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Innovation Sprints

noun: in·no·va·tion ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shənˈsprints

Fast-paced and intensive team projects that are the core of your MSIM experience. The real magic happens outside the classroom: Engaging with customers and testing solutions to real-world problems. With each Innovation Sprint, you’ll dive deeper into the innovation cycle.


Fall Semester - Innovation Sprint One

Get Ready to Run with Your Ideas

For your first Innovation Sprint, you’ll work with faculty to identify a meaningful new product or service idea. Maybe something you’re passionate about. Or a new curiosity sparked by Tufts faculty research (did someone say driverless cars?). Whatever problem you tackle, you’ll get world-class mentorship and guidance from your professors. Your starting point is a real-world challenge. Where will it take you?

Click on any of the course titles below to view full course descriptions.

EM 221 – New Product Innovation
Students learn what questions to ask and actions to take at various phases of new product evolution. Emphasis is placed on customer input and cross-functional team roles and responsibilities. The central focus of this course is the development of a new product concept by cross-functional student teams that integrates learning from other first-semester courses. The student teams formally present their concepts at the end of the semester and develop effective techniques to present to senior management and/or prospective investors.
EM 242 – Marketing and Business Communications
Developing the marketing strategy, positioning, messaging, branding, and driving implementation of marketing programs for technology ventures will be covered in this course, along with the essentials of concise, compelling, and clear business communications. Students learn and apply principles of effective written and oral communication for different purposes and different audiences in the workplace. Students reflect on their communication practices and explore ways to improve their tone, focus, and organization to get better results from both day-to-day and formal communications.
EM 255 – Finance for High-Tech Ventures
Finance for High-Tech Ventures is strategically designed to give you the ability to analyze the financial aspects of a company’s product or service offerings, to evaluate the bottom-line impact of systems and processes, and communicate this information effectively—skills that are essential for anyone launching a startup or leading a company’s new business development efforts. This hands-on course includes business case analysis and a capstone project that entails the creation of a fully vetted financial plan for a new product or service.
EM 263 – Leading for Impact
Students learn the basic concepts of leadership, management and teamwork. The uniqueness of this course is within the teaching methodology, which has been developed to accelerate the advancement of self-awareness and interpersonal competencies. Specific topics include: personality types (Myers-Briggs type indicator assessment), best practices in forming and maintaining team performance, giving and receiving feedback, individual and team creativity, communicating to inspire and influencing without authority. The course builds toward systems thinking, team decision making, communication across cultures, shared visions and organizational change.

Spring Semester - Innovation Sprint Two

The innovation cycle continues (but even cooler this time).

Your second sprint builds on what you’ve learned so far. Whether you continue your venture from Sprint One or take on a fresh challenge, you’ll dive deeper into the innovation process. Passion, creativity, and teamwork required. High fives optional, though recommended.

EM 212 – Applied Data Science
Developing the knowledge and skills needed to collect, analyze and interpret data to drive strategic and organizational success of high tech firms. Application-oriented tools and techniques covered include data analysis, simulations and modeling, statistical process control, and experimental design.
EM 253 – Innovation and Technology Strategy
Students gain the knowledge and skills to lead and manage innovation initiatives in technology based companies. Topics include understanding technology strategy and its role in the overall business strategy of commercial firms, the role of innovation in entrepreneurial ventures as well as in established firms, and developing skills to present new product development proposals to senior management and/or prospective investors
EM 294 – Organizational Design and Operations
Students gain an understanding of how to design organizations and manage operations at each stage of company growth. Topics include supply chain design, management, and improvement; understanding leadership structures and team dynamics, building company culture, and managing organizational change.
Electives 1 and 2
Choose two elective classes within the Tufts School of Engineering, School of Arts & Sciences or the Fletcher School of International Law & Diplomacy. Whatever best matches your interests and career goals.

Summer Semester - Innovation Sprint Three

Your deepest innovation experience yet.

Innovation happens in a variety of environments, thanks to problem solvers in a variety of roles. This Innovation Sprint gives you a choice of hands-on experiences to help prepare you for a long career. Intensive team projects. Engaging seminars. It’s all led up to this moment.

Industry experience options

  • Intern – Execute an innovative project at a company anywhere in the world (last year, the Tufts Career Center posted 19,000 internships).
  • Entrepreneur – Continue prototyping and business modeling from previous sprints to secure funding for your spin out venture.
  • Consultant – Join a student consulting team solving a local company’s innovation challenge.

Program Extension Options

Many of our students opt to extend the program to three semesters. Why stay a 3rd semester? Spread out your coursework and take some of your spring electives in the fall or extend your internship from the summer semester to 6 months.

Off-campus employment

International students may apply for a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa status to support off-campus employment authorization after they have been enrolled full-time and completed two semesters of coursework on a F-1 student visa status.

Tufts International Center offers detailed information, workshops and guidance to help you apply for both the CPT and OPT visa status once you are enrolled as a  student. Additional details on applying for a CPT or OPT visa can be found on the Tufts International Center website.  In addition, both our M.S. in Engineering Management and M.S. in Innovation & Management program are STEM qualified degree programs and students are eligible for a STEM OPT extension.


MSIM + 2nd credential

The MSIM + 2nd credential option gives you the ability to earn a 2nd engineering Master’s degree or technically-focused graduate certificate back-to-back with your MSIM degree. Count your two electives taken in the spring semester towards the 2nd credential. Expand on what you learned in undergrad. Explore a new interest you discovered during your MSIM experience. Choose from Tufts University's renowned programs and courses in topics ranging from bioengineering, to human factors to urban and environmental planning.

MSIM + 2nd credential students may also be eligible for tuition scholarships and standardized test score waivers.

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