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.
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
- Creativity and Innovation Student Experience
- How to Unlock Your Own "Samurai Creativity"
- Five Principles of "Samurai Creativity" for Peak Performance
- Implementing Creativity into the Workplace
- Innovation and Learning: Designing and Redefining Workplace Learning in the New Normal
- Learning Technologies and Creativity & Innovation Programs Online Open House
- Putting Creativity to Work: Creative Mindset, Environment, Creative Tools and Creative Action
- Using Creativity to Improve Non-Profits and SMB (Small and Medium-Sized Business)
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.
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 has been the KIE conference book editor for KIE conferences in London, Latvia, Turkey, Berlin, Philadelphia, Dubai, and Madrid. 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 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.
|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|
||Foundations of Higher Education and Governance|
||Higher Education Career Development, Leadership & Application|
||Legal Issues & Ethics in Higher Education|
||Principles of Adult Learning|
||The Learning Sciences|
or EDLT 512
|Using and Integrating Learning Technologies|
||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|
A custom-designed concentration will consist of 12.0 credits of professional electives that will be selected in consultation with the Program Director or Advisor. You may also choose to declare a Graduate Minor.
- 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
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
- Additional requirements for International Students
The tuition rate for the academic year 2023-2024 is $1079 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1438 per credit)
For the academic year 2023-2024, 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 Alumni, Military 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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