Fast-paced and intensive team projects that are the core of your MSIM experience. The real magic happens outside the classroom: Engaging with customers and testing solutions to real-world problems. With each Innovation Sprint, you’ll dive deeper into the innovation cycle.
Your MSIM experience is designed to help you develop in-demand skillsets for innovators: Innovation Sprints where you'll live and breathe the innovation cycle. Seminars that prepare you for your career and inspire your creativity. Courses that give you deeper expertise in critical subject areas like marketing, product management, data science and operations.
For your first Innovation Sprint you'll work with a team to come up with a meaningful new product or service idea. Maybe something you’re passionate about. Partner with Tufts faculty and apply their cutting-edge research to create solutions like using infrared light in a handheld device to detect breast cancer, applying “smart” threads in wearable tech to improve physical therapy treatment, or treating wastewater via nanofiltration membrane technology. Whatever problem you tackle, you’ll get world-class mentorship and guidance from your professors.
Your Sprint experience is enhanced by courses and seminars.
Developing the marketing strategy, positioning, messaging, branding, and driving implementation of marketing programs for technology ventures will be covered in this course, along with the essentials of concise, compelling, and clear business communications. Students learn and apply principles of effective written and oral communication for different purposes and different audiences in the workplace. Students reflect on their communication practices and explore ways to improve their tone, focus, and organization to get better results from both day-to-day and formal communications.
Developing the marketing strategy, positioning, messaging, branding, and driving implementation of marketing programs for technology ventures will be covered in this course, along with the essentials of digital marketing and marketing analytics.
Your second sprint builds on what you’ve learned so far. Whether you continue your venture from sprint one or take on a fresh challenge, you’ll dive deeper into the innovation process. Prove the real-world viability of your new product or service by competing in the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition and seeking seed funding.
Continue to enhance your learning through immersive courses and seminars:
Students gain an understanding of how to design organizations at each stage of company growth. Topics include understanding leadership structures and team dynamics, building company culture, and managing organizational change. Taught by Gavin Finn.
Introduces conceptual frameworks, tools, and skills to effectively manage conflict and negotiate win/win solutions in the workplace. Taught by Stacy Lennon.
Students gain an understanding of economics in a global environment and learn how economic shifts can affect their business strategy and technology innovations. Taught by Partha Ghosh.
Innovation happens in a variety of environments, thanks to problem solvers in a variety of roles. This Innovation Sprint gives you a choice of hands-on industry experiences to help prepare you for your career. Collectively, all three sprints will add tangible evidence to your resume, demonstrating your skills at identifying and driving innovation. Use your summer to build real-world experience and forge industry connections to provide a foundation for your career.
Industry experience options
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.
International students may apply for a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa status to support off-campus employment authorization after they have been enrolled full-time and completed two semesters of coursework on a F-1 student visa status.
Tufts International Center offers detailed information, workshops and guidance to help you apply for both the CPT and OPT visa status once you are enrolled as a student. Additional details on applying for a CPT or OPT visa can be found on the Tufts International Center website. In addition, both our M.S. in Engineering Management and M.S. in Innovation & Management program are STEM qualified degree programs and students are eligible for a STEM OPT extension.
Develop your innovation, leadership and management skills and build your technical depth with our Dual Master’s Degree Program. You’ll earn two degrees - an M.S. Innovation & Management (MSIM) and an M.S. offered by one the six academic departments within the School of Engineering. And, you earn both degrees in an accelerated timeframe and at a reduced cost.
Learn about more about the Dual Master’s Degree Program.
Summer Sprint Spotlight
Over the summer months, MSIM students leverage their final Innovation Sprint to gain real world experience by interning, working on an industry consulting project, launching their own venture, or starting a full-time job.