Information for Prospective Pardee RAND 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:

Applications Are Now Being Accepted

Thank you for your interest in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Our application season for the Fall 2015 entering cohort is open, and applications are due by January 8, 2015. 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.


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 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.


In-Person and Online Information Sessions

Pardee RAND Graduate School welcomes Cohort '14!

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 in-person and online sessions—to hear current students describe their experiences and share their own perspectives on the program.

Information sessions are scheduled for the following dates and locations. A reservation is required.

  • Register for an in-person information session at one of our U.S. offices
  • Register for the Amman, Jordan, information session
  • Register for an online information session

Santa Monica, CA (RAND Headquarters Campus)

RAND Corporation, 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90407

Saturday, October 11
10 a.m. – noon

Saturday, November 1
10 a.m. – noon

Washington, D.C.

RAND Corporation, 1200 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA, 22202

Saturday, October 4
10 a.m. – noon

Pittsburgh, PA

RAND Corporation, 4570 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Thursday, November 6, 6 – 8 p.m.

Boston, MA

RAND Corporation, 20 Park Plaza, 9th Floor, Suite 920, Boston, MA 02116

Saturday, November 8, 10 – 11:30 a.m.


International Information Sessions

Amman, Jordan

Jordan Institute of Diplomacy

Wednesday, October 22, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Bogota, Colombia

Universidad del Rosario

Saturday, July 26


Online Information Sessions

Additionally, "virtual" information sessions will be held, available to anyone around the world with good Internet access. The online information sessions provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the Ph.D. in Policy Analysis at Pardee RAND and admission requirements. Admissions representatives, current students, and a faculty member will be available to answer questions.

Please note: the time listed below is in local Santa Monica time (Pacific Time) so please be sure to calculate what day and time this is where you are. A reservation is required.

Wednesday, October 8
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. PDT

Tuesday, October 28
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PST


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