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Developing innovators

Who will shape the future.


Welcome to the fast track for innovators.

The M.S. in Innovation & Management (MSIM) from Tufts University’s Gordon Institute is 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.

Fulfilling your innovation potential requires the unique ability to drive sustainable, high-impact change.

And that’s exactly what you get, with the MSIM: The specialized skills you need to be a successful innovator. All in one year of accelerated, hands-on learning.

Designed for You

This degree is tailored to accelerate your career as a technology leader and innovator. Key features include:

  • Get hands-on through immersive, semester-long Innovation Sprints where you’ll develop innovative products and solutions for real-world problems.
  • Access distinguished faculty mentors and expand your network in the innovation hub of Boston.
  • Accelerate your career via an internship or capstone project in an industry setting
  • Our year-long Career Development Program supports your professional development and prepares you for your future. Learn how to market yourself and navigate the job search through seminars on topics like resume writing, interviewing and networking. 
  • Stay another semester to extend your internship, work on your venture or slow down the pace of the program by taking your electives in the fall. Or deepen your technical expertise with our dual degree program that combines your MSIM with a technical engineering master’s.










Innovation Sprints: Time to run with your ideas.

The Tufts MSIM program is built around fast-paced, immersive ventures called Innovation Sprints. Each semester, you’ll work with a team to identify problems that matter, 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.

Preview MSIM’s unique innovation curriculum

We produce innovation leaders who can immediately identify worthy challenges and create radical solutions, whether it’s for a green field startup or within an existing enterprise.” – Kevin Oye, MSIM Director and Professor

The four skillsets for in-demand innovators.

 1.     Identifying Problems That Matter

  • Customer Discovery
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Value Propositions
2.     Creating & Validating Solutions

  • Lean Approach
  • Design Thinking
  • Rapid Prototyping
3.     Business Modeling

  • Scalable Business Models
  • Emerging Technology
  • Segmentation & Forecasting
  • Financial Planning
4.     Driving Implementation

  • New Product Development
  • Positioning & Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing Technology
  • Leadership Skills

Goodbye lecture halls, hello radical transformation.

Your big team projects are supported by small seminar-style courses. They’re interactive, in-depth, and taught exclusively by Tufts professors who have 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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Finance with Frank Apeseche and Data Science with Tom Breur had the biggest impact on me. Both of these professors have been so helpful to me outside of class, going above and beyond what is required. These classes taught me valuable skill sets that were immediately useful to me in my career and in my personal life. They taught me to answer two critical questions: ‘How is this going to create value?’ and ‘What is the best possible decision to move forward?’” - Benny Kim, MSIM '17, Greentown Fellow, Greentown Labs

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

As an innovator, you know that what you do now can drive serious transformation in 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. And 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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Meet your fellow innovators.

We keep MSIM class sizes small to foster an intimate, immersive, and collaborative environment. You'll leave the program with a deep network of fellow innovators. MSIM students 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.

Want to learn more?

Get to know current MSIM students

Boston: Your map to innovation inspiration

You’ll find a lot of inspiring things on a map of Boston, 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 vibe and a dynamic start-up culture, Boston is your map to innovation inspiration.

Discover why Boston’s an innovation hub

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.

See where the MSIM can take you

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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