Capstone: Learning in Action
CAPSTONE: LEARNING IN ACTION
About the Capstone program
Part of the core curriculum of NYU Wagner's master’s program, Capstone pairs small teams of students with clients in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors who are tackling a public service issue—whether in health, education, international development, urban planning, or any other programmatic field.
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"Our Capstone team was professional, responsive, and enthusiastic about our mission and work. They did a great job implementing their project while having enough flexibility to shift their plans when issues arose."
— Christine Kidd, Director of Program Innovation, Center for Employment Opportunities
EXPLORE PAST CAPSTONE PROJECTS
Since 1995, more than 6,800 Capstone students have completed over 1,500 projects for more than 1,000 organizations, among them City Harvest, Mount Sinai Health System, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the World Bank. Browse through the projects our student teams have successfully tackled in the past.
CAPSTONE CLIENT FAQS
Read our Capstone Client FAQs prior to writing your application. We answer essential questions, such as:
- What is the program timeline?
- What can my organization expect from a Capstone Team? What will a Capstone Team expect of my organization?
- Is there a fee associated with engaging a Capstone Team?
- What makes a good Capstone Project?
The Beginning of a Lifelong Journey From Fieldwork in Mozambique to a Career in Social Entrepreneurship
Alicia Polak (MPA 2001), in one of the first Capstone teams to work abroad, partnered with the Freeplay Foundation in Mozambique to perform an impact evaluation on the use of radios as humanitarian aid tools in the flood-affected areas of the country.
NYU Wagner Urban Planning Capstone Team Develops Interactive Geospatial Tool for Better Buses
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) enlisted the help of a NYU Wagner Capstone team in 2020-21 to evaluate its project selection methodology through an equity lens. The project’s objective was to determine if its Better Buses projects are equitably distributed and assess whether DOT could do more to reach equity populations