Accelerate Your Career

Develop decision-making skills to maximize your impact.

As National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) member, you have already demonstrated your commitment to scholarship, leadership, and service. The Master of Science in Decision Analysis (MDA) is a unique program designed for professionals like you. You will develop the skills to be an adaptive leader who can deconstruct problems, interpret complex data, and devise effective solutions, in order to drive meaningful improvements in any sector. In honor of your experience with the NSCS, you will automatically qualify for an exclusive $10,000 NSCS membership discount from the program’s tuition. We hope that this program will accelerate your ability to make profound organizational and societal change.

program overview

program overview

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Academic Program

The curriculum focuses on utilizing 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. The thesis enables you to apply your learning to a substantive topic of your choosing.

Small Seminars

All MDA 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.


Minerva’s admissions process is designed to provide talented students from around the world with better access to transformational opportunities in 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. The admissions process requires an application form, your CV/resume and transcript, and the completion of two short, online challenges. Qualified applicants will be invited to a virtual interview.

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