Pardee RAND at a Glance

1st policy Ph.D. program in the country

110 current Ph.D. students

25 countries represented by international students

29 years old (average age of incoming students)

40+ prior disciplines and majors (from computer science to engineering economics, public health, green technologies, national security, law, medicine, and more)

100% tuition covered by scholarships and fellowship

500+ RAND research projects underway at any given time that students can work

82 publications authored or co-authored by students each year, on average

403 Pardee RAND alumni

4.7 years average time to completion

2:1 Faculty to Student Ratio
75% of associates receive an advanced degree
37% of associates hail from countries outside the U.S.

Additional Facts

Degree conferred: Ph.D. in Policy Analysis

Matriculation: Full time, residency, beginning in fall term

Academic calendar: Quarter system (fall, winter, and spring)

Many people still refer to us as The RAND Graduate School

Required coursework: 12.5 units of core courses and 7 units of elective courses

Official name: The Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School (pronounced Par-DEE); commonly referred to as Pardee RAND and also known as The RAND Graduate School

Dean: Susan L. Marquis

Location: Santa Monica, CA (students work in all RAND locations for dissertation research and project work)

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), through 2020

School colors: Purple and gold

School motto: Be the Answer