Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School
|RAND Graduate School, RAND Graduate Institute|
|Motto||Be The Answer|
|Dean||Susan L. Marquis|
|Location||Santa Monica, California, USA|
|Colours||Purple and gold|
The Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School (Pardee RAND) 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, United States. Most of the faculty is drawn from the 950 researchers at RAND. The 2018–19 student body includes 116 men and women from 26 countries around the world.
The school was founded in 1970 as the RAND Graduate Institute (RGI). 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. Charles Wolf Jr. served as founding dean from 1970 to 1997 and remained a professor at the school until his death in 2016.
In 2013, Pardee RAND launched the Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress focusing on international development. The John and Carol Cazier Environmental and Energy Sustainability Initiative was started in 2014. Pardee RAND has developed partnerships with UCLA.
Pardee RAND 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 August 2018, Pardee RAND has awarded 400 Ph.D. degrees and is the largest policy Ph.D. program in the United States.
The Pardee RAND curriculum includes courses in economics, statistics, operations research, political science, and the behavioral and social sciences. Public policy courses focus on issues such as social determinants of health, education, civil and criminal justice, national security, population and demographics, and international development.
Pardee RAND 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. Students can apply to work on current projects with clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. 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.
Pardee RAND is highly selective and admits a maximum of 25 doctoral fellows each year to participate 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 1 through early January. The school receives more than 800 applications and pre-applications every year.
Dissertations and job market
Dissertations of Pardee RAND fellows are published online. Career choices of Pardee RAND graduates include academia, U.S. and foreign government offices, international institutions, private sector employers and non-profit institutions. Graduates possess strong quantitative, linguistic, programming and modelling skills and gain 2–3 years of full-time work experience on RAND projects during their PhD studies.
- Charles Wolf Jr. (1970–1998)
- Robert Klitgaard (1998–2005)
- Rae Archibald (2005–2006, interim dean)
- John Graham (2006–2008)
- Molly Selvin (2008, interim dean)
- Susan L. Marquis (2009–present)
- Mark Albrecht – former Executive Secretary of the National Space Council
- Tatiana Andreyeva – director of economic initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, University of Connecticut
- Yilmaz Arguden (tr) – founder and chair, ARGE Consulting; founder, Argüden Governance Academy
- Sharon Arnold – acting director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Gordon Bitko – chief information officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Richard Bowman – chief of staff, Albuquerque Public Schools
- Arthur C. Brooks – president of the American Enterprise Institute
- Michael Dardia – vice president for finance and assistant treasurer, New York Public Library
- Rick Fallon – senior vice president and chief financial officer (retired), RAND Corporation
- John Haaga – director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, National Institute on Aging
- Ted Harshberger – vice president and director of RAND Project AIR FORCE, RAND Corporation
- Angela Hawken – professor of public policy at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University
- Owen Hill – legislator, Colorado State Senate
- Meredith Kilgore – professor and chair, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Kathleen Lohr – distinguished fellow, RTI International
- Sergej Mahnovski – director, strategic planning, Edison International
- David Maxwell-Jolly – Chief Deputy Executive Director (retired), Covered California; former undersecretary, California Health and Human Services Agency; and former director, California Department of Health Care Services
- Elizabeth McGlynn – director, Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research, Kaiser Permanente
- Silvia Montoya – director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics
- Joseph Nation – former legislator, California State Assembly
- Athar Osama – Member, Science & Technology and ICT, Planning Commission (Pakistan)
- Scott Pace – director of the Space Policy Institute at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University
- Kristiana Raube – executive director, International Business Development Program and Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
- Samantha Ravich – former principal deputy National Security Advisor, Office of the Vice President of the United States
- Robert Reichardt – secretary, Board of Education, Littleton Public Schools
- K. Jack Riley – vice president and director of RAND National Security Research Division, RAND Corporation
- Philip Romero – former dean, Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon
- Mark Schuster – founding dean, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
- Vladimir Shkolnikov – Senior Human Rights Adviser for South Caucasus, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Ragnhild Sohlberg (no) – deputy chair of the board, Peace Research Institute Oslo
- Neeraj Sood – vice dean for research, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
- Ann Stone – senior research and evaluation officer, Wallace Foundation
- Mike Thirtle – president and chief executive officer, Bethesda Lutheran Communities
- Kenneth E. Thorpe – chair, health policy management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; executive director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
- Anga Timilsina – programme manager, Global Anti-Corruption Initiative and Global Centre for Public Sector Excellence, United Nations Development Programme
- Daochi Tong – assistant minister of commerce, Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China
- David Trinkle – director, Research Development, University of California, Berkeley
- Anna-Marie Vilamovska – director of Education for Growth Strategy Development, Plovdiv; former Secretary for Innovation Policy for Rosen Plevneliev, Bulgaria
- Jeffrey Wasserman – vice president and director of RAND Health, RAND Corporation
- Loren Yager – managing director (retired), International Affairs and Trade, Government Accountability Office
- Jack Zwanziger – co-director, Division of Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
- Pardee RAND Graduate School Celebrates 40th Anniversary
- Pardee RAND Student Body Profile
- 60 Ways RAND Has Made a Difference
- Former RAND Employee Frederick S. Pardee Donates $10 Million to RAND Graduate School
- Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress
- The John and Carol Cazier Environmental and Energy Sustainability Initiative
- Major Clients and Grantors of RAND
- RAND Research
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges Statement of Accreditation Status Archived 2012-05-27 at the Wayback Machine.
- Pardee RAND Dissertations