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  • MS in Creativity and Innovation


    Innovation is the spirit of solving real world problems through new ideas and critical thinking. Drexel University's accredited Online Master’s degree in Creativity and Innovation develops students' ability to solve these problems through challenging and practical coursework that fosters professional excellence for tomorrow's leaders. Students will acquire the skills to conduct methodical analysis of problematic situations in a variety of settings, whether corporate, educational or military, and devise and implement the best possible solutions. This degree is ideal for burgeoning professionals looking to develop themselves and the organizations they work for.

    Skills Aquired

    As a student of the MS in Creativity and Innovation accredited program you'll be taught to:

    • Assess and develop your own creative strengths
    • Effectively identify problematic situations within a variety of settings and fields
    • Produce plausible and creative solutions to solve real-world dilemmas
    • Methodically analyze and implement the best possible solution to these situations
    • Improve workplace results through the executive of innovative practices
    • Examine and interpret contemporary research in creativity and innovation in both academic and professional settings
    • Participate in cutting-edge research with emerging creativity scholars virtually or on-campus to collaborate, share ideas and receive assistance with literature review, methodology, and grant writing
    • Develop in-house expertise in your own workplace to foster creative environments and identify fellow creative problem-solvers

    Expertise in the Workplace

    A recent IBM study conducted amongst 1,500 chief executive officers worldwide identified creativity as the most important leadership quality of the future. Many of these CEOs were from Fortune 500 companies like Pepsi, BF Goodrich, Ford Motor Company, Disney, Time Warner, and K-Mart - all of whom employ a “Chief Innovation Officer” or “Chief Creativity Officer” as part of their executive staff. The diversity of these companies reflects the multidisciplinary nature of career options for graduates of the accredited MS in Creativity and Innovation.

    Drexel at the Center of Creativity

    Drexel is headquarters to the American Creativity Association (ACA,) affording students access to some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, researchers, and writers in the field of creativity and innovation. The Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation, directed by Dr. Fredricka Reisman, is housed directly in the Goodwin College on Drexel's main campus in Philadelphia. The Torrance Center promotes cutting-edge creativity through programs that cultivate skills in creative thinking, innovative leadership practices, and problem solving-techniques. The Center works to enhance individuals' creative thought and their ability to imagine new ideas by developing otherwise unseen solutions for both day-to-day and long term problematic situations. The Creativity Graduate Student Association (CGSA) offers students an opportunity to work together to promote innovative leadership within and outside of Drexel University.

    Program Director - Dr. Fredricka Reisman

    Dr. Fredricka "Freddie" Reisman is a professor at Drexel University's Goodwin College, and director of the Drexel/Torrence Center for Creativity and Innovation. Formerly, Dr. Reisman served as assistant provost for assessment and evaluation, interim associate dean for research, and founding director of Drexel's School of Education. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Dr. Reisman served as professor and chair of the Division of Elementary Education at the University of Georgia, as an elementary, middle school and high school mathematics teacher in New York; and a mathematics education instructor at Syracuse University. She has authored a trilogy of books with the world-renowned creativity scholar and researcher, E. Paul Torrence, on teaching mathematics creatively. Dr. Reisman was awarded the national 2002 Champion of Creativity Award by the American Creativity Association and was appointed to the ACA National Board where she has served as an officer and is now president. The American Creativity Association (ACA) is a global network of creativity and innovation practitioners in fields ranging from business to education and the arts. The association's annual conference is one of the most successful gatherings of creative-minded professionals in the world.

    Dr. Reisman's recent work includes the Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment RDCA. A free version can be downloaded into your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    Required Core Courses
    CRTV 501
    Foundations in Creativity
    CRTV 502
    Tools and Techniques in Creativity
    CRTV 503
    Creativity in the Workplace
    CRTV 610
    Creativity and Change Leadership
    CRTV 620
    Research Methods and Assessment of Creative and Innovative Thinking
    CRTV 630
    Global Perspectives on Creativity
    CRTV 640
    Creativity & Innovation: 1500-Present
    CRTV 650
    Current Trends in Creativity & Innovation
    CRTV 660
    Diagnostic Creative Intervention
    Total Core Credits
    Professional Electives
    Electives will be selected in consultation with the Program Director and/or Advisor.
    Total Credits
    Suggested Electives
    Consider three courses from the following options:
    EDAM 500
    Leading in Urban, Rural and Suburban Settings
    EDPO 620
    Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications
    EDPO 628
    American Educational Policy and U.S. Competitiveness
    EDPO 632
    Ethics in Educational Policy Making
    EDHE 680
    Foundations of Evaluation
    EDHE 682
    The Evaluation Process
    EDLT 537
    Technologies for Performance Support
    EDLT 538
    New Media Literacies
    EDUC 516
    Diversity and Today's Teacher
    EDUC 532
    Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience
    EDUC 561
    Mediating and Resolving Conflict in School Settings
    EDUC 702
    School Leadership & Decision Making
    EDUC 800
    Educational Leadership & Change
    EDUC 804
    Program Evaluation in Organizations

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
      • Graduate GPA's will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA, and a cumulative GPA above 3.0 may be considered

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement (500 - 750 words) describing your interest in the program. Specifically, please discuss:
      • How the program relates to your previous educational activities
      • If changing course, why you are moving in a new direction with your educational goals
      • How the program relates to your current line of work
      • How you plan to apply the program to your future goals
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    An interview may be requested.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1192 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

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