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  • Creativity and Innovation Online Degree

    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 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


    To further tailor the degree to your interests, you may choose from one of the following concentrations or design a custom concentration in consultation with your academic advisor.

    • Adult Education and Organization Development
    • Global and International Education
    • Higher Education
    • Learning Technologies
    • Learning in Game-Based Environments
    • Custom-Designed Concentration

    Samurai Creativity Webinars

    Rick Kantor, Adjunct Professor and 2017 "Champion of Creativity" award winner from the American Creativity Association is proud to be teaching "Creativity in the Workplace" to students at Drexel University. View his previously recorded webinars on Samurai Creativity:

    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.


    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 501 Foundations in Creativity 3.0
    CRTV 502 Tools and Techniques in Creativity 3.0
    CRTV 503 Creativity in the Workplace 3.0
    CRTV 610 Creativity and Change Leadership 3.0
    CRTV 630 Global Perspectives on Creativity 3.0
    CRTV 640 Creativity & Innovation: 1500-Present 3.0
    CRTV 650 Current Trends in Creativity & Innovation 3.0
    CRTV 660 Diagnostic Creative Intervention 3.0
    Capstone Courses 9.0-10.5
    EDU 780
    Capstone Research  
    Select from one of the following capstone tracks:  
    Practitioner Track
    EDUP 780
    Practitioner Capstone Course I  
    EDUP 781
    Practitioner Capstone Course II  
    Thesis Track
    EDUT 780
    Thesis Capstone Course I  
    EDUT 781
    Thesis Capstone Course II  
    Lesson Study Track
    EDUL 780
    Lesson Study Capstone Course I  
    EDUL 781
    Lesson Study Capstone Course II  
    Concentration Courses 12.0
    Choose from the offerings below or design a custom concentration in consultation with the Program Director and/or your academic Advisor. You may also choose to declare a Graduate Minor.
    Total Credits 45.0-46.5

    Concentration Options

    Adult Education & Organization Development
    AEOD 500
    Foundations of Human Resource Development  
    AEOD 601
    Leading and Evaluating Change  
    AEOD 602
    Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning  
    AEOD 604
    Development of Human Resources  
    or AEOD 606
    Human and Organizational Performance
    Global & International Education
    EDGI 500
    Introduction to Global, International & Comparative Education  
    EDGI 504
    History and Theory of Comparative Education  
    EDGI 510
    Culture, Society & Education in Comparative Perspective  
    EDGI 512
    Globalization and Educational Change  
    or EDGI 514
    Education and National Development
    Higher Education
    EDHE 500
    Foundations of Higher Education  
    EDHE 510
    Governance, Management & Administration in Higher Education  
    EDHE 530
    Higher Education Law  
    or AEOD 606
    Human and Organizational Performance
    EDHE 606
    Higher Education Career Development  
    Learning Technologies
    EDLT 536
    Learning Sciences and Instructional Design  
    or EDLT 537
    Technologies for Performance Support
    EDLT 550
    Introduction to Instructional Design  
    EDLT 532
    Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience  
    or EDLT 811
    Designing and Developing Multimedia Applications For Learning
    ELL 501
    The Purpose and Business of E-Learning  
    Learning in Game-Based Environments
    EDLT 541
    Foundations of Game-Based Learning  
    EDLT 542
    Research in Motivation & Game-based Learning  
    EDLT 543
    Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture  
    EDLT 544
    Integrating Games & Pedagogical Content Knowledge  
    Custom-Designed Concentration
    Consists of 12 professional elective credits that will be selected in consultation with the Program Director and/or Advisor. You may also choose to declare a Graduate Minor.

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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


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $949 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1265 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.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • 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

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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