The Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School or PRGS is an American institution of higher education sharing location with the RAND Corporation’s headquarters in Santa Monica, California.
Established as the RAND Graduate Institute in 1970, the graduate school was an original school of public policy in the United States. There were only eight. The school was given its present name in 2004 and, by 2006, had already conferred over 180 Ph.D.s in Policy Analysis.
The school confers Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Philosophy and offers a research-based fellowship to all its students. Its core curriculum includes graduate courses in microeconomics, statistics and econometrics, social and behavioral sciences and operations research. In addition to these courses, there are qualifying examinations and dissertations students are required to undertake. It is also mandatory for students to undergo a certain number of days of practicum on RAND Corporation projects.
Cost of tuition for students attending the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School is US$23,500. All accepted students receive a fellowship that they earn by working on RAND Research projects. The fellowship amount covers annual tuition cost and stipend. In order to get the full amount of the fellowship, students must complete 60 days of work on RAND projects for the first year and 155 days annually for the succeeding years. Almost all faculty members of the Pardee RAND Graduate School are researchers of RAND Corporation and 90% of them are Ph.D. holders in their fields of specialty.
On-campus housing facilities are not available to students of the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School.
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