About the Program

The Creative Studies Department and its International Center for Studies in Creativity credential creativity through a diverse menu of programs that cultivate skills in creative thinking, innovative leadership practices, and problem- solving techniques. The department, through the process of creative thought, enhances an individual’s ability to imagine new ideas by learning how to envision that which cannot be immediately seen. This internationally recognized academic department offers a series of courses that lead to a master of science degree in creative studies or a graduate certificate in creativity and change leadership (see next program). These unique graduate programs attract students from business, education, and many diverse fields. Short summer institutes in combination with distance courses make the graduate certificate and full master’s degree available to busy professionals both within and outside of Western New York. Students from across the U.S. and international students from such countries as South Africa, Brazil, Canada, Italy, England, Pakistan, and Singapore have participated in these programs.

The required courses give all students an opportunity to develop practical leadership, facilitation, training/teaching, and problem-solving skills, while the selection of electives allows students to concentrate on acquiring knowledge and skills in another area of specialization (e.g., education, business, organizations, communications). The creative studies program challenges students to develop their creative talents and to become leaders of change in their professional lives. Visit the Creative Studies website for more information.

About the Creativity and Change Leadership Department

244 Chase Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6223
Fax: (716) 878-4040
https://creativity.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale). Preference is shown to those with GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

2. A written statement of the applicant’s professional or educational goals and how a degree in creativity studies supports these goals. The recommended length for the letter of intent is two to three pages (use form provided by department).

3. Brief biographical sketch, one to two paragraphs, that provides a summary of the applicant’s accomplishments, areas of expertise, and experiences.

4. Two academic/professional letters of reference.

5. Five years of professional experience (distance program applicants only; distance students must begin with the certificate program).

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (21 credit hours)
CRS 559 PRINCIPLES IN CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING 3
CRS 560 FOUNDATIONS OF CREATIVE LEARNING 3
CRS 610 FACILITATION OF GROUP PROBLEM SOLVING 3
CRS 620 CREATIVITY ASSESSMENT: METHODS AND RESOURCES 3
CRS 625 CURRENT ISSUES IN CREATIVE STUDIES 3
CRS 635 CREATIVITY AND CHANGE LEADERSHIP 3
CRS 670 FOUNDATIONS IN TEACHING AND TRAINING CREATIVITY 3

Elective Courses (6-12 credit hours)
Select 6-12 credit hours 6-12

Master's Project, Master's Thesis, or Comprehensive Exam (0-6 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 0-6

Comprehensive Exam
CRS 690 MASTER'S PROJECT (3-6)
CRS 795 MASTER'S THESIS (3-6)

Total Credit Hours 33