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  • Creativity and Innovation Online Degree

    MS in Creativity and Innovation

    Innovation is the lifeblood of addressing real-world challenges through fresh ideas and critical thinking. In today's ever-evolving landscape, creativity is not just a nice-to-have; it's a must-have. Drexel University's accredited Online Master's degree in Creativity and Innovation is your gateway to honing the transformative power of innovation in both the educational and business realms.

    This program goes beyond traditional education, forging the path to professional excellence for tomorrow's leaders. By completing the engaging and hands-on curriculum, you not only acquire knowledge about creativity; you acquire the skills to engage in creative and critical thinking needed to fuel innovation. You develop the ability to problem-find and problem-solve, as well as analyze complex solutions across a spectrum of settings, whether it's within the corporate, educational, or military sectors. Armed with these skills, you can devise and execute the most effective solutions to reshape the future of your organizations and your life.

    This MS degree is a catalyst for emerging professionals who aspire to not only advance their personal growth but also propel their organizations to new heights. In a world that craves innovation, Drexel's program empowers students to be the change-makers and visionaries that the future demands.

    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 leading-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.

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

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    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

    The Creativity & Innovation Programs within the School of Education offers unique access to some of the world’s leading experts, researchers, and authors in the field of creativity and innovation. These programs are closely affiliated with the School's Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation, and the Freddie Reisman Center for Translational Research in Creativity and Motivation (FRC). The Centers are co-directed by Emerita Professor and School's founder, Dr. Fredricka Reisman, and Dr. Larry Keiser, Program Director for the School's Creativity & Innovation Programs, both of whom are housed in the School of Education.

    The Torrance Center promotes creativity using programs that cultivate skills in creative thinking, innovative leadership practices, and problem-solving techniques. It also provides opportunities for students to showcase their projects and research both within and beyond Drexel University.

    The FRC plays a role identifying the most significant research in creativity and motivation spanning various disciplines, including medical science, organizational management, engineering, psychology, and education. This research is then translated into accessible language and practical activities that can be applied across diverse fields, benefiting educators, corporate trainers, students, parents, as well as business and education leaders. Program participants enhance their creative thinking ability, innovative leadership skills, and motivation techniques. Furthermore, they employ problem-finding and problem-solving strategies, and end users of the FRC's resources provide valuable feedback on their experiences and suggest new areas for research addressing gaps that may arise during the application of these resource.

    The Certificate in Creativity & Innovation’s coursework, and the resources and opportunities provided by the Torrance and FRC Centers, equip students with the tools and the creative thought processes necessary to enhance their ability to generate innovative ideas. This process teaches them to envision the unexplored and, ultimately, inspires and stimulates their creativity.

    Explore Creativity and Innovation Programs

    Larry Keiser, PhD, provides an overview of Drexel's Creativity and Innovation program offerings.

    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.

    Core Courses
    Foundations in Creativity 3.0
    Tools and Techniques in Creativity 3.0
    Creativity in the Workplace 3.0
    Creativity and Change Leadership 3.0
    Neuroscience, Creativity and Innovation 3.0
    Global Perspectives on Creativity 3.0
    Current Trends in Creativity & Innovation 3.0
    Diagnostic Creative Intervention 3.0
    Professional Electives or Graduate Minor in Mind, Brain & Learning (MBGM)* 9.0
    Choose 3 courses:
    Mind, Brain and Learning
    Neurodiversity in Education and Workforce
    Neuropedagogy and Assessment
    Leadership in Educational Contexts and Systems
    Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Education
    *Successfully completing CRTV 600, CRTV 604, and CRTV 608 in addition to the required CRTV 615 Core Course fulfills requirements for Graduate Minor in MB&L
    Concentration Course Options (See listing of possible concentrations below) 12.0
    Human Resource Development
    Foundations of Human Resources Development
    Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning
    Organization Development and Change
    Strategic Human Resource Development
    or EHRD 660
    Principles of Adult Learning
    Global & International Education
    Global, International & Comparative Education
    Culture, Society & Education in Comparative Perspective
    Education for Global Citizenship, Sustainability, and Social Justice
    Measuring the World: Education and National Development
    Higher Education
    Foundations of Higher Education and Governance
    Higher Education Career Development, Leadership & Application
    Legal Issues & Ethics in Higher Education
    Principles of Adult Learning
    Learning Technologies
    The Learning Sciences
    or EDLT 512
    Using and Integrating Learning Technologies
    Learning Engineering
    Instructional Design Methods
    Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture
    or EDLT 591
    Learning Analytics: Lenses on students, teaching, and curriculum enactment
    Learning in Game-Based Environments
    Foundations of Game-Based Learning
    Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture
    Integrating Games & Pedagogical Content Knowledge
    Instructional Design Methods
    Custom-Designed Concentration
    A custom-designed concentration will consist of 12.0 credits of professional electives that will be selected in consultation with the Program Director and/or Advisor. You may also choose to declare a Graduate Minor.
    Total Credits 45.0

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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


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1111 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1481 per credit)

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • 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.


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