The MSIM program is built around three Innovation Sprints, made up of 33 total course credits.
So, what does that involve? Fast-paced, intensive team projects that immerse students into the entire innovation cycle: Engaging with customers and testing solutions to real-world problems. Developing in-demand skillsets and inspiring your creativity. Building expertise in marketing, product management, data science and operations.
Work with a team to develop a meaningful new product or service idea. Tap into Tufts faculty's cutting-edge research to create innovative solutions and get world-class mentorship. Let your passion drive your work: Use infrared light to detect breast cancer, develop wearable tech to improve physical therapy, treat wastewater via nanofiltration membrane technology.
To fuel this 13-credit Sprint, you will participate in the following courses:
EM242A: Marketing Strategy and Branding
EM242B: Digital Marketing & Analytics
Whether you continue your venture or take on a fresh challenge next semester, 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 to seek real-world seed funding.
Courses during this 17-credit semester include:
Introduces conceptual frameworks, tools, and skills to effectively manage conflict and negotiate win/win solutions in the workplace. Taught by Stacy Lennon.
Required. 2 credits; 3 hour sessions for 8 weeks
Students are introduced to problems and analysis related to the design, planning, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service operations. Topics include: how to map and analyze process flows, determining process capacities and bottlenecks, and designing and coordinating operations in concert with the whole organization. Through cases and an online simulation, students will practice diagnosing and solving problems, and recommending and implementing process improvement actions. Taught by Gavin Finn.
1 credit; 3 hour sessions for 4 weeks
This 4 session short course will address the technology policy and workforce/labor issues emerging as key drivers of success in organizations that are technology focused in the modern era. Building on management theory and practice, legal frameworks, cultural and societal changes, and rapid technology evolution, this module will allow students to understand the multi-dimensional management challenges that are now critical elements of innovation in all industries. Taught by Gerry Brown.
1 credit; 3 hour sessions for 4 weeks
Choose two elective classes within the Tufts School of Engineering, School of Arts & Sciences or the Fletcher School of International Law & Diplomacy. Whatever best matches your interests and career goals.
If you're participating in the Dual Degree program, your electives must be from your selected discipline within the School of Engineering.
Choose from a variety of hands-on industry experiences to build your resume & your real-world connections, all within the EM281 Capstone Innovation & Leadership Project (3 credits).
Stay another semester to extend your internship, work on your venture, or slow down the pace by taking your electives in a second fall semester. Or deepen your technical expertise with our Dual Degree program that combines your MSIM with a technical engineering master’s.
Develop your innovation, leadership and management skills while also building your technical depth. 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 - in an accelerated timeframe and at a reduced cost.
Learn about more about the Dual Master’s Degree Program.
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.