The program consists of a Graduate Certificate program and a Master Program,  divided into six blocks and three elective courses. 

You will start with the Graduate Certificate program, providing you with the knowledge and skills to put you in a better position to operate as a change leader. The Graduate Certificate program in Creativity and Change Leadership consists of four blocks. The program combines online courses with seated courses based in the Netherlands. 

After completing the State University of New York Graduate Certificate program, you can choose to continue with the Master of Science degree in creativity. The Master program includes one required online course, three elective courses and a Master’s project as a capstone course.

What is the content of the Master program
in Creativity and Change Leadership?

Highlights from a conversation between Gerard Puccio, chair and professor at ICSC and Branko Broekman, director of ICSC’s Master program in Europe.
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Graduate Certificate program

The Graduate Certificate program is divided into four blocks. You will start the Graduate Certificate program with two seated courses during a Summer School, followed by two distance courses and then again two seated courses during a Summer School in the Netherlands. 

CRS 559 Principles in Creative Problem Solving

Theory and application of the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process; practice in both individual and group uses for either personal or professional contexts; group work and active participation are expected.

CRS 610 Facilitation of Group Problem Solving

Advanced strategies for leading small groups through the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process; mastery of facilitation techniques and skills. Students receive expert feedback on their facilitation skills as they apply creative strategies to real issues. Examines conceptual relationships between facilitation and change leadership; develops basic change leadership skills.

CRS 620 Creativity Assessment: Methods and Resources

Practical information on methods and resources for creativity assessment; review of basic measurement principles and a critique of specific tools used to assess creativity in both education and business. Students receive personal feedback on a number of measures and develop a profile of their own creative strengths.

CRS 670 Foundations in Teaching and Training Creativity

Practical experience in using principles of creative learning, Creative Problem Solving (CPS), and leadership to facilitate groups; guided practice and independent work in realistic teaching/training situations to develop independent learners and reflective practitioners; use of CPS facilitation skills to develop instructional designs and examine ways to modify teaching and leading with CPS in various groups or situations.

CRS 560 Foundations of Creative Learning

Theory and research that form the foundation of the discipline of creativity studies; development of awareness and understanding of basic principles, select definitions, models, and theories and practice in applying them in a variety of contexts. Group interaction, discussion, and project work are expected.

CRS 635 Creativity and Change Leadership

Culminating activities that cap the Foundations of Creativity strand of the curriculum; understanding and applying the characteristics of change leadership in the context of creativity and Creative Problem Solving (CPS); theoretical and practical launching point for students to examine their future contributions to the field, domain, and discipline by articulating their personal philosophy and definition of creativity; relation of the CPS process and other change methods to the challenge of making lasting change in other disciplines, such as business, education, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, or the arts or sciences.

Master program

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.

CRS 625 Current Issues in Creative Studies

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.

CRS 690 Master’s project

As a culminating experience, students work on their 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.
Here you’ll find examples of Master’s projects.


Elective courses

Elective courses are courses that can be chosen freely, provided that the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) faculty approves of the desired course. You must complete a total of 3 electives by the end of Block Six.

Possible options, however not exclusive, can be found below. Click on the image for more information about the elective course.

Which elective you want to pursue is depending on your preference and the availability of the course in the timeframe of your program. It is possible to pursue other electives, either at Buffalo State or at a university of your choice. The student is fully responsible to select and organize his/ her participation in such a course. It is also the student’s responsibility to check if the elective course of his/ her choice meets the requirements of the Graduate School and to obtain the approval of the faculty for the course. Buffalo State’s course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog.