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Designed for people

who want to make things happen.

The real magic happens outside the classroom.

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.


Fall Semester: Innovation Sprint #1

Get Ready to Run... with Your Ideas

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. 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. Whatever problem you tackle, you’ll get world-class mentorship and guidance from your professors.

To fuel this 13-credit Sprint, you will participate in the following courses:

EM 221 – New Product Innovation (3 credits)
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 (A: Branding; B: Digital) (3 credits)

EM242A: Marketing Strategy and Branding

  • 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.

EM242B: Digital Marketing & Analytics

  • 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.
EM 255 – Finance for High-Tech Ventures (3 credits)
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 (3 credits)
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.
EM 292 – MSIM Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
The MSIM Graduate Seminar is a collaborative update session where student teams each share the progress they’ve made on the Sprint projects, discuss challenges, brainstorm new ideas and solutions, and get feedback and coaching along the way from faculty and each other.
Seminars
  • Innovators Mindset Series (Periodic Events/Lectures): Designed to expose you to stimulating and interesting people, places, and experiences.
    • Unbounded Perspectives Seminars (3 sessions/3 hours each for the semester)
    • Other Events/Lecturers/Company Visits as scheduled to inspire your creativity & learn from local, cutting-edge leaders
  • Career and Personal Development: 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. (1.5 hours/week)

Spring Semester: Innovation Sprint #2

The innovation cycle continues, but even cooler this time.

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:

EM 212 – Applied Data Science (4 credits)
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 – Technology & Innovation Strategy (3 credits)
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 294A - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (2 credits)

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

EM 294B – Managing Tech Based Organizations in the 21st Century (Optional: 1 credit)

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

EM 294C – Managing Operations (Optional: 1 credit)

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

Electives 1 and 2 (Combined 6 credits)

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. 

EM 292 – MSIM Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
The MSIM Graduate Seminar is a collaborative update session where student teams each share the progress they’ve made on the Sprint projects, discuss challenges, brainstorm new ideas and solutions, and get feedback and coaching along the way from faculty and each other.
Seminars
  • Innovators Mindset Series (Periodic Events/Lectures): Designed to expose you to stimulating and interesting people, places, and experiences.
    • Unbounded Perspectives Seminars (3 sessions/3 hours each for the semester)
    • Other Events/Lecturers/Company Visits as scheduled to inspire your creativity & learn from local, cutting-edge leaders
  • Career and Personal Development: 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. (1.5 hours/week)

Summer Semester: Innovation Sprint #3

The most real-world experience yet.

Choose from a variety of hands-on industry experiences to build real-world connections to serve as a foundation for your career, all within the EM281 Capstone Innovation & Leadership Project (3 credits). Collectively, all three Sprints add tangible evidence to your resume, demonstrating your ability to drive innovation. 

Options include:

  • Internship or full-time job: Gain valuable industry experience through an internship or launch your innovation career as a full-time employee at a company anywhere in the world.
  • Entrepreneur: Continue working on your previous Sprint projects(s) with the goal of turning it into a stand-alone venture.
  • Consulting experience: Join a Tufts Gordon Institute student consulting team to solve a company’s innovation challenge.

Extend the MSIM program beyond the Sprints.

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.


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. 

Learn about more about the Dual Master’s Degree Program.


Off-Campus Employment for International Students

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.