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Innovation Sprints

noun: in·no·va·tion ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shənˈsprints

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. 


Fall Semester - Innovation Sprint One

Get Ready to Run with Your Ideas

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.

EM 221 – New Product Innovation
Students learn what questions to ask and actions to take at various phases of new product evolution. Emphasis is placed on customer input and cross-functional team roles and responsibilities. The central focus of this course is the development of a new product concept by cross-functional student teams that integrates learning from other first-semester courses. The student teams formally present their concepts at the end of the semester and develop effective techniques to present to senior management and/or prospective investors.
EM 242 – Marketing and Business 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 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.
EM 255 – Finance for High-Tech Ventures
Finance for High-Tech Ventures is strategically designed to give you the ability to analyze the financial aspects of a company’s product or service offerings, to evaluate the bottom-line impact of systems and processes, and communicate this information effectively—skills that are essential for anyone launching a startup or leading a company’s new business development efforts. This hands-on course includes business case analysis and a capstone project that entails the creation of a fully vetted financial plan for a new product or service.
EM 263 – Leading for Impact
Students learn the basic concepts of leadership, management and teamwork. The uniqueness of this course is within the teaching methodology, which has been developed to accelerate the advancement of self-awareness and interpersonal competencies. Specific topics include: personality types (Myers-Briggs type indicator assessment), best practices in forming and maintaining team performance, giving and receiving feedback, individual and team creativity, communicating to inspire and influencing without authority. The course builds toward systems thinking, team decision making, communication across cultures, shared visions and organizational change.
Seminars
  • Career Development Program: Year-long comprehensive 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.
  • Innovator's Mindset Series: Designed to expose you to stimulating and interesting people, places, and experiences.
  • Industry Leaders Panels: Network and learn from local leaders.
  • Field Trips to inspire your creativity.
  • Company visits to local cutting edge organizations.

Spring Semester - Innovation Sprint Two

The innovation cycle continues (but even cooler this time).

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:

EM 212 – Applied Data Science
Developing the knowledge and skills needed to collect, analyze and interpret data to drive strategic and organizational success of high tech firms. Application-oriented tools and techniques covered include data analysis, simulations and modeling, statistical process control, and experimental design.
EM 253 – Innovation and Technology Strategy
Students gain the knowledge and skills to lead and manage innovation initiatives in technology based companies. Topics include understanding technology strategy and its role in the overall business strategy of commercial firms, the role of innovation in entrepreneurial ventures as well as in established firms, and developing skills to present new product development proposals to senior management and/or prospective investors
EM 294 – Organizational Design and Operations
Students gain an understanding of how to design organizations and manage operations at each stage of company growth. Topics include supply chain design, management, and improvement; understanding leadership structures and team dynamics, building company culture, and managing organizational change.
Electives 1 and 2
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.
Seminars
  • Career Development Program: Year-long comprehensive 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.
  • Innovator's Mindset Series: Designed to expose you to stimulating and interesting people, places, and experiences.
  • Industry Leaders Panels: Network and learn from local leaders.
  • Field Trips to inspire your creativity.
  • Company visits to local cutting edge organizations.

Summer Semester - Innovation Sprint Three

Your deepest innovation experience yet.

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

  • Intern/Job: Join a company anywhere in the world that is seeking to inject innovation into a project. MSIM students have interned at companies like iRobot, Zeiss Microscopy, KPMG, Clark Construction, and Onapsis.
  • Entrepreneur: Continue working on your previous sprints with the goal of turning them into stand alone ventures.
  • Consultant: Join a student consulting team to solve a company’s innovation challenge.

Program Extension 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.

Off-campus employment

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.


Dual Master’s Degree Program – MSIM + MS in Engineering

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.

Tufts School of Engineering offers a wide range of M.S. programs and all qualify for the Dual Master’s Degree program. Choose from Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Human Factors Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and more. 

Dual degree program advantages:

  • Fast time to completion: You earn two master’s degree in just two years.
  • Discounted tuition: You receive a guaranteed $10,000 per semester tuition discount in fall and spring semesters of your second year of study, giving you a $20,000 total reduction in the tuition cost for both degrees.
  • Reduced course load: You can double count two to four courses (depending upon which MS program you are enrolled) toward both degrees, thereby reducing the total number of courses required to complete the dual degree program from 20 to 16-18.
  • Streamlined admissions: Select the dual degree program option on our online application and the application process is simplified. You only submit your college transcripts, resume and standardized test scores once. And, you only pay one application fee.

For additional details on our Dual Degree Program contact our admissions team at tgi@tufts.edu.