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University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston , Massachusetts ,United States

Critical and Creative Thinking (Graduate Certificate)

Develop the knowledge, skills, tools, and experience you need to make effective changes in education, work, social movements, science, or the arts.

UMass Boston’s Critical and Creative Thinking Certificate focuses on learning and applying ideas and tools in critical thinking, creative thinking, and reflective practice. It’s designed for professionals from a wide array of industries 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.

Intakes

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Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Application Process

More information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

At the end of this two-semester program, you’ll be awarded a certificate 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. 

PSW Opportunity

  • 12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Application Checklist

  • 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.
    • 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; 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.
  • 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

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  06 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 18242 USD
    Annual Cost of Living: 12000 USD
    Application Fee: 100 USD
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