Merit-Based Admissions

Minerva University seeks students from around the globe who demonstrate curiosity, drive, and the potential to excel in our programs. To identify qualified candidates, Minerva has developed an admissions process that eliminates standardized testing, reduces unfair bias, and improves opportunity for all. Each applicant to a Minerva graduate program must complete three application parts, as described below.

With broadly applicable skills that can benefit any line of work, Minerva's graduate programs attract students with a diverse set of backgrounds. Current students in the MDA and CDA come from more than 18 countries across all continents, with age ranging between 23 and 60 years old. 86% of students maintain a full-time job while enrolled in their program.

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To acknowledge a rising leader with the potential to succeed at Minerva and support their professional development, complete the nomination form below.

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 exercises to evaluate how you think. The Exercises 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.

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Admission Timeline

With three admissions rounds, you can select the admissions time frame that works best for you. However, the earlier you submit your application, the earlier you can begin preparing for your future. If you are admitted to a Minerva graduate program, you must enroll by the enrollment deadline indicated for that round. When you enroll, you must also pay a $500 enrollment deposit, applicable towards your first tuition payment.


Admissions Round One
Submission Deadline November 29
Notification Date January 18
Enrollment Deadline February 17

Applicants who submit all materials during the Admissions Round One will receive the earliest admissions decisions and be able to prepare for their futures with plenty of time.

Admissions Round Two
Submission Deadline March 2
Notification Date April 5
Enrollment Deadline May 5

Admissions Round Two applicants will receive a decision in April, aligning with other university admissions calendars.

Admissions Round Three
Submission Deadline May 25
Notification Date June 16
Enrollment Deadline June 30

Admissions Round Three allows those who may have needed more time to understand how our programs will fit into their career and lifestyle goals to apply and join the cohort just in time to prepare for the fall.

“I chose Minerva because it’s interdisciplinary and has the practice and philosophy that can help me integrate all my ideas and experiences together. I love the idea of breaking down the boundaries between different disciplines because I feel like that’s the future. Minerva can help me understand how to learn and how to solve a problem instead of just teaching me the answer.”

Philip Chan, Class of 2022
VP & Global Head of HR, Appier

A Conversation with Minerva Graduate Student Philip

Applications for Fall 2023 are closed. If you would like to be notified about Fall 2024 applications, you can begin the process below.

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