Summer Masters Program

The Master of Arts in Integrated Arts and Education is completed over two consecutive summer sessions plus independent studies and a final project. This schedule allows maximum convenience and flexibility to working educators. The immersion of summer residency is unique to the Creative Pulse.

Upcoming Dates

The 2019 Creative Pulse first-year cohort is full. We encourage you to apply for the 2020 Creative Pulse program. New candidates are added to our waiting list (in order of acceptance), and will be accepted for 2020. To apply and get on the waiting list, complete the normal application process.

June 17-July 12, 2019
Summer session

The Heart of the Program

The Creative Pulse embraces and explores critical thinking processes and habits of the mind, enabling our students to develop, refine and integrate these processes into their own thinking and learning abilities, as well as those of their students.

National Initiative

With recent legislation amending the nation's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), integrating the arts into STEM education, Congress has drawn attention to what more and more teachers, parents, and policymakers have been advocating--that there is an urgent need for meaningful change in curricula that integrates the arts with other subjects and creates meaningful interdisciplinary experiences.

The question now is how do we do it?

The Creative Pulse has been training Master Teachers in Integrated Arts and Education for over 25 years, and now, in partnership with SPARK!, offers Missoula K-12 teachers an opportunity for professional development through single courses offered during the summer without having to enroll in the graduate program.

To read more about the STEM to STEAM initiative, visit

UMArts - The Hub for Arts Integration Training

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UMArts and The Creative Pulse are delighted to announce our collaboration with SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning to provide a variety of professional development opportunities in Arts Integration for educators. These efforts expand Missoula’s Kennedy Center training, with the goal of helping teachers develop new teaching strategies grounded in artistic thinking skills. UMArts, SPARK!, and MCPS are united in a partnership to expand these efforts throughout the state of Montana and nationwide.