Admission requirements

To be considered for this unique graduate-level study in Creativity and Change Leadership the following provides a summary of the requirements for admission into Buffalo State’s Graduate School:

  • 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 Buffalo State’s Graduate School and the Graduate Admissions Committee of the International Center for Studies in Creativity.


If you wish to participate in the next European cohort of Buffalo State’s Graduate Certificate Program in Creativity and Change Leadership, you’ll need to complete an application packet and email it to the program office in Amsterdam before the application deadline. The deadline for application for the 2022 cohort is March 1, 2022.

Letter of intent
Biographical sketch
Two letters of reference
Application form
TOEFL result
Degree evaluation or
degree copies

E-mail the completed packet
to the program office in Europe

If you have decided to apply, we suggest it would be wise to start compiling your application packet, as this will take a couple of weeks in run through. 

For compiling your packet we have created a so-called application kit: a set of documents containing detailed information about the application process and the required elements, some forms and a checklist.

Time investment

ICSC’s graduate program in Europe is a parttime study. During the distance (online) courses, most students spend an average of 8-12 hours a week on course work and group discussions.

Your attendance in the Netherlands during the seated courses of a Summer School is required. The Summer Schools 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.


The investment for the Graduate Certificate Program and for the Master Program will be equal to the tuition established by Buffalo State, State University of New York.

At present, the fee for the Graduate Certificate Program is $ 15.281. At the current exchange rate this amount equals to € 12.663*.

The fee for the Master program depends on the tuition rate of the electives of your choice. To give you an indication: at present, the fee for a Master program with two required courses and three distance courses at SUNY, would be $ 8.754. At the current exchange rate this amount equals to € 7254*.

* Per February 2, 2021

Please note: The rates listed are subject to review and may change without prior notice.

Other costs

The tuition is exclusive of application costs, travel and lodging expenses, and study material.

Application costs

  • Application fee: the fee is € 65 and is non-refundable. 
  • TOEFL test: fee is determined by the TOEFL organization.
  • Diploma transcripts: fee is determined by the educational institution(s).
  • Degree evaluation: fee is determined by the organization you wish to choose.


Travel and lodging expenses
For a Summer School you have to travel to the Netherlands and stay there for two weeks. Check here the exact location for the next Summer School. There are two Summer Schools during the Graduate Certificate program.

You must complete a total of 3 electives by the end of Block Six. Depending on the electives of your choice you might have additional travel and lodging expenses.


Study material
We advise you to set aside a budget of € 850 for books and other relevant study material.


ICSC’s Master program in Creativity and Change Leadership in Europe is a mix of online (distance) and seated courses. 

Seated courses are offered in a Summer School of two weeks (generally week 26 & 27 or week 27 & 28) in the Netherlands. The distance courses are a blend of assignments, working online in subgroups and online group discussions. All the assignments and group discussions will be facilitated by the use of Blackboard Learn™, an online learning environment.

The exact location for Summer School 2022 in the Netherlands is not yet known. 


Once a year a cohort starts in the summer and proceeds throughout the courses together as a learning community.

The next Summer School (2022) will run from June 27 through July 8 on weekdays. During a Summer School class hours are regularly from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm on weekdays. In the evenings and weekend you will need your time for preparation and assignments. 

Note that you have to attend the seated courses in the Netherlands in order to meet the program requirements. Block your calendar and start preparing your travel arrangements in time!


Important dates for the European cohort starting in 2022

March 1, 2022
Application will be closed

April 20, 2022
Students will be admitted into the 2022 cohort

June 26, 2022
The cohort will start in the afternoon with an orientation

June 27 through July 8, 2022
Courses Summer School 2022

August 29, 2022
Start of the fall distance course

Summer Schools for the following years do not have fixed dates yet. In general a Summer School runs in week 26 and 27 or in week 27 and 28. 

The distance courses will follow the timing of the fall and spring semesters in Buffalo. Here you will find the calendar of the current academic year and tentative dates for the upcoming academic year.


ICSC's Graduate certificate program in Europe 2022
ICSC's Graduate program in Europe 2022

*Note that this is a tentative schedule, course schedule may be subject to change depending on enrollments and other circumstances beyond our control.

If you prefer to pursue ICSC’s distance program in Buffalo, consult their website for more information or
contact Jo Yudess, the distance program coordinator in Buffalo.