Capstone: Advanced Project in Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management

CAP-GP.3176, 2 points.


Continuation of CAP-GP.3175.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Capstone, in architecture, is the crowning piece of an arch, the center stone that holds the arch together, giving it shape and strength. Wagner's Capstone program plays a similar role, by providing students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.


Completion of schoolwide core and three relevant specialization courses, Professional Experience Requirement (if applicable), and 3.0 GPA.

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Spring 2010Dennis C. SmithSyllabus
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Spring 2013Beth NoveckEvaluation
Spring 2013Dennis C. SmithEvaluation
Spring 2013Ana L. OliveiraEvaluation
Spring 2012Oliveira, Ana (team)Evaluation
Spring 2012Smith, Dennis (team)Evaluation
Spring 2011Oliveira. AnaEvaluation
Spring 2011Smith, DennisEvaluation
Spring 2010Smith, DennisEvaluation
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Spring 2008Affoumado, RonaEvaluation
Spring 2008Campbell, ChristineEvaluation
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Spring 2009Avery, SarahEvaluation
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