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You have the

technical expertise.

But do you have the business skills to be a leader in the innovation economy?

Welcome to the fast track for innovators.

In just one year, the M.S. in Innovation & Management program (MSIM) prepares STEM graduates to become innovators and entrepreneurs. With our experiential program, you’ll learn by doing, so you can master:

  • Lean design thinking approaches to customer-centric venture creation
  • Business and financial modeling fluency for sustainable ventures
  • Data science tools to leverage large data sets for strategic and operational insight
  • Leadership skills to inspire, persuade, and lead others to bring your ideas to market

Altogether, the MSIM program accelerates your innovation learning curve. So you can get right to solving problems that matter and make an impact early in your career.

Designed for You

This new 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.
  • Career planning workshops and coaching that offer tools for how to market yourself, develop your career plan, network, and interview.
  • Stay an extra semester to complete the MSIM degree requirements or take additional elective courses at Tufts. Deepen your technical expertise or explore a new interest.










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.

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
  • Leading for Impact
  • Operations and Applied Data Science
  • Capstone Leadership and Innovation Project

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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 a semester-long capstone leadership project. And it’s access to 7,000+ jobs through the Tufts Career Center database. Whatever inspires your innovative spirit, we’ll help you answer the call.

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Meet your fellow innovators.

We keep MSIM class sizes small. You really get to know each other, and your professors. MSIM students come from around the world and have varied interests. Building sustainable cities. Consulting for tech start-ups. Developing innovative biomedical solutions. 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 business, entrepreneurship, and operations knowledge you need to succeed as a leader on the technology frontier.
  • 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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