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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Creativity and Change Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Graduate Certificate Program

Program Code: GRCT-SP

Major Code: CRT

HEGIS 4903

Creative Studies Department

Gerard J. Puccio, Chair

Chase Hall 248, (716) 878-6223


Ongoing development of leadership models during the last century has drawn a close connection between creativity and leadership. At the core of many current leadership models is the concept of change—how to foster and manage it. This concept is clearly reflected in the language used to describe the essence of leadership today. For instance, many leadership theories focus on visionary, transformational, and change leadership. In addition, the view that leadership consists of a set of specific attributes that one has or does not have has shifted to a view that leadership skills can be learned and developed.

The ability to think creatively is an essential leadership skill. Often, a leader must act as a catalyst for change and when we engage in creative thinking our goal is to bring about change, i.e., to bring about an idea, solution or concept that helps us to meet an important goal or to address a complex challenge. Thus, it is imperative for leaders to learn how to facilitate their own creative thinking, as well as those they work with, to bring about productive change (i.e., new products, services, resolution to problems, opportunities, etc.).

The purpose of the State University of New York graduate certificate program in creativity and change leadership is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that can put them in a better position to operate as change leaders. Leadership is a process. This certificate program teaches students how to better manage this process.

The program applies more than 50 years of research, development, and practice in the field of creativity toward leadership development. The program is not designed strictly for those in formal leadership roles; anyone can learn how to positively influence others as a leader. Leadership is about action, not position.

After completing this graduate certificate program, students can submit an application to continue with the master’s degree in creativity (i.e., all courses taken to fulfill the certificate can be applied to the master's degree).

The master’s degree and certificate program are offered on the Buffalo State campus and to distance students. Students who wish to earn a master’s degree in creativity via distance must begin in the certificate program. Distance students are required to have five years of professional experience. For a description of the distance program (i.e., graduate certificate in creativity and change leadership for professionals) go to the department's webpage: http://creativity.buffalostate.edu/

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 given to those with GPAs of 3.0 or higher.
  2. A written statement of the applicant’s professional or educational goals and how a graduate certificate in creativity supports these goals. The recommended length for the letter of intent is two to three pages.
  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 form available as a download; alternative formats of reference form also available through department).
  5. Five years of professional experience (distance learning program applicants only).
  6. Successful review by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

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

Program Requirements

Required Courses

15 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 635

Creativity and Change Leadership

Elective Course

3 cr

Select one course from the following:

CRS 625

Current Issues in Creative Studies

CRS 670

Foundations in Teaching and Training Creativity

Total Required Credit Hours

18 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

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BUS - Business

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CHE - Chemistry

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