An effective education requires continuous engagement, deliberate practice, and interdisciplinary understanding.

Academic Highlights/

The greatest societal advances occur at the intersection of disciplines. From movable type to biotechnology, merging knowledge from across the sciences, arts, and humanities yields innovations not possible in a single, isolated domain.

Both Minerva’s four-year undergraduate program and two-year, part-time graduate program teach you broadly applicable concepts that span individual fields. Through rigorous study and deep engagement, you will gain the practical skills needed to solve complex problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to a changing world.

Namrata and Julian taking class on ALF
Philosophy & Pedagogy /

Based on decades of research into how people learn best, Minerva’s pedagogy is built to stimulate deeper cognition, greater conceptual understanding, and the ability to transfer learned concepts into new and unfamiliar situations.

Undergraduate Curriculum /

By challenging you to explore broadly, while gaining deep knowledge in your selected field, the Minerva curriculum promotes the development of practical skills that will enable you to adapt as the world changes, serving you throughout your career and for the rest of your life.

A group of students from the Class of 2021 prepares for a location-based learning activity in San Francisco’s Dolores Park.

Photo: Bob Miller
Practical Skills /
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critical thinking
e.g. evaluating claims, weighing decisions
creative thinking
e.g. solving problems, developing ideas
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effective communication
e.g. writing, speaking, presenting
effective interaction
e.g. negotiating, working on teams

Each discussion-based seminar, with fewer than 20 participants, pushes you to continuously interact with your professors and classmates. Through this deep collaboration, you learn to question assumptions, analyze information, perform simulations, devise novel solutions, and fundamentally reshape the way you think about the world.

Video: Andrew Hida and Jesse Dearing
Graduate Program /

The 21-month, part-time Master of Science in Decision Analysis program is designed to impart critical professional skills, with an emphasis on research, analysis, and practical decision-making.

Applications for Fall 2023 are closed.

If you want to apply for Fall 2024 or a later term, you can begin part 1 now.