MS in Innovation & Management students working together on Innovation Sprints

MS in Innovation & Management (MSIM)

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.

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.

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 FormatDurationCreditsFull-time or Part-timeF-1 Visa EligibleDual Degree OptionsTufts Fifth-year eligibilityOPT & STEM Extension of OPT Eligible
On-CampusAs little as 1 year with options to extend your experience30Full-timeYesYesYes, for qualifying Tufts studentsYes


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
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

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.

MSIM Students Make an Impact

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

Earn 18 credits of Core Courses: In the Fall semester, you will work with a team to develop a meaningful new product or service idea and develop a full venture proposal. And in the next semester you will do it again, diving deeper into the innovation process and build on what you’ve learned so far by continuing to develop your venture from your first Innovation Sprint or take on a fresh challenge. In the Summer you will choose from a variety of hands-on industry experiences to build your resume & apply your learned skills. The Sprint gives you the skills to step into a role at either a startup or a big company because you have a firm understanding of venture creation, from start to finish.

Complete at least 12 credits of elective courses: This requirement can be completed through Tufts Gordon Institute courses as well as courses offered across Tufts University that tap into and build upon students’ interests. All courses must be graduate level, meaning they carry a 100 or 200 level course number. Electives can be taken alongside your core courses only in either the Spring or Summer semester of the MSIM program. While elective options are highly flexible, each Spring and Summer semester you will need approval from your MSIM academic advisor.

TGI offers a great portfolio of courses that allows you the flexibility to explore topic areas that are of interest to you! Below are some examples of courses you can take. We encourage you to view the full portfolio of EM/ENT/TGI courses available here!

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 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.