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Developing innovators

Who will shape the future.


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 M.S. 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. All in as little as one year.

1 Year of Full Time Study. Stay another semester to extend your internship, work on your venture or slow down the pace.
Gain Industry Experience with an internship or capstone project
Develop innovative products. Get hands on immersive, semester-long Innovation Springs to solve real world problems.
Learn from distinguished faculty mentors and expand your network in the innovation hub of Boston

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

  • 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.

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The four skillsets for in-demand innovators.

Identifying problems that matter
creating and validating solutions
Business modeling

Goodbye lecture halls; hello radical transformation.

Big team projects are supported by small seminar-style courses. They’re interactive, in-depth, and taught exclusively by Tufts professors with decades of experience running innovative companies and social ventures.

MSIM courses include:

  • New Product Innovation
  • Finance for High-Tech Ventures
  • Marketing and Business Communications
  • Leading for Impact
  • Applied Data Science
  • Innovation and Technology Strategy
  • Organizational Design and Operations
  • Capstone Leadership and Innovation Project
  • Electives

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

As an innovator, you know that what you do now can seriously transform the near future. Your MSIM experience isn’t just about a diploma. It’s mentorship from well-connected faculty. It’s access to 7,000+ jobs through the Tufts Career Center database. It's building a foundation where you'll learn new skills, forge connections, and launch your career. Discover the passion that will inspire your innovative spirit. 

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The MSIM Delivers a Return on Your Investment

  • A powerful credential after just one year of intensive study.
  • Deeply relevant coursework that helps you develop the skills you need to succeed as a technology leader: design thinking, business and financial modeling, data science, operational management, and leadership.
  • The opportunity to conduct real-world innovation projects and pursue internship opportunities that build your resume.
  • Dynamic leadership development that lays a foundation for a career of leading change and executing complex solutions.
  • Peers and faculty who understand your world and serve as valuable advisors for the rest of your career.
  • The Tufts University network—one of the most influential alumni communities in the world today, with a large concentration of leaders in technology industries.

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MSIM Traits: Product development, strategic leadership, industry experience, elective options, career workshops

Meet your fellow innovators.

Class sizes are kept small to foster an intimate and immersive environment of collaboration. You'll leave the program with a deep network of fellow innovators, who come from around the world and have varied goals: End the toxic cycle of poverty in Kenya. Make sustainable, renewable energy a reality. Build an organization that connects refugees to their new community. Eliminate inefficiencies in healthcare with smarter clinical therapies.

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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 a youthful energy and dynamic start-up culture, Boston can inspire your journey.

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Eager to learn more?

We know, innovators aren’t big on patience. So we make it easy to learn more about the MSIM program, whether through webinars or in-person events.

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