Learn the critical skills you need to make evidence-based, data informed decisions and enact positive change.

The number of jobs requiring employees to make good decisions has risen by 460% since 1960*. As the nature of the workforce continues to shift along with today’s complex global challenges, the world needs adaptive leaders who can deconstruct problems, interpret complex data, analyze social systems, and devise effective solutions, in order to drive meaningful improvements in any sector.

The Master of Science in Decision Analysis (MDA) is a unique program designed for rising professionals in diverse fields around the world. As a Minerva graduate student, you will acquire key transferable leadership and analytical skills, through the practical application of frameworks and concepts across multiple contexts.

*Harvard University and NBER, “The Growing Importance of Decision-Making on the Job”, 2021

Key Program Features

Learn in a non-residential 21-month, part-time program designed for working professionals

Gain advanced leadership and analysis skills that span disciplines for effective decision-making

Engage with a diverse set of expert faculty and peers from around the world in small seminar classes

Attend active learning classes from anywhere in the world on Forum™, Minerva’s advanced educational platform

Advance your career with long term coaching and talent development support

Accelerate your ability to make profound organizational and societal change

Interdisciplinary Academics

The MDA curriculum focuses on how to utilize available information to make decisions of consequence. With courses covering complex systems analysis, problem solving techniques, research methods, and information-based decision-making, you will gain the interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills to help you advance your career in today’s complex world.

The final thesis project enables you to apply your learning to a substantive topic of your choosing, including one derived from your employment if desired.

Interdisciplinary Academics

Active Learning in Small Seminars

All classes are conducted in a small seminar format using Minerva’s fully active learning methodology, which enables you to be prepared to contribute in every class session, helping you hone your critical thinking, debate, and presentation skills, and ensures long-term information retention. Classes are held on Forum™, enabling flexibility for working professionals from around the world.

Curated Career Resources

To help you advance your career, Minerva will help you identify your goals, explore possible paths, and develop a realistic plan to achieve them. In addition to select career resources like resume services and networking, you gain access to personalized 1:1 and group life coaching and talent development support.

“At its core, the Master’s in Decision Analysis gave me the tools to navigate complexity. Whatever I do throughout my life, I will never again be overwhelmed by the vast unknown, nor will I just set sail and hope for the best. I have the mindset, and the skillset, to steer through the sea of data and information coming at me — and chart the course to a worthwhile destination.”

Zach Goldfine, MDA Class of 2017
Deputy CTO - Benefits at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs



Minerva’s unique admissions process gives talented students from around the world better access to quality education. By eliminating biases, including standardized tests and admissions fees, our merit-based approach focuses on who you are, how you think, and what you have achieved.


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Accessible Education

Offered at a fraction of the cost of other competitive graduate programs, the MDA is intentionally designed to be affordable, with no compromise in quality. If admitted, you will also be eligible for a low-interest student loan.

Practical Applied Projects

To allow you to begin applying your learning while still in the program, all assessment in the MDA is conducted through project-based assignments rather than exams, with several opportunities to customize projects by choosing topics you are passionate about.

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Nominate a Candidate

Ideal MDA candidates are purpose-driven individuals who are seeking to advance their careers while making a positive global impact. To recommend an individual with potential, please complete the nomination form.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Master in Decision Analysis Program Overview
December 16, 2021
8:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Join Antonia Boorman, Minerva Outreach Representative, with a current student perspective, for an overview of our Master in Decision Analysis program and its value for professionals seeking to gain skills that will impact their decision making capacity. This session will include a Q&A segment.

Masters Workshop: Build Confidence in Your Decisions
January 18, 2022
7:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Join us for an active learning workshop on decision making and a glimpse into our Master in Decision Analysis (MDA) curriculum. In this session, you will take the first step to building a toolkit of concrete skills to advance your career and understand how the MDA can help you become a more confident decision-maker and leader.


Applications are now open.