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Pardee RAND will begin accepting applications for fall 2023 starting September 1, 2022. Visit our Application pages to learn more about the process.

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The Pardee RAND Graduate School Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.), and our selective, multidisciplinary doctoral program (Ph.D.), both focus on policy analysis and the ways it can shape our world.

Pardee RAND is backed by the brainpower and resources of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.

Our students come from diverse personal and academic backgrounds; about a third of them come from outside the U.S. All students undertake experiential learning to provide real-world research experience as well as financial support. Ph.D. students also receive a combination of fellowships and scholarships that cover tuition, include a living stipend, and can enable them to graduate debt-free.

Meet Our Ph.D. Students

  • Khadesia Howell

    Khadesia Howell

    Cohort ’20

    Health policy and bioethics, public health policy, women’s health, the social determinants of health, and vulnerable populations

  • Heather Gomez-Bendaña

    Heather Gomez-Bendaña

    Cohort ’19

    Academic achievement gaps, education policy, education equity, and disadvantaged students, as well as the social determinants of health

  • Jamie Ryan

    Jamie Ryan

    Cohort ’17

    Health policy, immigration, violence prevention, and counter-extremism

  • Andrew Scruggs

    Andrew Scruggs

    Cohort ’21

    Economic development and sustainability; international organizations and migration

  • Carlos Calvo Hernandez

    Carlos Calvo Hernandez

    Cohort ’19

    The intersection of international development and sustainability, including climate change, migration, resource management, and emerging technologies

  • Diana Myers

    Diana Myers

    Cohort ’19

    International relations and strategic defense policy with a focus on North Korea

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What We Look for in Our Applicants

All applicants must:

  • be available to participate in our full-time combined research-and-study program at RAND’s headquarters in Santa Monica, California
  • have completed a bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree and/or some work experience is desired for Ph.D. applicants
  • demonstrate strong quantitative skills, although all majors and disciplines welcome

Our students are driven to change the world. Does that describe you?

Learn more about what we look for in an ideal candidate »

Application Elements

  • An online application
  • Resume or CV
  • Two essays to understand your motivations to work in the field of policy analysis (three essays for the Ph.D.)
  • Test scores on the GRE or GMAT optional; TOEFL or English proficiency test for some international students
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • School transcripts
Learn more about our admissions process »

Contact us

If you have any questions or wish to be in touch, please contact us at prgsadmissions@prgs.edu.