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Minerva Schools at KGI

Minerva Schools at KGI is an American-accredited university that provides an extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education to top students around the world. Minerva offers an innovative undergraduate program that combines world travel with rigorous, interdisciplinary study. Minerva also has the most globally diverse student body of any university program, with 78% of our students coming from outside the United States.

Instead of being sequestered on an isolated campus, Minerva students move around the globe in cohorts and live together in residence halls situated in seven of the greatest cities for a truly immersive global experience. The seven city locations are: San Francisco, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Hyderabad, London, and Taipei.

Read more about our global immersion programs.

Generous financial aid and diverse international student body
Minerva believes in attracting and educating the best students across the world, regardless of financial situation. Minerva is need blind for international students, which means that applying for financial aid will not impact your admission decision in any way. As a result Minerva has an incredibly globally diverse student body. Minerva attracts top students from not just US but also Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. In fact, 78% of our students come from outside the United States. Read about our diverse student community.

Minerva offers generous, need-based financial aid for all students who are accepted into Minerva, regardless of nationality. All international and U.S.-based students are eligible to apply for aid along with your application to Minerva. Applicants who are admitted will receive a financial aid package commensurate with their demonstrated financial need. To be considered for financial aid, first complete your application to Minerva and then apply for financial aid following the steps on our Financial Aid website here.

Innovative, future-focused curriculum
Together with a diverse group of intellectually curious, international students, you will develop skills and experiences to be successful in a dynamic, global future.

No Lectures Policy
Unlike the passive lectures at most universities, all Minerva classes take place in small interactive seminars. Top professors lead students through lively discussion, intensive debate, and collaborative work sessions. This active learning approach is designed to stimulate deep cognition, enhancing your understanding of course material and furthering your ability to apply concepts to unfamiliar situations in novel ways. Minerva specifically designed its own online seminar platform, the Active Learning Forum, to complement this philosophy. Watch this video explaining the ALF in-depth to learn more about its functions and features:

Four-Year Curriculum
At other top universities, the curriculum is either unstructured or rigidly defined and focused on disseminating information. Minerva’s four-year curriculum is expressly designed to balance breadth of understanding with depth of expertise. Your coursework is structured to allow both broad exploration and increasing specialization.

After the first-year Cornerstone courses, which are wholly interdisciplinary, every term is progressively more focused. In your second year, you will work with your academic advisor to explore and then select a major, setting the direction for the major core courses you need to complete your degree. Your focus continues to narrow in year three when you select a concentration within your major. The concentrations, which enable more directed work in your chosen field, are more analogous to the majors found at other universities. However, unlike those narrow specializations, at Minerva, you learn practical knowledge that can be applied across each major field and to emergent categories within them.

Your final year at Minerva centers on completing your self-directed Capstone project. By envisioning, planning, and producing an integrated application of your skills and interests, you are able to create something that is both personally compelling and truly novel to your field. Whether you choose to write an original screenplay, the code for a disruptive technology, or the business plan for a bold social venture, the idea and implementation are yours to lead. The key requirement is that it be a distinctive concept with practical significance to the world. Learn more about our innovative four-year curriculum here.
Bachelor of Arts: Business
Minerva's B.A. in Business is for students who recognize that private enterprise is one of the world’s primary drivers of wealth, technological advances and social progress. The core modules teach students about product and market dynamics, strategizing optimally in order to grow a business and dealing with the operational complexity of building and growing a business. Afterwards, they will choose a concentration based on their academic and career interests. The knowledge and skills picked up in this major will prepare students to lead and innovate in a variety of business contexts.
Brand Management Master the processes, tactics, and tools that businesses utilize through various stages of growth, from the general manager’s perspective. From ideation to start up, from domestic to international, from market follower to market leader, students learn effective brand management through a rigorous academic and practical approach. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being an entrepreneur, a product manager or a chief marketing officer.
Strategic Finance Learn how to allocate and preserve funds to make informed decisions; understand how to utilize financial instruments to manage a growing private enterprise successfully. The Strategic Finance concentration provides students with rigorous financial modeling and budgeting skills, success tactics of great CFOs, accounting principles necessary for effective corporate management, and the optimal utilization of various assets to maximize corporate returns. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a financial analyst, an investment banker or a venture analyst.
Managing Operational Complexity Study how to balance an intricate array of constituents, systems, and environmental factors when growing a business. The Managing Operational Complexity concentration provides students with advanced modeling tools and specific strategies to manage large employee bases, navigate multinational laws and regulations, create scalable IT infrastructures, and optimize global supply chains. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a financial analyst, a venture analyst or an investment banker.
New Business Ventures Delve into the critical elements of successfully navigating businesses through the earliest stages of formation and establishment of market traction. Explore critical questions in business and market analysis for new product introduction, start up finance, the elements of contracts and sales, and how to successfully manage in highly constrained environments. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a startup executive, a product manager or a venture analyst.
Scalable Growth Dig into the critical elements of successfully navigating businesses through various trajectories of growth as they penetrate new markets and solidify success in existing ones. Explore both internal (capital allocation & supply chain) and external (market penetration and complex partnerships) factors. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a brand manager, a consultant or a growth company executive.
Enterprise Management Deeply examine the complexity of managing and optimizing a multi-national corporation. Explore the systems necessary to operate a business at scale to workforce management; from leveraging investments to leveraging the brand. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being in general management, corporate strategy or project management.
Learn more about this major here.
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