Pardee RAND Student Body Profile

Pardee RAND students in cohort '15

Pardee RAND students in cohort '15

Photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND

Each year, 20–25 new students enroll in Pardee RAND Graduate School. They come from around the world and from the most diverse of educational backgrounds.

Their academic credentials are very strong, but the Admissions Committee doesn't just go by the numbers. The Committee looks for creativity, the ability to think about new issues in new ways. Pardee RAND seeks students with a combination of passion and discipline—the passion to change the world for the better, and the discipline to carry forth the new research that will be needed to do so.

Class Profile by Entering Cohort

  2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Class Size 24 20 23 22 23
Average Age 28 30 29 29 29
Age Range 21-41 24-42 21-41 22-40 22-41
Average GRE Quantitative 162 163 161 161 162
Average GRE Verbal 160 163 161 160 163
Students with Advanced Degrees 72 % 86 % 78 % 82 % 87 %
Women 54 % 38 % 40 % 50 % 48 %
International Students 33 % 28 % 35 % 23 % 39 %
Scholarship Recipients 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %

All Current Students

Undergraduate Field of Study

Economics and Business37 %
Social Sciences and Humanities17 %
Science15 %
Engineering15 %
Mathematics7 %

Advanced Degrees in the Following Disciplines

  • Applied mathematics
  • Biostatistics
  • Business administration
  • Computer science
  • Conflict analysis & resolution
  • Civil engineering
  • Data analysis
  • Development administration / economics
  • Economics
  • Energy science, technology & policy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental economics & policy
  • Epidemiology & biostatistics
  • Finance
  • Global environmental health
  • Global health & population studies
  • Green technologies
  • Health informatics
  • Health policy & management
  • History
  • International education policy
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Logistics management
  • Management science
  • Medicine
  • National security & strategic studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Operations research
  • Philosophy
  • Physical chemistry
  • Political science
  • Predictive analytics
  • Psychology
  • Public administration / affairs / diplomacy / policy
  • Public health
  • Russian, East European, & Eurasian studies
  • Science & security
  • Social anthropology
  • Space operations
  • Strategic intelligence
  • Technology policy

Countries of Origin

As of September 2019

  • Azerbaijan
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Lebanon
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam