All Capstone eligibility requirements—both academic and non-academic—must be satisfied prior to enrollment in the Capstone course. You must have:
Declared a specialization;
Earned at least a 3.000 cumulative GPA;
Satisfied all Capstone course prerequisites for your program and specialization; and
Commenced the Professional Experience Requirement (PER), if not already fulfilled.
Capstone sections and prerequisites are distinguished by degree program and specialization. When you begin your program, the specialization you declare on your admissions application is recorded in Albert. Please check Albert to ensure that your specialization is accurate. If your specialization in Albert is not correct or if you would like to switch your specialization, please submit a Specialization Change Form.
You need a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.000 to be eligible for Capstone. If you have any questions regarding the GPA policy or academic progress, please refer to the GPA Requirement policy.
Wagner offers two types of capstone projects, both of which are team-based. The majority of students are in client-based capstone projects where they work as a consulting team for a client helping to address a real-world problem. In the other type of Capstone project (called "Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis"), teams of students work to answer a research question utilizing existing data sets and quantitative analytical methods. There is no client in the Quantitative Analysis capstone, but the teams must collaborate on the research question.
Prerequisites for "Client-based" Capstone
Each Program Requirement Checksheet lists the Capstone prerequisites for that specialization. Be sure to review your Program Requirement Checksheet prior to enrolling for courses in the year preceding Capstone. Doing so helps ensure that you are on track to complete all prerequisites in time for Capstone.
Prerequisites for "Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis" Capstone
Please note there is a separate set of prerequisites for students enrolling in the “Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis” section of Capstone. Along with completing all school-wide core courses, you must fulfill the Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics (PADM-GP 2902) prerequisite to be eligible. Additional co-requisites (taken no later than the fall with Capstone) are Evaluating Programs and Policies (PADM-GP 2171) and one of the following economics courses:
Public Economics (PADM-GP 2140)
Health Economics: Principles (HPAM-GP 4830)
Urban Economics (URPL-GP 2608)
- Economics of International Development (PADM-GP 2203)
If interested in the Quantitative Analysis Capstone, talk to your faculty advisor as soon as possible. If you have any questions about your eligibility to enroll in Capstone, contact your Student Services Program Advisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completing requirements over the summer?
If you are still completing Capstone prerequisites (courses or PER) in the summer prior to Capstone, you must still apply for Capstone in the spring, and Academic Services will reserve a seat for you in a fall section. You will not be issued a permission number, however, until you email email@example.com with confirmation that all prerequisites have been completed. You can read more about the Capstone application process on the Applying for Capstone page.
Professional Experience Requirement (PER)
By August 1 of the calendar year in which you will begin Capstone, you are required to submit your PER to Wagner’s Office of Career Services (OCS) for approval. You do not need to have fulfilled PER at the time you apply for Capstone in the spring, but your PER position must commence before the first class meeting of your Capstone section. If you have questions about PER, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.