FAQ

What is the language in which the program is taught?

Since this is Buffalo State’s distance program in Europe, both the Graduate Certificate Program and the Master Program are in English. To be admitted to the program you need to have sufficient proficiency of the English language. Therefore you must submit a score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Your letter of intent also serves as a sample of your writing skills.

Is it possible to start the Master Program without following the Certificate Degree Program?

No, a master’s degree requires 33 credit points, of which 18 have been acquired during the Certificate Program.

Are there any exemptions?

Independent of previous studies you have to follow all courses of the program to earn your Master’s degree. However, during the Master program you have to complete three elective courses. Sometimes it is possible to remark earlier work or study as an elective course. Such requires approval of the faculty. 

What is the time investment of the program?

During the distance (online) courses, most students spend an average of 8-12 hours a week on course work and group discussions.

The Summer Schools (seated courses) come with preparatory assignments in the weeks before the two courses start, two intensive weeks of learning and assignments that are to be completed some weeks after.

During the Master Program you must also complete 3 elective courses by the end of Block Six. Time investment depends on the course of your choice.

How many credit hours does this Master’s program have?

This Master of Science degree requires 33 credits. Each course yields 3 credit hours. As 1.00 US College Credit Hours equals 1.67 European Credits (EC’s), the whole Master program is 55 credit hours in the European system (ECTS).

Is the program fulltime?

No, the program isn’t fulltime. Both the Graduate Certificate and the Master Program are a mix of online (distance) and seated courses (in a 2-week Summer School).

During the distance (online) courses, most students spend an average of 8-12 hours a week on course work and group discussions. The Summer Schools (seated courses) come with preparatory assignments in the weeks before the two courses start, two intensive weeks of learning and assignments that are to be completed some weeks after.

During the Master Program you must also complete 3 elective courses by the end of Block Six. Time investment depends on the course of your choice.

Is the program accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders?

No, the Master of Science Degree is accredited by the State University of New York (SUNY).
Here you’ll find more details about this accreditation.

If necessary in your specific situation, you can have your U.S. Degree evaluated by an institution in your country.
For the Netherlands: more information on www.idw.nl
For Flanders: more information on www.ond.vlaanderen.be/naric/nl/.

Are there any scholarships or grants available?

No, there are not.
In the Netherlands you can subtract the tuition from your income taxes. If you have a company of your own, the tuition is part of your costs. We recommend to explore the possibilities in your country.

When will the program start?

Once a year, in spring, students are admitted into a cohort. Each cohort starts in the summer (generally week 26 and 27).

The next European cohort will start on June 23, 2019 with an orientation in the afternoon. On Monday June 24 the first course of the Summer School will start.

When will the program be finished?

You can run the program in about two and a half years. The Graduate Certificate Program runs from summer through summer (15 months). After you have finished the Certificate Program, you can start the Master Program in fall. Generally students finish the Master Program in 15 months, but the time it takes depends on your schedule and the electives you’ll choose.

What are the requirements to be admitted to the program?

The following is required:

  • Motivation to pursue this special program of graduate study;
  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by an approved U.S. regional accrediting
    agency or a degree that is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States;
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (3.0 preferred) on a 4.0 scale;
  • Sufficient proficiency of the English language;
  • Five years professional experience.

Admission to the program is dependent upon application review by the Buffalo State Graduate School
and the Graduate Admissions Committee of ICSC. 

When do I know if I am admitted to the program?

For the cohort that will start in the summer of 2019 we expect admission at the end of April 2019. 

Are there any courses to help me prepare for this program?

Any baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by an approved U.S. regional accrediting agency or a degree that is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States, is sufficient to be considered for admission.

No specific courses in Creative Thinking or Creative Leadership are required. If you like to dive into the theory of creative thinking and engage with likeminded people, it could be an option to visit a creativity conference like CREA, CPSI or Mindcamp.

You can also contact us for information about courses in your neighborhood or native language. 

Is there an exam at the end of a course?

Throughout the program there will be assignments, which you’ll have to fulfill. You will earn the required credit points by fulfilling all assignments of a course. There are no specific exams during the program.

As a culminating experience, students complete their Master program with a Master’s Project.

If the answer to your question isn’t in the list, please don’t hesitate to contact us.