Graduate Certificate in Critical and Creative Thinking
A variety of approaches is introduced to invention, dialogue, listening, and teamwork. Certificate students learn to confront ambiguous and complex problems, reflect deeply and bring insights to the surface, transform the giving of feedback into a mutual learning experience, build relationships of trust and enthusiastic acceptance of diverse perspectives, articulate a practical vision, and collaborate in bringing it to fruition.
Students take two core courses, three elective courses, and complete an exit performance as part of one of the courses taken. Critical and Creative Thinking Masters students, graduate students from other programs, advanced undergraduates, and special students are welcome to enroll in individual courses.
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Focus on change in education, work, social movements, science, and creative arts.
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Officially, students applying to the Critical and Creative Thinking Certificate Program must meet the same admissions criteria (described below) as students entering the Master's program. In practice, a shorter statement of interest and intent and only two letters of recommendation suffice for a certificate applicant.
Admission is competitive - Apply early! Here's how…
1. Read application form instructions carefully and complete application form. Click here for the application.
2 Two letters are required from people who have worked closely with you and who have direct knowledge of your abilities. The people you ask to recommend you should be able to comment in detail about your academic strengths, work experience, or life experience.
3. In your personal statement, explain your intellectual, artistic, professional or personal reasons for wanting to pursue a degree in Critical and Creative Thinking in at least 1200 words. Your essay should include specific accounts of your past work and current direction. You should provide a detailed discussion of your specific interests and priorities as a student (or scholar, teacher, artist, computer wizard, philosophizer); the projects you have completed in the past; the problems and topics you want to focus on in future study; and how and why you believe the CCT program can help you accomplish your goals. The CCT Admissions Committee will read your essay as a demonstration of how you write and how you think about issues, as well as determine if your interests and goals match those of the Program.
4. Request official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. The CCT Program looks for a generally distinguished undergraduate transcript with an average of at least 3.0 in advanced undergraduate work. For students with a strong record of accomplishment in other areas, the CCT Admissions committee will recommend provisional admission with the stipulation that the student completes two courses in the program with a course grade of B+ or better. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Program, we do not require that you come from any specific program of study.
5. All hardcopy materials, including paper transcripts (if electronic ones are not available), should be mailed to our document processing partner below.
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Plan of Study:
The Critical and Creative Thinking Certificate may be earned by taking courses face-to-face as well as online.
The certificate requires the completion of 15 credits (typically 5 courses).
Students must take the following two foundation courses:
CRCRTH 601, Critical Thinking
CRCRTH 602, Creative Thinking
Students must also complete three electives, chosen from all other courses according to the student's area of interest.
Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.
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