Capstone: Advanced Project in Public Policy

CAP-GP.3170, 2 points.


Couples with CAP-GP.3171.

Open to M.P.A. (public and nonprofit management and policy) students.

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 required specialization courses (including PADM-2171 and PADM-2902), Professional Experience Requirement (if applicable), and 3.0 GPA.

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Fall 2012Charles M. BrecherSyllabus
Spring 2012Charles M. BrecherSyllabus
Fall 2009Charles M. BrecherSyllabus
Fall 2008Charles M. BrecherSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
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