The Master of Science in Innovation is a part-time, one-year program that is designed specifically for working professionals who want to become innovation leaders.
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In just one year, the D’Amore-McKim MS in Innovation prepares you for a leadership role in this rapidly changing business environment empowering you to become an agent of change—in business, management, and leadership. It provides the knowledge and skills you need to stay ahead by putting your ideas into action. You’ll take on transformative projects where you’ll apply key concepts from class to create and execute a plan to grow a business or launch a new product.
Through project work, case studies, and real-world application at your own organization, you’ll learn the principles of innovation from multiple perspectives, including product and service development, design thinking, new business models, digital transformation, financing and selling innovation, go-to-market strategies, lean development, managing high-performance teams, and more.
Among your faculty are the founders of tech start-ups, thought leaders, consultants, and respected industry leaders and disruptors. Their books are being read by business leaders, and they’re in the halls of major corporations as consultants, helping implement change and innovation.
PATH TO YOUR MBA
After completing your MS in Innovation, you will have earned 30 credits, and you may be able to apply to an eligible MBA program. As an added benefit, if you apply to a Northeastern MBA program, you will be eligible for the Double Husky Scholarship and could receive a 25% discount off your tuition.
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-40 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Two Letters of Professional Recommendation
GMAT or GRE Results
You may be eligible to waive the GMAT and GRE application requirement if you have five or more years of professional experience and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. To learn if you qualify, complete this form and follow the instructions on the next page.
Permanent Residency Card (if applicable)
TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores are required (with some exceptions) for students whose undergraduate instruction was conducted in a language other than English
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Admissions deadlines for September term entry: March 15, May 1, June 15, August 1.
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, and we recommend that you complete your application early to maximize your chances of securing enrollment.
Master of Science in Innovation General Requirements
ACCT 6280 - Planning and Budgeting for Innovation
ENTR 6217 - Lean Innovation
ENTR 6222 - Competing in Dynamic, Innovation-Driven Markets
FINA 6284 - Financing Innovation and Growth
HRMG 6280 - The Human Side of Innovation
MGMT 6280 - Innovation for Next-Generation Products and Systems
MGSC 6281 - Service Innovation and Management
MKTG 6280 - Gaining Customer Insight
MKTG 6283 - Marketing and Selling Innovation
Complete one of the following:
On-campus students only
BUSN 6280 - How Executives Shape and Lead Innovation and Enterprise Growth
Online students only
ENTR 6225 - Acquisitions, Alliances, and Growth
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
At the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, our integration of academic thinking with authentic experiential learning opportunities has created a unique educational model that defines the standard for business education’s future. Here are a few ways that experiential learning occurs in this program:
Class Project—Multiple class projects give you the chance to benefit professionally from your work in the classroom. You may select a real-world initiative at your own organization and execute with the support of faculty and fellow students. Projects include new business initiatives, new products and services, and reshaping your firm's innovation process.
IDEA: A Student-Run Venture Accelerator—Starting your own business venture? Work with mentors, access financial support, and seek additional help in areas like marketing and communications. IDEA can help you bring your idea to life.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global nongovernmental organizations. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional locations further foster a lifelong, global community of learning and mentoring.