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Graduate Certificate in Creativity and Innovation

The Graduate Certificate in Creativity and Innovation is designed to meet the needs of today's working professionals across many fields. Creativity is integral to competitive advantage in today's fast-paced, dynamic working environment. Organizations that harness and nurture the creative potential of their human resources are leaders in their respective fields. This certificate provides, in a concentrated format, the most contemporary knowledge and skills needed in this important area for students who do not wish to pursue a master's degree but who would value a credential that demonstrates their learning.

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will have formed an in-depth understanding of creativity, enhanced communication, creative problem solving, and how these may be applied to practical situations that further their workplace culture. Participants will use their newly enhanced creative thinking skills to reflect critically on existing workplace practices and express coherent and cogent ideas and suggestions for continuous improvement.

Who Should Choose Creativity and Innovation?
Individuals from any industry, with a bachelor’s degree in any field, who want to enhance their personal creativity skills and infuse creativity throughout their organizations will benefit from this program. In addition, students from other master's programs at Drexel, such as the M.S. in Communication, could use their free elective credits to earn the Certificate in Creativity en route to their master's degree.

Program Features
Drexel serves as headquarters for 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. In addition, the Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation, directed by Dr. Fredricka Reisman, is housed directly in the College. The center promotes creativity using programs that cultivate skills in creative thinking, innovative leadership practices, and problem-solving techniques. Through the process of creative thought, the Center’s work enhances an individual's ability to imagine new ideas by learning to envision that which cannot immediately be seen.

The Applied Creativity Graduate Student Association (ACGSA) offers students an opportunity to promote creativity within and outside Drexel. In 2008, the ACGSA sponsored a community-wide event featuring keynote speaker Keith Sawyer, a world-renowned creativity author and scholar.


The graduate certificate in Creativity and Innovation is comprised of 18 credits of courses, based on both strong theoretical foundations and practical application, that allow students to gain skills that will help them practice creativity in their career of choice.

Download a detailed view of the curriculum. (PDF)


If you are interested in starting or completing your Graduate Certificate in Creativity and Innovation, please review the admissions criteria noted for your specific program and follow the application procedures on Drexel Online's admissions page.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please call 1-877-215-0009.