Merit-based Admissions

Our unique admissions process reduces unfair biases and, instead, focuses on who you are, how you think, and what you have achieved.

At Minerva, there are no standardized test requirements (e.g. GRE, GMAT, or TOEFL) as these measures fail to accurately represent a students’ true academic and leadership potential. Instead, our merit-based approach seeks qualified students who will benefit from, and contribute to, their graduate experience.

Minerva admissions does not have enrollment caps or quotas of any kind, so you are not competing with other applicants for limited, pre-selected spots. Regardless of where you come from, if you demonstrate the curiosity, drive, and potential to excel, you will be offered admission.

how to apply

Part One


Complete a short online form with basic information including your academic history and employment status. We also require your academic transcript(s) and a CV or resume.

Part Two


You will complete two unique challenges to measure how you think. The Challenges will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Part Three

Interview (invitation only)

Select candidates will be invited for an interview. These interviews will be conducted online on a rolling schedule dependent on the evaluation of submitted materials.

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We will evaluate candidacy for the program based on demonstrated initiative; analytical skills, including quantitative and computer literacy; creative thinking and communication skills; and academic and professional accomplishments. After review of candidate qualifications and a round of interviews, a select group will be invited to attend.


Admissions Round One
Submission Deadline October 1
Notification Date November 15
Enrollment Deadline December 15

Applicants who submit all materials during the Admissions Round One will receive an admissions decision in 2021, providing further time to make preparations to attend classes in the fall.

Admissions Round Two
Submission Deadline February 1
Notification Date March 1
Enrollment Deadline April 1

Admissions Round Two corresponds to many other American university admissions calendars, with admissions decisions provided at the end of February.

Admissions Round Three
Submission Deadline April 1
Notification Date May 2
Enrollment Deadline June 1

Admissions Round Three aligns with international application timelines to enable all prospective students, regardless of geographic location, to consider the Master of Science in Decision Analysis for their graduate school goals.

Admissions Round Four
Submission Deadline May 13
Notification Date June 7
Enrollment Deadline June 21

Admissions Round Four allows those who may have needed more time to understand how the Master of Science in Decision Analysis will fit into their career and lifestyle goals for the next couple of years to apply and join the cohort. 

Admissions Round Five
Submission Deadline June 10
Notification Date June 30
Enrollment Deadline July 15

Admissions Round Five addresses the continued need for effective leaders in uncertain times. This is the final admissions round for the year and applicants will be notified of their decision on a rolling basis.

Minerva reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received.

Applications for Fall 2022 are now open.

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The Round 5 application deadline for a Fall 2022 start is June 10.

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