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Program Overview

M.S. in Creativity and Innovation

Creativity is the ability to generate novel ideas; innovation, the means to implement those ideas.

A major research study conducted by IBM among over 1,500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, found that creativity is the most important factor in the ability to navigate an increasing complex world.*  In corporate and military environments, critical creative thinking forms the foundation of progress, whether it’s bringing a new product to market or addressing homeland security issues

In the field of education, teachers and administrators benefit significantly from creative strategic problem solving as they face 21st century challenges to provide equitable and effective education.  Skills must now be taught with the intention and deliberateness to meet assessment objectives; educational reform must keep pace and address the requirements of long-term success.  These daunting goals require educators’ creativity in order to not lose focus on the students, whose own creative strengths must be recognized and nourished.

The contemporary approach in creativity research believes that all human beings are capable of creative work and innovative thinking, given the means to develop that capacity and an environment that supports such thinking.

Drexel’s online M.S. in Creativity and Innovation teaches students to become aware of their innate creativity and helps them become creative professionals through the implementation of creative thinking in the corporate and/or educational workplace.

A Starting Point for Creative Thinking

The Creativity and Innovation program provides students with a deep foundation and contextual background of the field through a planned sequence of courses and experiences. The flexible program allows students to take elective credits that deepen their knowledge of a specific discipline in the field.

Upon successful completion of this program, students become aware of their own creative strengths and weaknesses, gain strategies to enhance strengths and alleviate weaknesses, recognize and address problematic situations within various settings and are able to foster creative environments within their corporate, military or educational environments.

*IBM Global CEO Study, 2010