Dean Susan Marquis, with a new cohort of students

What Pardee RAND looks for

The Ideal Candidate

Each year, the Pardee RAND Graduate School welcomes up to 25 students driven to help solve the most pressing policy challenges.

We value diverse perspectives among our students, and no two Pardee RAND students are alike. But we do look for certain criteria to ensure each cohort of students excels and goes on to thrive as working professionals.

The ideal Pardee RAND candidate
…thinks about policy differently.

Interest in a particular policy issue area is a must for Pardee RAND students, but curiosity about the broader context of policy problems is just as important. Our students examine policy using the lenses of multiple disciplines, resulting in policy solutions that are appropriate to the diverse challenges they solve.

…is available for full-time study.

Pardee RAND limits admission to students who can participate full-time in our combined research-and-study program. Because the courses are taught in sequence, students must begin their study in the fall quarter.

…has completed a bachelor’s degree.

All applicants must have completed at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. They must also possess superior communication, logical reasoning and quantitative skills. An advanced degree and/or work experience is highly recommended.

…has strong quantitative reasoning skills.

No preference is given to any particular undergraduate major. However, students must have a strong command of univariate calculus and, preferably, multivariate calculus. Coursework in statistics, economics, linear matrix algebra, and more advanced calculus is helpful but not required.

…is driven to change the world.

Each Pardee RAND student is driven by a deep and abiding passion to help change the world for the better. They also have a demonstrated discipline to master the intellectual tools that will help them do so.

Pardee RAND Graduate School is committed to ensuring an equal opportunity workplace for all. For more information, please refer to RAND Corporation's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.