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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.

    • 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

    Activities within the School of Education's Creativity & Innovation programs provide 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, co-directed by Emerita Professor and School of Education founder, Dr. Fredricka Reisman, and Dr. Larry Keiser, Program Lead for the School's Creativity & Innovation programs, is housed directly 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. Through the process of creative thought, the Center’s work enhances an individual's ability to imagine new ideas by learning to envision that which cannot immediately be seen.

    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. Access a free version.

    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 615 Neuroscience, Creativity,& Innovation 3.0
    CRTV 650 Current Trends in Creativity & Innovation 3.0
    CRTV 660 Diagnostic Creative Intervention 3.0
    EDCR 510 Leadership in Educational Contexts and Systems 3.0
    EDCR 514 Diversity, Equity, & Social Justice in Education 3.0
    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  
    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

    Global & International Education
    EDGI 503
    Introduction to Global, International, & Comparative Education  
    EDGI 510
    Culture, Society, & Education in Comparative Perspective  
    EDGI 522
    Education for Global Citizenship, Sustainability, and Social Justice  
    EDGI 524
    Measuring the World: Education and National Development  
    Higher Education
    EDHE 501
    Foundations of Higher Education & Governance  
    EDHE 531
    Legal Issues & Ethics in Higher Education  
    EDHE 607
    Higher Education Career Development, Leadership, & Application  
    EHRD 660
    Principles of Adult Learning
    Human Resource Development
    EHRD 500
    Foundations of Human Resource Development  
    EHRD 602
    Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning  
    EHRD 611
    Organizational Development & Change  
    EHRD 612
    Strategic Human Resource Development  
    or EHRD 660
    Principles of Adult Learning
    Learning Technologies
    EDLT 503
    The Learning Sciences  
    or EDLT 537
    Technologies for Performance Support
    EDLT 551
    Instructional Design Methods  
    EDLT 512
    Using & Integrating Learning Technologies  
    or EDLT 532
    Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development (Non-Field Experience)
    ELL 501
    The Purpose and Business of E-Learning  
    Learning in Game-Based Environments
    EDLT 541
    Foundations of Game-Based Learning  
    EDLT 543
    Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture  
    EDLT 554
    Learning with Social Media and Mobiles  
    ELL 504
    Learning Technologies & Disabilities  
    Custom-Designed Concentration
    Consists of 12 professional elective credits selected in consultation with the Program Director and/or your 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 2022-2023 is $1047 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1396 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.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • 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

    2022-2023 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2022

    September 19, 2022

    December 3, 2022

    December 5, 2022

    December 10, 2022

    Winter 2023

    January 9, 2023

    March 18, 2023

    March 20, 2023

    March 25, 2023

    Spring 2023

    April 3, 2023

    June 10, 2023

    June 12, 2023

    June 17, 2023

    Summer 2023

    June 26, 2023

    September 2, 2023

    September 4, 2023

    September 9, 2023


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