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IPEDS ID: 121628
OPE ID: 01044100
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Pardee RAND Graduate School
1776 Main St, Santa Monica, California 90401-3208
General information:  (310) 393-0411 x8405
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  110 (0 undergraduate)
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Mission Statement
  The Pardee RAND Graduate School (Pardee RAND or the School) was founded in 1970 as one of the eight original graduate programs in public policy in the United States. Pardee RAND is the only public policy program that focuses exclusively on the Ph.D. and the only program that is part of a public policy research institute--the RAND Corporation (RAND), where policy analysis was born. Although Pardee RAND is not part of a university, it is nonetheless committed to the same openness and support of independent inquiry that characterize graduate study in university settings.

Pardee RAND’s mission is to provide the next generation of policy leaders an unsurpassed education in the fundamental tools of policy analysis.
The School’s overarching goals are:

1. To produce Ph.D. graduates whose dissertations make important intellectual contributions to practical issues and whose careers distinguish them as powerful intellectual influences on public life through ideas and actions,
2. In conjunction with RAND, to develop new lines of teaching and research on some of the world’s most difficult policy challenges, and
3. For the profession as a whole, to help rethink what public policy means in a time when effective governance increasingly relies on partnerships among government, business, and civil society.

Pardee RAND has identified five key educational objectives for students in the program:

1. To understand the purpose of policy analysis and its place within the political process,
2. To master the basic methodologies used in policy research: economic analysis, quantitative methods, and social and behavioral science methods,
3. To acquire an in-depth knowledge in at least one of these three methodological fields,
4. To obtain a deep understanding of a specialized substantive field of public policy, and
5. To develop project and professional skills relevant to the selected field of policy analysis.
Carnegie Classification
Special Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus Institutions
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Special Learning Opportunities
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Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
  • Faculty data not available.
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2018-2019
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
  • This institution did not offer programs at or below the baccalaureate level in 2017-2018, therefore financial aid information was not reported.

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  • This institution did not offer programs at or below the baccalaureate level in 2017-2018, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2018
Total enrollment (all graduate)110
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Student Gender:
Male: 53%
Female: 47%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 11%
Black or African American: 1%
Hispanic/Latino: 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 42%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 35%
Graduate Distance Education Status
Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
  • This institution does not offer programs at or below the baccalaureate level, therefore admission information was not reported.
  • This institution did not offer programs at or below the baccalaureate level, therefore graduation rate information was not reported.
  • Institutions that did not offer undergraduate programs were not required to report Outcome Measures.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Policy Analysis, General2016
Category total2016
Grand total2016
Educational Benefits, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 3
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $15,400
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
WASC Senior College and University Commission Accredited since (06/30/1975)3/30/2020
WASC Senior College and University Commission Preaccredited (06/30/1972 - 06/30/1975)
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2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations010
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201620152014
Default rate0.0%0.0%0.0%
Number in default000
Number in repayment222520
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)