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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“Understanding natural sciences from minute particles to larger organisms to our planet’s systems provides the basis for solving many of our greatest challenges.”
“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.”