Capstone Eligibility

All Capstone eligibility requirements—both academic and non-academic—must be completed prior to enrollment in the course. You must have completed the following:

  • Earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA;

  • Declared a specialization;

  • Completed all Capstone course prerequisites for your program and specialization; and

  • Commenced the Professional Experience Requirement (PER), if not already fulfilled.

If you are still completing Capstone prerequisites in the summer term prior to Capstone, Academic Services will reserve a seat for you in a Capstone section. Note that you will not be issued a permission number, which is required for Capstone enrollment, until you email Academic Services with proof that all prerequisites have been completed.

Relevance of Specialization

Capstone sections are distinguished by 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 the correct one and/or you would like to switch your specialization, please submit a Specialization Change Form.

Course Prerequisites

The Program Requirement Checksheets list Capstone prerequisites by program and specialization. Be sure to review your declared specialization checksheet prior to enrolling for courses in the year preceding Capstone. Doing so ensures all prerequisites are completed in time for enrollment.

Please note there is a separate set of prerequisites for students enrolling in the “Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis” section of Capstone. If interested, talk to your faculty advisor ASAP. To be eligible, in addition to completing all school-wide core courses, you must have completed Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics (PADM-GP 2902). No later than the fall of Capstone, you must also have taken Program Analysis and Evaluation (PADM-GP 2171) and one of the following economics courses:

If you have any questions about your eligibility to enroll in Capstone, please see the Advisement & Resources page, contact your Student Services program advisor, or email

Professional Experience Requirement (PER)

You are required to submit your PER for approval to OCS by August 1 in the year you are starting Capstone. Your PER position must commence before the first class meeting of your Capstone section (i.e., you do not need to have completed it at the time you submit it for approval). If you have questions about PER, please email