to reduce recidivism rates and thus shrink prison populations and ease the strain on prison budgets. Education is far less expensive than incarceration, writes Professor Lois Davis.

  • How the Poor Can Take Charge to Improve Their Housing

    Sep 19, 2014

    Public housing projects have been controversial for decades in countries around the world. But an informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, could serve as a guide for other countries experimenting with community-driven development, an alternative approach to public housing.

  • What Does North Korea Want?

    Sep 18, 2014

    Currently, three U.S. citizens — Matthew Todd Miller, Jeffrey Fowle, and Kenneth Bae — are being detained in North Korea. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says it is likely that North Korea wants someone like a former U.S. president to come to North Korea instead of U.S. Ambassador Bob King, whose visits were cancelled.

  • In Ferguson's Wake, How a Data-Driven Approach Can Improve Police-Community Relations

    Sep 16, 2014

    Pardee RAND's Keith Henry says community leaders and police departments have a responsibility to their citizens to address questions about their policing practices, such as: What are the most significant areas of concern? How severe are the problems? What are the most effective solutions?

  • The State of Washington and Its Focus on Rehabilitation

    Sep 16, 2014

    Professor Lois Davis says California can learn a great deal from the state of Washington, which has implemented a series of reforms focused on rehabilitation—on diverting offenders to treatment and other options and making serving time in prison the last option.

  • RAND Experts Discuss President Obama's Speech Announcing ISIS Strategy

    Sep 11, 2014

    Professor Ben Connable and RAND researchers Dalia Dassa Kaye and Christopher Chivvis hosted a media conference call on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 to discuss the President Obama's speech announcing his strategy to address the regional and global threat of ISIS. Media relations manager Joe Dougherty moderated the call.

  • Hackerazzi: How Naked Celebrities Might Make the Cloud Safer

    Sep 8, 2014

    Despite data breach after data breach that lays bare the personal information of millions of people, leading to only incremental changes by the hacked company, it seems it only takes a handful of celebrity nude selfies to bring issues like cloud security and multi-factor authentication to the fore causing immediate changes, writes Professor Lillian Ablon.

  • Technology Summit for Victim Service Providers

    Sep 8, 2014

    Professor Nelson Lim and RAND colleagues brought together two communities — victim service providers and technology innovators — for a national one-day summit at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley to discuss leveraging technology so victims of crime can quickly and effectively obtain the help they need.

  • If You Want Ex-Cons to Be 'Productive Members of Society,' Ban the Box

    Sep 5, 2014

    When an inmate is released, you often hear Americans say that he's “paid his debt” and can now become “a productive member of society.” But, Professor Lois Davis writes, the reality is ex-cons pay for their crimes long after sentences end. On the outside, the stigma of incarceration makes it extremely difficult to land a job.

  • A Dispatch from the Ukrainian Front

    Sep 5, 2014

    If Putin sought advice about what NATO is thinking, his Russian Western Front Military commander might say that given its current political indecisiveness and lack of military readiness, NATO lacks the capability to launch a credible intervention, but they should watch for changes in the alliance posture, writes Professor Terrence Kelly.

  • A Broad Approach to Countering the Islamic State

    Sep 2, 2014

    Recent analysis about how to defeat the Islamic State tends to be based on no more than intuition, a general sense of history, or a small number of cases of questionable comparability. A study of 71 historical cases of counterinsurgencies by Professor Chris Paul and colleagues should help provide empirical evidence to this important debate.

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