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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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The application period for the Fall 2016 entering cohort has now closed. Visit our Admissions section to learn more about the application process for the entering class of 2017; a pre-application will be available in the summer.

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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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  • Rep. John Lewis to Speak at Biennial Commencement Weekend

    Jun 18, 2016

    Pardee RAND Graduate School is pleased to announce its biennial Commencement Weekend will be held Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18, featuring a keynote address by the civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis. All alumni are encouraged to attend.

  • U.S. Military Service Members May Volunteer to Extend Tours if Offered Incentives

    Feb 8, 2016

    Most U.S. military service members would be unwilling to voluntarily extend overseas tours of duty, but some might agree to do so if offered financial incentives, according to a report coauthored by student Julia Pollak (cohort '12) and several Pardee RAND faculty.

  • North Korea Rocket Launch: Why Did Kim Fire a Missile Now?

    Feb 8, 2016

    Kim Jong-un is probably seeking clear successes before his important Seventh Party Congress in May, when he wants to appear to be the all-powerful leader of North Korea, writes Prof. (and alum) Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Algorithm Identifies Costs, Outcomes of Falls Based on Medicare Data

    Feb 4, 2016

    Pardee RAND student Sung-Bou Kim (cohort '09) and colleagues developed an algorithm that uses Medicare data to identify and analyze various types of fall-related outcomes, including episodes of care, injuries, and associated costs. Furthermore, the algorithm can be applied and adopted in other fall-related studies with relative ease.

  • A Unique Identifier Could Protect Patient Privacy

    Feb 3, 2016

    The policy debate about unique patient identifier numbers should determine the best approach for reconciling two goals: optimizing the privacy and security of health information and making record matching as close to perfect as is practical, writes Prof. Michael Greenberg.

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