Student, cohort '11
PRGS treats practical work as an integral part of the curriculum, which enables me to tailor my education to my policy interests and previous experience. Not only do the practical requirements allow me to practice and apply the analytical skills learned in class, I am also able to work on issues I care deeply about.
Alum, cohort '98
I enjoyed the benefits of being surrounded by fellow PRGS students from diverse professional backgrounds coming from all over the globe. This creates a wonderful positive energy and is highly conducive for further learning and creative approaches/solutions to previously insurmountable problems.
Alum, cohort '08
Many schools emphasize their mission to produce future leaders who will make an impact on their community and other lofty, hard-to-quantify goals. PRGS is one of the only places where reaching that standard is practically unavoidable, because it will happen before you've even graduated.
Kathryn Pitkin Derose
I have been very impressed with the PRGS students who I have worked with, in particular their analytic competence and intellectual curiosity. They play an important role in helping RAND carry out its mission of improving policy and decision-making through research and analysis.
Alum, cohort '80
PRGS contributed very significantly to my personal and career development. Particularly, the broad perspective and vision that I gained through my studies at PRGS helped me bring about significant change at the various institutions I have worked for.
Student, cohort '10
When I arrived at PRGS, I was excited to meet individuals who shared a similar desire to improve public policy, as well as a diverse set of experiences that complemented my own. I believe that the pool of PRGS students represents one of the greatest strengths of the program, and has contributed to my overall learning experience during my time at PRGS.
At PRGS and RAND "multidisciplinary" is more than just a buzzword. PRGS fellows and RAND researchers work together in multidisciplinary teams on cutting-edge policy questions as a matter of course. This is what makes PRGS a unique place to get a doctorate in and a truly stimulating place in which to teach.
Alum, cohort '96
Even during all my years in music, I was never as happy as I was at RAND. Often I worked on things that I had no particular background in, but in which I found I have an interest — and as long as I could add value to a project, RAND gave me the chance to succeed.
Alum, cohort '08
Public and private stakeholders turn to RAND with high expectations to find solutions to policy problems. At PRGS, I received solid training in empirical methods and had the opportunity to apply it and further develop it in the ongoing challenge to fulfill those expectations and make a difference.
Alum, cohort '06
I learned and then applied an incredible number of fundamental research methods that have provided me the breadth and depth necessary to tackle any opportunity, whether in academia, government, or private industry. PRGS provided me the tools and the opportunities to learn and reinforce the skills necessary for success — I could not have made a better choice.
Alum, cohort '92
The skill set I learned at PRGS has enabled me to provide well-reasoned, timely, and concise policy analysis for the second highest elected official in the country. Across a large number of foreign and defense policies, I am able to use the qualitative and quantitative methods taught to me at RAND to assess the costs and benefits of multiple options and recommend one above the others.