Pardee RAND receives more than 700 pre-applications and 150 applications each year, of which we accept and welcome as many as 25 students. All of them are supported by a combination of fellowships and scholarships that cover tuition, include a living stipend, and can enable them to graduate debt-free.

Students undertake rigorous program requirements that include courses in policy analysis, economics, quantitative and qualitative analysis, social and behavioral sciences, technology and society, and ethics. They also follow one of three policy engagement streams-focused on analysis, community-partnered policy, or technology—and choose from a rotating selection of 75 electives in a wide range of areas, including new and emerging topics.

Experiential learning projects let students work with RAND mentors to research and help to solve real-world problems of direct concern to decision makers and communities, while providing a foundation for their Ph.D. dissertation.

Students hone their research skills on a vast range of intersecting policy research projects—of which RAND conducts more than 500 each year. Additionally, through our initiatives and innovative Methods Centers and the Tech and Narrative Lab, we prioritize our commitment to taking lessons outside of the classroom and into the field.

In our 51 years, more than 400 alumni have graduated from Pardee RAND with the theoretical and applied skills that enable them to tackle hard issues around the globe. Pardee RAND alumni careers cross boundaries and disciplines in every sector—public, private, academic, and nonprofit. And perhaps most importantly, our alumni are making a difference and changing the world.