Graduate Program // Master of Science in Decision Analysis/

Learn to Lead


In our increasingly complex and globalized world, effective decision-making demands a high degree of critical thinking and the ability to gather, interpret, and act upon various data. Minerva has developed a first-of-its-kind program designed specifically to prepare twenty-first-century leaders to make consequential decisions.

Accelerate your career with a unique set of cognitive tools that can be applied to diverse professional environments.

The 21-month, part-time program is designed to impart critical professional skills, with an emphasis on research, analysis, and practical decision-making. You will learn to interpret complex data, find rational conclusions, devise potential solutions, and evaluate the implications of your choices.

Key Principles/
Applied Knowledge
The curriculum is designed to ensure you learn to use relevant concepts, facts, and theories to analyze complex, real-world challenges and make effective decisions with far-reaching impact.

Advanced Courses
All courses assume adequate background knowledge and require advanced, graduate-level work for class assignments and your Master’s thesis.

Sophisticated Instruction
Your classes are small, interactive seminars that push you to constantly test and expand your skills in critical and creative thinking, effective communication, and effective interaction.

Research Orientation
Your assignments and Master’s thesis will incorporate original quantitative and qualitative empirical research, with findings used to analyze situations, develop viable solutions, and structure decisions.

Interdisciplinary Study
You will study across multiple fields — public policy, business, and the sciences — through sophisticated project-based learning, fieldwork, and applied decision-making techniques.

Attend small discussion-based classes from anywhere in the world.

All classes are held in live, online seminars, using Minerva's Active Learning Forum™. Classes can be attended wherever there is a reliable high-speed internet connection, so you can live and study anywhere you choose.

J. Fost Teaching Master's Students

Associate Dean Joshua Fost, Ph.D., teaches master’s students on the Active Learning Forum.

Photo: Ayo Seligman

Earn a degree with relevance across disciplines, at a fraction of the cost of competitive graduate programs. 

With just over a 1.5-year commitment and only $39,000 in tuition, the Master of Science in Decision Analysis is highly competitive with other top graduate programs. A student loan program is also available for qualified students, putting an advanced degree well within your reach.

We are now accepting applications.

Are you ready for the challenge?