Capstone: Learning In Action
What is Capstone?
The Capstone program is a unique learning opportunity at NYU Wagner. Over the course of one academic year, you will work in teams with faculty oversight to identify opportunities for an outside organization or to conduct research on a pressing social question. The course is designed in a weekly structure to facilitate reflection and learning in class, where you will also be surrounded by teammates, other classmates, and your faculty member—all to help you grow from this real world experience.
Capstone in an Academic Context
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Regardless of program/specialization, all students share the same learning goals for Capstone:
How to design and execute an extended project for a client organization
How to successfully work with a client and relevant stakeholders
How to function as a member of a consulting team working for a client
How to conduct and present effective applied research
What Capstone Is Not
We hope that among the projects presented in your section, you find a project related to your interests. However, keep in mind that Capstone’s purpose is about skill-building and synthesizing learning from your Wagner experience.
Capstone is not an internship.
Capstone is not about getting on a project for an organization you want to work for after graduation.
- Your Capstone project will not necessarily be specifically tailored to your primary area of interest. It is, however, a chance to gain useful experience informative to your career.
Option: “Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis”
The “Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis” section of Capstone is an option for students interested in pursuing a PhD or a career in research. It entails advanced statistical analyses of large datasets as part of experiencing the entire research process from beginning to end. In teams, students develop a research project based on their interests, ensuring the availability of data. Research teams operate under the time constraints of the client-based Capstone program.
Capstone Course Timeline
Year Prior to Capstone
August: Students meet with a Student Services program advisor to ensure that their fall course schedule prepares them to fulfill Capstone prerequisites specific to program and specialization.
January/February: Review specialization checksheet to confirm student is on track to complete all Capstone prerequisites by the beginning of the following fall.
*Note the differences in client-based sections and Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis. If interested in the latter, talk to your faculty advisor ASAP.
Mid-April: Complete Capstone Registration Request Form, which typically closes one week after first day of registration for fall term.
July 1: Academic Services emails all Capstone-eligible students a permission number to use for Albert registration once all prerequisites are completed.
September-October: In class, students and prospective Capstone clients undergo selection and matching process to finalize student teams.
October-December: Students negotiate client agreement, develop work plan, and enter into team charter.
February: Students submit Capstone project abstracts to be included in the Capstone booklet.
End April-Early May: Students finalize report and present their findings to the client.
Early-Mid May: Students present poster boards at Capstone Expo (typically held on Reading Day), showcasing their projects from the academic year. Students submit final reports to the Wagner Capstone Program team.