About the Capstone Program


Do you have a current or upcoming project within your organization that would benefit from the critical thinking and analytical skills of next year’s NYU Wagner graduates? Does your project fall within one of these areas?

  • Advocacy and Political Action
  • Public Finance and Financial Management
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment
  • Urban Planning
  • Health Policy Analysis
  • Health Services Financial Management
  • Public and Nonprofit Management & Leadership
  • International Policy and Management

As a Capstone client, you will be matched with a Wagner Capstone team comprising three to five students who are specializing in one of these areas. Over the course of an academic year, the team will address the challenge(s) that your organization is facing.

A good Capstone project scope is concise, manageable, and clear in its goals and objectives. The issue is relevant, timely, and important to your organization. In developing a project that is reasonable and realistic, you should strive to have an understanding of the students’ time and resources and their role as project consultants.

Teams organize and frame their projects into a thorough work plan that results in a carefully considered final product. Every team produces a written report and conducts a final presentation of their findings and recommendations.

Since 1995, over 6,600 Capstone students have completed 1,450 projects for more than 950 organizations, among them City Harvest, Mount Sinai Health System, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the World Bank.

"The Capstone teams have helped my organization with feasibility studies, data research, project design, and evaluation in the past few years. The students have very strong research, analytical, and communication skills to deliver high-quality final products, which are of great use to our project innovation."

— Nan Zhang, Programme Analyst, United Nations Capital Development Fund

For further information, see our Capstone FAQs