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Applications for the fall 2024 class of our M.Phil. in Policy Analysis and Master of National Security Policy are open on a rolling basis through the summer. Applications for the fall 2025 Ph.D. program will open this September.

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At the Pardee RAND Graduate School, we welcome exceptional students who come from diverse personal and academic backgrounds. Our multidisciplinary Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) programs focus on policy analysis and the ways it can shape our world, while our Master of National Security Policy focuses specifically on the tools of defense policy analysis.

What We Look for in Our Applicants

All applicants must:

  • be available to study in person from our Santa Monica or Washington campuses
  • have completed a bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree and/or some work experience is desired for Ph.D. applicants
  • demonstrate strong quantitative skills, particularly for the Ph.D., although all majors and disciplines welcome

Our students are driven to change the world. Does that describe you?

Application Requirements

  • An online application
  • Resume or CV
  • Essays to understand your career motivations
  • Test scores on the GRE or GMAT are not required; TOEFL or English proficiency test is required for some international students
  • Letters of recommendation
  • School transcripts
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