An effective education requires continuous engagement, deliberate practice, and interdisciplinary understanding.

Academic Highlights/

The greatest societal advances occur at the intersection of disciplines. From movable type to biotechnology, merging knowledge from across the sciences, arts, and humanities yields innovations not possible in a single, isolated domain.

Both Minerva’s four-year undergraduate program and two-year, part time graduate program, teach you broadly applicable concepts that span individual fields. Through rigorous study and deep engagement, you gain the practical skills needed to solve complex problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to a changing world.

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“Why did I leave established, elite universities, like Harvard and Stanford for a radically new concept in higher education? The answer is simple: I wanted to help build something better.”
Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ph.D.
Founding Dean
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Philosophy & Pedagogy /

Based on decades of research into how people learn best, our pedagogy is built to stimulate deeper cognition, greater conceptual understanding, and the the ability to transfer learned concepts into new and unfamiliar situations.

Undergraduate Curriculum /

By challenging you to explore broadly, while gaining deep knowledge in your selected field, the Minerva curriculum promotes the development of practical skills that will enable you to adapt as the world changes, serving you throughout your career and for the rest of your life.

A group of students from the Class of 2021 prepares for a location-based learning activity in San Francisco’s Dolores Park.

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Practical Skills /
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critical thinking
e.g. evaluating claims, weighing decisions
creative thinking
e.g. solving problems, developing ideas
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effective communication
e.g. writing, speaking, presenting
effective interaction
e.g. negotiating, working on teams

Each discussion-based seminar, with fewer than 20 participants, pushes you to continuously interact with your professors and classmates. Through this deep collaboration, you learn to question assumptions, analyze information, perform simulations, devise novel solutions, and fundamentally reshape the way you think about the world.

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Graduate Program /

The 20-month, part-time Master of Science in Applied Analyses and Decision Making program is designed to impart critical professional skills, with an emphasis on research, analysis, and practical decision-making.


The Minerva faculty come from diverse backgrounds, but share a common passion: student learning. Unlike the tenured positions at other institutions, your professors are dedicated to providing the highest quality education possible.

In this short film, faculty members discuss their passions, expertise, and remarkable personal stories.

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Deans of Colleges/

“I really wanted to have an impact. I wanted the research that I’ve been conducting and studying for decades to be used to help students learn effectively.”

“A thorough grounding in the logical analysis of arguments and the use of computational tools to solve problems is the sine qua non to be a citizen of modern society.”

“People are social beings. The social sciences provide a systematic understanding of ourselves, our groups, and our institutions, as well as our motivations and beliefs.”

“Having spent many years in a traditional university environment, I saw all the flaws in the higher education system. Minerva is an incredible opportunity to correct those flaws.”

Stimulate your mind, find your passion, and realize your full potential.