Pardee RAND Degree Requirements
A Curriculum Focused on Public Policy Analysis
Pardee RAND Graduate School offers only one degree: The Doctor of Philosophy in Policy Analysis.
The Ph.D. program consists of five elements:
- Interdisciplinary Core Curriculum In the first year, students complete a rigorous core curriculum (12 units), covering mathematics, statistics, economics, operations research, political science and other social sciences.
- Analytic Concentration (optional) In the second and third years, students complete an additional 7 units of coursework and may elect to focus their studies in one of three analytic concentrations: economics, quantitative methods, or social and behavioral sciences.
- Policy SpecializationStudents also specialize in at least one policy area, such as national security, health, education, energy and environment, labor and population, economic development, or civil justice and regulation.
- Project-Based Research Outside the classroom, students acquire practical experience as paid members of RAND research teams, which we call OJT (on-the-job training).
- Policy-Relevant Dissertation Finally, they write a doctoral dissertation that combines analytic rigor and practical utility under the guidance of a committee of RAND faculty and researchers.
The Pardee RAND Curriculum is under continuous review. Course offerings and requirements are therefore subject to change.