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:

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 PRGS selects up to 25 doctoral students each year on the basis of intellectual power, creativity and a practical bent.

PRGS 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, but all students must have a working knowledge of univariate calculus by the time of enrollment. Coursework in statistics, economics and more advanced calculus is helpful, but not absolutely required.

Beyond their academic capabilities, PRGS 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.

PRGS 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.


Applications for the Fall 2014 entering cohort will be accepted through January 9, 2014. 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.


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 for this application cycle have passed. Sessions will be held again in fall 2014. In the meantime, our videos may give some insight into what to expect at the school.


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