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Pardee RAND students follow a rigorous, interdisciplinary program curriculum. The required courses are designed to provide our Ph.D. and M.Phil. students with a broad and solid base from which they may then tailor their academic experience. Woven through each of the courses, and the program overall, are a focus on social justice and racial equity, communications, ethics, and a global perspective.
Core Courses 9 units total
Economic Analysis 2.0 units
Ethics 0.5 units
Policy Analysis 2.5 units
Quantitative Analysis 2.0 units
Social and Behavioral Science 2.0 units
Students explore their particular interests and passions through a range of electives, policy design studios, and tutorials with Pardee RAND faculty and RAND research staff. M.Phil. students complete a minimum of 6 units of electives, plus 3 units of Experiential Learning Tutorials. Ph.D. students complete 9 units of electives, including Policy Engagement Stream requirements. (One unit is the equivalent of a 10-week course; a half-unit course is usually 5 weeks long.)
Through their electives and experiential learning, PhD. students fulfill their policy specialization. Additionally, some Ph.D. students choose to pursue an analytic concentration.
Elective course content is demand-driven based on student interest and is updated each year. Courses are generally offered every other year and are subject to change.
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