Early Action applications must be submitted by November 1.
Early Action applications must be submitted by November 1.

Academics at Minerva are demanding.

The intensive program requires your full participation in every class and the initiative to direct your course of study — from defining the focus of your guided tutorials to creating your final capstone project.

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Our learning-centric methodology is designed to dramatically improve the way you think.

Based on decades of research into how people learn best, our pedagogic approach stimulates deeper cognition, greater conceptual understanding, and the development of critical skills that will serve you for the rest of your life.

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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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Through four years of rigorous, interdisciplinary study, you prepare for a dynamic, global future.

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.

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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

Your coursework is structured to allow both broad exploration and increasing specialization.

After the first-year Cornerstone courses, which are wholly interdisciplinary, every term is progressively more focused. While majors enable study across each field, the third-year Concentrations provide deep expertise in one specific area.

All your classes are small and discussion-based because active learning is proven to be more effective than passive lectures. 

Each intimate session is conducted on an advanced technology platform, called the Active Learning Forum, which is expressly built to engage you in the course material by requiring your active participation in class.

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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.

This video demonstrates many of the features and benefits of the Active Learning Forum.

Video: Andrew Hida and Jesse Dearing

You can accelerate your academic progress, graduating with two degrees in only four years.

The integrated Master’s in Applied Arts & Sciences allows you to complete both your Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in parallel. If you take on the additional course load, you will be prepared to contribute to prospective employers or graduate programs at a very high level.

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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.

Video: Andrew Hida
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“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.”

“The arts and humanities are the foundation of creative expression, historical and cultural understanding, and an ability to grasp the human condition.”

“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.”

“The social sciences systematically study interpersonal & intrapersonal relationships to better understand our fellow human beings, ourselves, our goals, motivations, and beliefs.”