A capstone project or capstone experience involves the identification of an existing problem in a real-world setting and the application of learned skills and methods to develop a solution that addresses the problem directly.In some cases a capstone project will be geared toward research, while others are more oriented toward problem solving.The capstone course is the last class in a program of study.
These classes will be in areas such as research statistics, ethics, program theory and leadership; they will be relevant courses based on the master’s program curriculum.
This will vary from program to program and can be as few as 10 weeks to as many as two semesters depending on the requirements of the program.
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The capstone research project is the centerpiece of the Master of Science program.
Most master’s degree programs in public administration, social services, public administration, mass communications and liberal arts require graduate students to complete a capstone project.
This can vary from program to program and usually will be listed in general requirements to complete their masters’ degree.
For some degree programs, a capstone course may require a project and subsequent presentation; for others, it may include an assessment exam to test interdisciplinary skills (like math, writing, critical thinking, etc.).
A capstone may also involve a final research paper exploring a topic of interest, emerging from a student’s individualized program of study.
Students focus on a particular area of interest and apply what they have learned in the classroom to an active, mentored project in global health, either in the United States with an underserved population or with an international partner.
Each student has a capstone mentor who oversees their experience and helps the student achieve specific pre-determined competencies. Working closely with their mentors and the Practice Seminar course faculty, students develop a project that asks and answers an important question in global health.