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MS in Innovation & Management

Welcome to the fast track for innovators.

A full-time, accelerated program designed for people who want to make things happen. Who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, or math.  Who believe new solutions will solve our toughest challenges – and make this a better world.

If you are a recent STEM graduate who wants to accelerate your career and be at the forefront of developing new ideas, the MS in Innovation & Management from Tufts University's Gordon Institute will provide you with the product innovation, marketing, finance and leadership skills you need to be a new leader in today’s technology-driven world. Specialized skills you need to drive sustainable, high-impact change and be a successful innovator - whether you launch your own startup or join a company after graduation. All in as little as one year.

Program Highlights

1 Year of Full Time Study

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. The program also offers flexibility if you'd like to extend your MSIM experience for an additional fall semester.


Develop Innovative Products

Get hands-on through immersive, semester-long Innovation Sprints to solve real-world problems.


Access Industry Experts

Learn from distinguished faculty mentors and expand your network in the innovation hub of Boston.

Gain Industry Experience

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.


Develop Your Career

Prepare for your future and learn to market yourself, all within our year-long Career Development Program.


Build Technical Expertise

We also offer the flexibility to deepen your technical expertise in a specific area of study in addition to the MSIM program. Students can choose to complete a graduate certificate from Tufts School of Engineering concurrently with their MSIM degree or even enroll in our accelerated Dual Degree program to earn two master's degrees in just two years. Choose from in-demand disciplines like Biomedical Engineering, Data Science and more.

Innovation Sprints

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. You’ll dive deeper into the innovation cycle. Evolve your skills. And develop more sophisticated solutions. 

  • Create or refine a venture that solves a real-world problem.

  • Learn how to innovate by actually innovating, in a rapid and iterative way.

  • Graduate with tangible proof of your innovation skills and how you apply them. You're ready to launch your career whether you start your own company or hit the ground running at a Fortune 500 corporation.

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, in-depth, 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. 

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

The four skillsets for in-demand innovators.

Identifying Problems That Matter

Customer Discovery • Ethnographic Research • Value Propositions


Business Modeling

Scalable Models • Emerging Tech • Forecasting & Financial Planning

Creating & Validating Solutions

Lean Approach • Design Thinking • Rapid Prototyping


Implementing & Executing

New Product Development • Market Strategy • Leadership

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

You don’t want a job. You want a calling.

And, you want a return on your investment.

Your MSIM experience isn’t just about a diploma. It's 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.

  • Develop the skills you need to succeed as a technology leader in just one year of intensive coursework: design thinking, business and financial modeling, data science, operational management, and leadership.
  • Build your resume with real-world innovation projects and internship opportunities.
  • Career planning is built into the program. Throughout the year, you'll participate in Career Planning seminars that teach you how to market yourself, develop your professional plan, network, and interview so you're ready for the job market.
  • Gain mentorship from well-connected faculty, an industry mentor paired specifically with you, and peers who serve as valuable advisors for the rest of your career.
  • Access to the Tufts University network: one of the most influential alumni communities in the world, with a large concentration of leaders in technology industries & access to thousands of jobs through the Tufts Career Center.

MSIM Student & Alumni News

Revolutionizing Ocean Conservation through 3D Modeling

Discover SeaDeep - a current Innovation Sprint project that is creating a 3D visualization tool for enhanced ocean site characterization that will ensure a new level of information for offshore researchers and developers - and their work with the New England Aquarium & the Tufts Energy Conference.

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Boston: Your map to inspiration

The city of Boston is home to countless inspiring things, like:

  • Offices for tech giants and venture capitalists.

  • The U.S.’s first officially designated Innovation District.

  • World-class museums and culture.

With youthful energy, dynamic start-up culture, and high-powered corporate landscape, Boston can inspire your journey.

There’s so much entrepreneurial activity happening here. Being able to go to meetups and conferences where people are trying to do new things, and take advantage of all the knowledge that happens in the Boston area is amazing.

Alex Christenson

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 Ethan Robles, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 617-627-2004 to start the conversation.