The ICSC offers the possibility to continue learning and pursue a Master of Science degree through distance learning. A Master of Science degree requires 33 credit points, of which 18 have been acquired during the Certificate Program. Students will learn how to explore and understand current issues on creativity and change and they will use the elective courses to develop their mastery.
The Master program gives you the opportunity to concentrate on a specific topic of your choice. The program has mandatory elements, but the concrete completion is different for every student. This means the order and dates for block five and six are not set in stone. During the second half of your Graduate Certificate program you will receive more information about your Master program.
Below the required elements of the Master program are described.
You must complete 3 electives total by the end of Block Six. Examples of elective courses you will find here.
Block Five: Exploring and Understanding Current Issues
(Distance Course or Summer School or Hybrid Course (partially Distance and partially Summer School))
CRS 625: Current Issues in Creative Studies
Prerequisite: CRS 559 or CRS 560.
In-depth survey of current issues on the nature or nurture of creativity; skill development in research and scholarship to increase critical thinking skills and general content literacy of creativity practitioners in any discipline; review, analysis, and interpretation of findings from empirical and non-empirical sources, with some emphasis on the background and development of research at the International Center for Studies in Creativity.
Block Six: Applying Your Mastery
As a culminating experience, students have two options:
Option one: a Comprehensive Exam and a fourth Elective Course
For the Comprehensive Exam students prepare three products: 1) a scholarly review of the literature related to a current topic of interest related to creativity, 2) an electronic portfolio that reflects their learning and expertise in creativity studies, and 3) a presentation to the faculty reflecting their learnings and future directions related as a creativity professional.
Furthermore students have to pursue a fourth elective course in order to earn the required credit points. At least one of the four electives needs to be a 600 level course (course number starts with 6).
Option two: CRS 690 Master’s Project
Implementation of an applied project requiring Creative Problem Solving (CPS), change leadership, and facilitation skills; definition and implementation of change initiatives that have a direct impact either on the community or for the field of creativity in general; development of analytical skills in the formation and evaluation of the success of the projects.
Examples of Master’s projects can be found here.