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  • MS in Creativity and Innovation

    Overview

    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.

    Online Open House

    View our archived online open house to learn more about the program.

    Skills Acquired

    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.

    Professor Emerita - Dr. Fredricka Reisman

    Fredricka K. Reisman, PhD is founder of Drexel’s School of Education and professor in the School of Education. Additionally, Dr. Reisman served as Assistant Provost for Assessment and Evaluation, Interim Associate Dean for Research of the Goodwin College, is Director of the Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation, and Creator of the SOE Creativity and Innovation programs.

    She received her PhD in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, she served as Professor and Chair of the Division of Elementary Education at the University of Georgia, an elementary, middle school, high school mathematics teacher in New York State, and a mathematics education instructor at Syracuse University. She has an impressive record of external funding bringing her funding to more than $13,000,000 since 2002.

    She is the author of several books including diagnostic teaching, teaching mathematics to children with special needs, elementary education pedagogy, mathematics pedagogy, and application of creativity and innovation to corporate situations. She has co-authored a trilogy of books with world-renowned creativity scholar and researcher, E. Paul Torrance, on teaching mathematics creatively. In addition to a nationally standardized K-3 mathematics test, she developed the Reisman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment (RDCA), a self-report assessment of research-based traits of creative strengths and currently a free Apple app. Dr. Reisman was awarded the national 2002 Champion of Creativity Award by the American Creativity Association (ACA), was appointed to the ACA national Board, served as ACA Treasurer and is ACA President. She was a virtual keynoter at the KIE conference held in Riga, Latvia in July 22-15, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, and the 2016 KIE conference in Berlin. She is the KIE conference book editor for KIE conferences in London, Latvia, Turkey, Berlin and the 2017 Philadelphia conference. She loves plants and mentoring her students.

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


    This program is also available as a graduate minor.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    CRTV 501Foundations in Creativity3.0
    CRTV 502Tools and Techniques in Creativity3.0
    CRTV 503Creativity in the Workplace3.0
    CRTV 610Creativity and Change Leadership3.0
    CRTV 620Research Methods and Assessment of Creative and Innovative Thinking3.0
    CRTV 630Global Perspectives on Creativity3.0
    CRTV 640Creativity & Innovation: 1500-Present3.0
    CRTV 650Current Trends in Creativity & Innovation3.0
    CRTV 660Diagnostic Creative Intervention3.0
    Professional Electives12.0
    Selected in consultation with the Program Director and/or Advisor 
    Suggested Electives 
    Select two courses from the following:6.0
    EDAM 700Leading in Urban, Rural and Suburban Settings 
    EDAM 702School Leadership & Decision Making 
    EDPO 620Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications 
    EDPO 628American Educational Policy and U.S. Competitiveness 
    EDPO 632Ethics in Educational Policy Making 
    EDHE 680Foundations of Evaluation 
    EDHE 682The Evaluation Process 
    EDLT 537Technologies for Performance Support 
    EDLT 538New Media Literacies 
    EDUC 516Diversity and Today's Teacher 
    EDUC 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience 
    EDUC 561Mediating and Resolving Conflict in School Settings 
    EDUC 800Educational Leadership & Change 
    EDUC 804Program Evaluation in Organizations 
    Total Credits45.0

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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
    • Provisional admission may be granted if your GPA is below 3.0
      • An admissions interview is required for a GPA below 2.75

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application 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

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $921 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1228 per credit)


    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • 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

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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