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Program Overview

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We are pleased to announce our world-renowned distance program is now 100% online—for both the one-year graduate certificate and the complete master of science in creativity and change leadership.

Our now fully online programs are ideal for busy professionals looking to upskill with twenty-first century abilities.

Online Instruction 
  • Synchronous (live) class sessions
  • Asynchronous assignments
  • Small group work and discussions

All assignments and group discussions are facilitated through Blackboard Learn, an online learning environment, as well as other online tools used to facilitate virtual interactions (e.g., Zoom; Mural).

While our graduate programs are offered online, all distance courses carry the same creative energy and interaction as our seated campus courses.


To foster a strong learning environment in the online cohort, this program requires five years of professional experience.  

All distance students begin with the advanced graduate certificate and then apply to continue for the master’s degree.

The course content and requirements are identical to the on-campus programs and all courses earned towards the SUNY advanced certificate are applied to the master’s degree.

Graduate Certificate

An 18-credit hour (six courses) immersive educational experience that will equip you with the right mindset and tools to harness the power of applied creativity, problem-solving, facilitative and change leadership.

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Master of Science

Designed as a scientific continuation of our graduate certificate program, our master's will differentiate you as a future scholar of creativity studies and will equip you with the tools to master and share your knowledge with your peers. 

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Center for Applied Imagination

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Chase Hall 244 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6223 •  Fax: (716) 878-4040