Learn the critical skills you need to make more informed decisions and enact positive change.

As the nature of the workforce continues to shift, organizations increasingly need leaders who can utilize data to make informed decisions.

The Master of Science in Decision Analysis (MDA) is a unique program designed for rising professionals in diverse fields around the world. Become an adaptive leader who can deconstruct problems, interpret complex data, and devise effective solutions, in order to drive meaningful improvements in any sector.

In this 21-month, part-time, non-residential graduate program, you will acquire key transferable skills, through the practical application of frameworks and concepts across multiple contexts.

Key Program Features

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

Gain advanced analysis and decision-making skills that span disciplines

Engage with expert faculty and peers from around the world

Accelerate your ability to make profound organizational and societal change

Attend active learning classes from anywhere in the world with no residential requirement

Interdisciplinary Academics

The MDA curriculum focuses on how to utilize big data to inform decisions of consequence. With courses covering complex analysis, research methods, and information-based decision-making, you will gain the interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills to help you advance your career. The final thesis project enables you to apply your learning to a substantive topic of your choosing.

Interdisciplinary Academics

Active Learning in Small Seminars

All classes are conducted in a small seminar format using Minerva’s fully active learning methodology, which compels you to be prepared to contribute in every class session, helping you hone your critical thinking, debate, and presentation skills. 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, you gain access to personalized coaching and talent development support.


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 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.

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.

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Nominate a Candidate

Ideal MDA candidates are purpose-driven individuals who are seeking to advance their careers while helping to solve larger societal challenges. To recommend an individual with potential, please complete the nomination form.

Featured Events

Upcoming Events

Panel Discussion: Professional Development for MDA students
September 23, 2021
9:00 pm China Standard Time (CST)

Join current Master in Decision Analysis students and alumni, alongside our Global Director of Coaching and Talent Development, Rachel Kim, and Regional Outreach Manager, Vivian Zhiao, for a panel discussion. Learn how the MDA program and projects have impacted the way students approach their professional growth.

Master's Education Summit
September 23, 2021
5:30 pm - 08:00 pm Indian Standard Time (IST)

The Master’s Education Summit (MES) is the largest gathering of Master’s degree-seeking students, higher education institutions, and industry leaders to exchange ideas, inspire future leaders and transform lives. MES enables an enhanced level of engagement for graduate education, where Master’s degree-seeking students can attend for career-focused workshops, esteemed leadership talks, and expert sessions, and engage with Minerva University representatives.


Applications are now open.