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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.

Your big team projects are also 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.

  • 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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"We produce innovation leaders who can immediately identify worthy challenges and create radical solutions, regardless of it's for a green field startup or within an existing large-scale enterprise."

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

The four skillsets for in-demand innovators.

Identifying problems that matter
creating and validating solutions
Business modeling

"My Finance & Data Science courses had the biggest impact on me, teaching me valuable skillsets that were immediately useful to me in my career and in my personal life."

- Benny Kim (MSIM '17), Greentown Fellow at Greentown Labs

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

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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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