Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Creative Studies (M.S.)

Master of Science Program

Program Code: MS-SP

Major Code: CRS

HEGIS 4903

Creative Studies Department

Gerard J. Puccio, Chair

Chase Hall 248, (716) 878-6223


The Creative Studies Department and its International Center for Studies in Creativity credential creativity through a diverse menu of programs that cultivate skills in creative thinking, innovative leadership practices, and problem-solving techniques. The department, through the process of creative thought, enhances an individual’s ability to imagine new ideas by learning how to envision that which cannot be immediately seen. This internationally recognized academic department offers a series of courses that lead to a master of science degree in creative studies or a graduate certificate in creativity and change leadership (see next program). These unique graduate programs attract students from business, education, and many diverse fields. Short summer institutes in combination with distance courses make the graduate certificate and full master’s degree available to busy professionals both within and outside Western New York. Students from across the U.S. and international students from such countries as South Africa, Brazil, Canada, Italy, England, Pakistan, and Singapore have participated in these programs.

The combination of required and elective courses make this graduate program ideal for educators who seek permanent and professional licensure through a degree that offers a unique and valuable set of knowledge and skills (consult with Buffalo State’s Teacher Certification Office for specific issues regarding licensure in New York State). Teachers who hold Master's degrees in Creative Studies work in school districts throughout Western New York.

The required courses give all students an opportunity to develop practical leadership, facilitation, training/teaching, and problem-solving skills, while the selection of electives allows students to concentrate on acquiring knowledge and skills in another area of specialization (e.g., education, business, organizations, communications). The creative studies program challenges students to develop their creative talents and to become leaders of change in their professional lives.

Introductory-level graduate courses may be taken by students from other departments at Buffalo State to enrich their majors. Students from business, education, and a variety of other disciplines find this coursework useful. Multidisciplinary degree students integrate creativity courses to fulfill part of their requirements for a master’s degree.

The master’s degree program consists of three major strands of coursework. The Foundations of Creativity strand surveys various approaches to assessing and defining creativity, as well as a variety of models and theories associated with understanding the nature of creative behavior. The introductory course to this strand is CRS 560. The Creative Problem Solving and Facilitation strand emphasizes ways to deliberately foster creative potential by helping the student to learn, apply, and teach specific creative problem-solving tools. The introductory course to this strand is CRS 559. The third strand, Research, Development and Dissemination, includes involvement with the department’s program of research, development, and dissemination. Students pursue a master’s project or thesis that makes a contribution to the emerging discipline of creativity studies. The introductory course to this strand is CRS 580. Students may opt to complete a comprehensive examination and portfolio review in place of the project or thesis.

The department hosts an annual conference called the Creativity Experts Exchange. Participation is open to all and provides an excellent venue to deepen knowledge in regard to emerging creativity topics and to meet the Creative Studies community. Visit the Creative Studies website for more information: http://creativity.buffalostate.edu/

To explore some of the topics covered in the Creative Studies curriculum view the Creativity 101 video series developed by the department.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale). Preference is shown to those with GPAs of 3.0 or higher.
  2. A written statement of the applicant’s professional or educational goals and how a degree in creativity studies supports these goals. The recommended length for the letter of intent is two to three pages (use form provided by department).
  3. Brief biographical sketch, one to two paragraphs, that provides a summary of the applicant’s accomplishments, areas of expertise, and experiences.
  4. Two letters of reference (pdf reference form available as download; alternative formats available through department)
  5. Five years of professional experience (distance program applicants only; distance students must begin with the certificate program).

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Graduate Certificate Program and Distance Graduate Program for Professionals

Those interested in pursuing any one of the program strands but not the full master’s degree may complete the State University of New York graduate certificate program in creativity and change leadership; see next program. Graduate certificates are awarded by the State University of New York upon completion of at least 18 credit hours (six courses).

Program Requirements

Required Courses

21 cr

CRS 559

Principles in Creative Problem Solving

CRS 560

Foundations of Creative Learning

CRS 580

Creativity Assessment: Methods and Resources

CRS 610

Facilitation of Group Problem Solving

CRS 625

Current Issues in Creative Studies

CRS 635

Creativity and Change Leadership

CRS 670

Foundations in Teaching and Training Creativity

Elective Courses

6-12 cr

Master’s Project, Master’s Thesis, or Comprehensive Exam

0-6 cr

Select one option:

Comprehensive Exam (0)

CRS 690

Master’s Project

CRS 795

Master’s Thesis (6)

Total Required Credit Hours

33 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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Museum Studies (M.A.)

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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