This unique program includes coursework in the development and understanding of problem-solving, leadership, decision-making, and facilitation skills. The major focus of the program is learning how to nurture, develop, and support creative behavior in oneself and in others. Students choose from among three options as culminating experiences for the degree: a thesis, an original empirical investigation; a project, a significant applied undertaking; or a comprehensive examination. This is a 33 credit-hour master of science degree (i.e., 11 courses, 3 credit hours each). Application deadlines are as follows: Distance - February 15; Fall Semester - May 1; Spring Semester - October 1; Summer Session - March 1.
A student participating in the distance program spends only two-weeks during the summer in Buffalo, New York, while taking online classes throughout the year. Distance students are in cohorts working toward a graduate certificate, when completed they may choose to continue on to receive the master's degree.