Welcome to the Pardee RAND Graduate School
What Sets Us Apart
The Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California, is the nation’s oldest and largest public policy Ph.D. program. Founded 50 years ago, it's also the only program based at an independent public policy research organization—the RAND Corporation.
Tools and Technology
Acquire a wide range of data collection and analytic skills to address complex policy challenges, and harness technology to develop creative solutions.Learn more about Tools and Technology
Gain two years of full-time policy research experience at the independent, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and develop a professional portfolio.Learn more about Experience
Apply your expertise to research, inform, influence, and lead smart decisionmaking in diverse policy and research careers.Learn more about Real-World Impact
Graduate with little or no debt, thanks to generous scholarships and research fellowships that cover tuition and living expenses and let students work on RAND research of their choice.Learn more about Freedom
Pardee RAND students share two attributes: a passion to help change the world for the better, and the discipline to master intellectual tools that will help them do so.
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Pardee RAND News & Insights
The latest research, news, and events from students and faculty.
As the founding dean of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, alum Mark Schuster (cohort ’91), sees similarities between his school and Pardee RAND: both are freestanding schools, take a hands-on approach, and are redesigning education in their fields.Learn more about Schuster and all our alumni