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Equipping Tomorrow's Leaders for Success

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower" - Steve Jobs


Overview

Innovation is the spirit of solving real world problems through new ideas and critical thinking.  Drexel University's accredited Online Master’s degree in Creativity and Innovation develops students' ability to solve these problems through challenging and practical coursework that fosters professional excellence for tomorrow's leaders.  Students will acquire the skills to conduct methodical analysis of problematic situations in a variety of settings, whether corporate, educational or military, and devise and implement the best possible solutions.  This degree is ideal for burgeoning professionals looking to develop themselves and the organizations they work for.  

Skills Acquired

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Creativity and Innovation accredited program, students will be able to:
  

  • Assess and develop their own creative strengths. 
  • Effectively identify problematic situations within a variety of settings and fields.
  • Produce plausible and creative solutions to solve real-world dilemmas.
  • Methodically analyze and implement the best possible solution to these situations.
  • Improve workplace results through the executive of innovative practices.
  • Examine and interpret contemporary research in creativity and innovation in both academic and professional settings.
  • Participate in cutting-edge research with emerging creativity scholars virtually or on-campus to collaborate, share ideas and receive assistance with literature review, methodology, and grant writing.
  • Develop in-house expertise in their own workplace to foster creative environments and identify fellow creative problem-solvers within their workforce.

Expertise in the Workplace

A recent IBM study conducted amongst 1,500 chief executive officers worldwide identified creativity as the most important leadership quality of the future (watch video). Many of these CEOs were from Fortune 500 companies like Pepsi, BF Goodrich, Ford Motor Company, Disney, Time Warner, and K-Mart - all of whom employ a “Chief Innovation Officer” or “Chief Creativity Officer” as part of their executive staff. The diversity of these companies reflects the multidisciplinary nature of career options for graduates of the accredited MS in Creativity and Innovation.

Drexel at the Center of Creativity

Drexel is headquarters to the American Creativity Association (ACA), affording students access to some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, researchers, and writers in the field of creativity and innovation. The Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation, directed by Dr. Fredricka Reisman, is housed directly in the Goodwin College on Drexel's main campus in Philadelphia. The Torrance Center promotes cutting-edge creativity through programs that cultivate skills in creative thinking, innovative leadership practices, and problem solving-techniques. The Center works to enhance individuals' creative thought and their ability to imagine new ideas by developing otherwise unseen solutions for both day-to-day and long term problematic situations.  The Creativity Graduate Student Association (CGSA) offers students an opportunity to work together to promote innovative leadership within and outside of Drexel University.

Program Structure

Drexel University's accredited Online Master's Degree in Creativity and Innovation consists of 45 credits (27 credits of core course work, 6 credits of a Capstone course or project, and 12 elective credits) and is organized in 10-week academic quarters. Shorter than typical semesters, these 10-week academic modules are designed to keep students focused and on-track.  The accredited program is typically completed in two years and accepts new students every quarter.

Program Director: Dr. Fredricka Reisman

Dr. Fredricka "Freddie" Reisman is a professor at Drexel University's Goodwin College, and director of the Drexel/Torrence Center for Creativity and Innovation.  Formerly, Dr. Reisman served as assistant provost for assessment and evaluation, interim associate dean for research, and founding director of Drexel's School of Education.  Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Dr. Reisman served as professor and chair of the Division of Elementary Education at the University of Georgia, as an elementary, middle school and high school mathematics teacher in New York; and a mathematics education instructor at Syracuse University.  She has authored a trilogy of books with the world-renowned creativity scholar and researcher, E. Paul Torrence, on teaching mathematics creatively.  Dr. Reisman was awarded the national 2002 Champion of Creativity Award by the American Creativity Association and was appointed to the ACA National Board where she has served as an officer and is now president.  The American Creativity Association (ACA) is a global network of creativity and innovation practitioners in fields ranging from business to education and the arts. The association's annual conference is one of the most successful gatherings of creative-minded professionals in the world.

Dr. Reisman's recent work includes the Resiman Diagnostic Creativity Assessment RDCA, a free version can be downloaded into your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

 

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