Program Overview

students in labThe UW Master of Science in Technology Innovation program is preparing the next generation of innovators. Our graduates will possess the technical and design thinking skills and business confidence to launch their own start-up or join a new venture team at an established company or nonprofit. 

The MSTI is an interdisciplinary degree offered by a group of leading UW faculty from the following UW departments and schools, in partnership with the Global Innovation Exchange

Program Experience

The MSTI is a full-time, 15-month (five-quarter) degree program. During weekdays, students will attend classes and work in the launch project space at the new, state-of-the-art GIX facility in Bellevue’s Spring District development, near Seattle. Because of the program’s intensive nature ­­– requiring the time commitment of a full-time job – it’s not intended for people who want to work while they earn their degree.  

Experiential learning is at the core of the MSTI program. You’ll take a combination of classroom and studio/lab courses, advancing as a cohort through three learning phases – Prepare, Practice and Launch.

student experience graphicIn the Prepare phase, you’ll get a foundation in design thinking, hardware and software development and entrepreneurship. Then, in the Practice phase, you’ll put those skills to use on a variety of team projects. In the Launch phase,  your team will take a product idea far enough that it could become a new start-up venture or solve a business challenge for an established company or nonprofit. Learn more about the curriculum and launch project.

UW-Tsinghua Dual Degree Option

For students interested in developing a global perspective on technology innovation, we offer a 21-month dual degree that combines the UW MSTI with a Master of Engineering in Data Science & Information Technology (MEDSIT) at Tsinghua University in China.

Dual degree students complete the MSTI curriculum first, then continue their studies in Beijing for an additional six months to earn both the UW and Tsinghua degrees.

The MEDSIT incorporates the experience of the MSTI program and goes into greater depth on marketing, data science, design and technology, and business development from the perspective of China's business culture. You’ll complete your studies at Tsinghua with a master’s thesis that documents your unique research and scholarly contribution to a project undertaken during your studies. Instruction is in English. 

Who Should Apply

The MSTI and the UW-Tsinghua dual degree programs are designed for recent college graduates or early-career professionals who want to make a difference through smart and connected solutions.

We’re seeking a diverse cohort of students with a demonstrated capacity for innovative thinking, creative problem-solving and collaborative teamwork.

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. Any undergraduate major is acceptable, provided you have some proficiency in programming. Some applicants may have majored in computer science, math or engineering, while others may have pursued a liberal arts, design or business degree. Learn more about admissions requirements.