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Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (Organizational Science & Leadership)

Master of Arts

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (MA CCT) with a concentration in Organizational Science & Leadership online program is designed to prepare students for leadership success in various organizational contexts across industries.

Through coursework, students will:

  • Learn tools of social science and cutting edge scholarship in the fields of organizational behavior and leadership to understand both organizational-level and individual-level causes of employee behavior, performance and well-being
  • Identify application to organizational contexts with special focus on leadership challenges and opportunities
  • Learn to question the status quo. Students will gain the ability to look at issues and tasks and solve with a multi-disciplinary approach to the problem

Students completing this program must complete 30 credit hours, including the following requirements:

  • Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking
  • 12 credit hours chosen from a primary concentration
  • An additional 12 credit hours chosen through an array of electives from outside the primary concentration or from a secondary MA CCT concentration
  • A graduate project

More about the graduate project:

The graduate project for the MA CCT degree is intended to represent the culmination of a student's work within the program. Students propose and produce an independent creative project under the guidance of a faculty adviser drawing on their experiences throughout the program of study. The project may take one of a variety of forms. Examples include (but are not limited to), a formal research paper, development of a mobile app, production of a film or development of a project or program to be implemented in the student's community or place of employment.

More about the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking (MA CCT):

The Master of Arts in Critical & Creative Thinking (MA CCT) embodies the College of Arts & Sciences ongoing commitment to personal enrichment as well as to the practical application of analytical skills and knowledge in a diverse array of both for-profit and nonprofit professional environments. This interdisciplinary degree provides a unique opportunity to pursue both breadth and depth within the rich and diverse landscape of the liberal arts and sciences. Students pursuing this degree will enhance their career potential by developing advanced skills and abilities necessary for critical thinking, creativity and leadership.

The online Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking offers six concentrations including:

  • Cultural & Global Analysis
  • Ethics & Values
  • Health & the Environment
  • International Migration, Development & Citizenship
  • Organizational Science & Leadership
  • Writing & Critical Reflection

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. No GRE is required for this master's degree program.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 15
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Sessions
March 1

Students must complete 30 credit hours, including the following requirements:

  • Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking (3 credit hours)
  • 12 credit hours chosen from a primary concentration
  • An additional 12 credit hours either chosen through an array of electives from outside the primary concentration or from a secondary concentration
  • A Graduate Project (3 credit hours)

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CACT 8000Introduction to Critical & Creative Thinking3

Course Number: CACT 8000

This course is the foundational introductory course for the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking program (MA CCT). It focuses on the development of students’ skills as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers as well as the cultivation of students’ capacity to recognize and leverage tools, resources, and ideas towards finding innovative solutions to everyday problems.

CACT 8090Graduate Project3

Course Number: CACT 8090

The Graduate Project is an applied student project under the direction of a faculty adviser. In the project, the student will apply interdisciplinary knowledge and skills gained within the program to address a problem or to expand knowledge within or across disciplines. The product or artifact produced by the student may take a variety of forms.

CACT 8500Complex Organizations3

Course Number: CACT 8500

This graduate seminar provides an overview focused on the understanding and analysis of intricate internal and external organizational forces such as organizational bureaucracy, organizational culture, autonomy and control systems, which affect performance of organizational members as well as influence organizational survival.

CACT 8506Creativity & Innovation in Organizations3

Course Number: CACT 8506

To provide a discussion of the antecedents of individual and organizational creativity, including measurement, models, characteristics of the individual and the environment that facilitate creativity and innovation in an organizational setting. Students in this course will be able to understand the research literature related to creativity and innovation and apply the findings to improve critical and creative thinking, implementation of creative ideas, and development of creative teams and organizations.

CACT 8510Seminar in Leadership3

Course Number: CACT 8510

This course introduces students to classical and contemporary scholarship on leadership theory, research, and application. Students gain a foundation in models of leadership, assess their own leadership styles, and learn to integrate what they learn in corporate, governmental, non-profit, or community organizations.

CACT 8520Organizational Psychology & Leadership3

Course Number: CACT 8520

This course is a graduate seminar on organizational psychology and leadership that focuses on the understanding and critical analysis of theory and practice pertaining to individual functioning at work. Positive organizational psychology theories and practices will provide the overarching framework in understanding potential solutions to challenges and problems facing leaders and their employees.

CACT 8530Personnel Psychology & Leadership3

Course Number: CACT 8530

This course provides an overview of personnel psychology from a leadership perspective. Topics include methodology, employee selection, performance appraisal, organizational attitudes and behavior, motivation, and leadership style.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $365.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $417.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1095.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1251.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $600.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $652.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1800.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1956.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

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    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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