My work schedule is hectic and I don't want to do Capstone. What are my options?

As you know, Capstone is a degree requirement for all students. Wagner believes that it is an important requirement that makes a significant difference in the quality of your academic and professional experience.

In light of this, the only exception to Capstone that is allowable is when a student is on track to apply to doctoral programs, who has significant team experience and for whom a thesis is most appropriate (rather than our Research Capstone section), is allowed to research and write a formal thesis over the course of a year (requires approval from faculty program directors, 2 faculty readers, a formal proposal, and final formal thesis submission).

1-2 students per year are granted this rare exception.

We do understand that you may have significant constraints relevant to your work schedule, but please know you are not alone. The good news is that Capstone is flexible in that you will work with your team members, who have similar and different obligations and constraints, to determine optimal meeting times given your schedules and timeline of deliverables for the course. Once you have your first Capstone class, be sure to discuss relevant schedule constraints with the instructor.

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