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The Pardee RAND Graduate School is the Original Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis

Unique in American higher education, the Pardee RAND Graduate School is the nation's largest public policy Ph.D. program and the only program based at an independent public policy research organization—the RAND Corporation. 

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Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2018. Visit our Admissions section to learn more about the application process, as well as fellowship and scholarship information. For personal feedback before you apply, submit a pre-application.

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Degree Program

The Pardee RAND Ph.D. Program comprises an interdisciplinary core curriculum, optional analytic concentration, policy specialization, on-the-job training, and a policy-relevant dissertation.

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  • Drones Could Deliver Change to Africa

    Nov 17, 2017

    Drones have potential on the African continent to transform urban and rural infrastructure and enhance agricultural productivity, writes alum Shira Efron (cohort '11). But deployment of drones in Africa still faces technological, economic, social, and legal and regulatory challenges.

  • How Hot Is Too Hot? Rising Temperatures and the Workplace

    Nov 16, 2017

    Climate change is here. Future extreme heat waves are a given and will likely grow in intensity, geographic reach and duration. Student Gulrez Shah Azhar (cohort 14) says plans need to be made now to ensure survival of the poorest, to protect outdoor workers and to adapt economic planning to what is increasingly becoming a hotter planet.

  • Early Childhood Programs Can Improve Outcomes and Outweigh Costs

    Nov 16, 2017

    Students Ashley Muchow (cohort '13) and Maya Buenaventura (cohort '14) worked with professors Jill Cannon, Lynne Karoly, and Rebecca Kilburn to review 115 early childhood interventions — including preschool, home visiting, parent education, and other approaches. They found that most programs have favorable effects on at least one child outcome, and most of the programs with benefit–cost analyses show positive returns.

  • U.S. Health System Should Prepare for Future Alzheimer's Treatments

    Nov 15, 2017

    Advanced clinical trials are underway for at least 10 promising therapies for Alzheimer's disease. But alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and student Jakub Hlavka (cohort '14) found that the U.S. health care system lacks the capacity to rapidly move a treatment from approval into wide clinical use. Millions of people could miss out on transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs.

  • The Looming Pension Crisis

    Nov 8, 2017

    California leads the nation in pension underfunding. The state government has $464.4 billion in unfunded liabilities — the difference between resources that will be available in the state's pension fund and what will be owed to retiring employees. Executive Vice Dean Dan Grunfeld explains that, as dire as the problem is now, it could double over the next 12 years.

  • What Does the 19th Party Congress Mean for the PLA?

    Oct 18, 2017

    The People's Liberation Army has a lot at stake in the Chinese Communist Party Congress that started today, writes Professor Timothy Heath. In addition to changes in military leadership, the reports issued at a Party Congress invariably contain directives to the military which can add impetus to ongoing initiatives.

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