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Application deadline: June 4, 2019

As of Fall 2019, the Department of Emerging Technology in Business + Design (ETBD, formerly AIMS) builds on a tradition of excellence to establish the highly-selective new Digital Innovation Fellows program (DIF). This exciting new program is offered by the Department of Emerging Technology in Business + Design and the Entrepreneurship Department, offering students a degree in both Interactive Media and in Entrepreneurship.

Participating students will spend three semesters living, working, and playing in the heart of digital innovation in the Midwest, San Francisco, and Europe—all while being mentored by industry partners and Miami faculty members. In the process, they will earn their bachelor's degree in Interactive Media Studies as well as a co-major in Entrepreneurship.

  • Year One. Students in DIF will spend their first year in Oxford in special versions of our courses crafted just for them. DIF students will also be invited to unique programming for high-performing students throughout the year. Then, DIF students will continue their studies the summer after their first year in preparation for their first semester away from Oxford.
  • Year Two. Students will spend their entire second year and one semester of their third year in our Digital Innovation Centers in Cincinnati, Luxembourg, and San Francisco. Students work four days a week at some of the most dynamic and fastest-growing startups in the world. One day a week they get behind-the-scenes tours and once-in-a-lifetime one-on-one coaching from top executives from startups, accelerators, and venture funding in each of those cities. 

    After their semester in Luxembourg, students will also have the opportunity to spend part of a summer in London.
  • Year Three. DIF students will spend one additional semester in the Digital Innovation Center in San Francisco and then one semester in Oxford, preparing their thesis and getting ready to graduate one year early.

Why Apply for This Program?

  • You graduate one year early with a dual degree in IMS and Entrepreneurship. That means you enter the workforce earlier.
  • It also means the cost of your degree goes down. While you are still paying for same number of credits, you have one less year of living expenses and fees.
  • The total cost of this program, including travel, housing, etc., is slightly less than a four year degree if you were to live in Oxford the whole time. And that assumes you are not being paid for your internship. About 75% of our DI students are in paid internships, so that would make the overall cost of the degree even less!
  • You graduate with nearly two years of work experience.