Frank Apeseche teaches classroom of MSIM students

MS in Innovation & Management

Drive the future of innovation.

You are someone who wants to make things happen. You are passionate about science, technology, engineering, or math, and believe innovative approaches will solve our toughest challenges and make this a better world. Tufts Gordon Institute has designed The MS in Innovation & Management (MSIM) as a full-time, on-campus, accelerated program with the leaders of tomorrow in mind.

If you are a recent STEM graduate who wants to accelerate your career and be at the forefront of developing new ideas, the MSIM program will provide you with the product innovation, marketing, finance, and leadership skills you need to be a leader in today’s technology-driven world.

Whether you aspire to work in new product development, business or data analytics, product management, in a start-up, or even launch your own venture, the MSIM program prepares you to shape the world through innovation. All in as little as one year.

Program Format Duration Credits F-1 Visa Eligible OPT & STEM Extension of OPT Eligible
On-Campus As little as 1 year with options to extend your experience 30 Yes Yes

Who should apply?

The MSIM program is ideal for applicants who:

  • Are recent graduates or are early career professionals with 0-5 years of work experience
  • Have an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM discipline)
  • Possess a strong motivation to make a difference in the world
Joyce Cummings Center

Developing transformative leaders with heart

Why Choose the MSIM

Transform your life and career in as little as one year.

The MSIM program is made up of two semesters of coursework, followed by a summer where you can gain industry experience through an internship, a full-time job, or continue developing an Innovation Sprint into a venture. Prepare for your future and learn to market yourself and your newfound skills, all within our year-long Career Development Program.

Develop the mindset and skillset of an innovator.

Get hands-on through immersive, semester-long Innovation Sprints to solve real-world problems and learn key skillsets like customer discovery, ideating solutions, developing scalable business models, and leadership. Then, use your summer to build real-world experience and forge industry connections by participating in an internship or capstone project. Plus, your experience in all three Innovation Sprints will add tangible evidence to your resume, demonstrating your newfound skills.

Engage with exceptional faculty with deep industry experience.

Learn from distinguished faculty mentors and expand your network in the innovation hub of Boston. Our practicing professors bring decades of pragmatic experience into the classroom, giving you the tools you need to make an impact on the world.

Discover what drives you.

Your MSIM experience isn’t just about a diploma. It's about building a foundation where you'll learn new skills, forge connections, and launch your career. As an innovator, you know that what you do now can transform the future. Discover the passion that will inspire your spirit.

We’ve designed the MSIM curriculum to cultivate key competencies that are vital for innovators to possess, whether launching their own venture or bringing creative ideas to an existing company.

In addition to hard skills like data science, finance, new product development, and strategy, you’ll discover the innovator’s mindset. In today’s challenging world, we need people who have curiosity, the ability to embrace complexity, the creativity to come up with new solutions, and the confidence to trust their own insights – all while maintaining compassion because they believe this can be a better world.

Meet Our Executive in Residence, Sandy Rosenberg

Sandy Rosenberg

As a Tufts alum, it is immensely rewarding for me to offer my professional experience in launching, financing and scaling businesses to help Tufts students hone their passion for innovation and, hopefully, see their ideas flourish into future startups.

Sandy Rosenberg, Executive in Residence

MSIM Students Make an Impact

Grayson Derossi, MSIM '23
Aahana Kanyal, MSIM '23
Kendall Rogoff, MSIM '23

The MS in Innovation & Management program is designed to offer you the flexibility to deepen your technical expertise in a specific area of study and help you develop the mindset and skillset of an innovator. Students can choose to complete a certificate from Tufts School of Engineering at the same time as their MSIM degree or even enroll in our accelerated Dual Degree program to earn two master's degrees in just two years. Choose from over a dozen in-demand disciplines including Biomedical Engineering, Software Systems Development, Data Science, and more.

Kevin Oye, Executive Director, Tufts Gordon Institute

We produce innovation leaders who can identify worthy challenges and create radical solutions, whether they are for green field startups or existing large-scale enterprises.

Kevin Oye, Executive Director of Tufts Gordon Institute & Director of MSIM Program

Jane Seminara teaching classroom of students

Learn by doing in a powerful, practical curriculum

Time to run with your ideas.

Each semester, you’ll work on a fast-paced, immersive team venture called an Innovation Sprint, where you'll identify key problems, prototype solutions, and synthesize business and financial models that scale. The real magic happens outside the classroom: Engaging with customers and testing solutions to real-world problems.

With each of your three Innovation Sprints, you’ll go through the entire innovation cycle from ideation to rapid prototyping.

Get hands-on by getting your MSIM.

You don’t need a lecture on the basics. That's why the MSIM program supplements big projects with small, interactive courses. It’s the active, collaborative, and passionate environment you want. These courses are interactive, in-depth, and taught exclusively by Tufts professors with decades of experience running innovative companies and social ventures.

In addition to the MSIM core courses, you'll participate in a series of custom seminars. Network with industry professionals. Plan your career and build your personal brand. Continue to develop your personal values. You'll even explore your creative side with workshops featuring faculty and professionals from fields such as art, drama, and music. 

Srushti Acharekar, MSIM '20

After one year of working, I knew I needed more business skills to create value at the intersection of innovation and technology. The Sprint aspect of this program stood out to me because I had the option of taking something from conceptualization all the way to commercialization.

Srushti Acharekar, MSIM '20

Chat with our admissions team to get your questions answered.

We understand that choosing the right master's program for you can be a challenge. To make the process easier for you, our team is always available to answer any questions you might have about the curriculum, student experience, application, and more. We welcome you to call Nancy Buczko, Director of Admissions & Professional Programs, at 617-627-3117 or Brianne Odom, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, at 617-627-8298 to start the conversation. You can also reach out through the Live Chat feature on this page.

Visit our Admissions pages to view more details.

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