Information for Prospective PRGS Students

Are you thinking of applying to the Pardee RAND Graduate School? Wondering what's involved? View the tabs below to see the following highlights:

Not sure whether to apply?

We advise all prospective candidates to complete an online pre-application.

Submitting a pre-application is optional but recommended, as we can then advise you whether you have the appropriate qualifications for Pardee RAND ... before you invest your time into the application process.

The application period for the Fall 2015 entering cohort will begin September 2. All applicants must submit an online application.

All applications are carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Admission decisions are sent to applicants by email no later than the end of February.


The Ideal Candidate

students at PRGS

The mission of Pardee RAND Graduate School is to educate high-level problem solvers who will take on some of the world's toughest problems with rigor, a broad interdisciplinary perspective and a creative flair. Toward this end, Pardee RAND selects up to 25 doctoral students each year on the basis of intellectual power, creativity and a practical bent.

Pardee RAND limits admission to students who can participate full-time in its combined research-and-study program. Because the courses are taught in sequence, students must begin their study in the fall quarter.

All applicants must have completed at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and possess superior communication, logical reasoning and quantitative skills. An advanced degree is not required. No preference is given to any particular undergraduate major or course of study. However, students must have a strong command of univariable calculus, and preferably multivariate calculus, by the time of enrollment. Coursework in statistics, economics and more advanced calculus is helpful, but not absolutely required.

Beyond their academic capabilities, Pardee RAND students share two attributes. They combine passion and discipline: a palpable passion to help change the world for the better, and the demonstrated discipline to master the intellectual tools that will help them do so.

Pardee RAND also seeks diversity in the broadest sense of the term. An important part of the graduate experience is the learning that takes place as students interact with each other, especially about different life experiences and training, cultures, and ways of thinking.


Live and Online Information Sessions

PRGS staff, faculty, and students at online info session

Pardee RAND Graduate School information sessions provide an overview of the Ph.D. in policy analysis, the admissions process, and our degree requirements. In addition, attendees have an opportunity—at both the live and online sessions—to hear current students describe their experiences and share their own perspectives on the program.

Information sessions will be held again in fall 2014. On-site sessions will take place in Santa Monica, CA; Arlington, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Boston, MA. Online information sessions will be scheduled for those who cannot visit us in person.

In the meantime, our videos may give some insight into what to expect at the school.

Related Events

Information Session in Colombia
PRESENTER: Ph.D. candidate Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez
DAY: Saturday, July 26
TIME: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
PLACE: Universidad del Rosario, Tower 1, Classroom 801
ADDRESS: Carrera 6, Bogota, Bogotá, Colombia

DC Public Service Expo
Pardee RAND also had a representative at the 2014 expo on Thursday, July 10.


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