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 5 students, dependent upon the project scope.
For students completing their capstones in the 2018-19 academic year, students must 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 Student Consulting Lab.
Early in Autumn Quarter 2018, students will receive specific information regarding the Student Consulting Lab process. Examples of recent projects include:
- Implementing progressive leadership policies to reduce plastic pollution in Seattle (Seattle Public Utilities)
- Closing the academic achievement gap for youth of color in foster care (Treehouse)
- Modular housing applications for homelessness and transitional housing (King County Council)
- Reducing chronic malnutrition in rural Guatemala (Providence Health and Services)
- 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.
- In rare cases, the Graduate Program Coordinator may approve individual, research-oriented capstone projects supervised by individual faculty. This option is primarily intended for students who have an interest in subsequent doctoral studies.