M.A. Online

Critical and Creative Thinking

24 months
575 USD/credit 9487 USD/year
575 USD/credit 9487 USD/year
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Develop the knowledge, skills, tools, and experience you need to make effective changes in education, work, social movements, science, or the arts through this Critical and Creative Thinking program from University of Massachusetts Boston.


University of Massachusetts Boston’s Critical and Creative Thinking MA was ranked as one of the Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. This program focuses on learning and applying ideas and tools in critical thinking, creative thinking, and reflective practice. 

Who is this program for

It’s designed for students from a wide array of professions and endeavors looking for personal and professional development to develop clarity and confidence to become constructive, reflective agents of change in education, work, social movements and activism, science, and creative arts. 

You’ll experiment and take risks as you apply what you’re learning in the classroom to real-world situations, reflect on these outcomes and revise accordingly, and build a set of tools, practices, and perspectives that work in your specific professional and personal endeavors. Apply these skills to virtually any field — from education to policy making to the arts.

Outcomes and careers

At the end of this two-year program, you’ll be awarded a Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking. The degree will demonstrate your expertise in the field on your résumé, as well as in interviews and workplace evaluations. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Critical Thinking 
  • Creative Thinking
  • Processes of Research and Engagement
  • Action Research for Educational, Professional & Personal Change
  • Synthesis of Theory and Practice Seminar
  • Holistic & Transformative Teaching

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts of all previous undergrad and graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation from former teachers familiar with your recent academic work, or from employers familiar with your professional ability
  • A statement of interests and intent: The Program’s admissions requirements call for an essay of at least 1200 words in which you explain your intellectual, artistic, professional or personal reasons for wanting to pursue a certificate in Critical and Creative Thinking.
  • Test Scores: GRE scores are optional to apply for our program. International students should check with Graduate Admissions to inform you of your required tests.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Required from students from countries where English is not the primary language
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances
  • Personal Disclosure Form

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9487 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 575 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    9487 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 575 USD per credit during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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