Both the Graduate Certificate and the Master Program is a mix of Summer Schools and Distance Courses. The Summer Schools will be conducted at the Koning Willem I College. The College is located in ‘s Hertogenbosch, 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 program consists of a Graduate Certificate and a Master Program, divided into six blocks and three elective courses.

Program overview


Graduate Certificate Program

Summer School Block One:
Becoming a Facilitative Leader

Distance Course Block Two:
Understanding Yourself and Becoming an Informed Consumer of Creativity Resources

Distance Course Block Three:
Becoming an Agent for Change in Your Organization

Summer School Block Four:
Deepen and Broaden Theoretical Foundations- Becoming a Reflective Practitioner


Master Program

Elective courses:
You must complete a total of 3 electives by the end of Block Six.

Distance Course Block Five:
Exploring and Understanding Current Issues

Distance Course Block Six:
Applying Your Mastery



Buffalo State is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (215) 662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. secretary of education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. There is a Middle states review of the college every 5 years.
You’ll find more information here.

The creativity department falls under Buffalo State’s accreditation. Each college department goes through a self-study every five years to keep this approval.
Unlike some academic disciplines that have national or international accrediting bodies, the field of creativity does not have this.  However, the International Center for Studies in Creativity has been in existence for 50 years and is the first degree-granting program in the study of creativity.

In addition, the New York State Office of College and Universities Evaluation issues a HEGIS code to approved programs. This is an official acknowledgement that the program is authorized to offer the degree. Here you will find more information about HEGIS codes.

You’ll find the HEGIS code for the Certificate program in Creativity and Change Leadership here (4903).

You’ll find the HEGIS code for the Master program in Creative Studies here (4903).