The capstone project integrates knowledge and skills gained in the MPA program. The team-based project serves as an opportunity to further develop a student’s specialization, to expand networks in the community, and to create a significant sample of work. All projects include a written report; however, the length, format, and content of the projects vary tremendously depending on the type and scope of the work. Through their team project, students demonstrate their abilities to apply the skills from their coursework to real-world problems.

Team size will vary, generally between 3 to 6 students, dependent upon the project scope.

For students completing their capstones in the 2017-18 academic year, students must complete one of the following two options:

  1. Enroll in an 8-credit Capstone Project Seminar (4 credits in Winter Quarter and 4 credits in Spring Quarter) and participate in a team-based project through the Public Service Clinics.

OR

  1. Enroll in an 8-credit Capstone Project Seminar (4 credits in Winter Quarter and 4 credits in Spring Quarter) and generate their own topic, which must be team-based.

Information will be provided to students in the early fall each academic year, regarding the application process for Public Service Clinic projects and how to set up student-generated topics.

Special Situations

  • PCMI students can complete one of the options above or an independent capstone project with a faculty member on a self-generated topic.
  • Concurrent degree students can count their master's thesis in lieu of a capstone project when the thesis has a substantial policy/management component and an Evans School faculty member is on the thesis committee.