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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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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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  • Lessons from Northern Uganda: Post-Conflict Integration of 'Children Born of War'

    Apr 12, 2017

    Children conceived as a result of sexual violence during armed conflict face socioeconomic marginalization, family rejection, stigmatization, and violence. Mahlet Woldetsadik (cohort '13) examines ways societies can address the unique needs of the thousands of "children born of war."

  • Rocky Road Ahead Likely for U.S.-China Relations

    Apr 11, 2017

    The first summit with President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping downplayed contentious issues like Taiwan and the South China Sea. But the differences run deep, writes professor Timothy Heath, and frustration is palpable on both sides. Moreover, the competition for international leadership continues.

  • Five Dead-Ends — and One Risky Opportunity — When Trump and Xi Talk North Korea

    Apr 10, 2017

    Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) writes that, among President Trump's options, proposing a deal that gives the North Korean elite an alternative to its murderous and unstable leader could be the safest and most realistic way to sheath North Korean nuclear weapons and safeguard the American people.

  • How California Is Trying to Keep Autonomous Vehicle Development on Track

    Apr 10, 2017

    California's Department of Motor Vehicles recently proposed new regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Professor Nidhi Kalra asks, will this help retain the state's status as a testing and deployment ground for the technology, and will it make California safer?

  • RAND Annual Report Features 'The Pardee RAND Advantage'

    Apr 4, 2017

    The 2016 RAND Annual Report includes 10 pages about Pardee RAND students, research, innovation, courses, and more. Featured student projects include the Food-Energy-Water Index, investing in traffic safety, women in the Marine Corps infantry, virtual currency, and identifying disease hot-spots.

  • Alum Vilamovska Receives Award for Service to Poland

    Apr 3, 2017

    Anna-Marie Vilamovska (cohort '05) is one of the youngest recipients of Poland's Commander Cross of the Order of Merit, which was bestowed upon her in December for her contributions to the development of Polish-Bulgarian cooperation.

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