Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School

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Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS)
students outside the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School
Established 1970
Type Private, not-for-profit
Dean Susan L. Marquis
Students 2010-2011: 110
Location Santa Monica, California, USA

The Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) is a private, higher-education institution that offers doctoral studies in policy analysis and practical experience working on RAND research projects to solve current public policy problems. Its campus is co-located with the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research institution in Santa Monica, California. Most of the faculty is drawn from the 950 researchers at RAND.[1] The 2011-12 student body includes approximately 100 men and women from more than 20 countries around the world.[2]


The school was founded in 1970 as the RAND Graduate Institute (RGI).[3] The name of the school has been changed twice: in 1987, RGI became the RAND Graduate School. In 2004, the present name was adopted to honor the contributions of Frederick S. Pardee, a former RAND researcher and philanthropist.[4]


PRGS offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in policy analysis. The Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree is awarded to students after two years of coursework and partial completion of the Ph.D. requirements. The first doctorate was awarded in 1974. As of January 2012, PRGS has awarded 281 Ph.D. degrees. PRGS is the largest policy Ph.D. program in the United States.

The PRGS curriculum includes courses in economics, statistics, political science, and the behavioral and social sciences. Public policy courses focus on issues such as social determinants of health, arms control, the U.S. Constitution, criminology, national security strategy and planning, and international development.

On-the-Job Training[edit]

PRGS students gain practical experience and earn their fellowships through on-the-job training as members of RAND's interdisciplinary research teams, initially as apprentices and later in roles of increasing responsibility and independence. PRGS students can apply to work on current projects with clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.[5] RAND's research areas include: children and families, education and the arts, energy and environment, health and health care, infrastructure and transportation, international affairs, law and business, national security, population and aging, public safety, science and technology, and terrorism and homeland security.[6]


PRGS selects up to 25 doctoral fellows each year who can participate full-time in its combined research-and-study program. Because the courses are taught in sequence, students must begin their study in the fall quarter. All applicants must have completed at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and possess superior communication, logical reasoning, and quantitative skills. An advanced degree is not required, but is highly desirable. The application period for entering fall classes is September 1st through January 10th.


PRGS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school received its first accreditation in 1975 and was reaccredited in 2011 for 10 years.[7]


Dissertations of PRGS students are published online.[8]


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