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

  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Class Size 23 22 23 21 21 22
Average Age 29 29 29 30 28 26
Age Range 21-41 22-40 22-41 21-55 21-40 21-35
Average GRE Quantitative 161 161 162 162 160 160
Average GRE Verbal 161 160 163 164 162 160
Students with Advanced Degrees
(including MD, JD, MA, MS, MPP, MPH)
78 % 82 % 87 % 73 % 81 % 60 %
Women 40% 50 % 48 % 43 % 52 % 45 %
International Students 35 % 23 % 39 % 33 % 48 % 27 %
Scholarship Recipients 100 % 100 % 100 % 95 % 100 % 92 %

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
  • Astrophysics
  • Business administration
  • Conflict analysis & resolution
  • Development administration/economics
  • Economics/economic analysis/economic history
  • Energy science, technology & policy
  • Engineering/mechanical engineering
  • Environmental economics & policy
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Finance
  • Global environmental health
  • Global health & population studies
  • Green technologies
  • Health policy & law
  • History
  • International education policy
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Logistics management
  • Management science
  • Medicine
  • National security & strategic studies
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Public administration/diplomacy/policy
  • Public health
  • Russian, East European, & Eurasian studies
  • Science & security
  • Social anthropology
  • Space operations
  • Strategic intelligence
  • Technology policy

Countries of Origin

As of October 2017

  • Azerbaijan
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam